Degradation of a model epoxy resin by solvolysis routes

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Different technologies based on hydrolysis were applied to degrade an epoxy resin model: CO2-expanded water and generally recognised as safe solvents used neat or in mixture with water. The results showed that the degradation reaction can be enhanced thanks to the injection of CO2 or the addition of a solvent generally recognised as safe, enabling supercritical fluids or enhanced fluidity liquids (resembling supercritical fluids) at lower temperature and pressure than for supercritical water.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)96-103
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Early online date29 Apr 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2015


  • Recycling, Epoxy, Composites, Solvolysis