Theoretical equations based on a kinetic scheme were developed to predict the number average molecular weight, Mn, the weight per epoxy equivalent, WPE, and the number average functionality, f, of resins arising from the epoxidation of bisphenol A or phenol-formaldehyde Novolacs with epichlorohydrin. Good agreement with experimental results was obtained by assuming a reactivity ratio of chain extension over epoxidation close to 0.5. Significant departures were shown, however, for the epoxidation of high molecular weight Novolacs. This was ascribed to the formation of intramolecular rings by reaction of terminal epoxides and phenolic hydroxyls, thus reducing the epoxidation efficiency, i.e. transformation of phenolic hydroxyls into aryl glycidyl ethers. The characterization of a commercial epoxidized Novolac showed that the epoxidation efficiency was 84.3%, most of the remaining fraction being composed of intra- and intermolecular -CH2CHOH-CH 2- bridges.
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Analysis of the epoxidation of bisphenol A and phenolic Novolacs with epichlorohydrin / Patricia A. Oyanguren and Roberto J. J. Williams* // Polymer. – 1992. – Vol 33. – P. 2376-2381.