Dr. Dean Webster – High Performance Bio-based Thermosets

Webster_DeanProfessor and Chair/Coatings and Polymeric Materials, North Dakota State University (NDSU) in Fargo, ND

Within the Center for Sustainable Materials Science (CSMS) research, the Webster research team is carrying out research on high performance thermosets derived from bio-based resins having unique molecular architectures. The group synthesizes resins with reactive functional groups, and then crosslinks these to form hard, rigid materials. Due to the unique molecular architecture and high functional group concentration, the thermosets are highly cross-linked and have properties comparable to petrochemical based thermosets. The thermosets can be used in applications such as coatings, adhesives, and composites.