Osaka Prefecture University

Succeeded in Developing Flexible and Tough Epoxy Materials

LastUpDate: January 15, 2021

A research group, Professor Akikazu Matsumoto, Assistant Professor Yasuhito Suzuki, and Ms. Ren Tominaga as the first-year master’s student at the Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering of Osaka Prefecture University, has succeeded in developing new epoxy materials, co-continuous network polymers (CNP) which has both flexibility and toughness.  This was achieved in joint research with Dr. Yoshihiro Takeda at the X-ray Research Laboratory of Rigaku Corporation and Dr. Masaru Kotera at the Hot Melt Division of MORESCO Corporation.

In this study, the group has successfully fabricated the CNPs as new composite materials and evaluated their strength and toughness. Thanks to the great progress in this research, the variation in the combination of the dual network polymer materials of the high-strength CNPs will be expanded in the future, leading to their use in a wide range of application fields.

The results of this research was published online version of Scientific Reports on January 14, 2021.

Paper Information


Co-continuous Network Polymers Using Epoxy Monolith for the Design of Tough Materials

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Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University
Prof. Akikazu Matsumoto

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