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Lipase-mediated preparation of epoxy lecithin and its evaluation as plasticizer in polyester laminates



A simple chemoenzymatic method was developed for the preparation of epoxy lecithin that contains epoxy oils and phospholipids. The parameters such as lipase concentration, hydrogen peroxide concentration, and time of the reaction were studied. The product was evaluated as a plasticizer in polyester laminates and compared with virgin polyester laminates. The laminates were prepared using various amounts of epoxy lecithin and evaluated for different properties. The epoxy lecithin modified laminates showed good impact strength, tensile, and chemical resistance properties. These laminates were also evaluated for vicat softening point and water absorption. The epoxy lecithin can be used as a plasticizer in polyester laminates. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013