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Thermosetting resins were synthesized by the partial replacement of the synthetic epoxy prepolymer based on diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) with increasing amounts of epoxidized soybean oil (ESO) with methyltetrahydrophthalic anhydride as a crosslinking agent and 1-methyl imidazole as an initiator. Calorimetric studies showed a drop in the reaction heat with ESO content; this was...