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Synthesis and properties of poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethylene-co-isosorbide terephthalate), a biobased copolyester with high performances

In this paper, the synthesis and properties of poly(1,4-cyclohexanedimethylene-co-isosorbide terephthalate) (PCIT) with isosorbide (IS) content ranging from 16 to 61?mol% relative to the total diols amount were investigated. Amorphous polymers were successfully synthesized without isosorbide ring hydration. Glass transition temperature (Tg) linearly increased of 1.1?°C for each molar percent of isosorbide included in the polyester, meanwhile melting temperature (Tm) linearly decreased of 2.1?°C for semi-crystalline samples (up to 25?mol% of isosorbide). Molar masses of semi-crystalline samples were easily increased using high temperature solid-state polymerization (SSP) and reduced viscosity (?red) higher than 70?mL?g?1 were obtained. Semi-crystalline samples exhibit outstanding impact resistance compared with commercial high performance copolyester, whereas amorphous copolyesters exhibit acceptable mechanical properties coupled with high thermal resistance. Results confirmed the promising association between isosorbide and 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol to reach tunable thermal and mechanical properties, depending on the targeted applications.

» Author: Sylvain Legrand, Nicolas Jacquel, Hélène Amedro, René Saint-Loup, Jean-Pierre Pascault, Alain Rousseau, Françoise Fenouillot

» Reference: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2019.03.018

» Publication Date: 01/06/2019

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This project has received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° [605658].

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