UV-Blocking Synthetic Biopolymer from Biomass-Based Bifuran Diester and Ethylene Glycol
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|Number of pages||8|
|Early online date||21 Feb 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 21 Feb 2018|
|Publication type||A1 Journal article-refereed|
A furan-based synthetic biopolymer composed of a bifuran monomer and ethylene glycol was synthesized through melt polycondensation, and the resulting polyester was found to have promising thermal and mechanical properties. The bifuran monomer, dimethyl 2,2′-bifuran-5,5′-dicarboxylate, was prepared using a palladium-catalyzed, phosphine ligand-free direct coupling protocol. A titanium-catalyzed polycondensation procedure was found effective at polymerizing the bifuran monomer with ethylene glycol. The prepared bifuran polyester exhibited several intriguing properties including high tensile modulus. In addition, the bifuran monomer furnished the polyester with a relatively high glass transition temperature. Films prepared from the new polyester also had excellent oxygen and water barrier properties, which were found to be superior to those of poly(ethylene terephthalate). Moreover, the novel polyester also has good ultraviolet radiation blocking properties.
- Biopolymers, Synthesis, Characterization, Thermal analysis, Spectroscopy