Synthesis and characterization of alternating copolymer from carbon dioxide and propylene oxide

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2327-2334
Journal / PublicationJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume85
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2002

Abstract

High yield and pure zinc glutarate catalysts used for copolymerization of carbon dioxide and propylene oxide have been synthesized in different solvents by ultrasonic methodology. For the purposes of comparison, low-yield zinc glutarates were also synthesized via mechanical stirring method with other synthetic conditions remaining unchanged. Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy and wide-angle X-ray diffraction techniques confirmed the presence of high-quality zinc glutarate catalysts. Accordingly, poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) can be synthesized from carbon dioxide and propylene oxide using the zinc glutarate catalysts. It was confirmed that the as-prepared PPC had an alternating copolymer structure together with high molecular weight. The thermal and mechanical properties of the obtained PPC copolymer were determined by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), and tensile test. DSC and TGA results showed that the PPC copolymer exhibited high glass transition temperature (39.39°C) and decomposition temperature (278°C) when compared to their corresponding values reported in the literature. Tensile test showed that the PPC film exhibited superior mechanical strength.

Research Area(s)

  • Catalysis, Copolymerization, Polycarbonate, Synthesis

Citation Format(s)

Synthesis and characterization of alternating copolymer from carbon dioxide and propylene oxide. / Wang, S. J.; Du, L. C.; Zhao, X. S.; Meng, Y. Z.; Tjong, S. C.

In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol. 85, No. 11, 12.09.2002, p. 2327-2334.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review