Fatty acid-based polyesters and amphiphilic block copolymers thereof : compatibilizers for polyethylene-based polymer blends

R. Duchateau, L. Jasinska - Walc, M. Bouyahyi, M.P.F. Pepels

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    Polyethylene is one of the most common and versatile plastic materials in our daily life. However, there are several challenges for polyethylene. Polyethylene is non-¿degradable, causing major environmental problems in places where waste collection is impossible, for example in the marine environment. While polyethylene has ideal properties for many applications, it is notoriously difficult to modify in a controlled manner because of its inert chem. structure and the sensitivity of Ziegler-¿Natta catalysts towards functional groups. This creates challenges in areas where adhesion or polymer blending is required. A new class of polymers with the potential to address these challenges are fatty acid-¿based polyesters, which can be produced by polycondensation of w-¿hydroxy fatty acids or by ring-¿opening polymn. of the corresponding macrolactones.1,¿2 As a consequence of the large no. of CH2-¿groups between the ester functionalities, the properties of these polymers resemble those of polyethylene.3 The presence of labile ester bonds implies degradability under conditions found in the environment and in recycling processes. The topic of the current contribution is the marriage of PE-¿like fatty acid-¿based polyesters with polymers that are fundamentally different in nature. Based on the concept that such polyesters are miscible with polyethylenes, synthesis of their linear and branched block copolymers via catalytic ring-¿opening polymn. of macrolactones is relatively easy and ensures control over their mol. wt. and mol. wt. distribution as well as polymer compn., mictrostructure and polarity. We will demonstrate different novel strategies to produce amphiphilic block copolymers by means of catalytic living and immortal ring-¿opening polymn. Blending expts. with polyethylenes and polar polymers were successful and will also be discussed
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition, August 10-14, 2014, San Francisco, California
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    Event248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    - San Francisco, United States
    Duration: 10 Aug 201414 Aug 2014

    Publication series

    NameACS Macro Letters
    ISSN (Print)2161-1653


    Conference248th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CitySan Francisco


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