Performance polymers from renewable monomers: high molecular weight poly(pentadecalactone) for fiber applications

M. Geus, de, I. Meulen, van der, B. Goderis, K. Hecke, van, M. Dorschu, H. Werff, van der, C.E. Koning, A. Heise

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Abstract

Enzymatic ring-opening polymerization was applied to synthesize high molecular weight polypentadecalactone (PPDL). The synthetic procedure was optimized on a small-scale and subsequently transferred to 30 g scale to yield sufficient material for fiber spinning. Molecular weights (Mw) of 143 000 g mol-1 were obtained. Mechanical and thermal properties of the non-oriented, high molecular weight PPDL were determined and are largely in agreement with the literature data. The high molecular weight PPDL was melt-processed into fibers, which were further elongated to about 9–10 times their original length. Analysis of the fibers revealed differences in crystal orientation as a function of the processing conditions. Preliminary fiber tensile measurements confirm a high strength of up to 0.74 GPa for the fiber with the highest crystal orientation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-533
JournalPolymer Chemistry
Volume1
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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    Geus, de, M., Meulen, van der, I., Goderis, B., Hecke, van, K., Dorschu, M., Werff, van der, H., ... Heise, A. (2010). Performance polymers from renewable monomers: high molecular weight poly(pentadecalactone) for fiber applications. Polymer Chemistry, 1(4), 525-533. https://doi.org/10.1039/b9py00360f