Surface-initiated ring-opening polymerization of ɛ-caprolactone from cellulose model surfaces monitored by quartz crystal microbalance
2012 (English)Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
In this work surface initiated ring-opening polymerization (SI-ROP) of ɛ-caprolactone on cellulose model surfaces was investigated using the quartz crystal microbalance (QCM). The polymerization was performed with the monomer, ɛ-caprolactone, in bulk with an organic catalyst, 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene (TBD), at room temperature with two different catalyst concentrations (0.5 mol% and 1 mol%). Initiation was done directly from the hydroxyl groups on the cellulose surface without any modification. A gold surface, which cannot initiate polymerization, was used as a reference surface which was connected in serial to the cellulose surface. This study shows that QCM is a viable technique to monitor SI-ROP of ɛ-caprolactone from cellulose surfaces. Grafting polymers from cellulose fibres/fibrils/whiskers has been an interesting way of increasing the compatibility between fibres/fibrils/whiskers and different matrices in biocomposites, and the QCM could therefore be an important tool to study and optimize the grafting of polymers, such as polycaprolactone (PCL), on cellulose surfaces.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-92616OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-92616DiVA: diva2:513957
ACS 243rd American Chemical Society National Meeting
QC 201305312012-04-042012-04-042014-02-03Bibliographically approved