epsilon-Decalactone: A Thermoresilient and Toughening Comonomer to Poly(L-lactide)
2013 (English)In: Biomacromolecules, ISSN 1525-7797, E-ISSN 1526-4602, Vol. 14, no 8, 2883-2890 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The renewable monomer epsilon-decalactone is an excellent partner to L-lactide, where their copolymers overcome inherent drawbacks of polylactide, such as low thermal stability and brittleness. epsilon-Decalactone is a seven-membered lactone that was successfully polymerized with Sn(Oct)(2) and 1,5,7-triazabicyclo[4.4.0]dec-5-ene into both an amorphous homopolymer and copolymers with high molecular weight, low dispersity, and predicted macromolecular architecture. The thermoresilient nature of epsilon-decalactone is reflected in a high polymerization ceiling temperature and increased thermal stability for the prepared copolymers. The high ceiling temperature enables easy modulation of the polymerization rate via temperature while maintaining architectural control. The apparent rate constant was increased 15-fold when the temperature was increased from 110 to 150 degrees C. Copolymers of L-lactide and epsilon-decalactone, either with the latter as a central block in triblock polymers or with randomly positioned monomers, exhibited exceptionally tough material characteristics. The triblock copolymer had an elongation-at-break 250 times greater than that of pure poly(L-lactide). The toughness of the copolymers is attributed to the flexible nature of the polymer derived from the monomer epsilon-decalactone and to the segment immiscibility. These properties result in phase separation to soft and hard domains, which provides the basis for the elastomeric behavior.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 14, no 8, 2883-2890 p.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-128481DOI: 10.1021/bm400733eISI: 000323143700049ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84881596775OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-128481DiVA: diva2:647889
FunderEU, European Research Council, 246776
QC 201309122013-09-122013-09-122015-05-22Bibliographically approved