Co-polymers of poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) and poly(caprolactone triol) (PCLT) were synthesised via a simple yet effective one-pot, two-step method, without the need for a catalyst or solvent. Successful synthesis was confirmed via H-1 NMR and ATR-FT-IR. The co-polymers displayed increased thermal stability. Covalent bonding between the functionalised PCLT and PPC enhanced moduli and strength, while also reducing creep and flow within PPC. Co-polymers displayed increased storage moduli, glass transition temperatures and damping properties. Additionally, PCLT-PPC co-polymers were flexible and easily moulded into shapes while maintaining their form and structural integrity. By imparting a relatively small concentration of functionalised-PCLT, the existing material properties (damping), as well as those previously seen as a hindrance to greater PPC application (poor thermal stability, cold flow, poor strength) were enhanced, while new characteristics (mouldability) were introduced.
- POLYCAPROLACTONE TRIOL
- RENEWABLE RESOURCES