In this paper a study of correlations between the microstructure of well defined poly(e-caprolactone) (PCL) samples and their physical properties such as thermal degradation, crystallization kinetics and melting behavior is described. The PCL samples were obtained in the presence of the compound benzyl- methoxy-bis(2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl)tin (1), acting as single-site and living initiator, as well as in the presence of compounds Tip2SnRR0 [Tip = 2,4,6-triisopropylbenzene; R = R0 = CH'CH2 (2); R = CH2Ph, R0 = Br (3)] activated by ionizing agents. PCL samples having different end groups, molecular weight and molecular weight distribution were obtained. The samples were fully characterized by GPC and NMR. The thermal degradation of the synthesized samples were studied by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) in air flow. The experimental results suggested that the presence of ester chain end groups has a beneficial effect on the thermal stability of the PCL samples, independently on the molecular weights and molecular weight distribution. The crystallization behavior was studied in isothermal conditions at 37 C, 40 C, and 43 C through differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). In this case, either the molecular weight (Mw) or the polydispersivity index (PDI) have a significant effect on the kinetics of crystallization of PCLs.
|Titolo:||Correlations between microstructural characterization and thermal properties of well defined poly(ε-caprolactone) samples by ring opening polymerization with neutral and cationic bis(2,4,6-triisopropylphenyl)tin(IV) compounds|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2010|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|