A class of multiblock fully-aliphatic copolyesters containing thio-ether linkages has been synthesized by reactive blending.Solid-state properties have been correlated to the chemical structure and the molecular architecture. With the aim of employing these polymers for food packaging, the permeability behavior to CO2 and O-2 gas has been analysed.The decrease of the degree of crystallinity, due to the copolymerization, together with the flexibility given by the thio-ether containing sequences, deeply influenced the behavior of the copolymers. The length of the copolymer sequences played the major role in tailoring the polymer characteristics. A decrease in the block length caused a decrease in the crystallinity degree and in the flexibility effect.Finally, the copolyesters here presented have been compared to ether-oxygen containing samples of comparable molecular architecture, to evaluate'the effect of the different heteroatom on the polymer properties. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Effect of molecular architecture and chemical structure on solid-state and barrier properties of heteroatom-containing aliphatic polyesters

Gigli M.
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2016

Abstract

A class of multiblock fully-aliphatic copolyesters containing thio-ether linkages has been synthesized by reactive blending.Solid-state properties have been correlated to the chemical structure and the molecular architecture. With the aim of employing these polymers for food packaging, the permeability behavior to CO2 and O-2 gas has been analysed.The decrease of the degree of crystallinity, due to the copolymerization, together with the flexibility given by the thio-ether containing sequences, deeply influenced the behavior of the copolymers. The length of the copolymer sequences played the major role in tailoring the polymer characteristics. A decrease in the block length caused a decrease in the crystallinity degree and in the flexibility effect.Finally, the copolyesters here presented have been compared to ether-oxygen containing samples of comparable molecular architecture, to evaluate'the effect of the different heteroatom on the polymer properties. (C) 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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