Cyclic oligomer fractions of ethylene terephthalate c(ET)n and 1,4-cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate c(CT)n were obtained by yclodepolymerization of their respective polyesters, the former containing around 80 mol % of trimer and the latter with around 70 mol % of trimer to pentamer. Mixtures of these fractions at selected compositions were subjected to ring opening copolymerization to give a series of poly(ethylene-co-cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) copolyesters with ET/CT comonomer ratios ranging from 90/10 to 10/90. The copolyesters were characterized by GPC and NMR, and their thermal properties were evaluated by DSC and TGA. They had essentially the same composition as the feed from which they were produced and had an average-weight molecular weights between 30,000 and 40,000 g/mol with polydispersities between 2 and 2.7. The distribution of the monomeric units in these copolyesters was essentially at random although it evolved to be a blocky microstructure as the contents in the two comonomers became more dissimilar. Their thermal behavior was the expected one for these types of copolyesters with crystallinity and heating stability decreasing with the content in CT units.
CitationGonzález, N.; Martinez de Ilarduya, A.; Muñoz, S. Poly(ethylene-co-1,4-cyclohexylenedimethylene terephthalate) copolyesters obtained by ring opening polymerization. "Journal of polymer science. Part A, polymer chemistry", 15 Novembre 2009, vol. 47, núm. 22, p. 5954-5966.
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