Carbodiimide-mediated synthesis of poly(L-lactide)-based networks

George, Karina A., Chirila, Traian V., & Wentrup-Byrne, Edeline (2010) Carbodiimide-mediated synthesis of poly(L-lactide)-based networks. Polymer, 51(8), pp. 1670-1678.

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Poly(L-lactide-co-succinic anhydride) networks were synthesised via the carbodiimide-mediated coupling of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA) star polymers. When 4-(dimethylamino)pyridine (DMAP) alone was used as the catalyst gelation did not occur. However, when 4-(dimethylamino)pyridinium p-toluenesulfonate (DPTS), the salt of DMAP and p-toluenesulfonic acid (PTSA), was the catalyst, the networks obtained had gel fractions comparable to those which were reported for networks synthesised by conventional methods. Greater gel fractions and conversion of the prepolymer terminal hydroxyl groups were observed when the hydroxyl-terminated star prepolymers reacted with succinic anhydride in a one-pot procedure than when the hydroxyl-terminated star prepolymers reacted with presynthesised succinic-terminated star prepolymers. The thermal properties of the networks, glass transition temperature (Tg), melting temperature (Tm) and crystallinity (Xc) were all strongly influenced by the average molecular weights between the crosslinks ((M_c). The network with the smallest (M_c )(1400 g/mol) was amorphous and had a Tg of 59 °C while the network with the largest (M_c ) (7800 g/mol) was 15 % crystalline and had a Tg of 56 °C.

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ID Code: 32328
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: PLLA, network, carbodiimide
DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2010.02.009
ISSN: 0032-3861
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > MACROMOLECULAR AND MATERIALS CHEMISTRY (030300)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Chemistry
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Elsevier
Deposited On: 23 May 2010 21:34
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:15

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