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A Novel One-Pot Synthesis of Poly(Propylene Carbonate) Containing Cross-Linked Networks by Copolymerization of Carbon Dioxide, Propylene Oxide, Maleic Anhydride, and Furfuryl Glycidyl Ether

School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, Key Laboratory of Clean Energy Materials Chemistry of Guangdong Higher Education Institutes, Resource and Chemical Engineering Technology Research Center of Western Guangdong Province, Lingnan Normal University, Zhanjiang 524048, China
Key Laboratory of Functional Molecular Engineering of Guangdong Province, School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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Polymers 2019, 11(5), 881;
Received: 12 April 2019 / Revised: 5 May 2019 / Accepted: 7 May 2019 / Published: 14 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Polymeric Materials from Renewable Resources)
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The thermoplastic poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) containing cross-linked networks was one-pot synthesized by copolymerization of carbon dioxide, propylene oxide (PO), maleic anhydride (MA), and furfuryl glycidyl ether (FGE). The copolymers were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), gel permeation chromatography (GPC), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements. The thermal and dimensional stability of the copolymers were improved. When the MA and FGE load increased from 1 mol% to 4 mol% of PO, the copolymers contained the gel contents of 11.0%–26.1% and their yields were about double that of the PPC. The 5% weight-loss degradation temperatures (Td,-5%) and the maximum weight-loss degradation temperatures (Td,max) increased from 149.7–271.3 °C and from 282.6–288.6 °C, respectively, corresponding to 217.1 °C and 239.0 °C of PPC. Additionally, the hot-set elongation tests showed that the copolymers exhibited elasticity and dimensional stability with the minimum permanent deformation of 6.5% which was far less than that of PPC of 157.2%, while the tensile strengths were a little lower than that of PPC because of the following two conflicting factors, cross-links and flexibility of the units formed by the introduced third monomers, MA and FGE. In brief, we provide a novel method of one-pot synthesis of PPC containing cross-linked networks. According to this idea, the properties would be more extensively regulated by changing the cross-linkable monomers. View Full-Text
Keywords: poly(propylene carbonate); networks; copolymerization; modification poly(propylene carbonate); networks; copolymerization; modification

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Gao, L.; Chen, X.; Liang, X.; Guo, X.; Huang, X.; Chen, C.; Wan, X.; Deng, R.; Wu, Q.; Wang, L.; Feng, J. A Novel One-Pot Synthesis of Poly(Propylene Carbonate) Containing Cross-Linked Networks by Copolymerization of Carbon Dioxide, Propylene Oxide, Maleic Anhydride, and Furfuryl Glycidyl Ether. Polymers 2019, 11, 881.

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