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Poly(furfuryl alcohol)-Polycaprolactone Blends

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Smart Materials, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, via Morego 30, 16163 Genova, Italy
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Nanoscopy & Nikon Imaging Center, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova, Italy
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Nanochemistry, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia, Via Morego 30, 16163 Genova, Italy
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Department of Physics, Università degli studi di Genova, 16146 Genova, Italy
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Polymers 2019, 11(6), 1069; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11061069
Received: 15 May 2019 / Revised: 17 June 2019 / Accepted: 18 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
Poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) is a bioresin synthesized from furfuryl alcohol (FA) that is derived from renewable saccharide-rich biomass. In this study, we compounded this bioresin with polycaprolactone (PCL) for the first time, introducing new functional polymer blends. Although PCL is biodegradable, its production relies on petroleum precursors such as cyclohexanone oils. With the method proposed herein, this dependence on petroleum-derived precursors/monomers is reduced by using PFA without significantly modifying some important properties of the PCL. Polymer blend films were produced by simple solvent casting. The blends were characterized in terms of surface topography by atomic force microscopy (AFM), chemical interactions between PCL and PFA by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR), crystallinity by XRD, thermal properties by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and mechanical properties by tensile tests and biocompatibility by direct and indirect toxicity tests. PFA was found to improve the gas barrier properties of PCL without compromising its mechanical properties, and it demonstrated sustained antioxidant effect with excellent biocompatibility. Our results indicate that these new blends can be potentially used in diverse applications ranging from food packing to biomedical devices. View Full-Text
Keywords: poly(furfuryl alcohol); polycaprolactone; biocompatibility; antioxidant polymer; food packaging poly(furfuryl alcohol); polycaprolactone; biocompatibility; antioxidant polymer; food packaging
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Nanni, G.; Heredia-Guerrero, J.A.; Paul, U.C.; Dante, S.; Caputo, G.; Canale, C.; Athanassiou, A.; Fragouli, D.; Bayer, I.S. Poly(furfuryl alcohol)-Polycaprolactone Blends. Polymers 2019, 11, 1069. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11061069

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Nanni G, Heredia-Guerrero JA, Paul UC, Dante S, Caputo G, Canale C, Athanassiou A, Fragouli D, Bayer IS. Poly(furfuryl alcohol)-Polycaprolactone Blends. Polymers. 2019; 11(6):1069. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11061069

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Nanni, Gabriele, José A. Heredia-Guerrero, Uttam C. Paul, Silvia Dante, Gianvito Caputo, Claudio Canale, Athanassia Athanassiou, Despina Fragouli, and Ilker S. Bayer 2019. "Poly(furfuryl alcohol)-Polycaprolactone Blends" Polymers 11, no. 6: 1069. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym11061069

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