Monomers used for the synthesis of terephthalate polyesters have been prepared starting from renewable resources. In particular, dimethyl terephthalate was synthesised starting from bio-limonene while butanediol was synthesised starting from bio-succinic acid. Using these bio-monomers it was possible to synthesise polyesters with the same chemical structure and molecular weight of commercially available polymers. Moreover, the polymers obtained from bio-based monomers, present the same thermal properties of the polyesters obtained using petrol-derived monomers. A poly(butylene terephthalate) completely obtained from renewable resources was also synthesised. The radiocarbon and isotope mass spectroscopy analysis confirmed that this polyester contains 94 ± 3% of bio-based material.

Synthesis and radiocarbon evidence of terephthalate polyesters completely prepared from renewable resources

COLONNA, MARTINO;BERTI, CORRADO;FIORINI, MAURIZIO;BINASSI, ENRICO;MAZZACURATI, MARZIA;VANNINI, MICAELA;
2011

Abstract

Monomers used for the synthesis of terephthalate polyesters have been prepared starting from renewable resources. In particular, dimethyl terephthalate was synthesised starting from bio-limonene while butanediol was synthesised starting from bio-succinic acid. Using these bio-monomers it was possible to synthesise polyesters with the same chemical structure and molecular weight of commercially available polymers. Moreover, the polymers obtained from bio-based monomers, present the same thermal properties of the polyesters obtained using petrol-derived monomers. A poly(butylene terephthalate) completely obtained from renewable resources was also synthesised. The radiocarbon and isotope mass spectroscopy analysis confirmed that this polyester contains 94 ± 3% of bio-based material.
M. Colonna; C. Berti; M. Fiorini; E. Binassi; M. Mazzacurati; M. Vannini; S. Karanam
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