Polydiolcitrates are an emerging class of biocompatible polyesters with a great potential in the field of biomedicine and packaging for food and drug materials. In this work, a new type of (co-)polydiolcitrates made of citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) and/or poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is investigated. By varying both the EG/PEG and the CA/diol molar ratios, materials exhibiting very different swelling behavior, mechanical and thermal properties are obtained. In particular, the substitution of EG segments with longer and flexible PEG ones results in an increase in crosslinking density, with remarkable effects on swelling capacity, glass transition temperature, and Young modulus. Moreover, polyesters with CA/diol molar ratio equal to 1:1 exhibit shape memory properties, with full capacity of keeping the temporary shape and high capacity of recovering the original shape. This work demonstrates that the appropriate choice of polyester composition allows modulating the sample properties, that permits to these materials to cover a wide range of possible applications.

Synthesis and characterization of new polydiolcitrates with tunable properties / Nuvoli, Daniele; Alzari, Valeria; Nuvoli, Luca; Rassu, Mariella; Sanna, Davide; Sanna, Vanna Annunziata; Mariani, Alberto. - In: JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE. PART A, POLYMER CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 0887-624X. - (2016). [10.1002/pola.28267]

Synthesis and characterization of new polydiolcitrates with tunable properties

NUVOLI, Daniele;ALZARI, Valeria;NUVOLI, Luca;RASSU, Mariella;SANNA, Davide;SANNA, Vanna Annunziata;MARIANI, Alberto
2016-01-01

Abstract

Polydiolcitrates are an emerging class of biocompatible polyesters with a great potential in the field of biomedicine and packaging for food and drug materials. In this work, a new type of (co-)polydiolcitrates made of citric acid (CA) and ethylene glycol (EG) and/or poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) is investigated. By varying both the EG/PEG and the CA/diol molar ratios, materials exhibiting very different swelling behavior, mechanical and thermal properties are obtained. In particular, the substitution of EG segments with longer and flexible PEG ones results in an increase in crosslinking density, with remarkable effects on swelling capacity, glass transition temperature, and Young modulus. Moreover, polyesters with CA/diol molar ratio equal to 1:1 exhibit shape memory properties, with full capacity of keeping the temporary shape and high capacity of recovering the original shape. This work demonstrates that the appropriate choice of polyester composition allows modulating the sample properties, that permits to these materials to cover a wide range of possible applications.
Synthesis and characterization of new polydiolcitrates with tunable properties / Nuvoli, Daniele; Alzari, Valeria; Nuvoli, Luca; Rassu, Mariella; Sanna, Davide; Sanna, Vanna Annunziata; Mariani, Alberto. - In: JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE. PART A, POLYMER CHEMISTRY. - ISSN 0887-624X. - (2016). [10.1002/pola.28267]
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