A process for the production of bottle grade polyethylene furanoate by ring-opening polymerization
May 20-25, 2018
In the quest towards more sustainable societies, polyethylene furanoate (PEF) represents a promising renewable resource-based bioplastic as replacement for fossil-based polyethylene terephthalate (PET) with even improved material properties. However, the synthesis of PEF through conventional polycondensation remains a challenge, since the typical reaction times of several days lead to degradation and undesired discoloration of the product. In this work we discuss the synthesis of cyclic oligomers of PEF (cyOEF) and their rapid ring-opening polymerization (ROP) to PEF, which opens a faster synthetic route for PEF to deliver sufficient molecular weight in a more controlled and living fashion.
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Peter Fleckenstein, Jan-Georg Rosenboom, Giuseppe Storti, and Massimo Morbidelli, "A process for the production of bottle grade polyethylene furanoate by ring-opening polymerization" in "Polymer Reaction Engineering X (PRE 10) (2018)", John Tsavalas, University of New Hampshire, USA Fouad Teymour, Illinois Institute of Technology, USA Jeffrey Stubbs, HP Inc., USA Jose R. Leiza, University of the Basque Country, Spain Eds, ECI Symposium Series, (2018). https://dc.engconfintl.org/prex/21