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TitleEffect of PCL and EVA molar mass on the development of sustainable polymers
Author(s)Moura, I.
Nogueira, R.
Bounor-Legare, Véronique
Machado, A. V.
Issue date2014
PublisherTaylor & Francis
JournalSoft Materials
Abstract(s)Biodegradable grafted copolymers, EVA-g-PCL, have been synthesized by reactive extrusion, through transesterification reaction between ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) using titanium propoxide (Ti(OPr)4) as catalyst. The effect of EVA and PCL molar mass on the amount of grafted copolymer and materials properties was investigated. The prepared blends were characterized by several analytical techniques, such as, selective extractions, rheology, TGA, DSC, SEM, mechanical properties, and the biodegradability was evaluated based on biochemical oxygen demand method. The results showed that the amount of copolymer increases as the amount of catalyst increases. Moreover, using EVA and PCL with high and low molar mass, respectively, allowed to obtain a material exhibiting properties similar to conventional polymers and higher biodegradability.
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Appears in Collections:CEB - Publicações em Revistas/Séries Internacionais / Publications in International Journals/Series
IPC - Artigos em revistas científicas internacionais com arbitragem

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