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Copolymers of glycerol and propylene glycol diglycidyl ethers with aromatic dithiols

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Correspondence to: J. Ostrauskaite (E-mail: jolita.ostrauskaite@ktu.lt)

ABSTRACT

Monomers derived from renewable recourses have the potential to become the biobased alternatives for petroleum derived chemicals in the production of polymers. Glycerol, the byproduct of biodiesel refining, and propylene glycol derived from glycerol are promising candidates which can be used in the synthesis of polymers as they are or after chemical modification. The new copolymers of glycerol and propylene glycol diglycidyl ethers with aromatic dithiols were synthesized and investigated in this study. Their chemical structures were confirmed by IR, 1H-NMR spectroscopy, and gel permeation chromatography. The dependencies of the mechanical, thermal properties, swelling in the different solvents, biodegradability, and bioresistance of synthesized copolymers on their chemical structures were studied. The properties of some synthesized copolymer films were found to be comparable with those of commodity polymer films. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 130: 4367–4374, 2013

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