Poly(ethylene terephthalate)/poly(ethylene glycol-co-1,3/1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate)/clay nanocomposites: Mechanical properties, optical transparency, and barrier properties



Poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)/clay, PET/poly(ethylene glycol-co-1,3/1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol terephthalate) (PETG), and PET/PETG/clay nanocomposites were fabricated using the twin-screw extrusion technique. The spherulitic morphologies, thermomechanical, mechanical, and gas-barrier properties, as well as the effect of clay on the transparency of the resulting nanocomposites were identified. The clay induced the heterogeneous nucleation of the nanocomposites during the cold crystallization process, thereby increasing the crystallinities and melting temperatures of the resulting nanocomposites. The incorporation of clay increased the storage moduli, Young's moduli, impact strengths, and barrier properties of the PET, PETG, and PET/PETG blend. Regarding the optical transparency, the inclusion of clay can make the crystallizable PET matrix crystalline opaque. However, the amorphous PETG maintained its transparency. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 39869.