Polyester chemistry: From soft drink bottles to polymeric liquid crystals

James R. Bradley, Timothy E. Long

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Polyester homopolymers and copolymers are prepared using a combination of melt phase oligomerization followed by solid state polycondensation. The physical properties of the resulting polymers are defined by the combination of monomers, and liquid crystalline, semicrystalline, and amorphous polyester compositions are prepared. Special emphasis is directed to understand polymerization mechanisms, and in-situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy is successfully employed in both acidolysis and ester exchange polymerization processes. The effectiveness of the metal catalysts in various melt phase processes is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-565
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1999 ACS Anaheim Meeting - Anaheim, CA, USA
Duration: Mar 21 1999Mar 25 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


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