Synthesis and Characterization of Decahydronaphthalene-Containing Polyesters

Joseph M. Dennis, Joshua S. Enokida, Timothy E. Long

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Melt polycondensation of decahydronaphthalate dimethyl ester with various diols enabled the synthesis of novel polyesters containing hydrogenated naphthalene rings. Decahydronaphthalene-containing polyesters demonstrated thermal stabilities above 350°C, and compression molding provided ductile, optically clear films. 1H NMR spectroscopy confirmed transesterification, and intrinsic viscosity measurements verified high molecular weights. Differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis revealed structure-property relationships for glass transition temperatures (Tg) and β-relaxations. Melt rheology examined the effect of chemical structure on flow behavior, and time-temperature superposition revealed two distinct transitions, which correlated to the Tg and chain disentanglement. Furthermore, evaluation of the fractional free volume and flow activation energies suggested a structural dependence associated with regularity along the polymer backbone.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)8733-8737
Number of pages5
Issue number24
StatePublished - Dec 22 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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