Theses and Dissertations
Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Dr. Javier Macossay-Torres
Dr. Yuanbing Mao
Dr. Mohammed Uddin
Poly(ϵ-caprolactone) (PCL) is a biodegradable polyester notorious by its promising properties and applications in the biomedical field. In this work, microwave-assisted ringopening polymerization (ROP) of ϵ-caprolactone (ϵ-CL) was performed. Stannous octoate [Sn(Oct)2] was used as catalyst with and without an alcohol initiator. The different initiators tested were glycerol, diethylene glycol (DEG) and poly(ethylene) glycol (PEG). Aiming to establish reaction parameters, the influence of different reaction times, temperatures, and monomer:initiator:catalyst ratios were examined. It was observed that the reaction was obtained and high molecular weight PCL was achieved successfully without an initiator. However, mixed results were obtained using an initiator. Products were characterized using FTIR, Raman, and NMR; molecular weight of products was determined by GPC. Crystallization and thermal properties were characterized by XRD, DSC and TGA. The high molecular weight PCL obtained was used to produce fibers via electrospinning. Tensile strength of fibers was examined, observing good mechanical properties.
Obregon, Nancy, "Microwave-Assisted Ring-Opening Polymerization of Poly(ϵ-caprolactone)" (2018). Theses and Dissertations. 319.
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