Thermotropic polyesters are an important class of materials for high erformance applications. Their low melt viscosities, low thermal expansion coefficients, high use temperatures, and ease in processing allow for the production of high strength and high modulus fibers, films, or compression-molded articles. In this work we explore the synthesis, melt extrusion, fiber spinning, and performance of thermotropic liquid-crystalline polyesters from renewable resources (BioLCP). Special focus is on the application of the bio-based monomers vanillic acid and 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid and their added value and functionality on BioLCPproperties. Through the apploication ofa melt-polycondensation reaction at mild temperatures (< 260 °C),we have successfully synthesized a range of BioLCP containing various aliphatic and aromatic monomers with molecularweights (Mn) of10,000 g/mol and higher . Using various characterization tools, we demonstrate that a careful selection of the aromatic and aliphatic monomers gives excellent control over the glass transition temperatures, melting temperatures, overall crystallinity, and the degree of segmental block formation inside the polymeric chains. Furthermore, we demonstrate that the ease in processing expected from such BioLCP persists and fiber spinning can successfully be conducted, yielding fibers with tensile moduliup to 20GPa.  Lastly, we explore and discuss the application of the developed BioLCP as fillers for the development of fully renewable composites. We demonstrate that the developed materials are highly efficient fillers in polyester blends:Detailed TEM, DSC, SAXS, and tensile analysis indicate that these BioLCPfillers act as both reinforcement and nucleating agent.  This provides a unique opportunity to control the composite morphology, andthereby provides a tool todevelop composites with enhanced stiffness, strengths and high elongations at break (> 600 %). References.1. Wilsens, C.H.R.M.; Noordover, B.A.J.; Rastogi, S.; Polymer, 2014, 55,24322. Wilsens, C.H.R.M.; Verhoeven, J.M.G.A.; Noordover, B.A.J.; Hansen, M.R.; Auhl, D.; Rastogi, S.; Macromolecules, 2014, 47, 3306.3. Wilsens, C.H.R.M.; Deshmukh, Y.S.; Liu, W.; Noordover, B.A.J.; Yao, Y.; Meijer, H.E.H.; Rastogi, S.; Polymer, 2015, 60, 198.4. Wilsens, C.H.R.M.; Pepels, M.P.F.; Spoelstra, A.B.; Portale, G.; Auhl, D.; Deshmukh, Y.S.; Harings, J.A.W.; Macromolecules, 2016, 49, 2228.
|Title of host publication||LIQUID CRYSTALLINE POLYMERS FROM VANILLIC ACID: SYNTHESIS, PROPERTIES, AND APPLICATIONS.|
|Place of Publication||EPF-2017-Lyon|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 6 Jul 2017|