The (dis)advantages of 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid in polycondensates.

Karel Wilsens

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The production of renewable monomers and polymers from a renewable feedback has attracted significant interest from both academia and industry over the last decades. One successful example of such a renewable monomer is 2,5-furandicarboxylic acid (2,5-FDCA), a building block for the production of poly(ethylene 2,5-furandicarboxylate) (PEF). PEF has proven to exhibit superior barrier properties (O2 and CO2 permeability) compared to its terephthalic acid based counterpart poly(ethylene terephthalate). This makes PEF a highly interesting candidate as packaging material for, as example, carbonated liquids. In fact, Synvina, a joint venture of BASF and Avantium, is currently building a 50,000 ton plant for commercial production of PEF.

This example clearly identifies 2,5-FDCA as a monomer of interest for the production of polyester materials with excellent barrier properties. However, detailed studies on the performance of 2,5-FDCA in other polycondensates such as polyamides or poly(ester-amide)s has not been explored in the past. In this presentation we evaluate the effect of 2,5-FDCA on the crystallinity, the water absorption, and thermal stability of such polycondensate materials. Furthermore, several unique features originating from the 2,5-FDCA moiety, their potential for applications, and their concomitant downsides and limitations are discussed.

Karel Wilsens (1987) obtained his PhD degree in Polymer Technology from the faculty of Chemical Engineering of the Technical University of Eindhoven in 2015. After this period he joined Maastricht University as Assistant Professor in the group of Biobased Materials. In his research he focuses on the development of polycondensation materials for enhanced processing and performance. Through a systematic inclusion of renewable monomers in polymers, he aims to demonstrate the added value and functionality of new biobased building blocks.

ISBN: 978-90-825680-2-8
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 May 2017
EventApplied Biobased Materials Conference - Brightlands Chemelot Campus, Sittard-Geleen, Netherlands
Duration: 12 May 201712 May 2017
Conference number: 2


ConferenceApplied Biobased Materials Conference
Abbreviated titleABC

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