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Adv Mater. 2014 Mar 12;26(10):1552-8. doi: 10.1002/adma.201304370. Epub 2013 Nov 19.

A high-performance recycling solution for polystyrene achieved by the synthesis of renewable poly(thioether) networks derived from D-limonene.

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Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University, 3120 TAMU, 5045 Emerging Technologies, College Station, Texas, 77843-3120, USA.

Abstract

Nanocomposite polymers are prepared using a new sustainable materials synthesis process in which d-Limonene functions simultaneously both as a solvent for recycling polystyrene (PS) waste and as a monomer that undergoes UV-catalyzed thiol-ene polymerization reactions with polythiol comonomers to afford polymeric products composed of precipitated PS phases dispersed throughout elastomeric poly(thioether) networks. These blended networks exhibit mechanical properties that greatly exceed those of either polystyrene or the poly(thioether) network homopolymers alone.

KEYWORDS:

nanocomposites; recycling; renewable polymers; thiol-ene click chemistry

PMID:
24249666
PMCID:
PMC4000729
DOI:
10.1002/adma.201304370
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