Research on copolymers' structures and relationships selected as 'paper of the month'
The work of graduate student Leon Lillie and his co-advisers Professors Theresa Reineke and William Tolman titled, “Structure/property relationships in copolymers comprising renewable isosorbide, glucarodilactone, and 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)furan subunits,” is featured in the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Polymer Chemistry Blog as its “paper of the month.”
Web Writer Athina Anastasaki: “Polyesters obtained from bio-derived monomers are often used as building blocks with the ultimate aim of meeting consumer demands for high-performance and sustainable materials. To this end, Reineke, Tolman, and Lillie sought to establish how changing the ratio of the sustainable D-glucaro-1,4:6,3-dilactone containing α, ω-diene (GDLU) and isosorbide undecanoate (IU) may influence the thermal, chemical and mechanical properties of the acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET)-derived polymers. The authors synthesized a series of random copolymers consisting of a range of GDLU and IU compositions and fully characterized them by uniaxial tensile testing, small-amplitude oscillatory shear rheology, X-ray scattering, and hydrolytic degradation testing.”
This work, "Structure/property relationships in copolymers comprising renewable isosorbide, glucarodilactone, and 2,5-bis(hydroxymethyl)furan subunits," was published in the Journal of Polymer Chemistry. Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 3746-3754, DOI: 10.1039/c7py00575j.