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Miscibility Study of Poly(Butylene Succinate) and Pine-Gum Blends

Chang, Robert and Lata, Roselyn A. and Rohindra, David (2017) Miscibility Study of Poly(Butylene Succinate) and Pine-Gum Blends. Key Engineering Materials, 735 . pp. 148-152. ISSN 1662-9795

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    Abstract

    Miscibility between poly(butylene succinate) [PBS], a semi-crystalline polymer with a natural gum extracted from the pine tree (Pinus Caribaea – Hondurensis), was investigated in solution cast blends using Differential Scanning Calorimetry [DSC] and Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy [FTIR]. The spherulite morphology of PBS in the blends was observed with polarized optical microscopy [POM]. Depression in the equilibrium melting temperature of PBS in the blends was determined using the Hoffman-Weeks plot method. The depression in the crystallization temperature of the blends with increasing pine gum ratio and the emergence of extinction rings in the spherulites of the blends confirmed the blends to be miscible at the molecular level. Infrared spectroscopy indicated that interactions occurred between the hydroxyl groups of the pine-gum and the carbonyl group of PBS.

    Item Type: Journal Article
    Subjects: Q Science > QD Chemistry
    Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Biological and Chemical Sciences
    Depositing User: Fulori Nainoca
    Date Deposited: 24 May 2017 14:23
    Last Modified: 24 May 2017 14:23
    URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/9949
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