Indexed on: 10 Jan '19Published on: 10 Jan '19Published in: Journal of Polymer Research
α,ω-Hydroxy telechelic poly(ε-caprolactone) (HOPCLOH) was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (ε-CL).The ROP was catalyzed by ammonium decamolybdate in the presence of ether diols [HO-(CH2-CH2-O)m-H] (where m = 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8) as initiators. The homopolymer HOPCLOH was obtained with the ether group (EG) [HO-PCL-(CH2-CH2-O)m-PCL-OH (HOPCLOH)] as part of the backbone of the polyester with a systematic increase in the segment of the EG. The number average molecular weight (Mn) for all samples were similar in the range of oligomers (Mn = 1240–1510 Da) to have a significant effect of the EG. The effect of the EG on the physical properties was evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) where the crystallinity of HOPCLOH and the size of the EG showed a relationship inversely proportional. Poly(ester-urethanes) (PEUs) derived from HOPCLOH exhibited an elastomeric behavior, where long chains of EG induced poor mechanical properties. The use and selection of the ether diols as initiators in the ROP of CL to synthesize HOPCLOH was not trivial because these EG substituents affected the crystallinity, and the mechanical properties of their PEUs.