Investigation of the interaction of CO2 with poly (L-lactide), poly(DL-lactide) and poly(epsilon-caprolactone) using FTIR spectroscopy

S. P. Nalawade, F. Picchioni, L. P. B. M. Janssen, D. W. Grijpma, J. Feijen*

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Abstract

Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy was used to reveal intermolecular interactions between carbon dioxide (CO2) and the carbonyl groups of poly(L-lactide) (PLLA), poly(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA), and poly(E-caprolactone) (PCL). After exposing polymer films to high pressure CO2, the wave number of the absorption maxima of the polymer carbonyl groups shifted to higher values. Also, due to the interaction between CO2 and the carbonyl groups of the polymers, a new broad peak in the bending mode region of CO2 appeared. To distinguish between polymer-associated and nonassociated CO2, and to quantify these contributions, the bending mode peaks were deconvoluted. From these contributions, it was found that in the case of PCL more CO2 is interacting with the polymer carbonyl groups than in the case of PDLLA and PLLA. Under our experimental conditions, 40 degrees C and pressures up to 8 MPa, a significant depression of the PCL melting temperature was observed. (C) 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3376-3381
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Volume109
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5-Sep-2008

Keywords

  • FTIR spectroscopy
  • biodegradable polymers
  • carbon dioxide
  • processing aid
  • melting temperature
  • SUPERCRITICAL CARBON-DIOXIDE
  • THERMAL-DEGRADATION
  • BIODEGRADABLE FIBERS
  • POLY(L-LACTIDE)
  • POLYESTERS
  • POLYLACTIDE
  • EXTRUSION
  • BEHAVIOR
  • SORPTION
  • SOLVENT

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