Incorporating renewable monomers derived from vanillic acid (VA) and syringic acid (SyA) into a polymer system will, in addition to reducing the amount of non-renewable feedstock necessary, alter the physical properties of the resultant polymer so that it can be better tailored to suit a specic need. First, a catalyst to optimize melt polymerization of 1,4-diacetoxybenzene (HQ), 4-acetoxybenzoic acid (BA), and dodecanedioic acid (DA) was determined. Acetylation of VA and SyA was necessary to produce compatible monomers. Then, two series of polymers based on HQ, BA, DA, and acetylated vanillic acid (AVA) or acetylated syringic acid (ASyA) were prepared by melt polycondensation. The polymers were characterized by proton nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (1H NMR), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), polymer end-group titration (PEGT), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), dierential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and gel permeation chromatography (GPC). Changes in the amount and form of methoxy moieties, from the incorporation of AVA and ASyA, altered the thermal properties of the copolyester which could be applied to the development of better tailored products. The resulting aromatic/aliphatic copolyesters are resistant to typical organic solvents.

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Copolymers--Synthesis; Acetylation

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Materials Science and Engineering (MS)

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School of Chemistry and Materials Science (COS)


Massoud J. Miri

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John-David R. Rocha

Advisor/Committee Member

Gerald A. Takacs


Physical copy available from RIT's Wallace Library at TP156.P6 B56 2015


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