Improving the properties of recycled PET/PEN blends by using different chain extenders

CAN S., Karsli N. G. , Yesil S., AYTAÇ A.

JOURNAL OF POLYMER ENGINEERING, cilt.36, sa.6, ss.615-624, 2016 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 36 Konu: 6
  • Basım Tarihi: 2016
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1515/polyeng-2015-0268
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.615-624


The main aim of this study was to improve the mechanical properties of the recycled poly(ethylene terephthalate)/poly(ethylene 2,6-naphthalate) (r-PET/PEN) blends by enhancing the miscibility between PET and PEN with the usage of chain extenders. This idea was novel for the recycled PET-based r-PET/PEN blends, as investigation of the effects of the chain extender usage on the properties of r-PET/PEN blends has not been studied in the literature, according to our knowledge. 1,4-Phenylene-bisoxazoline (PBO), 1,4-phenylene-di-isocyanate (PDI), and triphenyl phosphite (TPP) were selected as chain extenders. The maximum tensile strength value was observed for the 1.0PDI sample. Moreover, PDI-based blends exhibited better Izod impact strength when compared with all other samples. The miscibility and degree of crystallinity values of all blends were discussed by means of thermal analysis. H-1-nuclear magnetic resonance (H-1-NMR) analysis was carried out to determine transesterification reaction levels. According to H-1-NMR results, the increase in the level of transesterification was around 40% with the usage of PDI. The optimum loading level for selected chain extenders was determined as 1 wt.%, and PDI-based blends exhibited better properties when compared with those of the blends based on PBO and TPP at this loading level.