Non-toxic poly(ethylene terephthalate)/clay nanocomposites with enhanced barrier properties

Abstract
Motivated by the technological need for poly(ethylene terephthalate) materials with improved barrier properties together with the requirement for sustainability this study focuses on an eco-friendly sulfonated polyester as clay compatibilizer to facilitate polymer mixing during melt compounding. We demonstrate that the nanocomposites based on sulfonated polyester are a reliable alternative to their imidazolium counterparts, exhibiting enhanced properties (water vapor and UV transmission), without sacrificing the excellent transparency, clarity and mechanical strength of the matrix. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Citation
Hayrapetyan S, Kelarakis A, Estevez L, Lin Q, Dana K, et al. (2012) Non-toxic poly(ethylene terephthalate)/clay nanocomposites with enhanced barrier properties. Polymer 53: 422–426. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.polymer.2011.12.017.

Acknowledgements
This material is based on work supported by Coca Cola. This publication is based on work supported in part by Award No. KUS-C1-018-02, made by King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).

Publisher
Elsevier BV

Journal
Polymer

DOI
10.1016/j.polymer.2011.12.017

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