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

Suren Hayrapetyan, Antonios Kelarakis, Luis Estevez, Qin Lin, Kausik Dana, Yi-Lin Chung, Emmanuel P. Giannelis

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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.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)422-426
Number of pages5
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes

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KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledged KAUST grant number(s): KUS-C1-018-02
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).
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.


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