To improve the glass transition temperature (Tg) and heat resistance of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottle, poly (ethylene glycol 1,4-cyclohexane dimethylene isosorbide terephthalate) (PEICT) with a unique cyclic structure was introduced into PET. The miscibility of the PET/PEICT blends and their feasibility as a heat resistant bottle were investigated. The introduction of PEICT into PET increases the Tg and the PET/PEICT blends exhibit a single Tg, indicating good miscibility between PEICT and PET. Furthermore, the Tg and crystallinity of the PET/PEICT blends can be adjusted by controlling the amount of PEICT added. The PET/PEICT blends were transparent in the visible light range (no significant change in transparency) because the blends were truly miscible as confirmed by Fox equation. As expected, the introduction of PEICT into PET bottle allows for improved heat resistance and shape stability due to the rigid molecular structure and chirality of the two tetrahydrofuran rings in the isosorbide group of PEICT. Based on our results, the as-prepared PET/PEICT blends with controllable high heat resistance can be used as a cost-effective alternative material for various hot-filling conditions in the beverage industry by adjusting the optimal ratio of PEICT to PET for each product (e.g. fruit juice, tea).
|Publication status||Published - 2020 Nov|
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics