Temperature-dependent decyclopolymerization of cyclic oligomers and the implication on destructuring layered nanosheets for nanocomposite reinforcement

Sung Chul Hong, Sang Soo Lee

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Taking advantages of low viscosity, self-consistent stoichiometry and explosive decyclopolymerization of cyclic butylene terephthalate oligomers (CBTs), the destruction of multi-layered silicate nanosheets of organically modified montmorillonite (OMMT) has been attempted to explore the reinforcing effect on polymer matrix. Because of the molecular weight and the viscosity imparted by cyclic structure, CBTs were successfully embedded into OMMT galleries, as evidenced by XRD presenting a large down-shift of basal plane peak along with decrease of peak intensity. Subsequent decyclopolymerization of CBTs in-between silicate nanosheets of OMMT has been found governed by polymerization temperature; when a poly(CBT) of high molecular weight is obtainable, efficient dissociation of OMMT to silicate nanosheets and their homogeneous dispersion allowing a notable increase of energy absorption for failure are yielded. A dissociation of OMMT mediated by the temperature-dependent decyclopolymerization presents the usability of cyclic oligomers in the formation of thermoplastic polymer-based nanocomposites exhibiting effective reinforcement which can be hardly accomplished through a conventional process.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-176
Number of pages7
JournalComposites Science and Technology
Publication statusPublished - 2013 Sept 4

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
A financial support was kindly given from the Center for Advanced Soft Electronics under the Global Frontier Research Program of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, the fundamental R&D program for the technology of World Premier Materials by the Ministry Of Trade, Industry & Energy, Korea and the 2012 internal research program funded by KIST. Experiments on XRD and SAXS were supported in part by the Pohang Acceleration Laboratory. Dr. S. C. Hong appreciates a support by the Fusion Research Program for Green Technologies through the NRF funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2012M3C1A1054503).


  • A. Nanoclays
  • A. Polymer-matrix composites
  • B. Mechanical properties
  • Cyclic oligomer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ceramics and Composites
  • General Engineering


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