Preparation of unsaturated polyesters using boric acid as mild catalyst and their sulfonated derivatives as new family of degradable polymer surfactants

Alemdar N., Erciyes A. T., BICAK N.

POLYMER, vol.51, no.22, pp.5044-5050, 2010 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 22
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.polymer.2010.08.066
  • Journal Name: POLYMER
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.5044-5050
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Boric acid-pyridine mixture is presented as mild catalyst for polycondensation of semi-esters of ethylene glycol, in situ-generated by "cyclic anhydride diol" reaction scheme from maleic, succinic and phthalic anhydrides. This catalyst system was demonstrated to give colorless polyesters in low molecular weights (Mn: 1650-1950 Da) within 4 h at 130 degrees C (1)H NMR spectra of the polyesters derived from maleic anhydride revealed significant isomerization of maleate groups to fumarate units (80 %) during the polyesterification. Maleate and fumarate double bonds of the unsaturated polyesters (USP) were demonstrated to add bisulfite ions quantitatively to give sulfonated polyesters. The resulting sulfonated polyesters with 50% and 70% succinate units exhibited relatively narrow size spherical and ellipsoidal micelles in aqueous solutions, as inferred from surface tension, DLS and ESEM measurements. The results showed that, this procedure allows preparing a new family of polymer surfactants with tunable hydrophilicity and degradable polyester backbones. (C) 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.