Synthesis of thermally stable organosilicate for exfoliated poly(ethylene terephthalate) nanocomposite with superior tensile properties

Ki Hong Kim, Keon Hyong Kim, June Huh, Won Ho Jo

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A poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET)/organosilicate nanocomposite, with enhanced mechanical properties, has been prepared using the melt intercalation method. For this purpose, a new organic modifier has been synthesized for the preparation of organosilicate, which is thermally stable and compatible with PET. The use of the new organosilicate yielded almost exfoliated PET nanocomposite; whereas, the PET nanocomposites prepared by use of commercial organoclays (Cloisite 15 A and 30B) show only an intercalated morphology. Particularly, the use of the new organosilicate showed an enhanced tensile modulus, and without sacrifice of the tensile strength and elongation on breaking, while the use of commercial organoclays only exhibit a trade-off between those mechanical properties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-184
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2007 Mar
Externally publishedYes



  • Mechanical properties
  • Melt intercalation
  • Nanocomposite
  • Organic modifier
  • Poly(ethylene terephthalate)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemical Engineering(all)
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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