New paper published in Polymers (open access) in collaboration with Prof Philippe Zinck from the University of Lille.

New paper published in Polymers (open access) in collaboration with Prof Philippe Zinck from the University of Lille.

The paper untitled “Enzymatic Polycondensation of 1,6-Hexanediol and Diethyl Adipate: A Statistical Approach Predicting the Key-Parameters in Solution and in Bulk” Discussed about enzymatic polycondensation of 1,6-hexanediol and diethyl adipate. The influence of various parameters including time, temperature, enzyme loading, and vacuum was assessed in the frame of a two-step polymerization with the help of response surface methodology, a statistical technique that investigates relations between input and output variables. Results in solution (diphenyl ether) and bulk conditions showed that a two-hour reaction time was enough to allow adequate oligomer growth for the first step conducted under atmospheric pressure at 100 ◦C. The number-average molecular weight (Mn) achieved varied between 5000 and 12,000 g·mol−1 after a 24 h reaction and up to 18,500 g·mol−1 after 48 h. In this study, mass spectrometry was used in order to characterized the structure of the newly synthetized polymers.

The full text is available at the following address https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4360/12/9/1907