A new polymerization technique for ultra-high molecular weight poly(ethylene terephthalate) (UHMW-PET) has been developed. UHMW-PET was obtained by swollen-state polymerization in specific solvents under bubbling nitrogen gas at atmospheric pressure. Suitable solvents for the swollen-state polymerization were those that could swell PET but did not dissolve it. Solvents having a similar solubility parameter to PET were desirable for attaining higher ultimate intrinsic viscosity at the same polymerization temperature. The rate of swollen-state polymerization was strongly related to the degree of swelling, that is, the content of impregnated solvent in swollen PET. When a hydrogenated terphenyl was used as the solvent, UHMW-PET with an intrinsic viscosity of 2-3 dl g- ~ was obtained, and a honeycomb-like structure was observed in the UHMW-PET particles.
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Synthesis of ultra-high molecular weight poly(ethylene terephthalate) by swollen-state polymerization / Susumu Tate*, Yhoichi Watanabe and Akira Chiba // Polymer. – 1993. – Vol 34. – P. 4974-4977.