poly(propylene carbonate)


Polypropylene carbonate (PPC), a
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Polypropylene carbonate is soluble in chemical polarity, polar solvents like lower ketones, ethyl acetate, dichloromethane and chlorinated hydrocarbons and insoluble in solvents like Alcohol (chemistry), alcohols, water, and aliphatic hydrocarbons. It also forms stable emulsions in water. PPC allows the diffusion of gases like oxygen through it. Having a glass temperature (Tg) between 25 and 45 °C, PPC binders are amorphous. The glass temperature of PPC is slightly greater than polyethylene carbonate (PEC). Its refractive index is 1.46 while its dielectric constant is 3.


Polypropylene carbonate is used to increase the toughness of some epoxy resins. It is used as a sacrificial binder in the ceramic industry, which decomposes and evaporates during sintering. It has a low sodium content which makes it suitable for the preparation of electroceramics like dielectric materials and piezoelectric ceramics. Composites of polypropylene carbonate with starch (PPC/starch) are used as biodegradable plastics. One of the largest manufacturers of polypropylene carbonate is Empower Materials, located in New Castle, DE, USA.


Further reading

*{{cite book, author=Ahluwalia V.K. & Anuradha Mishra, title=Polymer Science : A Textbook, url=https://books.google.com/books?id=F-GwABKbglYC&pg=PA161, accessdate=9 July 2012, date=1 January 2007, publisher=Ane Books India, isbn=978-81-8052-151-5, pages=161–

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