Study of Polypropylene Carbonate (PPC) for Textiles Application

This project studies the enhancement of polypropylene carbonate (PPC), a synthetic polymer, for its application in textiles. By enhancing the thermal stability of PPC, the polymer may serve as an alternative to non-biodegradable synthetic polymer.

Synthetic polymer, such as nylon, is widely used in textile manufacturing. These synthetic polymers are non-biodegradable and may cause environmental issues. PPC, on the other hand, is a biodegradable synthetic polymer. It is currently used in producing a range of plastic products, such as utensil, garbage bag, foam board, and agricultural protective films. However, its application in textiles is uncommon due to the limitation of PPC.

Challenges of using PPC in textile manufacturing

  1. PPC deforms or decomposes under different temperature levels. It is a brittle polymer below 20℃ while it has poor dimensional stability over 45℃, leading to deformation during washing or other manufacturing tasks.
  2. Under thermal processing with temperature around 150℃ such as dyeing, ironing or finishing, PPC undergoes thermal decomposition.

Objectives of the project

  1. To enhance the thermal stability of PPC, including polymer end-capping, cross-linking, and polymer blending techniques
  2. To conduct different spinning methods of PPC fibres
  3. To study the application of PPC in producing home textiles products or underwear
  4. To explore the feasibility of replacing non-biodegradable synthetic polymer with PPC
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Study of Polypropylene Carbonate (PPC) for Textiles Application

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