Poly(ethylene succinate)

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Poly(ethylene succinate)
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Melting point 103–106 °C (217–223 °F; 376–379 K)
Except where otherwise noted, data are given for materials in their standard state (at 25 °C [77 °F], 100 kPa).
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Poly(ethylene succinate) (PES) is an aliphatic synthetic polyester with a melting point from 103–106 °C. It is synthesized from dicarboxylic acids; either by ring-opening polymerization of succinic anhydride with ethylene oxide or by polycondensation of succinic acid and ethylene glycol.[1] Thermophilic Bacillus sp. TT96 is found in soil and can degrade PES. Mesophilic PES degrading microorganisms were found in the Bacillus and Paenibacillus species; strain KT102; a relative of Bacillus pumilus was the most capable of degrading PES film. The fungal species NKCM1003 a type of Aspergillus clavatus also degrades PES film. The solubility of lithium salts (e.g. lithium perchlorate, LiClO4) in PES made it a good alternative to poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) during early development of solid polymer electrolytes for lithium ion batteries.[2]


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