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Homework Help: Phthalic Anhydride derived Polyesters and Nylon structures+reactions?

  1. Feb 5, 2009 #1
    Phthalic Anhydride derived Polyesters and Nylon structures+reactions????

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Im doing a lab for Materials science for engineers.
    they want to know how phthalic anhydride and ethylene glycol makes a polyester. They also want to know how that and glycerin make a polyester.

    After that we made nylon from sebacoyl chloride and hexamethylenediamine.

    Im a first year student and I have no clue how these reactions work, they didnt teach us about the chemistry just the mechanical properties once the polymer chains are formed.

    2. Relevant equations
    Phtalic anhydride: 100px-Phthalic_anhydride.png

    ethylene glycol:


    sebacoyl chloride:


    3. The attempt at a solution

    I figured that the OHs would probably react with each other on the ends of the molecule but I have no idea what the polyester structure would be of the either the phthalic anhydride derived polyesters or the nylon-6,10.

    I do know that there are probably two reactions from the ethylene glycol with the oxygens in the phthalic anhydride but nothing further than that.
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  3. Feb 5, 2009 #2
    Re: Phthalic Anhydride derived Polyesters and Nylon structures+reactions????

    oops the pictures for the different chemicals dont work, ill try and fix it
  4. Feb 6, 2009 #3


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