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Thermally Responsive Elastomeric Supramolecular Polymers Featuring Flexible Aliphatic Hydrogen-Bonding End-Groups

DOI: 10.1071/CH09088 DOI Help

Authors: Philip Woodward (University of Reading) , Daniel Hermida-merino (University of Reading) , Ian Hamley (Diamond Light Source) , Andrew T. Slark (Henkel Adhesives) , Wayne Hayes (University of Reading)
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Type: Journal Paper
Journal: Australian Journal Of Chemistry , VOL 62 (8) , PAGES 790-793

State: Published (Approved)
Published: February 2009

Abstract: The present paper details the synthesis, characterization, and preliminary physical analyses of a series of polyisobutylene derivatives featuring urethane and urea end-groups that enable supramolecular network formation to occur via hydrogen bonding. These polymers are readily accessible from relatively inexpensive and commercially available starting materials using a simple two-step synthetic approach. In the bulk, these supramolecular networks were found to possess thermoreversible and elastomeric characteristics as determined by temperature-dependent rheological analysis. These thermoreversible and elastomeric properties make these supramolecular materials potentially very useful in applications such as adhesives and healable surface coatings.

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