A reactive polystyrene-block-polyisoprene star copolymer as a toughening agent in an epoxy thermoset

Raju Francis, Deepa K. Baby

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Abstract

© 2015 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg A polystyrene-block-polyisoprene ((PS-b-PI)3) star polymer was synthesized by photochemical reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The obtained star polymer was epoxidized and used as a toughening agent in an epoxy thermoset. The incorporation of the epoxidized star polymer resulted in the formation of nanostructures and it was fixed by a crosslinking reaction. The formation of nanostructures in the thermosets follows the mechanism of reaction-induced microphase separation. The mechanical properties such as toughness and tensile strength were considerably increased due to the nanostructures formed by reactive blending.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)565-574
Number of pages10
JournalColloid and Polymer Science
Volume294
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 29 2015
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

KAUST Repository Item: Exported on 2020-10-01
Acknowledgements: RF gratefully thanks Prof. Yves Gnanou (Dean,PSE Division, KAUST, Saudi Arabia) and Prof. R.S. Duran (LSU,USA) for useful discussions in making the precursor star polymer. RFand DKB thank CSIR and DST, Govt of India for research fellowship. RFand DKB also thank UGC and State Govt for financial support.
This publication acknowledges KAUST support, but has no KAUST affiliated authors.

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