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Polydimethylsiloxane quenchable vitrimers

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An elastomeric vitrimer material was synthesized via the crosslinking of a polydimethylsiloxane bearing pendant amino functions with a bis-vinylogous urethane crosslinker. The elastic properties of this material could be tuned across a wide range of moduli by varying crosslink density. Reshaping and recyclability were observed at 100 °C. Further investigation of the dynamic character revealed double relaxations, which could be supressed by masking free amino groups. Finally, these studies led to the development of a single-pot, solution-castable formulation of a non-dynamic permanent elastomer. These results open a way for the design of quenchable vitrimers, that is to say crosslinked materials which after shaping or recycling exhibit conventional elastomer properties.

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The article was received on 01 Sep 2017, accepted on 16 Oct 2017 and first published on 27 Oct 2017

Article type: Communication
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01488K
Polym. Chem., 2017,8, 6590-6593

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    Polydimethylsiloxane quenchable vitrimers

    T. Stukenbroeker, W. Wang, J. M. Winne, F. E. Du Prez, R. Nicolaÿ and L. Leibler, Polym. Chem., 2017, 8, 6590
    DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01488K

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