Issue 49, 2018

Sustainable inverse-vulcanised sulfur polymers


We demonstrate two renewable crosslinkers that can stabilise sustainable high sulfur content polymers, via inverse-vulcanisation. With increasing levels of sulfur produced as a waste byproduct from hydrodesulfurisation of crude oil and gas, the need to find a method to utilise this abundant feedstock is pressing. The resulting sulfur copolymers can be synthesised relatively quickly, using a one-pot solvent free method, producing polymeric materials that are shape-persistent solids at room temperature and compare well to other inverse vulcanised polymers. The physical properties of these high sulfur polymeric materials, coupled with the ability to produce them sustainably, allow broad potential utility.

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24 May 2018
30 Jul 2018
First published
06 Aug 2018
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RSC Adv., 2018,8, 27892-27899

Sustainable inverse-vulcanised sulfur polymers

D. J. Parker, S. T. Chong and T. Hasell, RSC Adv., 2018, 8, 27892 DOI: 10.1039/C8RA04446E

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