Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

New Transparent Flexible Uv-cured Films from Polyisobutylene-polyisoprene Block Polymers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1991

Abstract

Novel polyisobutylene-polyisoprene (PIB-PIP) multiblock polymers have been synthesized and used for the preparation of UV-cured transparent flexible coatings. The block polymers were tailor-made by bidirectional living carbocationic polymerization of isobutylene (IB) followed by sequential isoprene (IP) addition. PIB-PIP multiblocks containing highly cyclized tr-1,4-PIP sequences were mixed with a bisazide and photocrosslinked. Epoxidized PIB-PIP blocks were blended with a cationic photoinitiator and UV-cured. Blocks having 23 mol% total PIP content and PIB segments of M n = 16,600 and 18,800, respectively, gave transparent flexible coatings with 45 kg/cm2 tensile strength and 450% elongation. The coatings exhibited good adhesion to aluminum and are expected to have excellent barrier properties due to the presence of PIB sequences.

Publication Title

Journal of Macromolecular Science: Part A - Chemistry

Volume

28

Issue

1

First Page

65

Last Page

80