Polymer Engineering Faculty Research


Synthesis of Amine and Epoxide Telechelic Siloxanes

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Fall 2008


A synthetic route was developed to prepare thermosetting methyl, cyclopentyl, and cyclohexyl substituted polysiloxanes with epoxide or amino end groups. Cycloalkene (cyclopentene or cyclohexene) and dichlorosilane gas were reacted at 180 °C, and at high pressure (2 MPa) to produce dicycloaliphatic dichlorosilane. Hydrolytic condensations of the dichlorosilanes were performed affording low molecular weight cyclic siloxane oligomers. Base catalyzed ring opening polymerization of the cyclic oligomers afforded the hydride-terminated polysiloxanes. The hydride-terminated polysiloxanes were then functionalized with glycidyl epoxide or aliphatic amine groups via hydrosilation reactions. The oligomers and polymers were characterized by 1H NMR, 13C NMR, 29Si NMR, FTIR, and GPC. The molecular weight of polydimethylsiloxane, polydicyclopentylsiloxane, and polydicyclohexylsiloxane oligomers were equation image = 1 000, 1 200, and 1 500, respectively. The polydispersity index of all the cyclic oligomers was ≈1.15. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used to evaluate the crosslinking reaction and the glass transition temperature of the thermally cured systems. Crosslinking occurred at 120 °C and the Tg of the methyl, cyclopentyl, and cyclohexyl functionalized siloxanes were found to be at −104, −93, and −82 °C, respectively.



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