NOVEL UV-Curable Rubbers

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Amanda Jancewicz1, Barbara Fowler1 and Judit Puskas2, (1)Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, The University of Akron, Akron, OH, (2)Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Polymer Science, The University of Akron, Akron, OH
This presentation will discuss a new methacrylation method of polyisoprene (PIP) made by anionic polymerization, and a new family of polyisobutylene-based block copolymers made by carbocationic copolymerizations. PIP and poly(alloocimene-b-isobutylene-b-alloocimene) (AIBA or Allomatrix) were methacrylated and characterized by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) and Size-Exclusion Chromatography (SEC). UV-curing resulted in >98% gel content. Because of its distinct advantages, photocuring technology has found a growing number of applications in the field of healthcare, automobiles, electronics, and paints and coatings.