Reversibly Cross-linkable Bottlebrush Polymers as Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives

Kyle J. Arrington, Scott C. Radzinski, Kevin J. Drummey, Timothy Edward Long, John B. Matson

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Abstract

Dynamically cross-linkable bottlebrush polymer adhesives were synthesized by the grafting-from strategy through a combination of ring-opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) and photoiniferter polymerization. A norbornene-containing trithiocarbonate was first polymerized by ROMP to form the bottlebrush polymer backbone; this was followed by blue-light-mediated photoiniferter polymerization of butyl acrylate initiated by the poly(trithiocarbonate) to form the bottlebrush polymer. This strategy afforded well-defined bottlebrush polymers with molar masses in excess of 11 000 kg/mol. For un-cross-linked bottlebrush polymers, 180° peel tests revealed a cohesive failure mode and showed similar peel strengths (∼30 g/mm) regardless of the backbone polymer degree of polymerization (DP). The bottlebrush polymers were then treated with butylamine to remove the trithiocarbonate, liberating thiols on each side-chain terminus. In the presence of oxygen, these thiols readily cross-linked via disulfide bond formation. The cross-linked bottlebrush polymers with a backbone DP of 400 showed a greater than sixfold improvement in peel strength, whereas those with a backbone DP of 100 exhibited a twofold enhancement compared with un-cross-linked samples along with a change to adhesive failure. Triphenylphosphine readily reduced the disulfide bonds, effectively removing all cross-links in the bottlebrush network and allowing for recasting of the adhesive, which showed similar adhesive and rheological properties to the original un-cross-linked samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26662-26668
Number of pages7
JournalACS Applied Materials and Interfaces
Volume10
Issue number31
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Aug 8
Externally publishedYes

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Adhesives
Polymers
Polymerization
Ring opening polymerization
Sulfhydryl Compounds
Disulfides
Butylamines
Molar mass
Failure modes
Oxygen
trithiocarbonic acid

Keywords

  • acrylate
  • disulfide
  • epoxy
  • network
  • PSA
  • RAFT
  • ROMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)

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Arrington, K. J., Radzinski, S. C., Drummey, K. J., Long, T. E., & Matson, J. B. (2018). Reversibly Cross-linkable Bottlebrush Polymers as Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 10(31), 26662-26668. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b08480

Reversibly Cross-linkable Bottlebrush Polymers as Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives. / Arrington, Kyle J.; Radzinski, Scott C.; Drummey, Kevin J.; Long, Timothy Edward; Matson, John B.

In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, Vol. 10, No. 31, 08.08.2018, p. 26662-26668.

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Arrington, KJ, Radzinski, SC, Drummey, KJ, Long, TE & Matson, JB 2018, 'Reversibly Cross-linkable Bottlebrush Polymers as Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives', ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, vol. 10, no. 31, pp. 26662-26668. https://doi.org/10.1021/acsami.8b08480
Arrington, Kyle J. ; Radzinski, Scott C. ; Drummey, Kevin J. ; Long, Timothy Edward ; Matson, John B. / Reversibly Cross-linkable Bottlebrush Polymers as Pressure-Sensitive Adhesives. In: ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. 2018 ; Vol. 10, No. 31. pp. 26662-26668.
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