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Materials 2016, 9(6), 449; doi:10.3390/ma9060449

Flexible Epoxy Resin Formed Upon Blending with a Triblock Copolymer through Reaction-Induced Microphase Separation

Center for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Department of Materials and Optoelectronic Science, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung 804, Taiwan
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Received: 24 April 2016 / Revised: 25 May 2016 / Accepted: 1 June 2016 / Published: 3 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Blends and Compatibilization)
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In this study, we used diglycidyl ether bisphenol A (DGEBA) as a matrix, the ABA block copolymer poly(ethylene oxide–b–propylene oxide–b–ethylene oxide) (Pluronic F127) as an additive, and diphenyl diaminosulfone (DDS) as a curing agent to prepare flexible epoxy resins through reaction-induced microphase separation (RIMPS). Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the existence of hydrogen bonding between the poly(ethylene oxide) segment of F127 and the OH groups of the DGEBA resin. Small-angle X-ray scattering, atomic force microscopy, and transmission electron microscopy all revealed evidence for the microphase separation of F127 within the epoxy resin. Glass transition temperature (Tg) phenomena and mechanical properties (modulus) were determined through differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis, respectively, of samples at various blend compositions. The modulus data provided evidence for the formation of wormlike micelle structures, through a RIMPS mechanism, in the flexible epoxy resin upon blending with the F127 triblock copolymer. View Full-Text
Keywords: epoxy; reaction-induced microphase separation; F127; block copolymer epoxy; reaction-induced microphase separation; F127; block copolymer
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Chu, W.-C.; Lin, W.-S.; Kuo, S.-W. Flexible Epoxy Resin Formed Upon Blending with a Triblock Copolymer through Reaction-Induced Microphase Separation. Materials 2016, 9, 449.

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