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Synthesis of Zirconium-Containing Polyhedral Oligometallasilsesquioxane as an Efficient Thermal Stabilizer for Silicone Rubber

College of Materials Science and Engineering, Key Lab of Guangdong Province for High Property and Functional Polymer Materials, South China University of Technology, Guangzhou 510641, China
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Polymers 2018, 10(5), 520; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym10050520
Received: 16 April 2018 / Revised: 8 May 2018 / Accepted: 10 May 2018 / Published: 11 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Thermal Properties and Applications of Polymers)
Free radicals play a negative role during the thermal degradation of silicone rubber (SR). Quenching free radicals is proposed to be an efficient way to improve the thermal-oxidative stability of SR. In this work, a novel zirconium-containing polyhedral oligometallasilsesquioxane (Zr-POSS) with free-radical quenching capability was synthesized and characterized. The incorporation of Zr-POSS effectively improved the thermal-oxidative stability of SR. The T5 (temperature at 5% weight loss) of SR/Zr-POSS significantly increased by 31.7 °C when compared to the unmodified SR. Notably, after aging 12 h at 280 °C, SR/Zr-POSS was still retaining about 65%, 60%, 75%, and 100% of the tensile strength, tear strength, elongation at break, and hardness before aging, respectively, while the mechanical properties of the unmodified SR were significantly decreased. The possible mechanism of Zr-POSS for improving the thermal-oxidative stability of SR was intensively studied and it was revealed that the POSS structure could act as a limiting point to suppress the random scission reaction of backbone. Furthermore, Zr could quench the free radicals by its empty orbital and transformation of valence states. Therefore, it effectively suppressed the thermal-oxidative degradation and crosslinking reaction of the side chains. View Full-Text
Keywords: silicone rubber; zirconium-containing; polyhedral oligometallasilsesquioxane; thermal-oxidative stability; free-radical quenching silicone rubber; zirconium-containing; polyhedral oligometallasilsesquioxane; thermal-oxidative stability; free-radical quenching
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Qiu, J.; Lai, X.; Li, H.; Zeng, X.; Zhang, Z. Synthesis of Zirconium-Containing Polyhedral Oligometallasilsesquioxane as an Efficient Thermal Stabilizer for Silicone Rubber. Polymers 2018, 10, 520.

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