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Oil resistance and mechanical properties of polysiloxane nanocomposites prepared by in situ reaction of reactive polar monomers

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  • Yang Meng,

    1. Key Laboratory of Beijing City for Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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  • Junfeng Chu,

    1. Key Laboratory of Beijing City for Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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  • Chaohao Liu,

    1. Key Laboratory of Beijing City for Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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  • Zheng Wei,

    1. Key Laboratory of Beijing City for Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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  • Liqun Zhang

    Corresponding author
    1. Key Laboratory of Beijing City for Preparation and Processing of Novel Polymer Materials, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
    2. State Key Laboratory of Organic-Inorganic Composites, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, People's Republic of China
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ABSTRACT

A series of poly(methylvinylsiloxane) elastomer (VMQ) composites with improved oil resistance were prepared by introducing uniform polar polymer phases into VMQ matrix through the in situ reaction of reactive polar monomers—hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) and hydroxypropyl methacrylate (HPMA)—during peroxide curing. Differential scanning calorimetry and Fourier transform infrared measurements demonstrated that HEMA and HPMA had high reactivity and most of the monomers participated in the in situ reaction during peroxide curing. Transmission electron microscopic images showed that the uniform nanophases with the diameters in the range of 20–50 nm formed in the VMQ vulcanizates. The generated nanophases could interact with silica to form a strong filler network in the VMQ matrix, resulting in a significant increase of the modulus at low elongation of the VMQ vulcanizates. With increasing the content of polar monomers, the tensile strength decreased slightly, the elongation at break, the hardness and the 100% modulus increased, but the 300% modulus decreased significantly due to the decrease of the crosslink density. The incorporation of HEMA or HPMA into VMQ matrix could significantly improve the oil resistance of polysiloxane elastomer, and the oil resistance of the composites containing HEMA was a little better than that of the composites containing HPMA. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 40983.

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