Contributions to the Characterization of Chlorinated Polyisoprene Surfaces



Summary: The present work is focused on the characterization of the surface properties and the mechanical properties of chlorinated polyisoprene films. Cross-linked polyisoprene films were treated with acidified hypochlorite solution and the influence of the chlorination time on the surface properties was determined by spectroscopic techniques including FT-IR spectroscopy and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS). The surface morphology was investigated by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), optical microscopy and contact angle measurements. In addition, the effect of the chlorination time on the tensile strength and ageing stability of natural rubber latex gloves was investigated.