• crosslinking;
  • metathesis;
  • polysiloxanes;
  • thermosets


Acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization has been used in the synthesis of telechelic materials using alkoxy-functionalized carbosiloxane or oligo(oxyethylene)-based polymers, varying from internal to terminal cured materials or the combination of them. Previous investigations demonstrated that introduction of chain-end crosslinking improves the stress–strain behavior of such materials. A series of saturated and unsaturated carbosiloxane and oligo(oxyethylene)-based polymers were synthesized by ADMET polymerization using silacyclobutane as chain-end, thermally induced crosslinker. The carbosiloxane derivatives presented pure amorphous behavior, whereas the oligo(oxyethylene) polymers were semicrystalline. The thermal curing process was monitored by differential scanning calorimetry via the exotherm between 160 and 210 °C. Mechanical properties on thermoset polymers were measured, where cured polymers showed moduli from 0.6 to 9.3 MPa, tensile strengths from 0.3 to 1.0 MPa, and elongations from 12 to 76%. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2011