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Keywords:

  • acrylate;
  • addition polymerization;
  • frontal polymerization;
  • kinetics;
  • radical polymerization;
  • redox polymers

Abstract

We studied thermal frontal polymerization using a redox system in an attempt to lower the temperature of the frontally polymerizable system while increasing the front velocity so as to obtain a self-sustaining front in a thinner layer than without the redox components. A cobalt-containing polymer with a melting point of 63 °C (Intelimer 6050X11) and cumene hydroperoxide were used with a triacrylate. The use of the Intelimer decreased the front velocity but allowed fronts to propagate in thinner layers and with more filler while still having a pot life of days. Nonplanar modes of propagation occurred. Fronts propagated faster when 6-O-palmitoyl-L-ascorbic acid was used as a reductant. Interestingly, fronts were also faster with the reductant even without the Intelimer if kaolin clay was the filler; however, the pot life was significantly reduced. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem, 2012