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Amanda S. Fawcett, John B. Grande and Michael A. Brook Rapid, metal-free room temperature vulcanization produces silicone elastomers Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry 51

Article first published online: 31 OCT 2012 | DOI: 10.1002/pola.26414

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Silicone elastomers are rapidly formed at room temperature using B(C6F5)3 as a catalyst that ligates H-terminated silicone chains with alkoxysilane crosslinkers. The metal free process is extremely rapid: normally the process is slowed down by the addition of small amounts of solvent, which also facilitates the formation of bubble-free transparent elastomers.

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