Effect of Crosslinker Length and Architecture on the Thermomechanical Properties of CNT-Loaded Elastomeric Polymer Matrix Composites

Meng Wang, Ermias Dheressa, Kristen A. Brown, Matthew Green

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Abstract

An evolving understanding of elastomeric polymer nanocomposites continues to expand commercial, defense, and industrial products and applications. This work explores the thermomechanical properties of elastomeric nanocomposites prepared from bisphenol A diglycidyl ether and three amine-terminated poly(propylene oxides) (Jeffamines). The Jeffamines investigated include difunctional crosslinkers with molecular weights of 2000 and 4000 g mol−1 and a trifunctional crosslinker with a molecular weight of 3000 g mol−1. Additionally, carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are added, up to 1.25 wt%, to each thermoset. The findings indicate that the T g and storage modulus of the polymer nanocomposites can be controlled independently within narrow concentration windows, and that effects observed following CNT incorporation are dependent on the crosslinker molecular weight. Finally, the impact of crosslinker length and architecture as well as CNT addition on the molecular weight between crosslink points in the glassy and rubbery states are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number1800091
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Volume39
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2018

Keywords

  • carbon nanotubes
  • elastomeric thermosets
  • network
  • polymer nanocomposites

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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