Vitrimeric Silicone Elastomers Enabled by Dynamic Meldrum's Acid-Derived Cross-Links

Jacob S.A. Ishibashi, Julia A. Kalow*

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Current vitrimer technology uses only a handful of distinct reactions for cross-linking. New dynamic reactions can diversify vitrimer functionality and properties. In this paper, reversible cross-links formed by conjugate addition-elimination of thiols with a Meldrum's acid derivative enable compression-remolding of silicone elastomers. After 10 remolding cycles, there is no discernible deterioration of mechanical properties (Young's modulus, Tg, rubbery plateau E'), nor is there a change in stress relaxation activation energy. This robust new cross-linker could be implemented in any number of systems that currently use permanent thiol-ene cross-linking, expanding the scope of recyclable materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)482-486
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 17 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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