Citation: Li, S. Q.; Tang, M. Z.; Huang, C.; Zhang, R.; Huang, G. S.; Xu, Y. X. The relationship between pendant phosphate groups and mechanical properties of polyisoprene rubber. Chinese J. Polym. Sci. 2021, 39, 465–473 doi: 10.1007/s10118-021-2497-z shu

The Relationship between Pendant Phosphate Groups and Mechanical Properties of Polyisoprene Rubber

  • Corresponding author: Guang-Su Huang, E-mail:
    Yun-Xiang Xu, E-mail:
  • Received Date: 2020-07-17
    Accepted Date: 2020-08-27
    Available Online: 2020-10-13

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  • It is still a great challenge to mimic the structure and function of natural rubber by introducing polar components into synthetic polyisoprene. In order to explore the function of phosphate groups on the mechanical properties of polyisoprene rubber, a terminally functionalized compound (PIP-P) containing phosphate groups was synthesized and further vulcanized to prepare the model compound V-PIP-P. Through analyzing the test results, it was found that these phosphate groups formed polar aggregates in non-polar polyisoprene rubber matrix, serving as an additional dynamic cross-linking sites, which increases the cross-linking density and improves mechanical properties. The influence of the phosphate groups on the strain-induced crystallization (SIC) was further investigated via synchrotron wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) experiment. These phosphate group aggregates not only reduced the onset strain of SIC, but also slowed down the molecular chain mobility, which hinder the crystal lateral growth. The above results help us to gain a deeper understanding for the function of phosphate groups in the formation of “naturally occurring network” and guide the molecular design of next generation polyisoprene rubber.
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