Fundamental Studies On the Radical Initiated Grafting of Vinyltrimethoxysilane Onto Polymeric Models

Thursday, October 20, 2011: 12:30 PM
L100 A (Minneapolis Convention Center)
Swetha Sivaswamy1, Emily Nixon2, Farhana Momim1, Rani Jha2, Manjusha Verma2, Leslie Gelbaum2, Pamela Pollet2, Charles Eckert1, Charles Liotta2, Bharat Chaudhary3 and Jeffrey Cogen3, (1)School of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, (2)School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, (3)The Dow Chemical Company, Piscataway, NJ

Cross-linked polyethylenes have widespread applications such as insulators for current-carrying wires/cables and for hot water pipes, owing in part to their high upper use temperatures compared to non-crosslinked polyethylenes. Industrially, cross-linked polyethylene is often prepared via radical initiated grafting of polyethylene with vinyltrimethoxysilane (VTMS) followed by moisture curing. The efficiency of the grafting reaction is not optimal, as a large portion of the VTMS remains un-reacted and controlling the distribution and extent of grafting is difficult. We present our studies of VTMS grafting reactions on polymeric models to gain improved fundamental understanding of the radical initiated grafting mechanism.  In particular, we will present experimental results using dodecane and heptane as model compounds.

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