Surface and Bulk Structure of Segmented Poly(ether urethanes) with Perfluoro Chain Extenders. 5. Incorporation of Poly(dimethylsiloxane)and Polyisobutylene Macroglycols

Sung Chul Yoon, Buddy D. Ratner, Béla Iván, Joseph P. Kennedy

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Nonpolar hydrophobic soft segments were synthetically incorporated into polyurethanes based on 4,4'-methylenebis(phenyl isocyanate) (MDI)/hexafluoro-1,5-pentanediol (FP)/poly(tetramethylene glycol) (PTMO). The soft segments incorporated were dihydroxy-terminated poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) and polyisobutylene (PIB). All soft segments have similar molecular weights (Mn ≈ ∼2000). All polymers prepared also have similar levels of hard segment (∼55 wt %), and they are soluble in common organic solvents. The solvent-cast polymers were studied by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, electron spectroscopy for chemical analysis (ESCA), and static secondary-ion mass spectrometry (SSIMS). The FTIR analysis showed that the absorption band at 3295 cm−1 is important for the interpretation of soft-segment mixing behavior in segmented poly(ether urethanes). The surface analysis data revealed that the incorporation of 20 wt % or less of PIB or PDMS in the soft segment may be sufficient to completely cover the polymer surface with each corresponding soft segment. The PDMS polyurethanes exhibited a pronounced casting solvent dependence on the surface and bulk structure, while the PIB polyurethanes showed less dependence on casting solvent.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1548-1554
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - nov. 1 1994


ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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