Novel dendritic-poly(urethane-urea) hybrid thin films from hydrogen bond rich dendrons

Kannan, A, Choudhury, N and Dutta, N 2014, 'Novel dendritic-poly(urethane-urea) hybrid thin films from hydrogen bond rich dendrons', Polymer, vol. 55, no. 20, pp. 5132-5139.

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Title Novel dendritic-poly(urethane-urea) hybrid thin films from hydrogen bond rich dendrons
Author(s) Kannan, A
Choudhury, N
Dutta, N
Year 2014
Journal name Polymer
Volume number 55
Issue number 20
Start page 5132
End page 5139
Total pages 8
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract Hydrogen bond rich segmented poly(urethane-urea) was synthesized from methylene diphenylisocyanate (MDI) and three generations of polyurea-malonamide dendrons as hard segment and polycaprolactone diol as soft segment for thin film applications. The prepared polymers were characterized using spectroscopic, microscopic and thermal analyses. The formation of urethane linkage during the prepolymer reaction and the urea linkage between prepolymer and the dendrons is confirmed by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy and 1H nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. FTIR shows the presence of hydrogen bonding of -NH groups with both urethane carbonyl group from hard segment and the ether group from the soft segment. However, the phase mixing of hard and soft segments decreases with the higher generation dendrons, as evidenced from FTIR. This observation was confirmed by phase images of the atomic force microscopy (AFM). The coating when applied to clean steel substrates via dip coating reveals uniform, dense and essentially defect free morphology. The work demonstrates that the mechanical properties of the hybrid thin films are dependent on the generation of the dendrons and provides a platform for surface engineering with tunable elastic modulus.
Subject Chemical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Functional Materials
Keyword(s) Dendritic hybrids
Segmented poly(urethane-urea)
Hydrogen bonding
DOI - identifier 10.1016/j.polymer.2014.08.017
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