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Disassembly of Elastomers: Poly(olefin sulfone)−Silicones with Switchable Mechanical Properties

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posted on 28.12.2010, 00:00 by Jose M. Lobez, Timothy M. Swager
An elastomeric polymer composite that can be disassembled at will into its individual components when exposed to mild bases is presented. The composite is formed of a poly(olefin sulfone) and a silicone bound together using “click” chemistry. The mechanical properties of the composites can be varied depending on their formulation. Its base-triggered decomposition is advantageous from the point of view of composite recycling and controlled release of chemicals.