The Synthesis of Hybrid Materials by the Blending of Polyhedral Oligosilsesquioxanes into Organic Polymers
AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB EDWARDS AFB CA PROPULSION DIRECTORATE WEST
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The study of organicinorganic hybrid materials has become an increasingly widespread research focus. The advantage derived from such materials is the combining of two very different compounds which may result in something that bridges the performance gap between the two systems. We have previously reported such hybrid systems prepared by incorporating polyhedral oligosilsesquioxanes POSSTM into traditional organic polymers by the copolymerization of POSSTM monomers and organic monomers. This presentation will discuss a more convenient method of incorporating POSSTM into a polymer the blending of POSSTM into organic polymers. The research discussion will focus on the development of the POSSTM macromers used in our studies as well as the POSSTM polymer blends synthesized. One important property enhancement observed is the increase in surface hardness for a POSSTMpolystyrene sample.
- Polymer Chemistry