Sustainable thermoplastic elastomers from terpene-derived monomers

Justin M. Bolton, Marc A. Hillmyer, Thomas R. Hoye

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Abstract

ABA triblock polymers were prepared by living anionic polymerization of the pinene-derivable monomers α-methyl-p-methylstyrene and myrcene. The resulting thermoplastic elastomers displayed microphase separation at moderate molar mass, an upper service temperature about 70 °C higher than traditional petroleum-derived styrenic thermoplastic elastomers, competitive tensile strengths of up to 10 MPa, impressive ultimate elongations of up to 1300%, and remarkably low energy loss recovery attributes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)717-720
Number of pages4
JournalACS Macro Letters
Volume3
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 19 2014

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