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Tailoring of elastomeric grafted coating via sol-gel chemistry of crosslinked polymethylhydrosiloxane

Abstract : Thin coating of crosslinked polymethylhydrosiloxane are grafted on silica using sol-gel process that leads to polymer layers tailored in term of thickness and elasticity. The degree of crosslinking is tuned by sol-gel polycondensation of a mixture of methyldiethoxysilane(DH) HSi(CH3)(OCH2CH3)2 and triethoxysilane (TH) HSi(OCH2CH3)3, yielding triethoxysilane-based networks. Samples with well-defined thicknesses from nanometer to micrometer range are prepared by sol-gel dip-coating method on silicon surface. Homogeneous or gradient-thickness coating can be produced in this way. It results in surface-attached networks bearing SiH functionalities covalently anchored to the substrate. Powdered gels of DH/TH composition from 50/50 to 95/5 (mol %) were also prepared for a comparison purpose. The structure of the gels was investigated by NMR and FTIR, showing that DH/TH mixtures react totally to yield homogeneous matrix. The surface-attached polymer films are very stable and present high hydrophobicity as evidenced by contact angle measurements. Their surface and mechanical properties have been qualitatively studied using the atomic force microscopy
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T. Thami, B. Bresson, Christian Frétigny. Tailoring of elastomeric grafted coating via sol-gel chemistry of crosslinked polymethylhydrosiloxane. Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Wiley, 2007, 104 (3), pp.1504-1516. ⟨10.1002/app.25295⟩. ⟨hal-00164881⟩



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