Hybrid monolithic materials were prepared through polymerisation of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) mixed with zirconium alkoxides (Zr(OBu n)4, Zr(OPrn)4, and Zr(OEt) 4), modified by acetylacetonate groups. The molar ratio HEMA/Zr varied between 1 and 4. Thermo-Gravimetry coupled with Mass Spectroscopy (TG-MS) analyses, 13C MAS NMR and Dynamical Mechanical Thermal Analysys (DMTA) indicated the polymeric chains were interconnected by the inorganic component. The presence of zirconium alkoxides modified substantially the poly-HEMA properties. Glass transition temperature of hybrid materials derived from butoxy and propoxy was found in the range 50-80 °C, depending on the composition. The typical swelling of p-HEMA in the water, was suppressed by the presence of zirconium compounds. After immersion in distilled water, hybrid polymers showed an initial slight weight increase, followed by a small mass loss, which increases proportionally to the length of alkoxyl group (ethoxide(propoxide(butoxide) and reaches a constant value after about 40 days. The hybrids remained always rigid and transparent. Flexural modulus and strength of about 400-900 and 4-8 MPa were measured. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Physico-chemical characterization of hybrid polymers obtained by hydroxyethyl(methacrylate) and zirconium-alkoxides.|
|Autori:||Di Maggio, Rosa; Fambri, Luca; P., Mustarelli; Campostrini, Renzo|
|Titolo del periodico:||POLYMER|
|Anno di pubblicazione:||2003|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||03.1 Articolo su rivista (Journal article)|