The Mechanism of Adhesion Improvement of Elastomeric Silicone Sealants to Difficult-to-Bond Polymeric Substrates through Reactive or Interpenetrating Molecular Brushes

    Volume 9, Issue 5 (May 2012)

    ISSN: 1546-962X

    CODEN: JAIOAD

    Published Online: 1 May 2012

    Page Count: 16


    Gutowski, W.(Voytek) S.
    Associate Professor, Dr.-Ing., CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Interphase Engineering and Intelligent Materials Surfaces Group, Melbourne-Highett, Victoria

    Toikka, Gary
    CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Interphase Engineering and Intelligent Materials Surfaces Group, Melbourne-Highett, Victoria

    Li, Sheng
    CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering, Interphase Engineering and Intelligent Materials Surfaces Group, Melbourne-Highett, Victoria

    (Received 23 August 2011; accepted 8 February 2012)

    Abstract

    High-quality and durable adhesion of elastomeric adhesives to metallic, ceramic, and organic substrates is essential to a broad range of industries, e.g., building and construction, automotive, electronic, aerospace, biomedical, and others. The principles of engineering substrate surfaces through grafted connector molecules are discussed in this paper. In particular, two important modes of interaction for surface-grafted “molecular brushes” are investigated and experimentally verified. It is demonstrated that the inclusion of silicone- and/or amine-terminated graft molecules, such as silanes or polyethyleneimines, at polymer interfaces, results in the formation of strong molecular bridges between a range of organic substrates and elastomeric sealants leading to significantly improved bonding. The technology has been successfully adopted by global automotive industry for improving adhesion of a variety of adhesives and coatings to polyolefinic substrates.


    Paper ID: JAI104275

    DOI: 10.1520/JAI104275

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    Title The Mechanism of Adhesion Improvement of Elastomeric Silicone Sealants to Difficult-to-Bond Polymeric Substrates through Reactive or Interpenetrating Molecular Brushes
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