Polyphosphazene Elastomers with Alkoxy and Trifluoroethoxy Side Groups

Zhongjing Li, Chen Chen, Mitchell McCaffrey, Hui Yang, Harry R. Allcock

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Elastomers based on the polyphosphazene skeletal platform are the subject of broad interest from both biomedical and technological viewpoints. Here, we describe a fourth generation of polyphosphazene elastomers with both 2,2,2-trifluoroethoxy (CF3CH2O-) and nonfluorinated alkoxy groups such as CH3CH2O-, CH3CH2CH2O-, or CH3CH2CH2CH2O- units. These structures provided access to elastomers with very low glass transition temperatures in the range of -60 to -90 °C. Variations in the relative percentages of the alkoxy and trifluoroethoxy side groups have a significant influence on the physical properties, which were studied by stress-strain, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetric analysis techniques. Biomedical materials focused on cardiovascular and dental applications are target applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)475-480
Number of pages6
JournalACS Applied Polymer Materials
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 14 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Organic Chemistry


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