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Polybenzoxazine Precursors As Self-Healing Agents for Polysulfones

Macromolecules

2013

Omer Suat Taskin, Baris Kiskan, Yusuf Yagci

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In this work, a novel self-healing system based on the use of polybenzoxazine precursor (PBP) as a healing additive is presented. PBP (Mn=2300 g/mol, Mw/Mn=2.6) is facilely synthesized in a reasonable yield by Mannich type polycondensation of bisphenol A, 1,6-diaminohexane with paraformaldehyde. The additive PBP faintly undergoes a thermal ring opening reaction when contained in polysulfone (PSU) films. Thermal treatment at 160 °C  enables PBP to chemically bind to PSU chains and form networks through the FriedelCrafts reaction, demonstrating a novel self-healing behavior. The extent of the recovery was studied using a stress-elognation (%) test and found to be 55%. Thermal properties of the polybenzoxazine precursor and the healed sample were investigated. 

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