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A fluoride degradable crosslinker for debond-on-demand polyurethane based crosslinked adhesives

Babra, T., Warriner, C., Bazin, N., Hayes, W. and Greenland, B. (2020) A fluoride degradable crosslinker for debond-on-demand polyurethane based crosslinked adhesives. Materials Today Communications. ISSN 2352-4928 (In Press)

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Abstract/Summary

The requirement to consider the whole lifecycle of products including disassembly and recycling has resulted in considerable interest in debond-on-demand adhesives. These smart materials undergo controlled loss of adhesive strength when subject to a specific stimulus. This paper reports the design of a crosslinked polyurethane (PU) adhesive which incorporates a fluoride responsive degradable group. The crosslinked PU (CLP) adhesive showed a 28 % increase in adhesive bonding strengths by lap shear testing (14.6 MPa) when compared to structurally analogous linear PU (LPU) adhesive (11.4 MPa). After 3 hours in contact with fluoride ions, the CLP exhibited a 55 % loss in adhesive bonding strength (from 14.6 MPa to 6.7 MPa) as a consequence of selective degradation of covalent bonds at the crosslinking sites. This work introduces a new route to dismantle components adhered with the widely used PU adhesives, facilitating recovery of valuable materials, and dramatically reducing waste.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Chemical Analysis Facility (CAF)
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > Department of Chemistry
Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy > School of Pharmacy > Medicinal Chemistry Research Group
ID Code:93446
Publisher:Elsevier

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