Crosslinker Copolymerization for Property Control in Inverse Vulcanization

Jessica A. Smith, Sarah J. Green, Samuel Petcher, Douglas J. Parker, Bowen Zhang, Max J.H. Worthington, Xiaofeng Wu, Catherine A. Kelly, Thomas Baker, Christopher T. Gibson, Jonathan A. Campbell, David A. Lewis, Mike J. Jenkins, Helen Willcock, Justin M. Chalker, Tom Hasell

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Sulfur is an underused by-product of the petrochemicals industry. Recent research into inverse vulcanization has shown how this excess sulfur can be transformed into functional polymers, by stabilization with organic crosslinkers. For these interesting new materials to realize their potential for applications, more understanding and control of their physical properties is needed. Here we report four new terpolymers prepared from sulfur and two distinct alkene monomers that can be predictively tuned in glass transition, molecular weight, solubility, mechanical properties, and color.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10433-10440
Number of pages9
JournalChemistry - A European Journal
Issue number44
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2019


  • inverse vulcanization
  • mechanical properties
  • polymers
  • sulfur
  • sustainable polymers

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    Smith, J. A., Green, S. J., Petcher, S., Parker, D. J., Zhang, B., Worthington, M. J. H., Wu, X., Kelly, C. A., Baker, T., Gibson, C. T., Campbell, J. A., Lewis, D. A., Jenkins, M. J., Willcock, H., Chalker, J. M., & Hasell, T. (2019). Crosslinker Copolymerization for Property Control in Inverse Vulcanization. Chemistry - A European Journal, 25(44), 10433-10440.