Crosslinker co‐polymerisation for property control in inverse vulcanisation

Jessica Smith, Sarah Green, Samuel Petcher, Dougles Parker, Bowen Zhang, Max Worthington, Xiaofeng Wu, Catherine Kelly, Thomas Baker, Christopher Gibson, Johnathon Campbell, David Lewis, Michael Jenkins, Helen Willcock, Justin 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 pages8
JournalChemistry: A European Journal
Issue number44
Early online date28 May 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 May 2019


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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Organic Chemistry


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