Gas permeability analysis of photo-cured cyclohexyl-substituted polysiloxane films

D. P. Dworak, H. Lin, B. D. Freeman, M. D. Soucek

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A photo-cured cyclohexyl-substituted polysiloxane (PDCHS) film was prepared and compared with polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) for the determination of permeability coefficients using various penetrants (H 2, N 2,O 2, CO 2, CH 4, C 3H 6, and C 3H 8). Penetrant sorption isotherms and local effective diffusion coefficients as a function of local penetrant concentration were also determined. The crosslink density of the films was measured via dynamic mechanical thermal analysis and was found to be 6.46 × 10 4 mol/m 3 for PDMS and 1.82 × 10 3 mol/m 3 for PDCHS. Photo-differential scanning calorimetry was used to calculate percent conver sion under the conditions used for curing and was found to be (99.6 ± 0.3)% for PDMS and (98.4 ± 0.3)% for PDCHS. When cured, the PDCHS films had a lower crosslink density and lower permeance. It was postulated that the cycloaliphatic substitution along the polysiloxane backbone may not have full rotational ability affording closer intermolecular interactions, thus reducing the available free volume.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2343-2351
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Cross-link density
  • DMTA
  • Films
  • Gas permeability
  • P-DSC
  • Penetrants
  • Polysiloxanes

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