Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) measurements are reported on a three polyurethane (PU) materials created by the reaction of polymeric toluene diisocyanate with either ethylene glycol, 1,10-decanediol, or a silicone containing diol. Dynamical mechanical analysis indicated that the glass transition temperature of the PU’s were respectively 118, 95, and −40 °C. Whereas the ethylene glycol and 1,10-decanediol materials exhibited a glass–rubber transition, the silicone containing PU showed rubber characteristics over the temperature 0–180 °C. The PALS measurements on the silicone-based PU’s showed significantly larger voids dimensions than the other PU’s. Void collapse is observed to occur on the time scale of the oPs measurements. The permeation of dioctyl phthalate, 2-ethylhexylbenzyl phthalate, nonylphenol ethoxylate, isopropyl myristate, and oleic acid into a polyurethane matrix was measured gravimetrically. The silicone containing material at low temperatures exhibits relative simple permeation behavior however deviations from simple Fickian-type behavior are observed at higher temperature. Surprisingly, the ethylene glycol and 1,10-decanediol exhibited no significant absorption over a period of 5 months with the exception being nonylphenol ethoxylate. A comparison of the void sizes with the molecular dimensions for the lowest energy conformations of the permeants obtained using theoretical calculations indicate that for the silicone-based material the diffusion cross section for the permeants is larger than the available void size. The permeation process is considered to occur by a reptation type of motion of the permeants into channels created by the phase segregation of the flexible segments.
- starvation kinetics
- chain entanglement
- water-vapor permeability
Ward, S. A., & Pethrick, R. A. (2011). Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy and large molecule diffusion into a polyurethane matrix. Macromolecules, 44(21), 8479-8486. https://doi.org/10.1021/ma201629x