MICROENCAPSULATION OF MERCAPTAN USING POLYCAPROLACTONE AS SHELL MATERIAL TOWARD SELF-HEALING COATING APPLICATIONS
Keywords:microcapsules, polycaprolactone shell, thiol-ene addition
Polymer materials incorporating microencapsulated self-healing agents have a wide range of application from paint coating, anti-corrosion coatings to automotive and construction materials. In this research, microcapsules containing reactive mercaptan compound for use in self healing polymers were successfully fabricated via the oil-in-water emulsion method. We employed for the first time the UV-initiated thiol-ene reaction between an alkene-functionalized polycaprolactone and a tetrathiol compound to form the microcapsule shell. To synthesize microcapsules, the tetrathiol was used in large excess, thus maintaining inside the microcapsules as the core material. The obtained microcapsules were analyzed by Fourier Transform infrared microscopy, optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and laser diffraction particle size analysis. The core was extracted by Soxhlet extraction and analyzed by 1H NMR and FTIR spectroscopy.
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