Self-Healable and Recyclable Sulfur Rich Poly(vinyl chloride) by S-S Dynamic Bonding

Deliballi Z., DEMİR ÇAKAN R., Kışkan B., Yağcı Y.

MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, vol.224, no.1, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 224 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/macp.202100423
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Applied Science & Technology Source, Chimica, Communication Abstracts, Compendex, INSPEC, Metadex, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Keywords: dynamic bonding, poly(vinyl chloride), recycling, sulfur, vulcanization, SILANE CROSS-LINKING, ELEMENTAL SULFUR, INVERSE VULCANIZATION, COVALENT POLYMERS, PVC, DEGRADATION, MECHANISMS, THIURAM
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In this work, a new approach to vulcanize commercial poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) at room temperature and in a relatively short time (4 h) by using elemental sulfur and an initiator such as Na2S.9H(2)O is reported. The obtained crosslinked polymer contains polysulfide linkages that facilitate recycling/self-healing through dynamic S-S linkages. It is shown that PVC-polysulfide networks could be reprocessed at 180 degrees C for three times. The thermal and spectral characterizations of the polymers before and after recycling are performed via FT-IR, DSC, and TGA analyses. The potential use of the sulfur rich PVC-polysulfide system as cathode material for Li-S battery application is also investigated and the first discharge capacity is found to be around 610 mAh g(-1) that later faded rapidly.