Synthesis of Poly(phenylene polysulfide) Networks from Elemental Sulfur and p-Diiodobenzene for Stretchable, Healable, and Reprocessable Infrared Optical Applications

Ji Mok Lee, Guk Yun Noh, Byoung Gak Kim, Youngjae Yoo, Woo Jin Choi, Dong Gyun Kim, Ho Gyu Yoon, Yong Seok Kim

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The synthesis and characterization of poly(phenylene polysulfide) networks (PSNs) with controlled average sulfur ranks, from elemental sulfur (ES) and p-diiodobenzene (DIB), are investigated. The PSN films, prepared via simple hot pressing, are found to possess large extensibility up to around 300% and complete recovery of shape and mechanical properties after deformation, which are attributed to the loosely cross-linked network structures mainly consisting of linear poly(phenylene polysulfide) chains. The covalent polysulfide linkages in the PSNs also exhibit dynamic behaviors under ultraviolet (UV) or thermal treatment, thus, enabling self-healing and reprocessing of the films when scratched and broken, respectively. Combined with the unique mechanical properties of the PSNs, their high refractive index and excellent infrared (IR) transparency contribute to the preparation of stretchable, healable, and reprocessable IR transmitting materials for potential deformable and stretchable optical applications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)912-916
Number of pages5
JournalACS Macro Letters
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 20


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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