Title page for ETD etd-12092002-150514

Type of Document Dissertation
Author Hoyt-Lalli, Jennifer K.
Author's Email Address jhoyt@vt.edu
URN etd-12092002-150514
Title Synthesis of Functionalized Polysiloxanes and Investigation of Highly Filled Thermally Conductive Microcomposites
Degree PhD
Department Chemistry
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Riffle, Judy S. Committee Chair
Dillard, John G. Committee Member
Esker, Alan R. Committee Member
McGrath, James E. Committee Member
Shultz, Allan R. Committee Member
  • thermally conductive
  • equilibration
  • nitrile
  • networks
  • phosphine oxide
  • microcomposite
  • carboxylic acid
  • adhesives
  • hydrosilation
  • polysiloxane
Date of Defense 2002-08-05
Availability unrestricted

The scope of this research entailed the synthesis of novel polyorganosiloxanes with pendent phosphine, phosphine oxide, nitrile and carboxylic acid moieties. Such polysiloxanes were prepared with controlled concentrations of both the polar moieties and hydrido or vinyl pendent crosslinkable sites to afford precursor materials for well-defined networks. The intention was to generate stable microcomposite dispersions with very high concentrations of polar thermally conductive fillers. Lightly crosslinked elastomeric networks with controlled amounts of polar moieties were prepared via a hydrosilation curing mechanism. High concentrations of thermally conductive micro-fillers were dispersed throughout the resins and the microcomposites were investigated as thermally conductive adhesives.

Random polysiloxane copolymers containing controlled number average molecular weights (Mns) and compositions with systematically varied concentrations of hydridomethylsiloxy- or vinylmethylsiloxy- units were prepared via ring-opening equilibrations of cyclosiloxane tetramers. These precursors were functionalized with precise concentrations of polar pendent moieties via hydrosilation (nitrile) or free radical addition reactions (phosphine and carboxylic acids). Valuable additions to the family of polysiloxanes were prepared by oxidizing the phosphine moieties to form phosphine oxide containing polysiloxanes. Defined concentrations of residual hydrido- or vinyl- reactive sites were crosslinked via hydrosilation to yield elastomeric adhesives.

Specific interactions between the nitrile and phosphine oxide substituted polysiloxanes and the acidic proton of chloroform were shown using 1H NMR. The magnitude of the shift for the deshielded chloroform proton increased with the degree of hydrogen bonding, and was larger for the phosphine oxide species.

The polar polysiloxane resins were filled with high concentrations of thermally conductive fillers including silica-coated AlN, Al spheres, BN and Ag flake, then hydrosilated to form microcomposite networks. Microcomposite adhesive strengths, thermal properties (glass transition temperature (Tg) and high temperature stability), and thermal conductivities were studied. An unfilled polysiloxane network containing only 15 mole percent phosphine oxide exhibited a dramatic improvement (46 N/m) in adhesive strength to Al adherends relative to a control polydimethylsiloxane network (2.5 N/m). Importantly, stable polysiloxane micro-dispersions were obtained with up to 67 volume percent (86 weight percent) silica-coated AlN. TEM data confirmed the dispersion homogeneity and XPS demonstrated that the particle surfaces were well-coated with the functionalized polysiloxanes. A microcomposite comprised of 67 volume percent silica-coated AlN and a polysiloxane containing only 9 molar percent nitrile groups had a thermal conductivity of 1.42 W/mK. The glass transition temperatures of the microcomposites were controlled by the amounts of polar functional moieties on the resins and the network crosslink densities. All of the microcomposites exhibited Tgs lower than -44°C and the materials remained stable in dynamic TGA measurements to approximately 400°C in both air and nitrogen.

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