Reactive Core-Shell Bottlebrush Copolymer as Highly Effective Additive for Epoxy Toughening

Junsoo Moon, Yoon Huh, Seonghwan Kim, Youngson Choe, Joona Bang

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Herein, we designed a core-shell structured bottlebrush copolymer (BBP), which is composed of rubbery poly(butyl acrylate) (PBA) core and an epoxy miscible/reactive poly(glycidyl methacrylate) (PGMA) shell, as an epoxy toughening agent. The PGMA shell allows BBP to be uniformly dispersed within the epoxy matrix and to react with the epoxy groups, while the rubbery PBA block simultaneously induced nanocavitation effect, leading to improvement of mechanical properties of the epoxy resin. The mechanical properties were measured by the adhesion performance test, and the tensile and fracture test using universal testing machine. When BBP additives were added to the epoxy resin, a significant improvement in the adhesion strength (2-fold increase) and fracture toughness (2-fold increase in KIc and 5-fold increase in GIc) compared to the neat epoxy was observed. In contrast, linear additives exhibited a decrease in adhesion strength and no improvement of fracture toughness over the neat epoxy. Such a difference in mechanical performance was investigated by comparing the morphologies and fracture surfaces of the epoxy resins containing linear and BBP additives, confirming that the nanocavitation effect and void formation play a key role in strengthening the BBP-modified epoxy resins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1626-1633
Number of pages8
JournalChinese Journal of Polymer Science (English Edition)
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2021 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was financially supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MSIT) (No. 2021R1A2C2006167), and by the Global Frontier R & D Program (No. 2013M3A6B1078869) on Center for Hybrid Interface Materials (HIM) funded by MSIT, and also by the Creative Materials Discovery Program through NRF grant funded by MSIT (No. 2018M3D1A1058536).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2021, Chinese Chemical Society Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences.


  • Additive
  • Adhesion
  • Bottlebrush polymer
  • Epoxy toughening
  • ROMP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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