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Title: UCST-Type Thermoresponsive Polymers in Synthetic Lubricating Oil Polyalphaolefin (PAO)

Here, this article reports a family of UCST-type thermoresponsive polymers, poly(alkyl methacrylate)s with an appropriate alkyl pendant length, in an industrially important non-volatile organic liquid polyalphaolefin (PAO). The cloud point (CP) can be readily tuned over a wide temperature range by changing the alkyl pendant length; at a concentration of 1 wt% and similar polymer molecular weights, the CP varies linearly with the (average) number of carbon atoms in the alkyl pendant. PAO solutions of ABA triblock copolymers, composed of a PAO-philic middle block and thermoresponsive outer blocks with appropriate block lengths, undergo thermoreversible sol-gel transitions at sufficiently high concentrations. The discovery of thermoresponsive polymers in PAO makes it possible to explore new applications by utilizing PAO’s unique characteristics such as thermal stability, non-volatility, superior lubrication properties, etc. Lastly, two examples are presented: thermoresponsive physical gels for control of optical transmittance and injectable gel lubricants.
Authors:
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  1. Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States). Department of Chemistry
Publication Date:
Grant/Contract Number:
EE0006925
Type:
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Macromolecules
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 51; Journal Issue: 5; Journal ID: ISSN 0024-9297
Publisher:
American Chemical Society
Research Org:
Univ. of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
37 INORGANIC, ORGANIC, PHYSICAL, AND ANALYTICAL CHEMISTRY; 36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; PAO; gel lubricant
OSTI Identifier:
1430641