Journal of Polymer Research

, 26:37 | Cite as

New approach on structure-property relationships of stabilized natural rubbers

  • Rungsima Chollakup
  • Potjanart Suwanruji
  • Rattana Tantatherdtam
  • Wirasak SmitthipongEmail author


The stabilization of natural rubber (NR) was studied using four NR samples, namely, whole natural rubber (WNR), deproteinized natural rubber (DPNR), acetone extracted natural rubber (ANR) and purified natural rubber (PNR). Proteins and lipids, which are non-rubber components in NR, significantly affect storage hardening via gel formation. The main function of the applied viscosity stabilizer was to perturb the dynamics of the NR structure, or alternatively, the formation of gel networks of the rubber chains with lipids and proteins, respectively. The Mooney viscosity and molecular weight of NR samples with the viscosity stabilizer added were found to be almost constant after 12 weeks. Moreover, the NR samples with the viscosity stabilizer required a longer curing time, presumably due to less gel network formation and the conventional packing of linear rubber chains. The results from crosslinking density and molecular weight measurements revealed that the viscosity stabilizer also had a role in stabilizing crosslinks between the chains and preventing the reversion to NR. The new approach of on structure-property relationships of stabilized natural rubbers has been proposed.


Natural rubber Viscosity stabilizer Dynamic structures, non-rubber components 



This work was financially supported by Kasetsart University Research and Development Institute (KURDI), Kasetsart University, Thailand. The authors wish to thank Specialized center of Rubber and Polymer Materials in agriculture and industry (RPM), Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University for the publication support. For characterization of the rubber samples, the authors wish to thank the Centre for Rubber Research, Faculty of Science, Mahidol University (Thailand), Faculty of Science, Kasetsart University (Thailand) and Rubber Research Institute of Thailand.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rungsima Chollakup
    • 1
  • Potjanart Suwanruji
    • 2
  • Rattana Tantatherdtam
    • 1
  • Wirasak Smitthipong
    • 3
    • 4
    Email author
  1. 1.Kasetsart Agricultural and Agro-Industrial Product Improvement Institute (KAPI)Kasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  2. 2.Department of Chemistry, Faculty of ScienceKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  3. 3.Specialized center of Rubber and Polymer Materials in agriculture and industry (RPM), Department of Materials Science, Faculty of ScienceKasetsart UniversityBangkokThailand
  4. 4.Office of Natural Rubber Research Program, The Thailand Research Fund (TRF)BangkokThailand

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