Rubbers Reinforced by POSS

  • Anna KosmalskaEmail author
  • Marian Zaborski
Part of the Springer Series on Polymer and Composite Materials book series (SSPCM)


In this chapter, a brief account of the recent researches on the properties of POSS-containing polymeric materials, i.e., polyurethanes, resins, and thermoplastics, has been done. On this background, rubbers, generally known as elastomers, have been presented as an important class of polymers and a very essential material in industry due to their unique properties. The general characteristics of elastomers and the common classification of different types, including general-purpose, special-purpose, and specialty elastomers, together with the relevant examples, have been described. To extend service life, reduce cost and therefore improve service efficiency of elastomeric materials, various fillers have always been extensively used in the rubber industry and are addressed in the chapter. Particular attention has been given to POSS. The influence of POSS moieties in rubber matrix on the functional properties of the composites fabricated is discussed. Attempt has been made to explain the role of POSS surface functional groups in controlling the properties of POSS-containing materials, and the reinforcement mechanism is presented.


Rubber Elastomer Reinforcement Filler Silsesquioxanes POSS 


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  1. 1.Faculty of ChemistryLodz University of Technology, Institute of Polymer and Dye TechnologyLodzPoland

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