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Green Polymerization of Hexadecamethylcyclooctasiloxane Using an Algerian Proton Exchanged Clay Called Maghnite-H+

1Laboratory of Polymer Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Exact and Applied Sciences, University of Oran 1 Ahmed Ben Bella, BP 1524 El’Menouer Oran 31000, Algeria

2University Centre of Relizane Ahmed Zabana, Institute of Sciences and Technology, BP 48000, Algeria

3Laboratory of Macromolecular Chemistry, Polytechnic Military School (EMP), Bordj El Bahri, 16111 Algiers, Algeria

Received: 8 Mar 2017; Revised: 27 Jul 2017; Accepted: 1 Aug 2017; Available online: 22 Jan 2018; Published: 2 Apr 2018.
Editor(s): Istadi Istadi
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The purpose of this study was to synthesize polydimethylsiloxanes by heterogeneous catalysis, based on the polymerization of the hexadecamethylcyclooctasiloxane (D8) by an environment-friendly solid catalyst (Maghnite-H+). Maghnite-H+ is a natural Algerian clay of the montmorillonite type, prepared by activation with sulfuric acid, the impact of this activation was observable in the XRD spectrum, by the increase in the interlayer spacing (d001) resulting from the intercalation of hydronium ions between layers. The molecular structure of the obtained polymer was determined by different chemical methods of analysis such as IR, 1H NMR, and 13C NMR. The thermal behavior of the polysiloxane obtained was confirmed by DSC. In order to achieve the best possible yield and at the same time to get a polymer of high molecular mass, the operating conditions have been set at t = 8 h and T = 70 °C after the reaction was repeated several times. The average molecular mass and the polydispersity index were measured by GPC. A reaction mechanism has been suggested to show the action of the Maghnite-H+ during the reaction. 

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Keywords: Clay; Green Catalyst; Maghnite-H+; Hexadecamethylcyclooctasiloxane; Polysiloxane
Funding: University of Oran 1

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