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Dimension Technology Chemical Systems, Inc. (DTCS), is a global supplier of company proprietary catalysts that are specificity designed to give maximum curing performance of epoxy formulations and facilitate the formation of epoxy-derivatives (monomer or intermediates) for a number of commercial applications.

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Our Director of Research and Development, Renato Rindone, writes a periodic short blog about his thoughts and ideas concerning the application of Hycat™ catalysts as well as other subjects pertaining to the field of polymers.

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Uniform Cross Linking of Aziridine Polymers with Dimer Acids | Print |
Written by Renato Rindone   
Monday, 28 September 2009 12:10


Uniform Cross Linking of Aziridine Polymers with Dimer Acids feed-icon

Polyaziridines, such as Xama-2 and Xama-7 are used in a number of applications such as:



Protective Films

Pressure Sensitive Adhesives

Wood Coatings

Photograph Films

Printing Inks

Leather and Textile Coatings

Plastic Films


  Cross linking of an aziridine with a poly functional carboxylic acid (or carboxylic acid anhydride) can be the desired end product.  

aziridine cross with poly functional carboxylic acid


Use of Hycat™ catalysts eliminates the problem of homopolymerization as shown in the reaction of pentaerythritol-tris-3-(1-aziridinyl)-propionate (Xama-7) with a dimer acid.  

Into a mixing cup were weighed 15.5 grams (100.3 meq) of Xama-7, 27.7 grams (101.6 meq) of Empol 1016 dimer acid and 4.28 grams of Hycat™ 2000/2000S. The mixture was mixed for two minutes with a spatula, and then placed into a Garner wire-stirred gel timer (Model GT-S) at 32 OC. After one minute of stirring the contents of the cup were completely solidified into a uniform, hard rubbery mass. Considerable heat was liberated during this period. As a control, the reaction was also performed without the use of the Hycat™ catalyst. Into an aluminum pan (60 mm diameter) were weighed1.6 grams (10.36 meq) of Xama-7 and 2.7 grams (9.90 meq) of Empol 1016 dimer acid and mixed for 2 minutes with a spatula then allowed to stand at 32 OC overnight. After 15 minutes the composition was tacky which solidified into a semi-tacky mass on standing overnight.



To show that Xama-7 does not homopolymerized in the presence of Hycat™ catalysts even at elevated temperature, 6.8 grams of Xama-7 and 0.4 grams of Hycat™ 2000/2000S were placed into an aluminum pan, thoroughly mixed with a spatula then heated to 41 OC for 3.25 hours. The contents of the pan were still quite fluid. After 9 days storage at about 20 OC the contents of the pan remained fluid.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 12:43

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