Mechanoluminescent Imaging of Osmotic Stress-Induced Damage in a Glassy Polymer Network

Jess M. Clough, Jasper Van Der Gucht, Rint P. Sijbesma*

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A chemiluminescent mechanophore, bis(adamantyl-1,2-dioxetane), is used to investigate the covalent bond scission resulting from the sorption of chloroform by glassy poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) networks. Bis(adamantyl)-1,2-dioxetane units incorporated as cross-linkers underwent mechanoluminescent scission, demonstrating that solvent ingress caused covalent bond scission. At higher cross-linking densities, the light emission took the form of hundreds of discrete bursts, widely varying in intensity, with each burst composed of 107-109 photons. Camera imaging indicated a relatively slow propagation of bursts through the material and permitted analysis of the spatial correlation between the discrete bond-breaking events. The implications of these observations for the mechanism of sorption and fracture are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2043-2053
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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