Authors:L. Olvera, E. Bucio, A. Contreras-García, G. Cedillo, C. Booth, and P. Cassidy
A series of fluoropolymer films was synthesized by reacting 1,3-bis(1,1,1,3,3,3-hexafluoro-2-pentafluorophenylmethoxy-2-propyl)benzene
(12F-FBE) with a series of bisphenol monomers via a polycondensation reaction. The biphenols used included a diphenol-substituted
spirodilactam, biphenol, bisphenol A, bisphenol AF, bisphenol F and bisphenol O. Polymers films from these new fluoropolyaryl
ethers were irradiated by a Gamma Beam 657-PT at a dose rate of 9 kGy/h; the absorbed dose was varied between 30 and 150 kGy.
The effect on the chemical structure upon radiation was studied by DSC, TGA, FTIR-ATR, NMR, and GPC, both before and after
irradiation. The data obtained allowed the determination of the degradation radiochemical yield (Gs), between 0.24 and 7.43 crosslinking radiochemical yield (Gx), from 0.03 to 1.47 and the ratio of Gs/Gx was between 2.89 and 8.28. There was no apparent physical change, from 30 to 150 kGy; the films continue to be flexible and
transparent after irradiation.