Mechanically strong shape memory polyurethane for water vapour permeable membranes

Suman Thakur, Md Anwar Jahid, Jinlian Hu

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Water vapour permeable polymeric thin films possess significant importance in miscellaneous applications such as packaging, medical devices, controlled-release systems, electronics and biosensors. In this work, a series of shape memory polyurethanes (SMPUs) were synthesized by a two-step pre-polymerization technique with variations in hard to soft segments and molecular weight of macroglycol. DSC, Fourier transform infrared spectra, dynamic TGA and tensile testing were carried out to characterize and evaluate the properties of these synthesized SMPUs. The effect of the soft segment and the molecular weight of macroglycol on the thermal properties, mechanical properties and water vapour permeability of the synthesized SMPUs were investigated to achieve a good water vapour permeable membrane. We found that the synthesized SMPUs demonstrated a good water vapour transmission rate of over 1460 g m−2 day–1 as well as robust mechanical properties with tensile strength 19.8 MPa indicating a promising permeable polymeric thin film for many potential applications, especially as protective clothing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1386-1392
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer International
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • breathable textile
  • segmented polymer
  • shape memory polyurethane
  • thin film
  • water vapor permeability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

Cite this