As one of the most prolifically produced plastics in the world, poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) suffers from mechanical brittleness and low toughness. Compared with traditional phthalate-type plasticizers, poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL)-based plasticizers are especially attractive due to their "green" nature and capabilities to achieve improved physical properties. Herein, a stretchable and ultratough PVC-based plastic was achieved by a star-shaped PCL copolymer with a rigid, amino-containing, branched polylactide (N-BPLA) core and a soft PCL shell, that is, RN-SPCLs. With an optimal feed ratio of the CL monomer and N-BPLA core, the RN-SPCL2 can efficiently lower the glass transition temperature (T g ) of PVC plastics, achieving the transition from the "glassy" to "rubbery" state at ambient temperature. The obtained RN-SPCL2/PVC not only shows high extensibility, that is, 453%, but also maintains close to 80% of tensile strength of neat PVC, that is, 30.1 MPa, which is much higher than the previously reported plasticized PVCs. Its overall toughness reaches 92.7 MJ/m 3 , being more than 50-fold higher than neat PVC and 2 to 3 times higher than linear PCL or dibutyl phthalate plasticized PVCs. The important role of star-shaped architecture with a rigid core and flexible PCL shell for RN-SPCL2 in achieving highly stretchable and ultratough PVC plastics is systematically investigated. More interestingly, the as-prepared RN-SPCLs also endow PVC plastics with photoluminescence property and allow homogeneous dispersion of nanosized TiO 2 for significantly enhancing the anti-UV capability.
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