Marcin SękMarcin received his master’s degree in polymer technology from The Lodz University of Technology, Łódź in 2016. He joined the ETE group, the University of Twente in May 2018 as a PDEng student on a contract between The University of Twente and the Apollo Tyres Global R&D B.V. He obtained his degree in the subject ‘Future cure technology’ in 2020. He is currently a member of the ETE group working on his PhD on the topic ‘Velcro-inspired silica-rubber coupling’
Elucidating the impact of functionalized rubber coupled to silica
The present study assesses the impact of pre-modified silica with functionalized SSBR polymer chains on in-rubber properties of tire tread compounds. Incorporating rubber-modified silica, along with a small amount of covering silane, enhances in-rubber properties, particularly by reducing filler-filler interactions.