Microstructure and mechanical properties of semicrystalline-rubbery-semicrystalline triblock copolymers

Title
Microstructure and mechanical properties of semicrystalline-rubbery-semicrystalline triblock copolymers
Authors
구종민Lifeng WuLisa S. LimMahesh K. MahanthappaMarc A. HillmyerFrank S. Bates
Issue Date
2005-07
Publisher
Macromolecules
Citation
VOL 38, 6090-6098
Abstract
Microstructure of and mechanical proper-ties of a series of symmetric EPE (E = poly(ethylene-co-1-butene) and P = poly(ethylene-alt-propylene)) triblock copolymers with M-n = 27-372 kg/mol have been investigated in the solid state. Microphase separation of EPE triblock copolymers originates from either (i) chemical incompatibility-induced microphase separation in the melt before crystallization at high overall molecular weights or (ii) crystallization-induced microphase separation from a homogeneous melt at low overall molecular weights. Small-angle X-ray scattering demonstrates that these EPEs (f(E) approximate to f(p) approximate to 0.5) adopt a lamellar morphology over the range of molecular weights studied. The observed interlamellar domain spacing (d) scales with the molecular weight as d similar to N-0(beta), where No is the degree of polymerization and beta = 0.22 for crystallization-induced segregation and beta = 0.63 for microphase-separated melts. The mode of microphase separation strongly affects the chain folding microstructure of the polyethylene crystallites within the lamellar structure. The consequences of these observations on the ultimate tensile strengths of these materials are discussed.
URI
http://pubs.kist.re.kr/handle/201004/59052
ISSN
00249297
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