Synthesis and Characterization of Highly Functional Substituted Stilbene Copolymers and Semi-crystalline Poly(aryl ether sulfone)s
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Rod-coil block copolymers containing rigid polyampholyte blocks were designed and synthesized by addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) copolymerization. The rigid polyampholytes blocks were formed by hydrolysis of alternating copolymers and the flexible coil block consists of poly(oligo(ethylene glycol) methacrylate). The rod-coil block copolymers form polyion complex (PIC) aggregates even when the polyampholyte blocks are charge imbalanced. The aggregates did not dissociate upon the addition of high concentrations of NaCl unlike the dissociation of flexible polyampholytes in NaCl solution. These unique solution properties are induced by â like-charge attractionsâ of the rigid polyampholytic alternating copolymer chains.
An example, of what is birefringent to be a novel class of material, has been prepared which enables the control of the birefringence of a polymer film by controlling the rotation of aromatic groups pendant to the polymer backbone.
A linear rigid bisphenol monomer, 4,4â -dihydroxyterphenyl (DHTP), has been incorporated into poly(aryl ether sulfone)s (PAES) in a study to impart crystallization to these amorphous polymers. Three bisphenols, 4, 4â -isopropylidenediphenol, 4, 4â -(hexafluoroisopropylidene)diphenol and 4,4â -dihydroxybiphenyl have been copolymerized with DHTP and dichlorodiphenylsulfone. Only the segmented polysulfone containing 50% BP and 50% DHTP was semi-crystalline. This PAES had a melting temperature (Tm) 320oC in the first heating cycle of a DSC measurement and the presence of crystallites was confirmed by wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXS).
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