Morphology and Thermal Properties of Precision Polymers: The Crystallization of Butyl Branched Polyethylene and Polyphosphoesters

Yi Ran Zheng, Hisachi Tien Tee, Yujin Wei, Xi Lin Wu, Markus Mezger, Shouke Yan, Katharina Landfester, Ken Wagener, Frederik R. Wurm, Ingo Lieberwirth*

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Abstract

Chemical irregularities such as side chain branches or comonomers in an otherwise regular polymer influence its crystallization. In most polymer systems, these chemical defects are randomly distributed along the chain, and it is difficult to understand in detail their effect on crystallization. We have examined three precision polymers prepared by acyclic diene metathesis (ADMET) polymerization. This synthesis ensures exact placement of the chain defects; here they are all separated by 20 CH2 units. The polymers are two polyphosphoesters with a phosphate or phosphonate group in the main chain and one polyethylene with butyl branches. Although the alkyl part is identical for all three polymers, their thermal and crystal properties differ noticeably. By means of differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray scattering, and transmission electron microscopy, we characterize the lamellar crystals and correlate our findings to the observed difference in thermal behavior.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1321-1330
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecules
Volume49
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes

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