Segmented copolymers of uniform tetra-amide units and poly(phenylene oxide) by direct coupling

J. Krijgsman, G.J.E. Biemond, R.J. Gaymans

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleAcademicpeer-review

7 Citations (Scopus)


Segmented copolymers with telechelic poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene ether) (PPE) segments and crystallizable bisester tetra-amide units (two-and-a-half repeating unit of nylon-6,T) were studied. The copolymers were synthesized by reacting bifunctional PPE with hydroxylic end groups with an average molecular weight of 3500 g/mol and bisester tetra-amide units via an ester polycondensation reaction. The bisester tetra-amide units had phenolic ester groups. By replacing part of the bisester tetra-amide units with diphenyl terephthalate units (DPT), the concentration of tetra-amide units in the copolymer was varied from 0 to 11 wt%. Polymers were also prepared from bifunctional PPE, DPT, and a diaminediamide (6T6-diamine). The thermal and thermal mechanical properties were studied by DSC and DMA and compared with a copolymer with flexible spacer groups between the PPE and the T6T6T. The copolymers had a high Tg of 180-200°C and a melting temperature that increased with amide content of 220-265°C. The melting temperature was sharp with monodisperse amide segments. The Tm - Tc was 39°C, which suggests a fast, but not very fast, crystallization. The crystallinity of the amide was 20%. The copolymers are semicrystalline materials with a high Tg and a high Tg/Tm ratio (> 0.8).
Original languageUndefined
Pages (from-to)512-518
JournalJournal of applied polymer science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • IR-70187
  • METIS-245073

Cite this