We report on the structure and dynamics of model mono-, di-, and tri-ω-functionalized three-arm star polybutadiene melts. By using x-ray scattering and dynamic rheological measurements, we find that functionalization of the arm ends can lead to distinctly different supramolecular structures and material behavior. The monofunctionalized samples behave like multiarm nonionic star-like dendrimers, whereas the difunctional stars resemble a transient network consisting of highly branched structures with a very broad relaxation spectrum. On the other hand, the trifunctional stars seem to develop an unusually regular structure of dominant intramolecularly aggregated functional groups leading to collapsed star conformations, resembling soft spheres, and a well-defined terminal relaxation. These results suggest that by tailoring the telechelic functionalization of regular star polymers, a route to design and obtain a wealth of controlled supramolecular structures exhibiting a rich and variable dynamics could open.
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- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry