Deformation behavior of sphere-forming trifunctional multigraft copolymer

Yongxin Duan, Erik Rettier, Konrad Schneider, Ralf Schlegel, Mahendra Thunga, Roland Weidisch*, Heinz W. Siesler, Manfred Stamm, Jimmy W. Mays, N. Hadjichristidis

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Deformation behavior of sphere-forming trifunctional micrograft (MG) copolymer by synchrotron SAXS and rheo-optical FT-IR, on nanometer size scales and molecular level, was studied. The sample polymer films with gauge dimensions of 7×4 mm2 and a thickness of 30-40 mm were uniaxially stretched at constant strain rate of 3.2 mm/min. The presence of single first-order scattering at 0% strain indicates the presence of phase-separated spherical morphology. The molecular architecture of tri- and tetrafunctional MG copolymers determines the difference of their deformation. The results also show that the MG copolymer has a heterogeneous phase-separated structure with spherical morphology and the collective deformation from the heterogeneous phases is characterized by observing the selective orientation in the individual phases.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4565-4568
Number of pages4
Issue number13
StatePublished - Jul 8 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry


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