Synthesis and characterization of model diblock copolymers of poly(dimethylsiloxane) with poly(1,4-butadiene) or poly(ethylene)

Andrés Ciolino, Giorgos Sakellariou, Dimitris Pantazis, Marcelo A. Villar, Enrique Vallés*, Nikos Hadjichristidis

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Model diblock copolymers of poly(1,4-butadiene) (PB) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS), PB-b-PDMS, were synthesized by the sequential anionic polymerization (high vacuum techniques) of butadiene and hexamethylciclotrisiloxane (D3) in the presence of sec-BuLi. By homogeneous hydrogenation of PB-b-PDMS, the corresponding poly(ethylene) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) block copolymers, PE-b-PDMS, were obtained. The synthesized block copolymers were characterized by nuclear magnetic resonance (1H and 13C NMR), size-exclusion chromatography (SEC), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and rheology. SEC combined with 1H NMR analysis indicates that the polydispersity index of the samples (Mw/Mn) is low, and that the chemical composition of the copolymers varies from low to medium PDMS content. According to DSC and TGA experiments, the thermal stability of these block copolymers depends on the PDMS content, whereas TEM analysis reveals ordered arrangements of the microphases. The morphologies observed vary from spherical and cylindrical to lamellar domains. This ordered state (even at high temperatures) was further confirmed by small-amplitude oscillatory shear flow tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1579-1590
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number5
StatePublished - Mar 1 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Anionic polymerization
  • Characterization
  • Hydrogenation
  • Model block copolymers
  • Poly(butadiene)
  • Polysiloxanes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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