Synthesis and structure - Property relationships for regular multigraft copolymers

Jimmy W. Mays*, David Uhrig, Samuel Gido, Yuqing Zhu, Roland Weidisch, Hermis Iatrou, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Kunlun Hong, Frederick Beyer, Ralf Lach, Matthias Buschnakowski

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Multigraft copolymers with polyisoprene backbones and polystyrene branches, having multiple regularly spaced branch points, were synthesized by anionic polymerization high vacuum techniques and controlled chlorosilane linking chemistry. The functionality of the branch points (1, 2 and 4) can be controlled, through the choice of chlorosilane linking agent. The morphologies of the various graft copolymers were investigated by transmission electron microscopy and X-ray scattering. It was concluded that the morphology of these complex architectures is governed by the behavior of the corresponding miktoarm star copolymer associated with each branch point (constituting block copolymer), which follows Milner's theoretical treatment for miktoarm stars. By comparing samples having the same molecular weight backbone and branches but different number of branches it was found that the extent of long range order decreases with increasing number of branch points. The stress-strain properties in tension were investigated for some of these multigraft copolymers. For certain compositions thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) behavior was observed, and in many instances the elongation at break was much higher (2-3X) than that of conventional triblock TPEs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-126
Number of pages16
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
StatePublished - Aug 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Anionic polymerization
  • Graft copolymer
  • Mechanical properties
  • Molecular architecture
  • Morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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