ABA Triblock Brush Polymers: Synthesis, Self-Assembly, Conductivity, and Rheological Properties

Christopher M. Bates, Alice B. Chang, Nebojša Momčilović, Simon C. Jones, Robert H. Grubbs

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Abstract

The synthesis, self-assembly, conductivity, and rheological properties of ABA triblock brush polymers (BBCPs) with grafted polystyrene (A block, NPS = 21) and poly(ethylene oxide) (B block, NPEO = 45) side chains are reported. Two backbone molecular weights (NA:NB:NA = 11:78:11 and 15:119:15) were investigated with lithium bis(trifluoromethane)sulfonimide (LiTFSI) doping ratios 2 [EO]:[Li+] 20. Blends with 2 [EO]:[Li+] 10 suppress PEO crystallization and self-assemble into hexagonally packed cylinders of the minority gPS component. Conductivity is on the order of 10-3 S/cm at 105°C with a corresponding elastic modulus ca. 104 Pa. The optimum conductivity occurs at a blend ratio near 10:1 [EO]:[Li+], similar to that reported for linear block copolymer analogues.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4967-4973
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume48
Issue number14
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 28 2015

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