Confined crystallization of poly(vinylcyclohexane)-b-poly(ethylene)-b-poly(vinylcyclohexane) triblock copolymer in solution

Pei Qian Yu, Hong Sheng Li, Zhen Wang, Xu Ming Xie, Bates Frank S.

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Abstract

The crystallization of poly(vinylcyclohexane)-b-poly(ethylene)-b-poly(vinylcyclohexane) (PVCH-PE-PVCH) triblock copolymer/chloroform solution was investigated. The solvent of the solution system was evaporated at various temperatures. It was found that the crystallinity was decreased with increasing the solvent evaporating temperature. This indicated that the crystallinity depends on the crystallization time because the higher the evaporating temperature, the faster the speed of the solvent evaporating is. However, the melting temperature(Tm) of the block copolymer was found to depend on the competition between the crystallization and the microphase separation. When the evaporating temperature is lower (below 333 K), i. e. the speed of the solvent-evaporating is slow, the PE block crystallized freely and the Tm increased with increasing the solvent evaporating temperature, implying that the Tm only depends on the crystalline temperature. On the other hand, with the increasing temperature up to above 343 K for solvent evaporating, two melting peaks at 356 and 377 K were observed for the crystallization of PVCH-PE-PVCH in the solution. It resulted in that the crystallization and the microphase separation of the block copolymer occurred simultaneously. And the confined and unconfined crystallization coexisted for the samples. The competition of the crystallization and the microphase separation can be controlled through changing the solvent evaporating speed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)583-585
Number of pages3
JournalGaodeng Xuexiao Huaxue Xuebao/Chemical Journal of Chinese Universities
Volume26
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2005

Keywords

  • Confined crystallization
  • Microphase separation
  • Poly(vinylcyclohexane)-b-poly(ethylene)-b-poly (vinylcyclohexane)

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