(Natural) polymers

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Inter-fibrillar tie chains determined critical stress of large strain cavitation in tensile stretched isotactic polypropylene

Lu, Ying; Lyu, Dong; Xiong, Bijin; Chen, Ran; Men, Yongfeng

Isotactic polypropylene (iPP) samples with pure mesophase, pure α modification, and coexistence of both phases were used to investigate the sudden stress whitening triggered at large strain during stretching. This whitening was caused by the cavities generated in the highly oriented amorphous network. The critical stresses of such cavitation-induced whitening…
12 March 2019
(Hydro)gels(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

Rapid and Quantitative De-tert-butylation for Poly(acrylic acid) Block Copolymers and Influence on Relaxation of Thermoassociated Transient Networks

Filippov, Alexei D.; van Hees, Ilse A.; Fokkink, Remco; Voets, Ilja K.; Kamperman, Marleen

The synthesis of charged polymers often requires the polymerization of protected monomers, followed by a polymer-analogous reaction to the polyelectrolyte product. We present a mild, facile method to cleave tert-butyl groups from poly(tert-butyl acrylate) blocks that yields poly(acrylic acid) (pAA) blocks free of traces of the ester. The reaction utilizes…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCustomer publicationsPhase analysisPolymer researchSAXS

High molecular weight poly(butylene succinate-co-furandicarboxylate) with 10mol% of BF unit: Synthesis, crystallization-melting behavior and mechanical properties

Peng, Shuangbao; Bu, Zhiyang; Wu, Linbo; Li, Bo-Geng; Dubois, Philippe

In this study, high molecular weight poly(butylene succinate-co-furandicarboxylate) with 10mol% of butylene furandicarboxylate unit (PBSF10) was synthesized and its crystal structure and crystallization-melting behaviors were investigated by means of WAXD, SAXS, DSC and POM. The tensile properties were also assessed. The crystal structure of PBSF10 is found to be the…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialPhase analysisPolymer researchSAXSTechnique

Guided Assembly of Block Copolymers in Three-Dimensional Woodpile Scaffolds

Choi, Jaewon; Koo, Sangmo; Sakellari, Ioanna; Kim, Hyeyoung; Su, Zhengliang; Carter, Kenneth R.; Farsari, Maria; Grigoropoulos, Costas P.; Russell, Thomas P.

Three-dimensional (3D) nanofabrication using the directed self-assembly of block copolymers (BCPs) holds great promise for the nanoscale device fabrication and integration into 3D architectures over large areas with high element densities. In this work, a robust platform is developed for building 3D BCP architectures with tailored functionality using 3D micron-scale…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCustomer publicationsOrientation analysisPolymer researchTensileWAXS

Crystallization of hard segments in MDI/BD-based polyurethanes deformed at elevated temperature and their dependence on the MDI/BD content

Li, Xuke; Lu, Ying; Wang, Hai; Pöselt, Elmar; Eling, Berend; Men, Yongfeng

Morphological variation of thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) with different hard segment contents (HSCs) stretched at 100 °C higher than the Tg of hard domain was monitored by in-situ wide-angle X-ray scattering (WAXS) and small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) techniques. WAXS patterns reveal that the crystalline modification of TPUs with high HSCs transforms from…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCustomer publicationsLiquid crystalsMaterialPhase analysisPolymer researchPore size and pore size distributionProteins & DNA/RNASelf-assembled materialTechniqueWAXS

Size-Selective Adsorption in Nanoporous Polymers from Coumarin Photo-Cross-Linked Columnar Liquid Crystals

Concellón, Alberto; Schenning, Albertus P. H. J.; Romero, Pilar; Marcos, Mercedes; Serrano, José Luis

We have prepared nanoporous polymers from columnar hexagonal hydrogen-bonded complexes, whose order is fixed by coumarin photoinduced cycloaddition (photodimerization). Two different hydrogen-bonded complexes were used and consisted of a melamine (M) or tris(triazolyl)triazine (T) derivative acting as central templates and three peripheral carboxylic acids containing coumarin units. These…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCharacteristic dimensionCustomer publicationsOrientation analysisPolymer researchSAXS

Bioinspired Polylactide Based on the Multilayer Assembly of Shish-Kebab Structure: A Strategy for Achieving Balanced Performances

Yi, Longfei; Luo, Shanshan; Shen, Jiabin; Guo, Shaoyun; Sue, Hung-Jue

Achieving balanced mechanical performances in a polymer material has long been attractive, but it is still a significant challenge. Herein, a nonadditive strategy was proposed by tailoring the crystalline structure of neat polylactide (PLA) through a layer-multiplying extrusion. Compared with normal PLA, the layer-multiplied material exhibited a 50% increase in…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersApplicationCharacteristic dimensionCharacterizationCustomer publicationsMaterialOtherPolymer researchRenewable energySAXSSelf-assembled materialTechniqueTemperatureWAXS

Thermomechanical and Conductive Properties of Thiol–Ene Poly(ionic liquid) Networks Containing Backbone and Pendant Imidazolium Groups

Bratton, Abigail F.; Kim, Sung-Soo; Ellison, Christopher J.; Miller, Kevin M.

A series of covalently cross-linked poly(ionic liquid) networks were prepared using thiol–ene “click” photopolymerization. In these networks, imidazolium groups are placed in the backbone and pendant to the main chain, creating a “hybrid”-type network architecture. The pendant imidazolium groups were incorporated into the networks from monofunctional “ene” monomers that contained…
12 March 2019
(Natural) polymersCustomer publicationsOrientation analysisPhase analysisPolymer researchSAXS

Controlling Crystal Microstructure To Minimize Loss in Polymer Dielectrics

Miranda, Daniel F.; Zhang, Shihai; Runt, James

A model semicrystalline polymer, poly(ethylene naphthalate) (PEN), was used to examine how morphological factors inhibit chain segment relaxations that contribute to dielectric loss. This was achieved by manipulating the extent of crystallization and the crystalline microstructure through a combination of annealing and uniaxial drawing and investigating the effects on dielectric…
12 March 2019