Large melting point depression of 2-3-nm length-scale nanocrystals formed by the self-assembly of an associative polymer: Telechelic, pyrene-labeled poly(dimethylsiloxane)

Bryce A. Jones, John M. Torkelson*

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Abstract

Large melting point depressions for organic nanocrystals, in comparison with those of the bulk, were observed in an associative polymer: telechelic, pyrenelabeled poly(dimethylsiloxane) (Py-PDMS-Py). Nanocrystals formed within nanoaggregates of pyrenyl units that were immiscible in poly(dimethylsiloxane). For 5 and 7 kg/mol Py-PDMS-Py, physical gels resulted, with melting points exceeding 40°C and with small-angle X-ray scattering peaks indicating that the crystals were nanoconfined, were 2-3 nm long, and contained roughly 18-30 pyrenyl dye end units. In contrast, 30 kg/mol Py-PDMS-PY was not a gel and exhibited no scattering peak at room temperature; however, after 12 h of annealing at -5°C, multiple melting peaks were present at 5-30°C.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3470-3475
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Volume42
Issue number18
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 15 2004

Keywords

  • Association
  • Gelation
  • Melting point
  • Polysiloxanes
  • Self-assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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