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Mechanical and Thermomechanical Characterization of Glassy Thermoplastics with Intrachain Cross-Links

Mechanical and Thermomechanical Characterization of Glassy Thermoplastics with Intrachain Cross-Links
Suwon Bae, Charles E. Diesendruck, Meredith N. Silberstein, Avishai Levy, Feng Wang, Or Galant
The mechanical properties of an amorphous polymer are a consequence of the inter- and intramolecular interactions which are typically similar. Yet, polymers can be made with covalent intramolecular cross-links, leading to stronger intramolecular interactions. Here, a study on the effect of this intramolecular cross-linking on the mechanical properties of a glassy polymer is shown. A linear poly(methyl methacrylate) with defined size was cross-linked at different ratios and assembled into solid samples by solvent casting. Mechanical testing indicates that intramolecular cross-linking does not affect the mechanical properties at the elastic region but does influence these properties at the plastic region. Interestingly, intramolecular cross-linking leads to different effects than “regular” interchain cross-linking. The results are consistent with a reduction in chain entanglement, reducing toughness and to a lesser extent strength.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01472

DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.7b01472

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