Electric-Field-Induced Dynamics of Polymer Chains in a Ferroelectric Melt-Quenched Cold-Drawn Film of Nylon-11 Using Infrared Spectroscopy

Hayato Isoda, Yukio Furukawa

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    The changes in intensity of the infrared bands of a ferroelectric melt-quenched, cold-drawn film of nylon-11 were measured as a function of a cyclic external electric field of 1.4 MV/cm. The infrared bands assigned to the NH stretching, amide I, NH-vicinal, and CO-vicinal CH2 scissoring modes showed butterfly-shaped hysteresis loops that are characteristic of ferroelectrics; however, the intensity changes of the infrared bands assigned to the CH2 antisymmetric and symmetric stretching modes are small and showed no butterfly-shaped hysteresis loops. These results indicate that the amide groups are inverted, while the methylene groups are not inverted under the external electric field. We propose a new molecular mechanism that explains the ferroelectric properties of nylon-11. Only the amide groups in the antiparallel β-sheet structure are inverted by the external electric field to form new hydrogen bonds; these two states form a nearly double-minimum potential.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)14309-14314
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry B
    Issue number44
    Publication statusPublished - 2015 Oct 12


    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
    • Materials Chemistry
    • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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