Influence of zwitterions on thermomechanical properties and morphology of acrylic copolymers: Implications for electroactive applications

Tianyu Wu, Frederick L. Beyer, Rebecca H. Brown, Robert B. Moore, Timothy Edward Long

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Abstract

n-Butyl acrylate-based zwitterionomers and ionomers containing 3-[[2-(methacryloyloxy)ethyl](dimethyl)ammonio]-1-propanesulfonate (SBMA) and 2-[butyl(dimethyl)amino]ethyl methacrylate methanesulfonate (BDMAEMA MS), respectively, were synthesized using conventional free radical polymerization. Size-exclusion chromatography confirmed the molecular weights of the copolymers exceeded the critical molecular weight between entanglements (Me) for poly(n-butyl acrylate). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) revealed that zwitterionomers promoted more well-defined microphase separation than cationic analogues. Dynamic mechanical analyses (DMA) of the copolymers showed a rubbery plateau region due to physical cross-links between charges for zwitterionomers only. Since SBMA and BDMAEMA MS have very similar chemical structures, we attributed improved microphase separation and superior elastomeric performance of the zwitterionomers to stronger association between covalently tethered charged pairs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8056-8063
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecules
Volume44
Issue number20
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Oct 25
Externally publishedYes

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Microphase separation
Methacrylates
Acrylics
Copolymers
Molecular weight
Ionomers
Size exclusion chromatography
Free radical polymerization
X ray scattering
Differential scanning calorimetry
Atomic force microscopy
Association reactions
propylsulfonic acid
methanesulfonic acid
elastomeric
poly(n-butyl acrylate)
n-butyl acrylate

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  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry

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Influence of zwitterions on thermomechanical properties and morphology of acrylic copolymers : Implications for electroactive applications. / Wu, Tianyu; Beyer, Frederick L.; Brown, Rebecca H.; Moore, Robert B.; Long, Timothy Edward.

In: Macromolecules, Vol. 44, No. 20, 25.10.2011, p. 8056-8063.

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Wu, Tianyu ; Beyer, Frederick L. ; Brown, Rebecca H. ; Moore, Robert B. ; Long, Timothy Edward. / Influence of zwitterions on thermomechanical properties and morphology of acrylic copolymers : Implications for electroactive applications. In: Macromolecules. 2011 ; Vol. 44, No. 20. pp. 8056-8063.
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