Aggregation state and mesophase structure of comb-shaped polymers with fluorocarbon side groups

Vladimir V. Volkov, Nicolai A. Platé, Atsushi Takahara, Tisato Kajiyama, Naoyuki Amaya, Yoshishige Murata

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The aggregation states of a series of comb-shaped polymers with perfluoroalkyl side chains were investigated. The main chains of the comb-shaped polymers were poly(fumarate), poly(acrylate) and poly(methacrylate). D.s.c. and w.a.x.d. measurements and p.o.m. observations over a wide temperature range showed that all the poly(fluoroalkylfumarates) (PFAF) investigated were amorphous polymers, but poly(fluoroalkylacrylate) (PFAA) and poly(fluoroalkylmethacrylate) (PFAMA) having a heptadecafluorodecyl (C8F17) group in the side chain were in a mesomorphic state at room temperature. The type of mesophases can be most likely classified as an ordered smectic liquid crystalline (LC) structure in the Smectic B (SB) modification for PFAA and an unordered smectic LC structure in the Smectic A (SA) modification for PFAMA. Increasing the main chain flexibility in going from poly(fumarate) to poly(methacrylate) and poly(acrylate) enhances the probability of ordered structure formation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1316-1320
Number of pages5
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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