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Dynamic Heterogeneity in Random Copolymers of Polymethacrylates Bearing Different Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane Moieties (POSS)
- Alexandris, Stelios, Franczyk, Adrian, Papamokos, George, Marciniec, Bogdan, Graf, Robert, Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof, Koynov, Kaloian, Floudas, George
- Macromolecules 2017 v.50 no.10 pp. 4043-4053
- composite polymers, density functional theory, dielectric spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, glass, moieties, polymethylmethacrylate, rheology, temperature, viscoelasticity
- Random copolymersusually considered as dynamically homogeneous with a single glass temperaturecan show dynamic heterogeneity by appropriate choice of their repeat units. Random copolymers based on polymethacrylates with polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) moieties as side groups substituted with seven isobutyl ((i-Bu)₇POSS-OSiMe₂(CH₂)₃-MA) and 2,4,4-trimethylpentyl ((i-C₈H₁₇)₇POSS-OSiMe₂(CH₂)₃-MA) groups were synthesized and studied by dielectric spectroscopy, density functional theory, differential scanning calorimetry, and rheology. Two distinct relaxation processes were found by dielectric spectroscopy giving rise to two glass temperatures. In addition, rheology revealed significant broadening of the viscoelastic functions leading eventually to the failure of time–temperature superposition for all copolymer compositions. These results provide signatures of dynamic heterogeneity in a random copolymer.