Star-shaped poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene ether)

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The properties of star-shaped poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene ether) (PPE) as prepared by the redistribution of PPE and tyrosine-modified poly(propylene imine) dendrimers, are studied in solution and in 50/50 wt% blends with linear polystyrene. Star polymers with constant armlength but increasing number of arms show the same hydrodynamic volume as measured by Size Exclusion Chromatography (SEC), but decreasing hydrodynamic radius as measured by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS). This is caused by the restricted mobility of the more densely packed chains at high numbers of arms, also leading to a decrease in intrinsic viscosities. These solution properties are also reflected in the miscibility behaviour in polymer blends. Star-shaped polymers with a high number of PPE arms (16,32 or 64 respectively) give inhomogeneous blends with linear polystyrene, in contrast to the miscible combination of linear polystyrene with linear PPE or starshaped polymers with a low number (4 or 8) of PPE arms.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)273-280
JournalPolymer Bulletin
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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