Title

Dynamic Mechanical Properties of Annealed Sulfonated Poly(styrene-b-[ethylene/butylene]-b-styrene) Block Copolymers

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-11-2004

Department

Polymers and High Performance Materials

Abstract

Solution cast films of lightly sulfonated styrene-b-[ethylene-co-butylenel-b-styrene, (sSEBS) block copolymers were annealed for various times at 120 degreesC and thermal transitions are evaluated using dynamic mechanical analysis. Increased annealing time and increase in degree of sulfonation increases T-g for the PS phase while T-g for the EB phase is practically unchanged, and in some cases, there is suggestion of a relaxation due to EB-PS inter-phases. Annealing has a minor effect on the rubbery plateau storage modulus. Thus, annealing primarily alters the PS block phase. EB-PS phase separation appears to be refined with increasing SO3H content. The region of rubber elasticity extends to higher temperatures with increased degree of sulfonation. A high temperature dynamic mechanical transition that is tentatively attributed to disruption of SO3H-rich sub-domains within the PS block domains shifts to higher temperature with annealing. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Polymer

Volume

45

Issue

10

First Page

3457

Last Page

3463