Macromolecular Dynamics of Sulfonated Poly(styrene-b-ethylene-ran-butylene-b-styrene) Block Copolymers by Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy

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Polymer Science and Engineering


Macromolecular dynamics of sulfonated poly(styrene-b-ethylene-ran-butylene-b-styrene) (sSEBS) triblock copolymers were investigated using broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS). Two main relaxations corresponding to the glass transitions in the EB and S block phases were identified and their temperature dependences were VFT-like. Tg for the S block phase shifted to higher temperature due to restrictions on chain mobility caused by hydrogen bonded SO3H groups. While the EB block phase Tg appeared to remain constant with degree of sulfonation in DMA experiments, it shifted somewhat upward in BDS spectra. A low temperature relaxation beneath the glass transition of the EB block phase was attributed to short range chain motions. The Kramers–Krönig integral transformation was used to calculate conductivity-free loss permittivity spectra from real permittivity spectra to enhance true relaxation peaks. A loss permittivity peak tentatively assigned to relaxation of internal S-EB interfacial polarization was seen at temperatures above the S block phase glass transition, and the temperature dependence of this relaxation was VFT-like. The fragilities of the EB and S block domains in sulfonated SEBS decreased after sulfonation. The temperature dependence of the dc conduction contribution to sSEBS loss spectra also followed VFT-like behavior and S block segmental relaxation time correlated well with conductivity according to the fractional Debye–Stokes–Einstein equation.

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European Polymer Journal





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