Studies on mesomorphic behaviors of segmented azoxy polyester containing polyoxyethylene

Jaine Ming Huang, Jen Feng Kuo, Chuh Yung Chen

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A series of a segmented copolymer, poly(4,4′‐dioxy‐2,2′‐dimethyl‐azoxybenzene dodecanedioyl)‐co‐polyoxyethylene 400 (PMABD‐co‐POE) was prepared; the average chain lengths n, of the PMABD studied are 8.1 to 20.6. The thermotropic properties and the mesophase texture of the segmented copolymers were elucidated as functions of n using a differential scanning calorimeter and a polarized optical microscope with a hot stage. The results show that the incorporation of POE with PMABD decreases the intermolecular interaction force and changes the chain flexibility. The nematic droplets obtained near the isotropic temperature all exhibited a twisted bipolar configuration. Also, in the undercooling process, the nematic textures obtained before crystallizing varied with n. The copolymers containing n ≥ 17, like PMABD, develop a Schlieren texture, whereas those containing n < 17 develop a distorted‐stripe conformation. A possible mechanism for interpretation of the obtained results has been proposed. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1217-1229
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Feb 22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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