The synthesis of liquid crystalline copolymers with block copolymer grafts

Hepuzer Y., Serhatli I., YAGCI Y., GALLI G., CHIELLINI E.

MACROMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS, vol.202, no.11, pp.2247-2252, 2001 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


The synthesis of novel copolymers consisting of a side-group liquid crystalline backbone and poly(tetra-hydrofuran)-poly(methyl methacrylate) block copolymer grafts was realized by using cationic-to-free-radical transformation reactions. Firstly, photoactive poly(tetrahydrofuran) macroinimers were prepared by cationic polymerization of tetrahydrofuran and subsequent termination with 2-picoline N-oxide. Secondly, the macroinimers and acrylate monomers containing different spaced cyan mesogenic groups were copolymerized to respective graft copolymers. Eventually, these for indirect photochemical polymerization of methyl methacrylate by UV irradiation in the presence of anthracene as a photosensitizer leading to the final copolymers with block copolymer grafts. The liquid crystalline, semi-crystalline, and amorphous blocks were micro-phase separated in the graft copolymers.