Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-27-2013

Journal or Book Title

Macromolecules

Volume

46

Issue

23

First Page

9324

Last Page

9332

DOI

10.1021/ma4015406

Abstract

Here we report the synthesis and characterization of block copolymer/layered silicate (BCPLS) nanocomposites via the surface-initiated ring-opening metathesis polymerization (SI-ROMP) of norbornene and cyclopentene from montmorillonite clay (MMT). The MMT particle surfaces were functionalized with a norbornene-terminated alkylammonium surfactant through ion exchange. Block copolymer brushes of norbornene and cyclopentene were polymerized directly from the surface of these functionalized clay platelets, yielding highly exfoliated nanocomposites. A fraction of the polymer brushes were removed from their substrate by reverse ion exchange and characterized in parallel with their corresponding nanocomposite analogues. The thermal, mechanical, and morphological characteristics of the BCPLSs and their neat analogues were then compared directly. This enabled us to assess the role of the MMT filler in the thermal properties, solid/melt state rheology, and morphology.

Comments

Reprinted with permission from Macromolecules 46 (2013): 9324–9332, doi:10.1021/ma4015406. Copyright 2013 American Chemical Society.

Copyright Owner

American Chemical Society

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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