Characterization of side-chain liquid crystal polymers using dynamic mechanical thermal analysis and dielectric thermal analysis

D. R. Mulligan, C. T. Imrie*, P. Larcey

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Abstract

Ten members of a homologous series of side-chain liquid crystal polymers, the poly[[α-(4-methoxybiphenylyl-4′-oxy)-ω-alkyl]methacrylate]s, have been characterized using dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) and dielectric thermal analysis (DETA). For the undecyl and dodecyl homologues both techniques revealed a smectic-smectic transition not detected in previous studies either by differential scanning calorimetry or by optical microscopy. It is proposed that this corresponds to a monolayer-bilayer smectic A transition. A weak transition at ca. -30°C is detected using DMTA for polymers with spacer lengths 4-8 and by analogy with poly(methyl methacrylate) may indicate the absorption of small amounts of water. DMTA also proved to be particularly effective in deconvoluting transitions and for the propyl homologue established the existence of a smectic phase suggested by optical microscopy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1985-1989
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Materials Science
Volume31
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1996

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