Molecular dynamics of main-chain liquid crystalline polymers

V. Arrighi, J. S. Higgins, S. Mani, L. Stoeber

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Main-chain liquid crystalline polymers (LCPs) present interesting conformational and dynamic properties due to the connectivity of the mesogens via flexible linkages. Over a number of years we have investigated the static properties of LCPs and here we present a study of their dynamic behaviour. The technique of quasielastic neutron scattering has been applied to investigate the molecular motion in liquid crystalline (LC) polyesters containing 4,4'-dihydroxy,a,a'-dimethyl-benzalazine as the mesogenic unit and LC polyethers of 4,4'-dihydroxy,a-methylstilbene. The motion of the LCPs is studied in a wide temperature range extending across the glass transition (Tg) and the melting temperature (Tm). We show that, by using deuterium labelling it is possible to separate the dynamics of the rigid mesogens from the molecular motion of the flexible spacers. The dynamics of the polyesters below Tm has been studied in detail and our results indicate that, contrary to expectations, the motion of the flexible and rigid parts of the polymers are very similar. In addition, molecular motion below Tm does not appear to vary considerably from polymer to polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-12
Number of pages12
JournalPhysica B: Condensed Matter
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 1999
EventProceedings of the 1998 4th International Workshop on Quasi-Elastic Neutron Scattering, Quens 1998 - Nykoping, SWE
Duration: 6 Aug 19988 Aug 1998


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