SANS studies of solutions and molecular composites prepared from cellulose tricarbanilate

C. Alava, V. Arrighi, J. D. Cameron, J. M G Cowie, A. Moeller, A. Triolo, Paz Vaqueiro

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Abstract

We report on SANS measurements carried out on the instrument SANS1 (V4) at the BENSC facility on solutions and composites of cellulose tricarbanilate (CTC). This cellulose derivative exhibits lyotropic behaviour in methylacrylate (MA). The SANS data indicate that in the isotropic liquid state (up to 25% wt CTC in MA) the CTC chains behave like rods of mass per unit length (M/L). In the liquid crystalline (LC) phase (at and above 35% wt CTC in MA), the Q dependence varies from Q-1 to Q-4, probably as a result of self-assembling of the CTC chains. The general aim of our work is to prepare molecular composites, i.e. miscible blends of rigid-rod and flexible-coil polymers, from CTC solutions in polymerizable media. To establish the degree of homogeneity of the composites, we performed SANS measurements on UV-cured CTC/MA solutions. Here, we compare the SANS data of CTC/monomer solutions with those of the corresponding composites.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S472-S474
JournalApplied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing
Volume74
Issue numberSUPPL.I
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002

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