Ordering in self-organizing comb copolymer-like systems obtained by hydrogen bonding between charged or noncharged polymers and amphiphiles

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  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Groningen


Mesomorphic structures and order-disorder transitions in comb copolymer-like systems obtained by hydrogen bonding of noncharged or charged homopolymers with amphiphiles are discussed. The amphiphiles consist of attractive and repulsive moieties and the emphasis will be on the situation without an additional solvent phase. Poly(4-vinyl pyridine), i.e. P4VP, hydrogen bonded to stoichiometric amounts of pentadecylphenol (PDP) is one of the characteristic examples. Small angle X-ray scattering and dynamic rheology demonstrate that this system forms a disordered melt at temperatures above the order-disorder temperature (T(ODT)), whereas for T1.0 which is further hydrogen bonded to PDP. The presented results offer guidelines to apply the concepts to other polymers as well, with an example mentioned in relation to polyamide 6. Copyright (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)241-248
Number of pages8
JournalColloids and Surfaces A: Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Amphiphile, Block copolymer, Hydrogen bonding, Microphase separation, Order-disorder transition, Polymer, Specific interaction

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