Poly(organophosphazenes) with Azoxybenzene Side Groups. Synthesis and Morphology

Harry R. Allcock, Chulhee Kim

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Azoxybenzene derivatives with chiral alkoxy terminal units were introduced as side chains in poly(organophosphazenes). The thermal behavior, morphology, and related electrical properties were investigated by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), X-ray diffraction, and measurements of the pyroelectric coefficient. From the DSC studies, suppression of side-chain crystallization by the azoxy group was evident. The thermal behavior was dependent on the spacer length and on the structure of the terminal units on the azoxybenzene group. A polyphosphazene with triethyleneoxy spacer units and azoxybenzene groups, with a 2-octoxy terminal unit at the para position, was amorphous and showed only a glass transition. However, 2-butoxy and 2-methyl-l-butoxy terminal groups imposed a layered morphology on the polymers. An X-ray diffraction study suggested that these polymers have a tilted layer morphology. Spontaneous polarization for the aligned polyphosphazenes was measured by integration of the pyroelectric coefficient with respect to temperature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2841-2845
Number of pages5
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 1 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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