Predicting the Plateau Modulus from Molecular Parameters of Conjugated Polymers

Abigail M. Fenton, Renxuan Xie, Melissa P. Aplan, Youngmin Lee, Michael G. Gill, Ryan Fair, Fabian Kempe, Michael Sommer, Chad R. Snyder, Enrique D. Gomez, Ralph H. Colby

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The relationship between Kuhn length lk, Kuhn monomer volume v0, and plateau modulus GN0, initially proposed by Graessley and Edwards for flexible polymers, and extended by Everaers, has a large gap in experimental data between the flexible and stiff regimes. This gap prevents the prediction of mechanical properties from the chain structure for any polymer in this region. Given the chain architecture, including a semiflexible backbone and side chains, conjugated polymers are an ideal class of material to study this crossover region. Using small angle neutron scattering, oscillatory shear rheology, and the freely rotating chain model, we have shown that 12 polymers with aromatic backbones populate a large part of this gap. We also have shown that a few of these polymers exhibit nematic ordering, which lowers GN0.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalACS Central Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 23 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)


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