Poly(styrene-b-tetrahydrofuran)/Clay Nanocomposites by Mechanistic Transformation

Yenice Z., Tasdelen M. A., ORAL A., Guler C., Yağcı Y.

JOURNAL OF POLYMER SCIENCE PART A-POLYMER CHEMISTRY, vol.47, no.8, pp.2190-2197, 2009 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


Synthesis of poly(styrene-block-tetrahydrofuran) (PSt-b-PTHF) block copolymer on the surfaces of intercalated and exfoliated silicate (clay) layers by mechanistic transformation was described. First, the polystyrene/montmorillonite (Pst/MMT) nanocomposite was synthesized by in situ atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) from initiator moieties immobilized within the silicate galleries of the clay particles. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) analysis showed the existence of both intercalated and exfoliated structures in the nanocomposite. Then, the PSt-b-PTHF/MMT nanocomposite was prepared by mechanistic transformation from ATRP to cationic ring opening polymerization (CROP). The TGA thermogram of the PSt-b-PTHF/MMT nanocomposite has two decomposition stages corresponding to PTHF and PSt segments. All nanocomposites exhibit enhanced thermal stabilities compared with the virgin polymer segments. (C) 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Polym Sci Part A: Polym Chem 47: 2190-2197, 2009