The dynamics of intermolecularly hydrogen-bonded polymer blends of poly(p-(hexafluoro-2-hydroxyl-2-propyl)styrene) with poly(vinyl acetate), poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) and poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) are investigated by broadband dielectric relaxation spectroscopy and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Each blend component exhibits a glassy state (β) relaxation, and these relaxations are affected by the formation of intermolecular associations. The glassy state behavior of the blends can be modeled using the Painter-Coleman association model. All blends exhibit a single Tg and a single dielectric segmental (α) relaxation, indicative of strong segmental-level coupling. The fragility of the glass-formers depends on the volume fraction of intermolecularly associated segments, and the association model predicts which compositions have the highest fragilities. A relaxation related to the breaking and reforming of hydrogen bonds is observed at temperatures above the α process, and its temperature dependence varies systematically with ethylene content.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry