This title appears in the Scientific Report : 2015 

Association Behavior, Diffusion, and Viscosity of End-Functionalized Supramolecular Poly(ethylene glycol) in the Melt State
Krutyeva, M. (Corresponding author)
Bras, Ana / Antonius, W. / Hövelmann, Claas / Poulos, A. S. / Allgaier, J. / Radulescu, A. / Lindner, P. / Pyckhout-Hintzen, W. / Wischnewski, A. / Richter, D.
Neutronenstreuung ; ICS-1
Neutronenstreuung ; Neutronenstreuung; JCNS-1
Macromolecules, 48 (2015) 24, S. 8933–8946
Washington, DC Soc. 2015
Journal Article
Soft Matter, Health and Life Sciences
Jülich Centre for Neutron Research (JCNS)
Functional Macromolecules and Complexes
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In this work we present a combined analysis of small-angle neutron scattering, linear rheology and pulsed field gradient nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy experiments on the supramolecular association and chain structure of well-defined telechelically modified poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) in the bulk. Oligomeric PEG was functionalized with directed heterocomplementary hydrogen-bonding end-groups, thymine (Thy) and diaminotriazine (DAT). The polarity of the backbone polymer is comparable to the end groups and avoids clustering of the groups basing on energetic arguments. Their linear association behavior in the ideal melt state was investigated on the microscopic/molecular level as a function of temperature. By means of a selective labeling scheme, which should ideally lead to the formation of alternating hydrogeneous-deuterated building block sequences if the hydrogen bonding reaction is exclusively heterocomplementary, we showed that the Thy–DAT association is dominant and a Thy–Thy homoassociation is approximately three times less probable. Latter nondirected association gives rise to a considerable amount of random-copolymerization without affecting seriously neither the macroscopic melt viscosity nor the diffusivity of the supramolecular associates. From the q-dependence of a multiblock RPA structure factor, the linear association in the melt is confirmed. Furthermore, this diffusion and viscosity study reveals simple Rouse dynamics of supramolecular polymer chains with molecular weight much larger than the entanglement mass Me. The Rouse-like dynamics of long supramolecular chains indicates short lifetime hydrogen bonds of the end groups. Our results are in excellent agreement with the related polycondensation theory.