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Keywords:

  • block copolymers;
  • crystallization;
  • oligomers;
  • kinetics (polym.);
  • differential scanning calorimetry (DSC)

Abstract

A series of block copolymers composed of poly(ether ether ketone) (PEEK) and poly(ether ether ketone ketone) (PEEKK) components were prepared from their corresponding oligomers via a nucleophlilic aromatic substitution reaction. Various properties of the copolymers were investigated with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and a tensile testing machine. The results show that the copolymers exhibited no phase separation and that the relationship between the glass-transition temperature (Tg) and the compositions of the copolymers approximately followed the formula Tg = Tg1X1 + Tg2X2, where Tg1 and Tg2 are the glass-transition-temperature values of PEEK and PEEKK, respectively, and X1 and X2 are the corresponding molar fractions of the PEEK and PEEKK segments in the copolymers, respectively. These copolymers showed good tensile properties. The crystallization kinetics of the copolymers were studied. The Avrami equation was used to describe the isothermal crystallization process. The nonisothermal crystallization was described by modified Avrami analysis by Jeziorny and by a combination of the Avrami and Ozawa equations. © 2005 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 97: 1652–1658, 2005