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Polyethersulfone/polyetherethersulfone copolymers with the same chemical composition and different melt-viscosity

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Random, block, and alternative polyethersulfone/polyetherethersulfone copolymers (phenyl: ether: sulfone =7 : 4 : 3) with similar molecular weights and polydispersity were synthesized using different synthetic strategies. DSC and DMA analyses indicated that all copolymers are amorphous and possess extremely close glass transition temperature. The random copolymer displayed higher modulus and complex viscosity. It is interesting to find that the alternative copolymer exhibited a melt viscosity of 281 Pa s, which is much lower than that of the block copolymer (646 Pa s) and the random copolymer (1641 Pa s) at 4 s−1. Moreover, the alternative copolymer showed obviously higher elongation at break of 101.9%. These behaviors were highly related to their different sequence distribution. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2014, 131, 40149.

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