Characterization of diene polymers. I. Infrared and NMR studies: Nonadditive behavior of characteristic infrared bands



Extinction coefficients of the characteristic infrared bands due to isomeric structural units were measured for polybutadiene and polyisoprene in CS2 or CCl4 solutions and were compared with the isomer composition determined by NMR. The NMR signal assignments were made on the basis of the spectra of deutero derivatives of the polymers. In the case of polyisoprene, linear relations were obtained between the extinction coefficients and the isomer contents determined by NMR for the absorption bands at 1385 cm−1 (characteristic of trans-1,4 units), 1376 cm−1 (cis-1,4 units), and 889 cm−1 (3,4 units). However, for the absorption bands at 840 cm−1 (characteristic of cis-1,4 and trans-1,4 units), isomerized polyisoprenes did not give such a linear relationship. In polybutadiene, the extinction coefficient for the atactic 1,2 units was found to be lower than that of the syndiotactic 1,2 unit. These experimental facts lead to the conclusion that additivity of the extinction coefficients does not always hold for diene polymers. The deviation from the linear relation may be associated with regular sequences of one isomeric conformation in the chain.