Authors Serghei, A. ; Mikhailova, Y. ; Eichhorn, K.-J. ; Voit, B. ; Kremer, F.
Title Molecular dynamics of hyperbranched polyesters in the confinement of thin films
Date 22.09.2005
Number 12997
Abstract Broadband Dielectric Spectroscopy is employed to investigate the molecular dynamics in thin films of hyperbranched polyesters (type AB1B2, with -OH and -OCOCH3 as terminal groups). Three relaxation processes are detected: alpha, beta and gamma. While the latter two are not influenced by the confinement, a pronounced effect is observed on the alpha relaxation: with decreasing film thickness the slower relaxation modes of the dynamic glass transition are gradually suppressed, resulting in an increase of the average relaxation rate and in a linear decrease of the dielectric strength. This is attributed to an immobilization in confinement of the polymeric segments located at the periphery of the hyperbranched macromolecular structures.
Publisher The European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter
Citation The European Physical Journal E - Soft Matter 17 (2005) 199-2002
Tags glass-transition temperature polymer-films terminal groups polystyrene relaxation surface

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