Authors Erber, M. ; Khalyavina, A. ; Eichhorn, K.-J. ; Voit, B.
Title Variations in the glass transition temperature of polyester with special architectures confined in thin films
Date 22.01.2010
Number 20669
Abstract Variations of the polymer dynamic of different systematically varied polyester architectures in the confinement of thin films were studied by temperature dependent spectroscopic vis-ellipsometry. The architectures were tailored in order to evaluate (a) the impact of different polymer backbones (hyperbranched, branched or linear and aromatic, aromatic–aliphatic or aliphatic), (b) the influence of functional groups (hydroxyl, benzoyl, tert-butyldimethylsilyl) and (c) the role of interfacial interactions (attractive, repulsive) with the silicon substrate. Possible reasons for the deviation of the glass transition temperature Tg in thin polymer films (10–800 nm) from the bulk value are described and compared to the literature. It was found that the functional groups of the applied polymers have the largest effect on Tg. Beside interfacial interactions, chemical and physical reactions in the polymer film are playing a significant role.
Publisher Polymer
Citation Polymer 51 (2010) 129-135
Tags polymer thin films glass transition temperature confinement effects polymer-films hyperbranched polyesters polystyrene films thickness behavior ellipsometry interface dynamics surfaces scale

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