Authors Gube, A. ; Jakisch, L. ; Häußler, L. ; Schneider, K. ; Voit, B. ; Böhme, F.
Title Alternating block copolymers based on polyamide-12 and polycaprolactone
Date 01.02.2012
Abstract A series of alternating polyester/polyamide block copolymers were prepared by sequential conversion of hydroxy-terminated polycaprolactone and amino-terminated polyamide-12 with a selectively reacting coupling agent. The thermal properties of the block copolymers were investigated using differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical analysis. Mechanical properties were determined using tensile and impact tests. All polymers were phase-separated, where the polyamide phase was semicrystalline in all compositions. Distinct crystallization of the polycaprolactone phase was observed only when the block length was greater than 2000 g mol-1. Mechanical testing showed that the polymers behave in a manner similar to that of thermoplastic elastomers. In particular, samples with a high content of polycaprolactone showed high strain and good impact behaviour. Copyright © 2011 Society of Chemical Industry
Journal Polymer International 61 (2012) 157-162

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