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Polymers 2017, 9(9), 433;

Poly(phenylene ether) Based Amphiphilic Block Copolymers

SABIC, Selkirk, NY 12158, USA
Received: 14 August 2017 / Revised: 4 September 2017 / Accepted: 5 September 2017 / Published: 8 September 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue From Amphiphilic to Polyphilic Polymers)


Polyphenylene ether (PPE) telechelic macromonomers are unique hydrophobic polyols which have been used to prepare amphiphilic block copolymers. Various polymer compositions have been synthesized with hydrophilic blocks. Their macromolecular nature affords a range of structures including random, alternating, and di- and triblock copolymers. New macromolecular architectures can offer tailored property profiles for optimum performance. Besides reducing moisture uptake and making the polymer surface more hydrophobic, the PPE hydrophobic segment has good compatibility with polystyrene (polystyrene-philic). In general, the PPE contributes to the toughness, strength, and thermal performance. Hydrophilic segments go beyond their affinity for water. Improvements in the interfacial adhesion between polymers and polar substrates via hydrogen bonding and good compatibility with polyesters (polyester-philic) have been exhibited. The heterogeneity of domains in these PPE based block copolymer offers important contributions to diverse applications. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyphenylene ether; compatibilizer; interface; polybutylene terephthalate; polystyrene; hydrophobic; polyurethane; polyesters polyphenylene ether; compatibilizer; interface; polybutylene terephthalate; polystyrene; hydrophobic; polyurethane; polyesters

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