Thermochimica Acta, Vol.451, No.1-2, 168-173, 2006
Phase behavior and crystallization in blends of a low molecular weight polyethylene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock copolymer and poly (hydroxyether of bisphenol A)
The phase behavior, morphology and crystallization in blends of a low-molecular-weight (M-n = 1400) double-crystalline polyethylene-blockpoly(ethylene oxide) (PE-PEO) diblock copolymer with poly(hydroxyether of bisphenol A) (PH) were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy and small-angle X-ray scattering. The symmetric PE-PEO diblock copolymer consists of a PH-miscible PEO block and a PH-immiscible PE block. However, PH only exhibits partial miscibility with the PEO block of the copolymer in the PH/PE-PEO blends; both macrophase and microphase separations took place. There existed two macrophases in the PH/PE-PEO blends, i.e., a PH-rich phase and a PE-PEO copolymer-rich phase. The PE block of the copolymer in the blends exhibited fractionated crystallization behavior by homogeneous nucleation. There appeared three crystallization exotherms related to the crystallization of the PE block within three different microenvironments in the PH/PE-PEO blends. (C) 2006 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.