Polymer, Vol.51, No.3, 793-798, 2010
Shape memory behavior of poly(methyl methacrylate)-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) copolymers
This paper describes a shape memory behavior of graft copolymers poly(methyl methacrylate)-graft-poly(ethylene glycol) (PMMA-g-PEG). In shape memory test, the sample was deformed from its original shape to a temporary shape above glass transition temperature (T,), cooled below T. to fix the temporary shape, and subsequently heated above T. for spontaneous recovery to the original shape. By grafting PEG onto PMMA backbone, shape memory ability was drastically enhanced than PMMA homopolyrner. The shape recovery ratio was decreased with the increase in the shape deformation temperature. With considering a good miscibility of backbone and side chain in PMMA-g-PEG, this shape memory ability may be related to a physically cross-linked network structure by chain entanglement of the comb-like graft copolymer. Stress relaxation measurements were investigated in order to confirm the effect of the graft chains on the shape memory behavior. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.