Syndiotactic poly(N-n-propylacrylamide) shows highly cooperative phase transition

Takeshi Mori, Tomohiro Hirano, Atsushi Maruyama, Yoshiki Katayama, Takuro Niidome, Yoichi Bando, Koichi Ute, Shinji Takaku, Yasushi Maeda

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Syndiotactic poly(N-n-propylacrylamide)s (PNNPAM) with various racemo (r) diad contents were synthesized, and their phase transition behaviors were studied by high-sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry and FT-IR spectroscopy. The cooperativity of the phase transition increased with the increase in the r diad content. Compared with the atactic PNNPAM, the number of cooperative units, which shows the monomeric units length undergoing cooperative phase transition, increased 2.5- to 4-fold in the syndiotactic polymers. From the results of FT-IR spectroscopy and quantum chemical calculations, it was determined that the high cooperativity of the syndiotactic polymers resulted from local formation of an ordered structure in a dehydrated state.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-50
Number of pages3
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 6 2009

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Surfaces and Interfaces
  • Spectroscopy
  • Electrochemistry

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