The influence of chain configuration and, in turn, chain packing on the sorption and transport properties of poly(tert‐butyl acetylene)

A. Morisato, N. R. Miranda, B. D. Freeman, H. B. Hopfenberg, G. Costa, A. Grosso, S. Russo

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A series of poly(tert‐butyl acetylene) (PTBA) polymers was prepared with cis contents, as characterized by 13C NMR spectroscopy, ranging from 44% to 100%. The sorption and transport properties of propane in this systematically varied series were determined by a sensitive gravimetric sorption technique. As the cis content of the polymer increased, propane solubility and diffusivity decreased markedly and the d‐spacing, determined by wide angle x‐ray diffraction spectroscopy, decreased monotonically with increasing cis content, suggesting that higher order molecular structure, related explicitly to configurational variations, may strongly influence chain packing in these rigid, glassy materials and, in turn, sorption and transport properties of small molecules in this polymer series. © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2065-2074
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sep 1993
Externally publishedYes

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