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Thermally reactive liquid crystalline copolymers based on 11-[(4-cyano-4′-biphenyl)oxy]undecanyl vinyl ether and 2-vinyloxyethyloxy methacrylate

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Living cationic copolymerization of 11-[(4-cyano-4′-biphenyl)oxy]undecanyl vinyl ether (6-11) with 2-vinyloxyethyloxy methacrylate (16-2) leads to reactive copolymers poly[(6-11)-co-(16-2)]X/Y (where X/Y is the mol ratio between the two monomers in copolymer) containing methacryloyl side groups. Upon thermal crosslinking via the polymerization of their methacryloyl side groups, the copolymers with X/Y=5/5 to 9/1 lead to liquid crystalline networks displaying a SA mesophase. These results have demonstrated that a shorter spacer in the reactive bifunctional monomer 16-2 than in the mesogenic 6-11 monomer leads to networks with broader range of mesomorphism than those derived from a reactive monomer containing a spacer length equal to that of the mesogenic monomer.

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This paper is part 27 in the series: Molecular engineering of liquid-crystalline polymers by living polymerization. Part 26: V. Percec, Q. Zheng: Polym. Bull., previous paper in the issue

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Percec, V., Zheng, Q. Thermally reactive liquid crystalline copolymers based on 11-[(4-cyano-4′-biphenyl)oxy]undecanyl vinyl ether and 2-vinyloxyethyloxy methacrylate. Polymer Bulletin 29, 493–500 (1992). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00296709

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Keywords

  • Vinyl
  • Methacrylate
  • Biphenyl
  • Copolymerization
  • Vinyl Ether