, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 527–541 | Cite as

Synthesis of Diblock Copolymers With Cellulose Derivatives. 2. Characterization and Thermal Properties of Cellulose Triacetate-Block-Oligoamide-15

  • Hiroshi Kamitakahara
  • Yukiko Enomoto
  • Chinatsu Hasegawa
  • Fumiaki Nakatsubo


Well-defined A-block-B type cellulose derivatives consisting of cellulose triacetate (CTA) and oligoamide-15 were synthesized. Chemical structures of the diblock copolymers were characterized by MALDI-TOF MS, 1H-NMR, and GPC. Influence of length of CTA and oligoamide-15 segments on their thermal properties was investigated by means of differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). All diblock copolymers displayed Tg, Tc, and Tm transition temperatures. Their Tg and Tm values increased with the increase of molecular weight of CTA segment. The crystallinity of diblock copolymers increased after isothermal crystallization at 200 °C. Its X-ray analysis revealed that the diblock copolymer had CTA II crystal structure. Thermal analysis supported microphase separation between CTA and oligoamide-15 segments at room temperature, because Tg and Tm values of polyamide-15 are −7 °C and 170–180 °C, respectively.

Key words

Cellulose triacetate Diblock copolymer Differential scanning calorimetry MALDI-TOF MS Microphase separation Oligoamide-15 



Cellulose triacetate


Gel permeation chromatography


Matrix assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectroscopy


differential scanning calorimetry


Number-average degree of polymerization


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hiroshi Kamitakahara
    • 1
  • Yukiko Enomoto
    • 1
  • Chinatsu Hasegawa
    • 1
  • Fumiaki Nakatsubo
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of AgricultureKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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