Dielectric relaxation spectrum of poly (ε-caprolactone) networks hydrophilized by copolymerization with 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate

Sabater i Serra, R., Escobar Ivirico, J.L., Meseguer Dueñas, J.M., Andrio Balado, A., Gómez Ribelles, J.L. and Salmerón-Sánchez, M. (2007) Dielectric relaxation spectrum of poly (ε-caprolactone) networks hydrophilized by copolymerization with 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate. European Physical Journal E, 22(4), pp. 293-302. (doi:10.1140/epje/e2007-00036-7)

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Abstract

The dielectric relaxation spectrum of polycaprolactone (PCL) networks hydrophilized with different amounts of 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate (HEA) is investigated. PCL is a semicrystalline polyester with a complex relaxation spectrum that includes the main α relaxation and two secondary modes (β, γ) at lower temperatures. The overlapping of the different relaxational modes was split by using several Havriliak-Negami functions. Crosslinking the material modifies the dynamics of the main relaxation process as reflected by the parameters that characterize the Vogel behavior of the process and the dynamic fragility. The incorporation of HEA units in the network results in a material with microphase separation: two α processes are detected, the one corresponding to the PCL chains and the new one associated to nanometric regions that contain different amount of both comonomers. The incorporation of the HEA units in the system involves the presence of a new βsw relaxation due to the link of two side chains by water molecules through hydrogen bonding.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Salmeron-Sanchez, Professor Manuel
Authors: Sabater i Serra, R., Escobar Ivirico, J.L., Meseguer Dueñas, J.M., Andrio Balado, A., Gómez Ribelles, J.L., and Salmerón-Sánchez, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Biomedical Engineering
Journal Name:European Physical Journal E
ISSN:1292-8941
ISSN (Online):1292-895X
Published Online:06 April 2007

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