The role of transesterification on the miscibility in blends of polycarbonate and liquid crystalline copolyester

Kung-Hwa Wei*, Jia Chong Ho

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Abstract

Transesterification mechanisms and rate in blends of polycarbonate (PC) and random liquid crystalline polyester copoly(oxybenzoate-p-terephthalate) at molar ratio 40/60 (P46) were studied through a five-component diad analysis and with 13C and 1H-13C nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. It was found that the ester-ester interchange in the two polymers took place within 15 min when the blend was annealed at 260°C in vacuum. In the annealed blend, the Bisphenol A unit in polycarbonate reacted first with the terephthalate unit and then with the oxybenzoate unit in copoly(oxybenzoate-p-terephthalate). As the transesterification in the blend continued for about 1 h, the forming of diad Bisphenol A-oxybenzoate exceeded that of diad Bisphenol A-terephthalate. This large loss (57%) of the diad oxybenzoate-oxybenzoate caused the disappearance of the liquid crystalline phase in the blend. In sharp contrast to the originally immiscible blend of PC and P46 (two distinctive glass transition temperatures), the large loss of the liquid crystalline diad resulted in complete miscibility in the annealed blend, as evidenced by the appearance of a single glass transition temperature in the differential scanning calorimetry measurement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1587-1593
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1997

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