Segmental dynamics in poly(methylphenylsiloxane) networks by dielectric relaxation spectroscopy

Benjamin D. Fitz, Jovan Mijovic

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The segmental dynamics of PMPS chains are determined in the bulk liquid and cross-linked networks of varying cross-link density by broad-band dielectric relaxation spectroscopy. A large fragility index [τ(Tg*/T) dependence], F 1/2 = 0.77, is found, independent of cross-link density, molecular weight, and Tg. Also independent of the above variables is the relaxation shape (characterized by a KWW β parameter of 0.45). Since these parameters quantifying the α process in PMPS networks are insensitive to cross-linking, it is concluded that the length scale of cooperatively rearranging domains in PMPS networks is smaller than the distance between cross-links, i.e., less than 5 nm, in agreement with the current consensus. An argument based on the temperature dependence of the dielectric relaxation strength, dipole moment, and ensemble average chain configuration was advanced, suggesting that the high fragility of PMPS has an intramolecular origin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3518-3527
Number of pages10
Issue number10
StatePublished - May 18 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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