PHYSICAL-PROPERTIES OF DENDRITIC MACROMOLECULES - A STUDY OF GLASS-TRANSITION TEMPERATURE
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The variation of glass transition temperature with molecular weight and chain-end composition for dendritic polyethers and polyesters was studied. A new and modified version of the chain-end free volume theory was derived to account for the large number of chain ends in these unusual structures. For both homopolymers and a variety of novel block copolymers, the experimental variation in Tg with molecular weight was found to correlate well with theoretical predictions, thus demonstrating the wide applicability of the chain-end free volume theory. The glass transition was found to be greatly affected by the nature of the chain ends and internal monomer units. 1993, American Chemical Society. All rights reserved.