Toughening of polymers by self-assembling molecules

John C. Stendahl, Leiming Li, Eugene R. Zubarev, Yau Ru Chen, Samuel I. Stupp

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A report on the toughening of polymers by self-assembling molecules was presented. The small quantities of self assembling molecules known as dendron rod-coils (DRC) imparted higher orientational order in drawn polystyrene (PS) and improve impact strength. The increased orientation in mechanically drawn PS specimens scaffolded by DRC was revealed by the greater birefringence relative to pure PS samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1540-1543
Number of pages4
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - Nov 4 2002


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering

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