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dc.contributor.authorShmool, Taliaen
dc.contributor.authorZeitler, Axelen
dc.date.accessioned2019-01-22T00:30:55Z
dc.date.available2019-01-22T00:30:55Z
dc.date.issued2019-01-21en
dc.identifier.issn1759-9954
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/288301
dc.description.abstractThe mechanical properties of an amorphous copolymer are directly related to the dynamic processes occurring at the molecular level. Poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA) is a biodegradable co-polymer, and in this work we investigate the dynamics of PLGA and its glass transition behaviour by performing variable temperature terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) experiments. We correlate PLGA dynamics, as measured at terahertz frequencies, their temperature dependence, molecular weight (MW), lactide to glycolide ratio, and free volume. The THz-TDS data can be used to detect two distinct transition processes, $T_{\beta}$ and $T_{g,\alpha}$. To complement our analysis, we use dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) to probe the $\beta$- and $\alpha$-relaxation processes in PLGA, and compare the results obtained from the DMA experiments with those obtained using THz-TDS. The values of $T_{g,\alpha}$, as determined from the THz-TDS experiments, are in good agreement with $T_{g,\text{DSC}}$, determined by calorimetric measurements, and with $T_{g,\text{DMA}}$, determined by the DMA measurements. We attribute $T_{\beta}$ to the change in dipole moments associated with the $\beta$-relaxation process, originating from the local rotation of C-O macromolecular chain segments, and $T_{g,\alpha}$ to the change in dipole moments due to large segmental motion of the copolymer backbone associated with the $\alpha$-relaxation process. By showing experimental temperature-dependent results from THz-TDS and DMA for PLGA, we demonstrate that the behaviour of PLGA is in line with the potential energy surface interpretation by Goldstein as well as the free volume theory of Fox and Flory, and that both concepts together can be used to understand amorphous polymers.
dc.publisherRoyal Society of Chemistry (RSC)
dc.titleInsights into the structural dynamics of poly lactic-: Co -glycolic acid at terahertz frequenciesen
dc.typeArticle
prism.endingPage361
prism.issueIdentifier3en
prism.publicationDate2019en
prism.publicationNamePolymer Chemistryen
prism.startingPage351
prism.volume10en
dc.identifier.doi10.17863/CAM.35617
dcterms.dateAccepted2018-11-30en
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1039/c8py01210een
rioxxterms.versionAM
rioxxterms.licenseref.urihttp://www.rioxx.net/licenses/all-rights-reserveden
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2019-01-21en
dc.contributor.orcidShmool, Talia [0000-0002-0415-3050]
dc.contributor.orcidZeitler, Axel [0000-0002-4958-0582]
dc.identifier.eissn1759-9962
rioxxterms.typeJournal Article/Reviewen
pubs.funder-project-idEPSRC (1198)
cam.orpheus.successThu Jan 30 10:53:24 GMT 2020 - Embargo updated*
rioxxterms.freetoread.startdate2020-01-21


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