Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

Imide‐aryl ether ketone block copolymers

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Imide‐aryl ether ketone block copolymers were prepared and their morphology and thermal and mechanical properties investigated. Two aryl ether ketone blocks were incorporated; the first was an amorphous block derived from bisphenol–A and the second block was a semi‐crystalline poly(aryl ether ether ketone) prepared from a soluble and amorphous ketimine precursor. Bis(amino) aryl ether ketone and aryl ether ketimine oligomers were prepared via a nucleophilic aromaic substitution reaction with molecular weights ranging from 6,000 to 12,000 g/mol. The oligomers were co‐reacted with 4,4′‐oxydianiline (ODA) and pyromellitic dianhydride (PMDA) diethyl ester diacyl chloride in N‐methyl–2‐pyrrolidone (NMP) in the presence of N‐methylmorpholine. The copolymer compositions, determined by H‐NMR, of the resulting amic ester based copolymers ranged from 8 to 50 wt % aryl ether ketone or ketimine content. Prior to imide formation, the ketimine moiety of the aryl ether ketimine block was hydrolyzed (p‐toluene sulfonic acid) to the ketone form producing the aryl ether ether ketone block. Compositions of this block were maintained low to retain solubility. Solutions of the copolymers were cast and cured to effect imidization, producing clear films with high moduli (ca. 2200 MPa) and elongations (33–100%). The copolymers displayed good thermal stability with decomposition temperatures in excess of 450°C. Multiphase morphologies were observed irrespective of the co‐block type, block length or composition. © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Copyright © 1992 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.