Polymer Engineering Faculty Research

The effect of aging on the thermal behavior of sulfonated polystyrene

Robert Weiss, The University of Akron


The thermal properties of an ionomer glass, lightly sulfonated polystyrene, was studied as a function of aging at room temperature after being cooled from the melt. An anomalous endothermic event below Tg was observed by differential scanning calorimetry; the intensity of this excess enthalpy was a function of time and sulfonate concentration. It is suggested that the origin of this relaxation may be due in part to morphological changes that occur as a consequence of electrostatic interactions of the sulfonate groups.