First structural analysis of a naphthalene-based poly(ether ketone): Crystal and molecular simulation from X-ray powder data and diffraction modeling
Colquhoun, H.M., Aldred, P.L. and Zhu, Z.X. (2003) First structural analysis of a naphthalene-based poly(ether ketone): Crystal and molecular simulation from X-ray powder data and diffraction modeling. Macromolecules, 36 (17). pp. 6416-6421. ISSN 0024-9297
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Polycondensation of 2,6-dihydroxynaphthalene with 4,4'-bis(4"-fluorobenzoyl)biphenyl affords a novel, semicrystalline poly(ether ketone) with a melting point of 406 degreesC and glass transition temperature (onset) of 168 degreesC. Molecular modeling and diffraction-simulation studies of this polymer, coupled with data from the single-crystal structure of an oligomer model, have enabled the crystal and molecular structure of the polymer to be determined from X-ray powder data. This structure-the first for any naphthalene-containing poly(ether ketone)-is fully ordered, in monoclinic space group P2(1)/b, with two chains per unit cell. Rietveld refinement against the experimental powder data gave a final agreement factor (R-wp) of 6.7%.