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Stiffness and Conformational Transition of Poly{3-[(S)-2-methylbutoxy]phenyl isocyanate} in Dilute Solution

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posted on 02.05.2006, 00:00 by Kazuto Yoshiba, Ryota Hama, Akio Teramoto, Naotake Nakamura, Katsuhiro Maeda, Yoshio Okamoto, Takahiro Sato
Poly{3-[(S)-2-methylbutoxy]phenyl isocyanate} was shown to be locally helical, but a rather flexible wormlike chain of persistence length 3 nm. Its optical activity changed remarkably on temperature−solvent and molecular weight, vanishing at a specific temperature Tc irrespective of molecular weight, exhibiting a cooperative transition of helical conformations. Such optical activity data were well explained by a theory of Lifson et al. on the helix reversal model, taking the conformations of the terminal residues explicitly. This polymer is locally helical and rodlike because of its conjugating main-chain amide bonds, which are conjugating also with side-chain phenyl rings. However, the latter conjugation weakens the main-chain stiffness, with almost no contribution to the global stiffness from helix reversal points.

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