We show that stretching polystyrene melts at a rate faster than the inverse Rouse time, followed by rapid quenching below the glass transition temperature, results in a material that is flexible and remains so for at least six months. Oriented micro/nanofibers are observed in the flexible samples after the mechanical tests. The fibers are probably related to the highly aligned molecules in melt stretching. At room temperature, a tensile strength over 300 MPa has been achieved for the flexible polystyrenes.
|Journal||A C S Macro Letters|
|Publication status||Published - 2018|