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Phase Behavior of PS - PVME Nanocomposites



K Yurekli, Alamgir Karim, Eric J. Amis, R Krishnamoorti


The influence of nanometer thick, highly anisotropic organically modified layered silicate (montmorillonite) on the phase behavior of deuterated polystyrene (dPS) and polyvinylmethylether (PVME) is investigated using a combination of small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and a novel two dimensional combinatorial method based on light scattering and corroborated by static cloud - point light scattering. The presence of up to 0.8 vol % layered silicate is found to leave the LCST phase diagram essentially unchanged, with the values of the Flory Huggins c parameter at high temperatures being nearly independent of added silicate. The presence of layered silicate led to sharper phase diagrams in the combinatorial experiments presumably because of the suppression of dewetting of the polymer from the silicon substrate and because the silicate layers act as heterogeneous nucleation sites.
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combinatorial methods neutron scattering, layered silicates, light scatering, phase separation, polymer blend, PS-PVME


Yurekli, K. , Karim, A. , Amis, E. and Krishnamoorti, R. (2004), Phase Behavior of PS - PVME Nanocomposites, Macromolecules, [online], (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created December 31, 2003, Updated October 12, 2021