Characterization of Polymer Blends: Miscibility, Morphology by Sabu Thomas, Yves Grohens, P. Jyotishkumar

By Sabu Thomas, Yves Grohens, P. Jyotishkumar

Filling the space for a reference devoted to the characterization of polymer blends and their micro and nano morphologies, this publication presents entire, systematic insurance in a one-stop, two-volume source for all these operating within the field.

Leading researchers from and academia, in addition to from executive and personal study associations world wide summarize fresh technical advances in chapters dedicated to their person contributions. In so doing, they learn a variety of glossy characterization strategies, from microscopy and spectroscopy to diffraction, thermal research, rheology, mechanical measurements and chromatography. those tools are in comparison with one another to help in making a choice on the easiest answer for either basic and utilized difficulties, taking note of the characterization of nanoscale miscibility and interfaces, either in blends concerning copolymers and in immiscible blends. The thermodynamics, miscibility, section separation, morphology and interfaces in polymer blends also are mentioned in gentle of latest insights regarding the nanoscopic scale. eventually, the authors element the processing-morphology-property relationships of polymer blends, in addition to the impact of processing at the iteration of micro and nano morphologies, and the dependence of those morphologies at the houses of blends. scorching issues equivalent to compatibilization via nanoparticles, miscibility of recent biopolymers and nanoscale investigations of interfaces in blends also are addressed.

With its application-oriented process, handpicked choice of themes and specialist members, this is often an excellent survey for somebody keen on the sector of polymer blends for complex technologies.

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Investigations dealing with the thermodynamic properties of polymer solutions revealed that Eq. 3) underestimates DSm in these systems, and is not valid for mixtures of compounds with grossly different molar volumes [6]. 1 (a) Lattice with random mixing of two types of sphere (1030 possible combinations); (b) Lattice with random mixing of polymer and solvent (1016 combinations); (c) Lattice with random mixing of two types of polymer chain (103 combinations). 1b) [2,6,7]. In this model, each lattice site accounts for a solvent molecule or a polymer segment with the same volume as the solvent molecule (not necessarily the repeat unit of the polymer).

9 Analysis of the Miscibility Using Molecular Modeling Calculations The MD approach is based on Eq. 2 Thermodynamic Approach to the Miscibility of Polymer Blends Hence, by building modeling cells for the pure polymers and for the mixture, and by calculating the CEDs for each of those cells, the internal energy of mixing per unit volume of mixture, DEm/V, can be obtained. 13) and recalling that DHm % DEm, the interaction parameter can be obtained from:   DE m Vr x¼ ð2:34Þ V RTw1 w2 In principle, MD simulations carried out using accurate force fields and careful procedures should lead to accurate determinations of the interaction parameter, which is the dominant contribution to DGm.

5. In addition, both the PLA/PMMA and the PLA/PEO systems show, as expected, a constrained miscibility for the component of higher molar volume. , who observed phase separation in a nearly pure PVPh phase and a PLA-rich phase containing up to about 15–20 wt% PVPh [25,26]. , the polymer with the repeat unit of higher molar volume, PVPh, is the one that is partially miscible in the second polymer. The miscibility of the PLA/PVPh system was reexamined a few years later by the present authors’ research group, and complete miscibility was actually found to occur in that system [18,27,28].

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