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Title Approaching criticality in polymer-polymer systems
Abstract The interfacial width of polyolefins blends has been probed as a function of distance away from the critical point by using neutron reflectivity. For strongly immiscible polymer pairs, the width of the interface increases slowly when the degree of immiscibility is decreased and the interfacial width varies with the interaction parameter chi of the polymers. Closer to the critical point the dependence on the degree of miscibility becomes stronger and the way in which the interfacial width diverges, as criticality is approached, is related to both the chain length and chi. The self-consistent field theory numerical calculations, with the additional contribution due to capillary waves, provides a good description of the width of the interface between two polymer bulk phases in particular at intermediate values of the degree of immiscibility.
Organisation CCLRC , ISIS , ISIS-CRISP
Keywords Physics , Materials , Chemistry , criticality , polymer-polymer , ISIS 2005
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Journal Article Phys Rev E 72 (2005): 031807. doi:10.1103/PhysRevE.72.031807 2005