Entropically driven phase separation of highly branched/linear polyolefin blends

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Abstract

Small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) was used to examine the melt phase behavior of a heavily branched comb PEE polymer blended separately with two linear PEE copolymers. In this case, PEE refers to poly(ethylene-r-ethylethylene) with 10% ethylene units; therefore, the molecular architecture was the only difference between the two components of the blends. The molecular weights of the two linear random copolymers were 60 and 220 kg/mol, respectively. The comb polymer contained an average of 54 long branches, with a molecular weight of 13.7 kg/mol, attached to a backbone with a molecular weight of 10 kg/mol. Three different volume compositions (25/75, 50/50, and 75/25) were investigated for both types of blends. SANS results indicate that all the blends containing the lower molecular weight linear polymer formed single-phase mixtures, whereas all the blends containing the high molecular weight linear polymer phase-separated. These results are discussed in the context of current theories for polymer blend miscibility.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2965-2975
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Volume38
Issue number22
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 15 2000

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