Colloid and Polymer Science

, Volume 274, Issue 11, pp 1033–1043 | Cite as

Coupling of concentration fluctuations to viscoelasticity in highly concentrated polymer solutions

  • T. Jian
  • D. Vlassopoulos
  • G. Fytas
  • T. Pakula
  • W. Brown
Original Contribution


Photon correlation spectroscopy in the polarized geometry has been used to systematically investigate the complex dynamics of a highly concentrated entangled polymer solution in a nominally good solvent, poly(butylacrylate) in dioxane. In addition to the well known fast cooperative diffusion process, a slow virtuallyq-independent mode is detected, whereq is the scattering wavevector, in agreement with previous experimental works on semidilute solutions. This mode is attributed to the viscoelastic nature of the transient physical network, formed by the entanglements, which relaxes its elastic stress induced by the concentration fluctuations, as confirmed by small amplitude oscillatory shear measurements; the latter reveal a terminal relaxation time comparable to the characteristic time of the slow relaxation process. Results, especially in terms of concentration and temperature dependence, are evaluated and discussed in view of the existing theoretical treatments in the field, predicting the existence of the slow viscoelastic relaxation. The relationship between dynamic light scattering and mechanical spectroscopy is established.

Key words

Polymers concentrated solutions entanglements dynamics photon correlation spectroscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Jian
    • 1
  • D. Vlassopoulos
    • 1
  • G. Fytas
    • 1
  • T. Pakula
    • 2
  • W. Brown
    • 3
  1. 1.Foundation for Research and Technology — HellasInstitute of Electronic Structure and LaserCreteGreece
  2. 2.Max-Planck-Institut für PolymerforschungMainzFRG
  3. 3.Department of Physical ChemistryUniversity of UppsalaUppsalaSweden

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