Polyvinylpyrrolidone Behavior in Water/Ethanol Mixed Solvents: Comparison of Modeling Predictions with Experimental Results


The objective of this work is to study the behavior of a neutral polymer, polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), in a mixture of water and ethanol. A comparison of the experimental results with a theoretical model of effective solvent interaction with polymer (ESIP) was made. To do so, dynamic light scattering experiments were used to measure the hydrodynamic radius of PVP (M w = 3.6 × 105 g·mol−1) as a function of the ethanol fraction, x A, in the medium at 25 °C. We show that the polymer adopts an ideal chain–globule–coil conformation transition as the ethanol molar fraction varies. This transition is attributed to the change of the solvent quality which results from water and ethanol complex formation. On the other hand, the ternary PVP/water/ethanol system was described by the ESIP model. From the polymer–effective solvent interaction, the second virial coefficient of the polymer/effective solvent and the preferential adsorption parameter were calculated. The obtained results are in agreement with the reported experiments.

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Guettari, M., Belaidi, A., Abel, S. et al. Polyvinylpyrrolidone Behavior in Water/Ethanol Mixed Solvents: Comparison of Modeling Predictions with Experimental Results. J Solution Chem 46, 1404–1417 (2017). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10953-017-0649-0

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  • Polymer
  • Mixed solvents
  • Dynamic light scattering
  • Effective solvent
  • Model