High Energy Chemistry

, Volume 41, Issue 5, pp 370–380 | Cite as

Positronium annihilation data and actual free-volume distribution in polymers

  • V. P. Shantarovich
  • T. Suzuki
  • Yu. P. Yampol’skii
  • P. Budd
  • V. V. Gustov
  • I. B. Kevdina
  • A. V. Pastukhov
  • S. S. Berdonosov
  • V. E. Bozhevol’nov
Chemistry of New Atoms


Determination of the size distribution of free-volume holes in solids, in particular, polymers, is an important physicochemical problem. The positron annihilation technique has been proposed for this purpose. The central point in this technique is the quantitative interpretation of data, especially, for substances with a high specific surface area. A developed free-volume system in open-pore membrane materials, such as poly(trimethylsilylpropyne) PTMSP and the spirocyclically bound benzodioxane polymer PIM-1, and polymeric sorbents (hypercrosslinked polystyrenes) makes it possible for the first time to compare the sorption characteristics and positron annihilation data on the character of size distribution of nanopores in these polymers. In combination with the results of mathematical simulation of the structure and radiothermoluminescence measurements, the array of data indicate the structural inhomogeneity of the test amorphous materials. It was shown that this inhomogeneity in relation to the positron annihilation technique is expressed in the insufficiency of the representation of the orthopositronium decay curve by one component that takes into account the Gaussian lifetime distribution (symmetrical pore size distribution) and in the necessity of use of several decay components. The feasibility of revealing a nonrandom character of pore size distribution gives the positron annihilation technique an advantage over other approaches (inverse gas chromatography, 129Xe NMR) to investigation of nanopores in polymers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • V. P. Shantarovich
    • 1
  • T. Suzuki
    • 2
  • Yu. P. Yampol’skii
    • 3
  • P. Budd
    • 4
  • V. V. Gustov
    • 1
  • I. B. Kevdina
    • 1
  • A. V. Pastukhov
    • 5
  • S. S. Berdonosov
    • 6
  • V. E. Bozhevol’nov
    • 6
  1. 1.Semenov Institute of Chemical PhysicsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  2. 2.High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK)Tsukuba, IbarakiJapan
  3. 3.Topchiev Institute of Petrochemical SynthesisRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  4. 4.School of ChemistryUniversity of ManchesterManchesterUK
  5. 5.Nesmeyanov Institute of Organoelement CompoundsRussian Academy of SciencesMoscowRussia
  6. 6.Moscow State UniversityLeninskie gory, MoscowRussia

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