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The miscibility of high polymers: The role of specific interactions

  • D. J. Walsh
  • S. Rostami
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Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 70)

Abstract

Polymers which are miscible with each other are so because they are of low molecular weight, because they are similar chemically and physically, or because of specific interactions between the polymers. Not surprisingly a large percentage of those mixtures which are of practical use belong to the last group. This review attempts to present a critical assessment of methods of studying homogeneous blends and some recent work on polymer mixtures with a particular emphasis on those systems which are influenced by specific interactions.

The review contains an introduction to the theory of polymer mixtures, the ways in which they can be made, how they can be studied, and how one can obtain thermodynamic data relating to them. It discusses how miscible systems having specific interactions differ from those without, evidence for the specific interactions, and how the interactions may affect the properties of blends. Finally it discusses to what extent the most widely used theories of polymer miscibility are able to deal with systems which show specific interactions.

It is shown that a lack of knowledge of the interactions in polymer blends is probably the most serious limiting factor in our understanding of polymer mixtures.

Keywords

Lower Critical Solution Temperature Methyl Acrylate Vinyl Acetate Butyl Acrylate High Molecular Weight Polymer 
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  • D. J. Walsh
    • 1
  • S. Rostami
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemical TechnologyImperial College of Science and TechnologyLondonUK

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