Solution Thermodynamics of Non-Ionic Water-Soluble Polymers

  • W. Burchard


Non-ionic water soluble polymers exhibit solution properties which often differ strikingly from those of other polymers in organic solvents. The reasons for this difference in behaviour are not fully understood. This presentation is intended to gather together some details of the uncommon properties, rather than to be an in depth interpretation of the data. Three questions will be discussed:-
  1. (1)

    Which quantities can be measured?

  2. (2)

    What is the state of polymer solution theories and how are they able to present an appropriate interpretation of the behaviour of aqueous solutions?

  3. (3)

    What are the reasons for the deviations in behaviour?



Cloud Point Lower Critical Solution Temperature Virial Coefficient Excess Entropy Spinodal Curve 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. Burchard
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut für Makromolekulare ChemieAlberts-Ludwigs-UniversitätFreiburgWest Germany

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