Theory for the chi parameter of polymer blends: Effect of attractive interactions

John G. Curro, Kenneth S. Schweizer

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Abstract

Using an integral equation theory for polymer blends, we have calculated the effective chi parameter for a binary blend of Gaussian polymers interacting with identical hard core repulsive and dissimiliar attractive interactions between chain segments. Our results predict a parabolic composition dependence for χ in qualitative accordance with recent neutron scattering experiments and Monte Carlo simulations. We also find that the attractive interactions induce structural correlations which tend to significantly reduce χ and thus stabilize the miscible mixture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)7242-7243
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Chemical Physics
Volume88
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 1988
Externally publishedYes

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polymer blends
Polymer blends
Neutron scattering
Integral equations
Polymers
Chemical analysis
integral equations
neutron scattering
Experiments
interactions
polymers
simulation
Monte Carlo simulation

Keywords

  • CHAINS
  • CORRELATIONS
  • HARD−SPHERE MODEL
  • INTEGRAL EQUATIONS
  • INTERMOLECULAR FORCES
  • LENNARD−JONES POTENTIAL
  • LIQUIDS
  • MIXTURES
  • POLYMERS
  • STRUCTURE FACTORS

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Theory for the chi parameter of polymer blends : Effect of attractive interactions. / Curro, John G.; Schweizer, Kenneth S.

In: Journal of Chemical Physics, Vol. 88, No. 11, 01.06.1988, p. 7242-7243.

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