Phase behavior of a weakly interacting polystyrene and poly(n-hexyl methacrylate) system: Evidence for the coexistence of UCST and LCST

Hyungju Ahn, Sudhakar Naidu, Du Yeol Ryu, Junhan Cho

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The phase behavior of a weakly interacting binary system composed of deuterated polystyrene (dPS) and poly(n-hexyl methacrylate) (PnHMA) was investigated by the turbidity measurement for the binary blend, and by small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) and depolarized light scattering for the block copolymers. For the binary dPS/PnHMA blend, a new phase diagram involving both the upper critical solution transition (UCST) and lower critical solution transition (LCST) was observed by the delicate control of molecular weights between dPS and PnHMA. Whereas for the block copolymers such as dPS-block-PnHMA and PS-block-PnHMA, an order-to-disorder transition (ODT) on heating was observed within the experimental temperature range depending on the molecular weight. This coexistence of both a UCST and LCST in the dPS/PnHMA blend consequently represents the experimental evidence that the corresponding (d)PS-b-PnHMAs possess not only ODT, but also lower disorder-to-order transition (LDOT) character driven by a compressibility difference, although the latter is hindered by thermal degradation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-474
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Mar 19


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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