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  1. Solution-processed amorphous niobium oxide as a novel electron collection layer for inverted polymer solar cells

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    Hamada, Keisuke; Murakami, Naoya; Tsubota, Toshiki; Ohno, Teruhisa

    2013-10-01

    Amorphous niobium oxide (NbOx) as an electron collection layer in inverted polymer solar cells was prepared by a solution process. The power conversion efficiency of inverted polymer solar cells based on a blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) and [6,6]-phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester was improved to 2.22% by inserting an NbOx layer between the active layer and indium tin oxide electrode. An energy level diagram of component materials in the inverted polymer solar cell indicated that the NbOx layer works as both an electron collection layer and hole blocking layer in polymer solar cells.

  2. Polymer solutions

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    Krawczyk, Gerhard Erich; Miller, Kevin Michael

    2011-07-26

    There is provided a method of making a polymer solution comprising polymerizing one or more monomer in a solvent, wherein said monomer comprises one or more ethylenically unsaturated monomer that is a multi-functional Michael donor, and wherein said solvent comprises 40% or more by weight, based on the weight of said solvent, one or more multi-functional Michael donor.

  3. Design Requirements for Amorphous Piezoelectric Polymers

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    Ounaies, Z.; Young, J. A.; Harrison, J. S.

    1999-01-01

    An overview of the piezoelectric activity in amorphous piezoelectric polymers is presented. The criteria required to render a polymer piezoelectric are discussed. Although piezoelectricity is a coupling between mechanical and electrical properties, most research has concentrated on the electrical properties of potentially piezoelectric polymers. In this work, we present comparative mechanical data as a function of temperature and offer a summary of polarization and electromechanical properties for each of the polymers considered.

  4. Sugar-polymer hydrogen bond interactions in lyophilized amorphous mixtures.

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    Taylor, L S; Zografi, G

    1998-12-01

    The objective of this work was to investigate hydrogen bonding interactions between a variety of glass-forming sugars and a model polymer, poly(vinylpyrrolidone) (PVP), in binary amorphous solid solutions, produced by lyophilization. The glass transition temperatures of the sugars and sugar-PVP colyophilized mixtures were assessed using differential scanning calorimetry. The hydrogen bonding interactions between each sugar and PVP were monitored using FT-Raman spectroscopy. Sucrose was found to hydrogen bond to a greater extent with PVP at a particular sugar:polymer ratio than the other disaccharides studied including trehalose and the trisaccharide raffinose. Maltodextrins showed a decreased tendency to hydrogen bond with the polymer compared to the lower molecular weight sugars. The extent of hydrogen bonding was found to correlate inversely with the glass transition temperature of the sugar, with the tendency to hydrogen bond decreasing as the Tg increased. The importance of hydrogen bonding interactions to the thermodynamics of mixing in amorphous solids is discussed. PMID:10189276

  5. Enhanced Physical Stability of Amorphous Drug Formulations via Dry Polymer Coating.

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    Capece, Maxx; Davé, Rajesh

    2015-06-01

    Although amorphous solid drug formulations may be advantageous for enhancing the bioavailability of poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients, they exhibit poor physical stability and undergo recrystallization. To address this limitation, this study investigates stability issues associated with amorphous solids through analysis of the crystallization behavior for acetaminophen (APAP), known as a fast crystallizer, using a modified form of the Avrami equation that kinetically models both surface and bulk crystallization. It is found that surface-enhanced crystallization, occurring faster at the free surface than in the bulk, is the major impediment to the stability of amorphous APAP. It is hypothesized that a novel use of a dry-polymer-coating process referred to as mechanical-dry-polymer-coating may be used to inhibit surface crystallization and enhance stability. The proposed process, which is examined, simultaneously mills and coats amorphous solids with polymer, while avoiding solvents or solutions, which may otherwise cause stability or crystallization issues during coating. It is shown that solid dispersions of APAP (64% loading) with a small particle size (28 μm) could be prepared and coated with the polymer, carnauba wax, in a vibratory ball mill. The resulting amorphous solid was found to have excellent stability as a result of inhibition of surface crystallization. PMID:25902736

  6. Induced birefringence and dichroism in azo polymers. Comparison between amorphous and liquid crystalline polymers

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    Natansohn, A.; Brown, D.; Rochon, P.

    1993-12-31

    Macroscopic order can be induced in amorphous high-Tg azo polymers (usually containing electron-donor - electron-acceptor substituted azobenzene moieties) by exposure to polarized light. The phenomenon is based on a series of trans-cis-trans isomerization cycles and the induced birefringence is typically of 2x10{sup {minus}2}. The ordered domains can be returned to randomness ({open_quotes}erased{close_quotes}) using circularly polarized light. This paper will present a comparison between amorphous and liquid crystalline azo polymers. The most significant difference between these two types of polymers is that any other type of concert with the azo moiety. Consequently the dichroism and birefringence induced in the liquid crystalline polymers can be one order of magnitude higher than in the amorphous polymers. At the same time, however, the time required to achieve saturation also increases by at least one order of magnitude.

  7. Thermomechanical behavior of amorphous tactic methacrylate polymers

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    Kiran, E.; Gillham, J. K.; Gipstein, E.

    1974-01-01

    Dynamic mechanical spectra of amorphous stereoregular poly(methyl methacrylate)s and poly(t-butyl methacrylate)s with assigned microtacticities are presented and discussed. An intermolecular argument is invoked to account for the higher glass transition temperature of syndiotactic vis a vis isotactic PMMA, in spite of the higher density of the latter at 30 C. An argument is presented to show that the ratio of glassy-region relaxation temperature to glass transition temperature is not only a measure of the degree of coupling of the beta and glass transition processes, but also of the degree to which intermolecular factors influence these processes. The greater extent of the low-temperature irreversibilities observed in the thermomechanical spectra of poly(t-butyl methacrylate)s is attributed to the brittle character induced by the bulky side groups which presumably weaken cohesive forces.

  8. Soft confinement for polymer solutions

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    Oya, Yutaka; Kawakatsu, Toshihiro

    2014-07-01

    As a model of soft confinement for polymers, we investigated equilibrium shapes of a flexible vesicle that contains a phase-separating polymer solution. To simulate such a system, we combined the phase field theory (PFT) for the vesicle and the self-consistent field theory (SCFT) for the polymer solution. We observed a transition from a symmetric prolate shape of the vesicle to an asymmetric pear shape induced by the domain structure of the enclosed polymer solution. Moreover, when a non-zero spontaneous curvature of the vesicle is introduced, a re-entrant transition between the prolate and the dumbbell shapes of the vesicle is observed. This re-entrant transition is explained by considering the competition between the loss of conformational entropy and that of translational entropy of polymer chains due to the confinement by the deformable vesicle. This finding is in accordance with the recent experimental result reported by Terasawa et al. (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A., 108 (2011) 5249).

  9. Amorphous stabilization and dissolution enhancement of amorphous ternary solid dispersions: combination of polymers showing drug-polymer interaction for synergistic effects.

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    Prasad, Dev; Chauhan, Harsh; Atef, Eman

    2014-11-01

    The purpose of this study was to understand the combined effect of two polymers showing drug-polymer interactions on amorphous stabilization and dissolution enhancement of indomethacin (IND) in amorphous ternary solid dispersions. The mechanism responsible for the enhanced stability and dissolution of IND in amorphous ternary systems was studied by exploring the miscibility and intermolecular interactions between IND and polymers through thermal and spectroscopic analysis. Eudragit E100 and PVP K90 at low concentrations (2.5%-40%, w/w) were used to prepare amorphous binary and ternary solid dispersions by solvent evaporation. Stability results showed that amorphous ternary solid dispersions have better stability compared with amorphous binary solid dispersions. The dissolution of IND from the ternary dispersion was substantially higher than the binary dispersions as well as amorphous drug. Melting point depression of physical mixtures reveals that the drug was miscible in both the polymers; however, greater miscibility was observed in ternary physical mixtures. The IR analysis confirmed intermolecular interactions between IND and individual polymers. These interactions were found to be intact in ternary systems. These results suggest that the combination of two polymers showing drug-polymer interaction offers synergistic enhancement in amorphous stability and dissolution in ternary solid dispersions. PMID:25196860

  10. Solution assembly of conjugated polymers

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    Bokel, Felicia A.

    This dissertation focuses on the solution-state polymer assembly of conjugated polymers with specific attention to nano- and molecular-scale morphology. Understanding how to control these structures holds potential for applications in polymer-based electronics. Optimization of conjugated polymer morphology was performed with three objectives: 1) segregation of donor and acceptor materials on the nanometer length-scale, 2) achieving molecular-scale ordering in terms of crystallinity within distinct domains, and 3) maximizing the number and quality of well-defined donor/acceptor interfaces. Chapter 1 introduces the development of a mixed solvent method to create crystalline poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) fibrils in solution. Chapter 2 describes fibril purification and approaches to robust and functional fibrils, while chapters 3 and 4 demonstrate the formation of hybrid nanocomposite wires of P3HT and cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles by two methods: 1) co-crystallization of free and P3HT-grafted CdSe for composite nanowires and 2) direct attachment of CdSe nanoparticles at fibril edges to give superhighway structures. These composite structures show great potential in the application of optoelectronic devices, such as the active layer of solar cells. Finally, ultrafast photophysical characterization of these polymers, using time-resolved photoluminescence and transient absorption, was performed to determine the aggregation types present in suspended fibrils and monitor the formation and decay of charged species in fibrils and donor-acceptor systems.

  11. Superior electric storage on an amorphous perfluorinated polymer surface.

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Kuroda, Tomoyuki; Hasegawa, Fumihiko; Sueyoshi, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    Amorphous perfluoroalkenyl vinyl ether polymer devices can store a remarkably powerful electric charge because their surface contains nanometre-sized cavities that are sensitive to the so-called quantum-size effect. With a work function of approximately 10 eV, the devices show a near-vertical line in the Nyquist diagram and a horizontal line near the -90° phase angle in the Bode diagram. Moreover, they have an integrated effect on the surface area for constant current discharging. This effect can be explained by the distributed constant electric circuit with a parallel assembly of nanometre-sized capacitors on a highly insulating polymer. The device can illuminate a red LED light for 3 ms after charging it with 1 mA at 10 V. Further gains might be attained by integrating polymer sheets with a micro-electro mechanical system. PMID:26902953

  12. Superior electric storage on an amorphous perfluorinated polymer surface

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Kuroda, Tomoyuki; Hasegawa, Fumihiko; Sueyoshi, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Amorphous perfluoroalkenyl vinyl ether polymer devices can store a remarkably powerful electric charge because their surface contains nanometre-sized cavities that are sensitive to the so-called quantum-size effect. With a work function of approximately 10 eV, the devices show a near-vertical line in the Nyquist diagram and a horizontal line near the -90° phase angle in the Bode diagram. Moreover, they have an integrated effect on the surface area for constant current discharging. This effect can be explained by the distributed constant electric circuit with a parallel assembly of nanometre-sized capacitors on a highly insulating polymer. The device can illuminate a red LED light for 3 ms after charging it with 1 mA at 10 V. Further gains might be attained by integrating polymer sheets with a micro-electro mechanical system.

  13. Superior electric storage on an amorphous perfluorinated polymer surface

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Kuroda, Tomoyuki; Hasegawa, Fumihiko; Sueyoshi, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    Amorphous perfluoroalkenyl vinyl ether polymer devices can store a remarkably powerful electric charge because their surface contains nanometre-sized cavities that are sensitive to the so-called quantum-size effect. With a work function of approximately 10 eV, the devices show a near-vertical line in the Nyquist diagram and a horizontal line near the −90° phase angle in the Bode diagram. Moreover, they have an integrated effect on the surface area for constant current discharging. This effect can be explained by the distributed constant electric circuit with a parallel assembly of nanometre-sized capacitors on a highly insulating polymer. The device can illuminate a red LED light for 3 ms after charging it with 1 mA at 10 V. Further gains might be attained by integrating polymer sheets with a micro-electro mechanical system. PMID:26902953

  14. Dielectric breakdown in silica-amorphous polymer nanocomposite films: the role of the polymer matrix.

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    Grabowski, Christopher A; Fillery, Scott P; Westing, Nicholas M; Chi, Changzai; Meth, Jeffrey S; Durstock, Michael F; Vaia, Richard A

    2013-06-26

    The ultimate energy storage performance of an electrostatic capacitor is determined by the dielectric characteristics of the material separating its conductive electrodes. Polymers are commonly employed due to their processability and high breakdown strength; however, demands for higher energy storage have encouraged investigations of ceramic-polymer composites. Maintaining dielectric strength, and thus minimizing flaw size and heterogeneities, has focused development toward nanocomposite (NC) films; but results lack consistency, potentially due to variations in polymer purity, nanoparticle surface treatments, nanoparticle size, and film morphology. To experimentally establish the dominant factors in broad structure-performance relationships, we compare the dielectric properties for four high-purity amorphous polymer films (polymethyl methacrylate, polystyrene, polyimide, and poly-4-vinylpyridine) incorporating uniformly dispersed silica colloids (up to 45% v/v). Factors known to contribute to premature breakdown-field exclusion and agglomeration-have been mitigated in this experiment to focus on what impact the polymer and polymer-nanoparticle interactions have on breakdown. Our findings indicate that adding colloidal silica to higher breakdown strength amorphous polymers (polymethyl methacrylate and polyimide) causes a reduction in dielectric strength as compared to the neat polymer. Alternatively, low breakdown strength amorphous polymers (poly-4-vinylpyridine and especially polystyrene) with comparable silica dispersion show similar or even improved breakdown strength for 7.5-15% v/v silica. At ∼15% v/v or greater silica content, all the polymer NC films exhibit breakdown at similar electric fields, implying that at these loadings failure becomes independent of polymer matrix and is dominated by silica. PMID:23639183

  15. Structure and segmental dynamics in amorphous conjugated polymers

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    Zhan, Pengfei; Maranas, Janna; Gomez, Enrique

    2015-03-01

    Although it is well established that the microstructure strongly affects charge transport in organic semiconductors, the role of fluctuations of the structure on charge mobilities is still not well understood. We have examined the dynamics and structure in amorphous conjugated polymers poly(3-alkylthiophene)s (P3ATs) with neutron and x-ray scattering. We measured the segmental dynamics in amorphous P3ATs with quasi-elastic neutron scattering (QENS). The structure of amorphous P3ATs is measured with small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) and grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXRD). Using SANS, we observe phase separation between the backbone and side-chains in all polymer samples for regiorandom P3ATs. Additionally, the analysis of the QENS data shows that longer side-chains relax faster compared with shorter side-chains and our further analysis of the elastic incoherent structure factor (EISF) suggests that the amplitude of proton motion on the thiophene rings increases by a factor of 3 as the side-chain length increases from 6 to 12, demonstrating that longer side chains lead to enhanced motion of conjugated rings. This work is done under the support of Dow Chemical Company

  16. Analysis of ageing of amorphous thermoplastic polymers by PVT analysis

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    Greco, Antonio; Maffezzoli, Alfonso; Gennaro, Riccardo; Rizzo, Michele

    2012-07-01

    The aim of this work is the analysis of ageing phenomenon occurring in amorphous thermoplastic polymers below their glass transition temperature by pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) analysis. The ageing behavior of different polymers as a function of the heating and cooling rates has been widespread studied. Also, different works in literature are aimed to study the effect of the applied pressure on the glass transition behavior. Another relevant aspect related to the glass transition behavior is related to the ageing effects, which can also be influenced by the applied pressure. This is a very relevant issue, since most of the polymers, during ageing, are subjected to mechanical loading. PVT analysis was used to study the ageing of amorphous PET copolymer (PETg) at different pressure levels. Specific volume-temperature curves measured during the cooling and the heating steps were used for calculating the relaxed specific volume, showing that ageing effects increase with increasing applied pressure. The evolution of the fictive temperature as a function of time was calculated from experimental data.

  17. Two species/nonideal solution model for amorphous/amorphous phase transitions

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    Moynihan, C.T.

    1997-12-31

    A simple macroscopic thermodynamic model for first order transitions between two amorphous phases in a one component liquid is reviewed, augmented and evaluated. The model presumes the existence in the liquid of two species, whose concentrations are temperature and pressure dependent and which form a solution with large, positive deviations from ideality. Application of the model to recent data indicates that water can undergo an amorphous/amorphous phase transition below a critical temperature T{sub c} of 217K and above a critical pressure P{sub c} of 380 atm.

  18. Qualitative and quantitative methods to determine miscibility in amorphous drug-polymer systems.

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    Meng, Fan; Dave, Vivek; Chauhan, Harsh

    2015-09-18

    Amorphous drug-polymer systems or amorphous solid dispersions are commonly used in pharmaceutical industry to enhance the solubility of compounds with poor aqueous solubility. The degree of miscibility between drug and polymer is important both for solubility enhancement as well as for the formation of a physically stable amorphous system. Calculation of solubility parameters, Computational data mining, Tg measurements by DSC and Raman mapping are established traditional methods used to qualitatively detect the drug-polymer miscibility. Calculation of Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, computational analysis of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) data, solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Atomic Forced Microscopy (AFM) have been recently developed to quantitatively determine the miscibility in amorphous drug-polymer systems. This brief review introduces and compiles these qualitative and quantitative methods employed in the evaluation of drug-polymer miscibility. Combination of these techniques can provide deeper insights into the true miscibility of the drug-polymer systems. PMID:26006307

  19. Enhanced interfacial adhesion between an amorphous polymer (polystyrene) and a semicrystalline polymer [a polyamide (nylon 6)].

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    Kim, Sehyun; Lee, Jiseok; Kim, Hoyun; Seo, Youngwook P; Hong, Soon Man; Takahara, Atsushi; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Seo, Yongsok

    2011-07-01

    We studied enhanced interfacial adhesion between an amorphous polymer (polystyrene, PS) and a semicrystalline polymer (a polyamide, Ny6). The fracture mechanism for this system was investigated to elicit a universal description on the fracture mechanism. The surface modification of PS to provide functional groups that can react with the functional groups of Ny6 was carried out with ion-beam and/or plasma treatment. These surface modifications were found to alter the interfacial adhesion strength between PS and Ny6. A remarkable enhancement was found with the surface functionalization of PS. Though the fracture toughness was varied depending on the process, its overall behavior was quite similar to that of others; the fracture toughness increased with increasing bonding temperature and bonding time, passed through a peak, and then decreased with a further increase of the bonding time or temperature. The variation of the fracture toughness with the bonding time and temperature can be plausibly explained in terms of two different failure mechanisms of adhesive failure and cohesive failure. This change appears more evidently for the interface between an amorphous polymer and a semicrystalline polymer than the interface between semicrystalline polymer pairs. Surface functionalization could exclude the effect of diffusion, thus clarifying the failure mechanisms occurring at the interface. PMID:21688837

  20. Monolithic amorphous silicon modules on continuous polymer substrate

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    Grimmer, D.P. )

    1992-03-01

    This report examines manufacturing monolithic amorphous silicon modules on a continuous polymer substrate. Module production costs can be reduced by increasing module performance, expanding production, and improving and modifying production processes. Material costs can be reduced by developing processes that use a 1-mil polyimide substrate and multilayers of low-cost material for the front encapsulant. Research to speed up a-Si and ZnO deposition rates is needed to improve throughputs. To keep throughput rates compatible with depositions, multibeam fiber optic delivery systems for laser scribing can be used. However, mechanical scribing systems promise even higher throughputs. Tandem cells and production experience can increase device efficiency and stability. Two alternative manufacturing processes are described: (1) wet etching and sheet handling and (2) wet etching and roll-to-roll fabrication.

  1. Fracture mechanism of amorphous polymers at strain fields.

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    Huang, Lan; Yang, Xiaoping; Jia, Xiaolong; Cao, Dapeng

    2014-12-01

    Owing to the wide application of polymeric materials, understanding the fracture mechanism of amorphous polymers at strain fields is a fundamentally important challenge. In this work, we use molecular dynamics simulations to investigate the uniaxial deformation of amorphous polyethylene and further monitor the polyethylene fracture process induced by stretching. Results indicate that the polyethylene systems with chain lengths of 600-800 united atoms exhibit the fracture behavior at a temperature T < 200 K and the strain of 1.0. Further study shows that in the stretching process, the disentanglement and orientation of chains lead to the formation of small cavities in the middle region of the system, and the small cavities subsequently form a large hole, causing the fracture of the whole system. Definitely, the fracture is determined by the two factors of mobility and entanglement of chains. The polyethylene systems with a high chain mobility or a high chain entanglement do not fracture. Finally, a schematic diagram is put forward to illustrate the fracture behavior. PMID:25322468

  2. Design of bioabsorbable, amorphous polymer networks and composites

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    Wiggins, J.S.

    1992-01-01

    Amorphous, crosslinked, bioabsorbable polymers have been developed as an alternative to conventional linear, semi-crystalline thermoplastic bioabsorbable polymers, and as matrix resins for totally bioabsorbable composites. Bioabsorbable composites have been fabricated, consisting of poly(glycolic acid) surgical mesh embedded in polyester and polyester-urethane based matrices. Low-molecular weight precursors used in the matrices of the composites were based on D, L-lactide and [epsilon]-caprolactone polyols, which were synthesized by coordination ring-opening polymerization using glycol initiators and stannous octoate as catalyst. Polymers initiated with diols were chain extended with fumaric acid for use as unsaturated polyester prepolymers, and were crosslinked using peroxide initiation. Polyester triols synthesized from glycerol initiation were crosslinked with L-lysine diisocyanate (LDI). Networks synthesized from D, L-lactide based precursors were more rigid with higher tensile strengths and moduli, while networks synthesized from [epsilon]-caprolactone were more flexible and elastomeric. Copolymer network properties were influenced by the relative amounts of each monomer incorporated into the copolymers. A composite based on neat poly(D, L-lactide-co-[epsilon]-caprolactone) fumarate displayed a tensile strength of 37 MPa and modulus of 107 MPa; addition of 25 wt% styrene yielded tensile strength and modulus of 64 MPa and 689 MPa, respectively. A silane coupling agent was shown to dramatically improve the fiber-matrix interfacial adhesion; tensile strength of a poly(D, L-lactide-co-glycolic acid) fumarate composite was increased from 84 to 92 MPa upon fiber pretreatment. Improved adhesion was also demonstrated using SEM. DSC revealed that if the glass transitions for the matrices was maintained at [approximately]60[degrees]C, the composites were easily shaped above this temperature, yet remained rigid at biological temperatures.

  3. Thermodynamics of solutions containing hyperbranched polymers

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    Mio, C.; Lue, L.; Prausnitz, J.

    1996-12-31

    Vapor-liquid equilibria (VLE) have been obtained for solutions of hyperbranched polymers in chloroform, acetone, cyclohexane, methanol, acetonitrile or n-propylamine in the range 35 to 80{degrees}C. Polymers with different branched structures were studied: star, comb and dendritic polymers. Data interpretation is based on the lattice cluster theory (LCT) of Freed and coworkers. Unlike the Flory-Huggins theory, LCT can predict the effect of molecular architecture on thermodynamic solution properties.

  4. Functionalized polymers for binding to solutes in aqueous solutions

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    Smith, Barbara F.; Robison, Thomas W.

    2006-11-21

    A functionalized polymer for binding a dissolved molecule in an aqueous solution is presented. The polymer has a backbone polymer to which one or more functional groups are covalently linked. The backbone polymer can be such polymers as polyethylenimine, polyvinylamine, polyallylamine, and polypropylamine. These polymers are generally water-soluble, but can be insoluble when cross-linked. The functional group can be for example diol derivatives, polyol derivatives, thiol and dithiol derivatives, guest-host groups, affinity groups, beta-diphosphonic acids, and beta-diamides

  5. Polymer composites containing photochromic dye solution

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    Saito, Mitsunori; Sakiyama, Kohei; Mochizuki, Ryosuke; Ohashi, Kenji

    2010-05-01

    Photochromic polymer composites were fabricated by encapsulating dye solution in a polycarbonate membrane. The membrane contained through holes of 50 nm diameter. These nanoholes provided a sufficient free volume for the dye molecules to change their structure in the photochromic isomerization process. A polymer composite containing a toluene solution of diarylethene exhibited red color when it was irradiated with violet laser, and returned to the transparent state by green laser irradiation. Another polymer composite containing spiropyran turned to blue by ultraviolet lamp irradiation and returned to the transparent state by green laser irradiation. A nonlinear input-output characteristic and a rewritable-grating function were demonstrated by using these photochromic polymers.

  6. Ultraflexible polymer solar cells using amorphous zinc-indium-tin oxide transparent electrodes.

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    Zhou, Nanjia; Buchholz, Donald B; Zhu, Guang; Yu, Xinge; Lin, Hui; Facchetti, Antonio; Marks, Tobin J; Chang, Robert P H

    2014-02-01

    Polymer solar cells are fabricated on highly conductive, transparent amorphous zinc indium tin oxide (a-ZITO) electrodes. For two representative active layer donor polymers, P3HT and PTB7, the power conversion efficiencies (PCEs) are comparable to reference devices using polycrystalline indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes. Benefitting from the amorphous character of a-ZITO, the new devices are highly flexible and can be repeatedly bent to a radius of 5 mm without significant PCE reduction. PMID:24123578

  7. Dynamic measurement of stress optical behavior of three amorphous polymers

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    Min, Inki; Yoon, Kyunghwan

    2012-03-01

    In the present study, rheo-optical and mechanical properties of three amorphous polymers, i.e., PS (polystyrene), PC(polycarbonate) and COC(cyclo olefin copolymer), widely used for optical products have been investigated. Accurate measurement of stress optical coefficients and elastic modulus data across the glass transition region are essential for predicting optical anisotropy in many injection molded optical products like pickup lenses and waveguide in LCD module since the final products have both flow and thermal history from the melt to glass. To obtain stress optical behavior in wide range of frequency and temperature including rubbery, glassy and glass transition regime, frequency sweep tests with extensional bar and shear sandwich tools were undertaken. As a result, glassy and melt extreme values of stress optical coefficient of PS and PC were evaluated as well as master plots in wide frequency region. The sign change of stress optical coefficient was shown clearly for PS as the frequency increased. On the other hand, the sign of stress optical coefficient over the whole frequency region is always positive for PC. For COC's of different composition, even though the glass transition temperature can vary, the stress optical coefficient of COC's with different composition stays almost constant at two extremes.

  8. Microcellular foams prepared from demixed polymer solutions

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    Aubert, J.H.

    1990-01-01

    Low-density, microcellular polymer foams have numerous applications as structural supports in high-energy physics experiments, in catalysis, ion exchange, and filtration, and for a variety of biomedical uses. A versatile method to prepare such foams is by thermally-induced phase separation (TIPS) of polymer solutions. Demixed solutions can be transformed into a foam by freezing the demixed solution and removing the solvent by freeze-drying. The morphology of these foams is determined by the the thermodynamics and kinetics of phase separation. A model of both the early and late stage structure development for demixed polymer solutions will be presented. For semi-crystalline polymers, gels can be prepared by crystallizing the polymer from solution, either a homogeneous solution or a demixed solution. Foams can be prepared from these gels by the supercritical extraction of the solvent. By understanding and utilizing the phase separation behavior of polymer solutions, engineered microcellular foams can be prepared. To design the foams for any application one must be able to characterize their morphology. Results will be presented on the morphological characterization of these foams and the relationship of the morphology to their processing history. 14 refs., 12 figs.

  9. Amorphous alloys resistant to corrosion in artificial saliva solution.

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    Kwokal, A; Metikos-Huković, M; Radić, N; Poljak-Guberina, R; Catović, A

    2003-07-01

    The tailoring of new corrosion-resistant alloys with specific properties has recently been performed mostly by the sputter deposition technique. The aim of this work was to investigate corrosion resistance of aluminum-tungsten (Al-W) amorphous alloys in artificial saliva solution, pH=5.5, based on the electrochemical methods of cyclic voltammetry and linear polarization. Thin alloy films were prepared on a sapphire substrate by magnetron codeposition. Completely amorphous films were obtained in the Al(80)W(20)-Al(67)W(33) composition range. Amorphous Al-W alloys exhibit very high corrosion resistance due to their homogeneous single-phase nature. The passive films spontaneously formed at their surface are uniform with characteristics of an insulator film and prevent corrosion progression in the bulk in a very demanding oral environment. The mechanism of increasing resistivity of Al-W alloys to pitting corrosion and generalized corrosion has been discussed in the view of increasing tungsten content in the alloy. Considering these exceptional corrosion properties and microhardness which falls in the range 7.5+/-1.6 Pa, Al-W alloys represent promising materials for dental applications. PMID:15348422

  10. Oil recovery by imbibition from polymer solutions

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    Ghedan, S.G.

    1989-01-01

    The success of a polymer flood in a water-wet fractured reservoir is dependent on the recovery of oil from the matrix blocks by the polymer solution imbibition. This thesis presents the results of an experimental and theoretical study investigating this problem. Two sets of experiments were performed, static and dynamic. The results of the static experiments, in which a matrix block was surrounded by the imbibing fluid, showed that the amounts of oil that ultimately could be recovered by the water and polymer solutions are practically equal. However, the rate of oil recovery by the polymer solutions is always less than that of the water. This delay in the oil recovery was found to be a function of the polymer solutions molecular weight, concentration, and salt content. The theoretical investigation of the experimental data found that the polymer retention and the high apparent viscosity were the causes for the delay. The dynamic experiments consisted of flooding oil-saturated fractured cores through the fracture by water and different polymer solutions. The oil recovery behavior in these experiments was found to be dependent not only on the rate of injected fluid imbibition from the fracture into the matrix blocks, but also on the operating injection rate and the displacement efficiency of the oil in the fracture by the injected fluid. It is also dependent on the amount of viscous forces that are generated by the injected fluid flow through the fracture. Under certain conditions, polymer flooding of the fractures gave greater oil recovery than water flooding, whereas under others it did not.

  11. Molecular madeling of amorphous polymers in the condensed phase

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    Curro, J.G.

    1997-12-31

    We have developed a tractable computational approach, PRISM theory (polymer Reference Interaction Site Model), for modeling structure and thermodynamics of polymer liquids and alloys. PRISM theory allows one to predict the effect of polymer architecture and monomer structure on the intermolecular packing in the condensed phase. Three applications of this method are discussed: phase behavior of polymer blends, solubility of gases in polymers, and structure of polymers near walls and interfaces. In these applications, nonrandom mixing effects (not included in previous theories) play an important role in the macroscopic properties of importance to the materials scientist.

  12. Photo-oxidation of polymer-like amorphous hydrogenated carbon under visible light illumination

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    Baxamusa, Salmaan; Laurence, Ted; Worthington, Matthew; Ehrmann, Paul

    2015-11-10

    Amorphous hydrogenated carbon (a-C:H), a polymer-like network typically synthesized by plasma chemical vapor deposition, has long been understood to exhibit optical absorption of visible light (λ > 400 nm). In this report we explain that this absorption is accompanied by rapid photo-oxidation (within minutes) that behaves in most respects like classic polymer photo-oxidation with the exception that it occurs under visible light illumination rather than ultraviolet illumination.

  13. Adjustable flow rate controller for polymer solutions

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    Jackson, Kenneth M.

    1981-01-01

    An adjustable device for controlling the flow rate of polymer solutions which results in only little shearing of the polymer molecules, said device comprising an inlet manifold, an outlet manifold, a plurality of tubes capable of providing communication between said inlet and outlet manifolds, said tubes each having an internal diameter that is smaller than that of the inlet manifold and large enough to insure that viscosity of the polymer solution passing through each said tube will not be reduced more than about 25 percent, and a valve associated with each tube, said valve being capable of opening or closing communication in that tube between the inlet and outlet manifolds, each said valve when fully open having a diameter that is substantially at least as great as that of the tube with which it is associated.

  14. Influence of polymer content on stabilizing milled amorphous salbutamol sulphate.

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    Balani, P N; Wong, S Y; Ng, W K; Widjaja, E; Tan, R B H; Chan, S Y

    2010-05-31

    The study investigates the influence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) concentration on stabilizing the amorphous form of salbutamol sulphate (SS) before and after storage under ambient and elevated humidity conditions. Different mass ratios of SS and PVP (0-90wt%) were co-milled using a planetary ball mill. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), high sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry (HSDSC), dynamic vapor sorption (DVS), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman microscopy (RM) were used to analyze the stability of the co-milled mixtures against heat and humidity treatments as well as storage at different humidity conditions. Prior storage, DSC and DVS analyses revealed that re-crystallization of amorphous SS was suppressed above PVP content of 33 wt%. Probable hydrogen bond interaction between SS and PVP was found in FT-IR analysis. XRPD diffractograms and SEM analysis showed stability against re-crystallization was achieved in the co-milled mixtures with a minimum PVP content of 80 wt% after storage. Homogeneous distribution of SS and PVP from RM analysis showed fine clustering of SS and PVP, suggesting the formation of an amorphous dispersion at molecular level. The results provide insights on the application of thermal and humidity treatments, accelerated stability testing and investigations on drug-excipient interactions to predict the minimum ratio of an excipient for stabilizing the amorphous state of a milled API. PMID:20211717

  15. A Polymer "Pollution Solution" Classroom Activity.

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    Helser, Terry L.

    1996-01-01

    Explains an approach to presenting polymer chemistry to nonmajors that employs polystyrene foam, foam peanuts made from water soluble starch, and water soluble plastic bags. Students are presented with a pollution scenario and are guided to the discovery of solutions. (DDR)

  16. Diffusion of Particles in Polymer Solutions

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    Cai, Liheng; Rubinstein, Michael

    2010-03-01

    We use scaling theory to derive the time dependence of the mean-square-displacement <δr^2> of a probe particle of size d in an entangled semidilute polymer solution. Particles with size smaller than solution correlation length ξ undergo ordinary diffusion (<δr^2 (t)>˜t) with diffusion coefficient determined by the solvent viscosity. The motion of particles with intermediate sizes (ξ˜t^1/2) at short time scales since their motion is affected by sub-sections of polymer chains. At long time scales the motion of these particles is diffusive and their diffusion coefficient is determined by effective viscosity of a polymer solution with chains of size comparable to particle diameter d. The motion of particles larger than tube diameter (d>a) at time scales shorter than the relaxation time of an entanglement strand τe is similar to the motion of particles with intermediate sizes. At longer time scales (t>τe) large particles (d>a) are trapped by entanglement mesh and cannot move until the surrounding chains relax at the reptation time scale τrep. At longer times t>τrep, the motion of large particles becomes diffusive with diffusion coefficient determined by the bulk viscosity of the entangled polymer solution.

  17. Effect of polymers and media type on extending the dissolution of amorphous pioglitazone and inhibiting the recrystallization from a supersaturated state.

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    Shi, Nian-Qiu; Yao, Jing; Wang, Xing-Lin

    2014-08-01

    Amorphous forms of crystalline drug are widely utilized for bioavailability enhancement of low solubility drugs in the pharmaceutical industry. Polymers have been found to be effective crystallization inhibitors for amorphous forms in solid states during storage or in liquid states during dissolution process. The dissolution and crystallization behaviors of these amorphous forms in the presence or absence of polymers are still far from adequately understood especially in different dissolution environments. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of polymers and media type on extending the dissolution of amorphous pioglitazone and inhibiting the recrystallization from a supersaturated state. Polyvinylpyrrolidone K30 (PVPK30), polyvinylpyrrolidone K90 (PVPK90), polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG6000), polyethylene-polypropylene glycol 188 (F-68), hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) and beta-cyclodextrin (β-CD) were employed to understand these behaviors changes because these polymers were used widely. Three solutions including neutral water and phosphate buffer solutions (PBS, pH6.8 and pH7.4) were adopted as dissolution media to determine the behaviors changes comprehensively. In the presence of polymers, dissolution and solubility were extended to different degrees in three media. Polymers can delay the crystallization routes dependently of the medium type. Buffer salts in media reduced the dissolution and accelerated the crystallization process. Crystallization inhibition of these polymers was strongly dependent on the type and pH of media. HPMC displayed the strongest crystallization inhibition effects, resulting in the greatest degree of maintaining a supersaturated state that can sustain most effectively for biologically relevant timeframes. PMID:23808528

  18. Photodeposition of amorphous polydiacetylene films from monomer solutions onto transparent substrates

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    Paley, M. S.; Frazier, D. O.; Abdeldeyem, H.; Armstrong, S.; McManus, S. P.

    1995-01-01

    Polydiacetylenes are a very promising class of polymers for both photonic and electronic applications because of their highly conjugated structures. For these applications, high-quality thin polydiacetylene films are required. We have discovered a novel technique for obtaining such films of a polydiacetylene derivative of 2-methyl-4-nitroaniline using photodeposition from monomer solutions onto UV transparent substrates. This heretofore unreported process yields amorphous polydiacetylene films with thicknesses on the order of I micron that have optical quality superior to that of films grown by standard crystal growth techniques. Furthermore, these films exhibit good third-order nonlinear optical susceptibilities; degenerate four-wave mixing experiments give x(3) values on the order of 10(exp -8) - 10(exp -7) esu. We have conducted masking experiments which demonstrate that photodeposition occurs only where the substrate is directly irradiated, clearly indicating that the reaction occurs at the surface. Additionally, we have also been able to carry out photodeposition using lasers to form thin polymer circuits. In this work, we discuss the photodeposition of polydiacetylene thin films from solution, perform chemical characterization of these films, investigate the role of the substrate, speculate on the mechanism of the reaction, and make a preliminary determination of the third-order optical nonlinearity of the films. This simple, straightforward technique may ultimately make feasible the production of polydiacetylene thin films for technological applications.

  19. Polarization of positronium in amorphous polar polymers: A case study

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    Consolati, G. Quasso, F.

    2013-11-28

    The features of positronium in an amorphous copolymer (polyvinyl acetate-crotonic acid) in a range of temperatures including the glass transition were investigated by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. In particular, para-positronium lifetime was found to be longer than in a vacuum and to decrease with the temperature. This was attributed to the electron density at the positron (contact density), which is lower than in vacuo due to the presence of polar groups in the copolymer. A three quantum yield experiment confirmed the lifetime results.

  20. High thermal conductivity in amorphous polymer blends by engineered interchain interactions

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    Kim, Gun-Ho; Lee, Dongwook; Shanker, Apoorv; Shao, Lei; Kwon, Min Sang; Gidley, David; Kim, Jinsang; Pipe, Kevin P.

    2015-03-01

    Thermal conductivity is an important property for polymers, as it often affects product reliability (for example, electronics packaging), functionality (for example, thermal interface materials) and/or manufacturing cost. However, polymer thermal conductivities primarily fall within a relatively narrow range (0.1-0.5 W m-1 K-1) and are largely unexplored. Here, we show that a blend of two polymers with high miscibility and appropriately chosen linker structure can yield a dense and homogeneously distributed thermal network. A sharp increase in cross-plane thermal conductivity is observed under these conditions, reaching over 1.5 W m-1 K-1 in typical spin-cast polymer blend films of nanoscale thickness, which is approximately an order of magnitude larger than that of other amorphous polymers.

  1. On electronic structure of polymer-derived amorphous silicon carbide ceramics

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    Wang, Kewei; Li, Xuqin; Ma, Baisheng; Wang, Yiguang; Zhang, Ligong; An, Linan

    2014-06-01

    The electronic structure of polymer-derived amorphous silicon carbide ceramics was studied by combining measurements of temperature-dependent conductivity and optical absorption. By comparing the experimental results to theoretical models, electronic structure was constructed for a carbon-rich amorphous silicon carbide, which revealed several unique features, such as deep defect energy level, wide band-tail band, and overlap between the band-tail band and defect level. These unique features were discussed in terms of the microstructure of the material and used to explain the electric behavior.

  2. Measurement and computation of thermal stresses in injection molding of amorphous and crystalline polymers

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    Farhoudi, Yalda

    1998-12-01

    An integrated experimental and theoretical study of the residual thermal stresses has been carried out. The final stress profiles along the thickness were measured in an amorphous and a semi-crystalline injection molded polymer using the layer removal technique. The two materials exhibited drastically distinct residual profiles. Furthermore, processing parameters such as melt and coolant temperatures, pressure history, and mold thickness were found to modify the profiles. In order to elucidate the findings, two models were derived. The two-dimensional free mold shrinkage model was developed to provide a rapid estimation of thermal stresses and the main features of their profile. A more complex model was developed by integrating the stress analysis with the simulation of the complete injection molding cycle by McKam. This model accounts for the fountain flow effect, the crystallization, and the PVT behavior of the material. With the help of the model predictions, explanations were provided for the occurrence of various regions in the residual stress profiles. Transitions or reversal of the regions under variable conditions or material properties were observed to be mainly determined by the ratio of the thermal to the pressure effects. Using these concepts, practical conclusions were drawn for controlling the residual stresses. As an alternative for optimization of injection molding with respect to residual stresses, inverse methods were developed to calculate the pressure history or the initial temperature distribution required to produce a prescribed residual stress distribution. These methods were tested using direct solutions with added errors and experimental stress data.

  3. Structure of void space in polymer solutions.

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    Sung, Bong June; Yethiraj, Arun

    2010-03-01

    The structure of void space in two- and three-dimensional (3D) polymer solutions is studied using Voronoi tessellation and percolation theory. The polymer molecules are modeled as freely jointed chains of N tangent hard disks (two dimensions) or spheres (three dimensions). Polymer chains are equilibrated via Monte Carlo simulations and the pore space in configurations of equilibrated chains is mapped using Voronoi tessellation. In d dimensions a Voronoi vertex is the center of the sphere tangent to the d+1 nearest monomers. An edge of the Voronoi diagram is the shortest route between two neighboring vertices. The edge is considered connected if a monomer can pass through and disconnected otherwise. The Voronoi construction is used to calculate the percolation threshold of the void space. The most interesting result is that the polymer area fraction at the percolation threshold is a nonmonotonic function of N in two dimensions but monotonically reaches a constant value in three dimensions. The crossover behavior of the percolation threshold is also observed in pseudo-3D. The pore size distribution decreases monotonically with increasing pore size. This is markedly different from that in configurations of hard disks (monomeric fluid) where the pore size distribution is peaked at finite size. PMID:20365759

  4. Polymer solution phase separation: Microgravity simulation

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    Cerny, Lawrence C.; Sutter, James K.

    1989-01-01

    In many multicomponent systems, a transition from a single phase of uniform composition to a multiphase state with separated regions of different composition can be induced by changes in temperature and shear. The density difference between the phase and thermal and/or shear gradients within the system results in buoyancy driven convection. These differences affect kinetics of the phase separation if the system has a sufficiently low viscosity. This investigation presents more preliminary developments of a theoretical model in order to describe effects of the buoyancy driven convection in phase separation kinetics. Polymer solutions were employed as model systems because of the ease with which density differences can be systematically varied and because of the importance of phase separation in the processing and properties of polymeric materials. The results indicate that the kinetics of the phase separation can be performed viscometrically using laser light scattering as a principle means of following the process quantitatively. Isopycnic polymer solutions were used to determine the viscosity and density difference limits for polymer phase separation.

  5. Structuring of polymer solutions upon solvent evaporation

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    Schaefer, C.; van der Schoot, P.; Michels, J. J.

    2015-02-01

    The morphology of solution-cast, phase-separated polymers becomes finer with increasing solvent evaporation rate. We address this observation theoretically for a model polymer where demixing is induced by steady solvent evaporation. In contrast to what is the case for a classical, thermal quench involving immiscible blends, the spinodal instability initially develops slowly and the associated length scale is not time invariant but decreases with time as t-1 /2. After a time lag, phase separation accelerates. Time lag and characteristic length exhibit power-law behavior as a function of the evaporation rate with exponents of -2 /3 and -1 /6 . Interestingly, at later stages the spinodal structure disappears completely while a second length scale develops. The associated structure coarsens but does not follow the usual Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner kinetics.

  6. Photoreversible optical data recording in films of amorphous azo dye-containing polymers

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    Simonov, A N; Uraev, D V; Shibaev, Valerii P; Kostromin, S G

    2002-02-28

    The photoreversible properties of films of amorphous azo-containing polymers (AAPs) are studied theoretically and experimentally. The control of the sign of a photoinduced addition {Delta}n{sup ind} to the refractive index of the polymer by changing polarisation of the incident light is demonstrated. A theoretical model of photoinduced processes in AAP films is proposed, which takes into account the orientation diffusion of trans-isomers of azo dyes, and simplified analytic approaches describing the photoorientation dynamics in AAPs are considered. The theoretical results are in good agreement with our experimental data. (laser applications and other topics in quantum electronics)

  7. Reduced Crystallization Temperature Methodology for Polymer Selection in Amorphous Solid Dispersions: Stability Perspective.

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    Bhugra, Chandan; Telang, Chitra; Schwabe, Robert; Zhong, Li

    2016-09-01

    API-polymer interactions, used to select the right polymeric matrix with an aim to stabilize an amorphous dispersion, are routinely studied using spectroscopic and/or calorimetric techniques (i.e., melting point depression). An alternate selection tool has been explored to rank order polymers for formation of stable amorphous dispersions as a pragmatic method for polymer selection. Reduced crystallization temperature of API, a parameter introduced by Zhou et al.,1 was utilized in this study for rank ordering interactions in API-polymeric systems. The trends in reduced crystallization temperature monitored over polymer concentration range of up to 20% polymer loading were utilized to calculate "crystallization parameter" or CP for two model systems (nifedipine and BI ABC). The rank order of CP, i.e., a measure of API-polymer interaction, for nifedipine followed the order PVP > PVP-VA > Soluplus > HPMCAS > PV Ac > PAA. This rank ordering was correlated to published results of molecular interactions and physical stability for nifedipine. A different rank ordering was observed for BI ABC: PAA > PVP > HPMCAS > Soluplus > PVPV-VA > PVAc. Interactions for BI ABC were not as differentiated when compared to nifedipine based on CP trends. BI ABC dispersions at drug loadings between 40 and 60% were physically stable for prolonged periods under ICH conditions as well as accelerated stress. We propose that large CP differences among polymers could be predictive of stability outcomes. Acceptable stability at pharmaceutically relevant drug loadings would suggest that the relative influence of downstream processes, such as polymer solubility in various solvents, process suitability and selection, and more importantly supersaturation potential, should be higher compared to stability considerations while developing compounds like BI ABC. PMID:27414755

  8. Highly Efficient Hybrid Polymer and Amorphous Silicon Multijunction Solar Cells with Effective Optical Management.

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    Tan, Hairen; Furlan, Alice; Li, Weiwei; Arapov, Kirill; Santbergen, Rudi; Wienk, Martijn M; Zeman, Miro; Smets, Arno H M; Janssen, René A J

    2016-03-16

    Highly efficient hybrid multijunction solar cells are constructed with a wide-bandgap amorphous silicon for the front subcell and a low-bandgap polymer for the back subcell. Power conversion efficiencies of 11.6% and 13.2% are achieved in tandem and triple-junction configurations, respectively. The high efficiencies are enabled by deploying effective optical management and by using photoactive materials with complementary absorption. PMID:26780260

  9. Light-emitting nanocomposites and novel amorphous polymers for optical applications

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    Gipson, Kyle Garrod

    Polymeric optical materials generally are comprised of amorphous polymers that are transparent in at visible wavelengths but exhibit strong absorption bands in the near-infrared making them less useful for many optical applications. Attenuation, which is the absorption per unit length, largely results from the high vibrational energy associated with carbon-hydrogen bonds contained in the polymer backbone. Attenuation can be mitigated by optical amplification utilizing light emitting additives. Investigated in this dissertation are synthesis techniques for the fabrication of light-emitting polymer nanocomposites and their resultant thermal and rheological characteristics for potential use as polymer optical fibers or films. Inorganic nanocrystals doped with optically active rare-earth ions (Tb 3+:LaF3) treated with organic ligands were synthesized in water and methanol in order to produce polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) light-emitting nanocomposites. Two different aromatic ligands (acetylsalicylic acid, ASA and 2-picolinic acid, PA) were employed to functionalize the surface of Tb 3+:LaF3 nanocrystals. We have used infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, elemental analysis, dynamic light scattering, rheological measurements and optical spectroscopy to investigate the nanoparticle structure and composition response of ligand-capped nanocrystals under various synthesis parameters. A theoretical interpretation of particle-to-particle interactions also was conducted which supported our study of the potential of agglomeration within the nanoparticle suspensions. Novel amorphous polymers (e.g. perfluorocyclobutyl aryl ethers, PFCB), which do not exhibit strong C-H vibrations, have been reported to possess excellent optical properties. Little is known of the intrinsic properties of PFCBs (e.g. biphenylvinyl ether, BPVE and hexafluoroisopropylidene vinyl ether, 6F) as well as the behavior of the polymer melt during extrusion. We preformed empirical and experimental thermal

  10. Stabilizing the viscosity of an aqueous solution of polysaccharide polymer

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    Wellington, S.L.

    1980-08-19

    In an oil recovery process in which an aqueous solution thickened with a water-soluble anionic polysaccharide polymer (Xanthan gum polymer) is injected into a subterranean reservoir, the stability of the solution viscosity is improved by deoxygenating the aqueous liquid and then adding a sulfurcontaining antioxidant, a readily oxidizable water-soluble alcohol or glycol and the xanthan gum polymer.

  11. Stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids: crystal growth mechanisms and effect of polymer additives.

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    Sun, Ye; Zhu, Lei; Wu, Tian; Cai, Ting; Gunn, Erica M; Yu, Lian

    2012-09-01

    We review recent progress toward understanding and enhancing the stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids against crystallization. As organic liquids are cooled to become glasses, fast modes of crystal growth can emerge. One such growth mode, the glass-to-crystal or GC mode, occurs in the bulk, and another exists at the free surface, both leading to crystal growth much faster than predicted by theories that assume diffusion defines the kinetic barrier of crystallization. These phenomena have received different explanations, and we propose that GC growth is a solid-state transformation enabled by local mobility in glasses and that fast surface crystal growth is facilitated by surface molecular mobility. In the second part, we review recent findings concerning the effect of polymer additives on crystallization in organic glasses. Low-concentration polymer additives can strongly inhibit crystal growth in the bulk of organic glasses, while having weaker effect on surface crystal growth. Ultra-thin polymer coatings can inhibit surface crystallization. Recent work has shown the importance of molecular weight for crystallization inhibitors of organic glasses, besides "direct intermolecular interactions" such as hydrogen bonding. Relative to polyvinylpyrrolidone, the VP dimer is far less effective in inhibiting crystal growth in amorphous nifedipine. Further work is suggested for better understanding of crystallization of amorphous organic solids and the prediction of their stability. PMID:22434258

  12. Configuration diffusion in glassy, amorphous polymers: Effects of polymer structure and dynamics on permeation via molecular simulation

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    Boshoff, Jan H. D.

    The goals of this dissertation are to provide a basis for understanding the fundamental mechanisms of, and the effects of nano-confinement on, diffusion in glassy, amorphous polymers. These polymers are extensively used as membranes in numerous separation applications such as drug delivery devices, air separation and water desalination. Molecular simulation is used to elucidate the effects of the structure and dynamics of glassy polymers on small molecule permeation. Particularly, the effects of thermal fluctuations on the diffusion mechanism and anomalous diffusion regime is shown for small gas diffusion in atactic polypropylene. Furthermore, polymer backbone conformational statistics of three different polypropylene models show that the united atom approximation favors gauche conformations in the polymer backbone, leading to artificially high values for Cinfinity for stereo-regular polypropylene. Diffusion results of He and CH4 in the refined model is presented using a force-decomposed/replicated data parallel molecular dynamics algorithm on a pseudo-explicit atom model proposed in literature. Excellent agreement with experimental values of the diffusivity is obtained. These results constitute the most accurate a priori prediction of small molecule diffusion in atactic polypropylene to date. Finally, the effects of nano-confinement on the polymer structure and dynamics, and consequently the permeation and selectivity was probed by He and CH4 permeation in aPP "adsorbed" in idealized pores of size smaller than the radius of gyration of the polymer. The extent of polymer structural changes is found to be closely correlated with the local correlation length xi of the polymer. Within xi from the pore surface, the polymer has a lower density, aligns with the pore direction and is found to pack in layers, while the polymer structure is identical to the bulk further than xi from the pore surface. These changes in polymer structure lead to substantial increases (up to

  13. Symposium Report. Battery materials : amorphous carbons and polymer electrolytes.

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    Gerald, R. E., II; Chemical Engineering

    2000-01-01

    The motivation for research in battery materials lies in the expanding consumer demand for compact, high-energy density power sources for portable electronic devices, and environmental issues such as global warming and air pollution that have provided the impetus for mass transportation by electric vehicles. The Battery Materials Symposium, chaired by Jacqueline Johnson (ANL), focused on three topics: the structure and electrochemical properties of new and existing electrolytes, devices for fabricating and investigating thin films, and large-scale computer simulations. The symposium opened with a presentation by the author on a recently invented device for in situ investigations of batteries using nuclear magnetic resonance. Joop Schoonman (Delft University) described several methods for preparing and analyzing thin films made of solid electrolytes. These methods included chemical vapor deposition, electrostatic spray deposition and the Solufill process. Aiichiro Nakano discussed large-scale (10 million to 2 billion atoms) computer simulations of polymer and ceramic systems. An overview was given of a DOE Cooperative Research 2000 program, in the initial stages, that was set up to pursue these atomistic simulations. Doug MacFarlane (Monash University) described conductive plastic crystals based on pyrrolidinium imides. Joseph Pluth (U of Chicago) presented his recent crystallographic studies of Pb compounds found in the ubiquitous lead-acid battery. He showed the structures of tribasic lead sulfate and tetrabasic lead sulfate. Austen Angell (Arizona State Univ.) discussed the general problem of electrolyte polarization in Li-ion battery systems with cation transference numbers less than unity. Steven Greenbaum (Hunter College) provided an introduction of NMR interactions that are useful for investigations of lithium-ion battery materials. Analysis by NMR is nuclear specific, probes local environments and dynamics, and is non-destructive. He discussed {sup 7}Li NMR

  14. Corrections to scaling in multicomponent polymer solutions.

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    Pelissetto, Andrea; Vicari, Ettore

    2006-05-01

    We calculate the correction-to-scaling exponent omegaT that characterizes the approach to the scaling limit in multicomponent polymer solutions. A direct Monte Carlo determination of omegaT in a system of interacting self-avoiding walks gives omegaT=0.415+/-0.020. A field-theory analysis based on five- and six-loop perturbative series leads to omegaT=0.41+/-0.04. We also verify the renormalization-group predictions for the scaling behavior close to the ideal-mixing point. PMID:16802958

  15. Evaluation of the amorphous content of lactose by solution calorimetry and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Katainen, Erja; Niemelä, Pentti; Harjunen, Päivi; Suhonen, Janne; Järvinen, Kristiina

    2005-11-15

    Solution calorimetry can be used to determine the amorphous content of a compound when the solubility and dissolution rate of the compound in the chosen solvent are reasonably high. Sometimes, it can be difficult find a solvent in which a sample is freely soluble. The present study evaluated the use of solution calorimetry for the assessment of the amorphous content of a sample that is poorly soluble in a solvent. Physical mixtures of lactose and spray-dried lactose samples (the amorphous content varied from 0 to 100%) were analyzed by a solution calorimeter and the results were compared with Raman spectroscopy determinations. The heat of solvation of the samples was determined by solution calorimetry in organic solvents MeOH, EtOH, ACN, THF, acetone (400mg sample/100ml solvent). Lactose is virtually insoluble in ACN, THF and acetone and very slightly soluble in EtOH and MeOH. The amorphous content of the samples could not be determined by solution calorimetry in EtOH, ACN, THF or acetone. However, an excellent correlation was observed between the heat of solvation and the amorphous content of the samples in MeOH. Furthermore, the heat of solvation values of the samples in MeOH showed a linear correlation with the Raman quantifications. Therefore, our results demonstrate that solution calorimetry may represent a rapid and simple method for determining the amorphous content also in samples that are not freely soluble in the solvent. PMID:18970276

  16. Embrittlement of metal by solute segregation-induced amorphization.

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    Chen, Hsiu-Pin; Kalia, Rajiv K; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Lu, Gang; Nakano, Aiichiro; Nomura, Ken-ichi; van Duin, Adri C T; Vashishta, Priya; Yuan, Zaoshi

    2010-04-16

    Impurities segregated to grain boundaries of a material essentially alter its fracture behavior. A prime example is sulfur segregation-induced embrittlement of nickel, where an observed relation between sulfur-induced amorphization of grain boundaries and embrittlement remains unexplained. Here, 48x10(6)-atom reactive-force-field molecular dynamics simulations provide the missing link. Namely, an order-of-magnitude reduction of grain-boundary shear strength due to amorphization, combined with tensile-strength reduction, allows the crack tip to always find an easy propagation path. PMID:20481998

  17. Embrittlement of Metal by Solute Segregation-Induced Amorphization

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    Chen, H.-P.; Kalia, Rajiv K.; Nakano, Aiichiro; Nomura, Ken-ichi; Vashishta, Priya; Yuan, Zaoshi; Kaxiras, Efthimios; Lu, Gang; Duin, Adri C. T. van

    2010-04-16

    Impurities segregated to grain boundaries of a material essentially alter its fracture behavior. A prime example is sulfur segregation-induced embrittlement of nickel, where an observed relation between sulfur-induced amorphization of grain boundaries and embrittlement remains unexplained. Here, 48x10{sup 6}-atom reactive-force-field molecular dynamics simulations provide the missing link. Namely, an order-of-magnitude reduction of grain-boundary shear strength due to amorphization, combined with tensile-strength reduction, allows the crack tip to always find an easy propagation path.

  18. Solution-state polymer assemblies influence BCS class II drug dissolution and supersaturation maintenance.

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    Dalsin, Molly C; Tale, Swapnil; Reineke, Theresa M

    2014-02-10

    Spray dried dispersions (SDDs), solid dispersions of polymer excipients and active pharmaceuticals, are important to the field of oral drug delivery for improving active stability, bioavailability, and efficacy. Herein, we examine the influence of solution-state polymer assemblies on amorphous spray-dried dispersion (SDD) performance with two BCS II model drugs, phenytoin and probucol. These drugs were spray dried with 4 model polymer excipients consisting of poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (PEP), N,N,-dimethylacrylamide (DMA), or 2-methacrylamido glucopyranose (MAG): amphiphilic diblock ter- and copolymers, PEP-P(DMA-grad-MAG) and PEP-PDMA, and their respective hydrophilic analogues, P(DMA-grad-MAG) and PDMA. Selective and nonselective solvents for the hydrophilic block of the diblock ter- and copolymers were used to induce or repress solution-state assemblies prior to spray drying. Prespray dried solution-state assemblies of these four polymers were probed with dynamic light scattering (DLS) and showed differences in solution assembly size and structure (free polymer versus aggregates versus micelles). Solid-state structures of spray dried dispersions (SDDs) showed a single glass transition event implying a homogeneous mixture of drug/polymer. Crystallization temperatures and enthalpies indicated that the drugs interact mostly with the DMA-containing portions of the polymers. Scanning electron microscopy was used to determine SDD particle size and morphology for the various polymer-drug pairings. In vitro dissolution tests showed excellent performance for one system, spray-dried PEP-PDMA micelles with probucol. Dissolution structures were investigated through DLS to determine drug-polymer aggregates that lead to enhanced SDD performance. Forced aggregation of the polymer into regular micelle structures was found to be a critical factor to increase the dissolution rate and supersaturation maintenance of SDDs, and may be an attractive platform to exploit in excipient

  19. Molecular Dynamics and Physical Stability of Amorphous Nimesulide Drug and Its Binary Drug-Polymer Systems.

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    Knapik, J; Wojnarowska, Z; Grzybowska, K; Tajber, L; Mesallati, H; Paluch, K J; Paluch, M

    2016-06-01

    In this article we study the effectiveness of three well-known polymers: inulin, Soluplus, and PVP in stabilizing the amorphous form of nimesulide (NMS) drug. The recrystallization tendency of pure drug as well as measured drug-polymer systems were examined at isothermal conditions by broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS) and at nonisothermal conditions by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Our investigation has shown that the crystallization half-life time of pure NMS at 328 K is equal to 33 min. We found that this time can be prolonged to 40 years after adding 20% w/w PVP to NMS. This polymer proved to be the best NMS stabilizer, while the worst stabilization effect was exhibited by inulin. Additionally, our DSC, BDS, and FTIR studies indicate that for suppression of NMS recrystallization in the NMS-PVP system, the two mechanisms are responsible: the polymeric steric hindrances and the antiplastization effect exerted by the excipient. PMID:27149568

  20. Formation, Structure and Properties of Amorphous Carbon Char from Polymer Materials in Extreme Atmospheric Reentry Environments

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    Lawson, John W.

    2010-01-01

    Amorphous carbonaceous char produced from the pyrolysis of polymer solids has many desirable properties for ablative heat shields for space vehicles. Molecular dynamics simulations are presented to study the transformation of the local atomic structure from virgin polymer to a dense, disordered char [1]. Release of polymer hydrogen is found to be critical to allow the system to collapse into a highly coordinated char structure. Mechanisms of the char formation process and the morphology of the resulting structures are elucidated. Thermal conductivity and mechanical response of the resulting char are evaluated [2]. During reenty, the optical response and oxidative reactivity of char are also important properties. Results of ab initio computations of char optical functions [3] and char reactivity [4] are also presented.

  1. Structure-Property Relationships in Polymer Derived Amorphous/Nano-Crystalline Silicon Carbide for Nuclear Applications

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    Zunjarrao, Suraj C.; Singh, Abhishek K.; Singh, Raman P.

    2006-07-01

    Silicon carbide (SiC) is a promising candidate for several applications in nuclear reactors owing to its high thermal conductivity, high melting temperature, good chemical stability, and resistance to swelling under heavy ion bombardment. However, fabricating SiC by traditional powder processing route generally requires very high temperatures for pressureless sintering. Polymer derived ceramic materials offer unique advantages such as ability to fabricate net shaped components, incorporate reinforcements and relatively low processing temperatures. Furthermore, for SiC based ceramics fabricated using polymer infiltration process (PIP), the microstructure can be tailored by controlling the processing parameters, to get an amorphous, nanocrystalline or crystalline SiC. In this work, fabrication of polymer derived amorphous and nano-grained SiC is presented and its application as an in-core material is explored. Monolithic SiC samples are fabricated by controlled pyrolysis of allyl-hydrido-poly-carbo-silane (AHPCS) under inert atmosphere. Chemical changes, phase transformations and microstructural changes occurring during the pyrolysis process are studied as a function of the processing temperature. Polymer cross-linking and polymer to ceramic conversion is studied using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) are performed to monitor the mass loss and phase change as a function of temperature. X-ray diffraction studies are done to study the intermediate phases and microstructural changes. Variation in density is carefully monitored as a function of processing temperature. Owing to shrinkage and gas evolution during pyrolysis, precursor derived ceramics are inherently porous and composite fabrication typically involves repeated cycles of polymer re-infiltration and pyrolysis. However, there is a limit to the densification that can be achieved by this method and porosity in the final materials presents

  2. Solution-processed amorphous silicon surface passivation layers

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    Mews, Mathias Sontheimer, Tobias; Korte, Lars; Rech, Bernd; Mader, Christoph; Traut, Stephan; Wunnicke, Odo

    2014-09-22

    Amorphous silicon thin films, fabricated by thermal conversion of neopentasilane, were used to passivate crystalline silicon surfaces. The conversion is investigated using X-ray and constant-final-state-yield photoelectron spectroscopy, and minority charge carrier lifetime spectroscopy. Liquid processed amorphous silicon exhibits high Urbach energies from 90 to 120 meV and 200 meV lower optical band gaps than material prepared by plasma enhanced chemical vapor deposition. Applying a hydrogen plasma treatment, a minority charge carrier lifetime of 1.37 ms at an injection level of 10{sup 15}/cm{sup 3} enabling an implied open circuit voltage of 724 mV was achieved, demonstrating excellent silicon surface passivation.

  3. Pressure-induced amorphization of a dense coordination polymer and its impact on proton conductivity

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    Umeyama, Daiki; Hagi, Keisuke; Ogiwara, Naoki; Horike, Satoshi E-mail: kitagawa@icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp; Tassel, Cedric; Kageyama, Hiroshi; Higo, Yuji; Kitagawa, Susumu E-mail: kitagawa@icems.kyoto-u.ac.jp

    2014-12-01

    The proton conductivity of a dense coordination polymer (CP) was investigated under high-pressure conditions. Impedance measurements under high pressures revealed that the proton conductivity of the CP decreased more than 1000-fold at pressures of 3–7 GPa and that the activation energy for proton conduction almost doubled compared with that at ambient pressure. A synchrotron X-ray study under high pressure identified the amorphization process of the CP during compression, which rationally explains the decrease in conductivity and increase in activation energy. This phenomenon is categorized as reversible pressure-induced amorphization of a dense CP and is regarded as a demonstration of the coupling of the mechanical and electrical properties of a CP.

  4. Tungsten solution kinetics and amorphization of nickel in mechanically alloyed Ni-W alloys

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    Aning, A. O.; Wang, Z.; Courtney, T. H.

    1993-01-01

    The kinetics of solution of W, and the subsequent amorphization of Ni, in mechanically alloyed Ni-W alloys has been investigated. As W is a highly abrasive material in the energy intensive devices used for mechanical alloying, we studied the above reactions in different mills. One used hardened steel balls as the grinding media, and the other Al2O3. Abrasion is common to both mills, but Fe wear debris from the hardened steel enters into solution in the Ni rich phases whereas Al2O3 debris is present as small dispersoids. The kinetics of W solution and those of subsequent amorphization do not appear strongly affected by the Fe in solution or the Al2O3 dispersoid. Tungsten dissolves in crystalline Ni in amounts in excess of the equilibrium solubility during alloying. Amorphization of the Ni phase occurs if the W content in this phase exceeds ca. 28 at. pct.

  5. Hierarchical structure formation in unentangled polymer solutions under extension

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    Semenov, Alexander N.; Subbotin, Andrey V.

    2016-05-01

    The phase separation processes in unentangled polymer solutions induced by the coil-stretch transition due to high-rate extension flow are considered theoretically. The results are in qualitative agreement with recent rheological experiments on PAN solutions.

  6. Deviations of the glass transition temperature in amorphous conjugated polymer thin films

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    Liu, Dan; Osuna Orozco, Rodrigo; Wang, Tao

    2013-08-01

    The deviations of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in thin films of an amorphous conjugated polymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-(4-butylphenyl)diphenylamine) (TFB) are reported. Monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations are observed in TFB thin films supported on Si-SiOx and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), respectively. A three-layer model is developed to fit both monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations in these films. A 5-nm PEDOT:PSS capping layer was not found to be effective to remove the free-surface effect in Si-SiOx supported TFB films.

  7. Controlling Molecular Ordering in Solution-State Conjugated Polymers

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    Zhu, Jiahua; Han, Youngkyu; Kumar, Rajeev; Hong, Kunlun; Bonnesen, Peter V.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Smith, Gregory Scott; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Do, Changwoo

    2015-07-17

    Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in solution of conjugated polymers holds great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution, we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering of the conjugated polymer can be tuned in hexagonal, micellar and lamellar phases of the surfactant solution. The controlled molecular ordering in conjugated polymer assembly is demonstrated as a key factor determining the electronic interaction and optical function.

  8. Nanoscale lubricating film formation by linear polymer in aqueous solution

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    Liu, Shuhai; Guo, Dan; Xie, Guoxin

    2012-11-01

    Film-forming properties of polymer in aqueous solution flowing through a nanogap have been investigated by using a thin film interferometry. The film properties of linear polymer in aqueous solution flowing through a confined nanogap depend on the ratio of water film thickness to averaged radius of polymer chains H0/RPolymer. It was found that the lubrication film thickness of linear polymer in aqueous solution decreases as the polymer molecular weight increasing when H0/RPolymer < 2 ˜ 3. A new lubrication map was proposed, which includes the lubrication regime of weak confinement influence, the lubrication regime of strong confinement influence (LRSCI), and the transition regime of confinement influence. It is very difficult to increase the lubrication film thickness using the higher molecule weight in the LRSCI regime. The lubrication mechanism inferred from our experimental results may help to better understand the dynamic film properties of linear polymer in aqueous solution flowing through a nanogap.

  9. Gelation in Physically Associating Polymer Solutions

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    Kumar, Sanat

    2001-03-01

    Macromolecules, which possess moieties capable of physical association, commonly form reversible gels when dissolved in solvents. This unusual state of matter, which displays weakly elastic character at short times, is ubiquitous in contexts ranging from foods, viscosity modifiers and the cytoskeleton of living organisms. Gel formation in these systems is currently modeled by assuming that the ``sticker" pairing times are long, thus suggesting a connection to percolation concepts developed in the 1940's. We have performed computer simulations on solutions of chains with ``weak" stickers, i.e., in a realistic limit where sticker pairing energies are comparable to thermal energy, and find that gelation is not synonymous with percolation. Rather, as the temperature is lowered below a threshold value, the stickers cluster into multiplets, thus dramatically slowing the relaxation processes in these materials. The similarity of polymer physical gelation to vitrification suggests that reversible gelation and the glass transition should be describable by a common language. This view accords with recent suggestions that gelation in colloid solutions is a nonergodicity transition, comparable to the glass transition.

  10. Polarization holograms in a bifunctional amorphous polymer exhibiting equal values of photoinduced linear and circular birefringences.

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    Provenzano, Clementina; Pagliusi, Pasquale; Cipparrone, Gabriella; Royes, Jorge; Piñol, Milagros; Oriol, Luis

    2014-10-01

    Light-controlled molecular alignment is a flexible and useful strategy introducing novelty in the fields of mechanics, self-organized structuring, mass transport, optics, and photonics and addressing the development of smart optical devices. Azobenzene-containing polymers are well-known photocontrollable materials with large and reversible photoinduced optical anisotropies. The vectorial holography applied to these materials enables peculiar optical devices whose properties strongly depend on the relative values of the photoinduced birefringences. Here is reported a polarization holographic recording based on the interference of two waves with orthogonal linear polarization on a bifunctional amorphous polymer that, exceptionally, exhibits equal values of linear and circular birefringence. The peculiar photoresponse of the material coupled with the holographic technique demonstrates an optical device capable of decomposing the light into a set of orthogonally polarized linear components. The holographic structures are theoretically described by the Jones matrices method and experimentally investigated. PMID:25187982

  11. A bifunctional amorphous polymer exhibiting equal linear and circular photoinduced birefringences.

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    Royes, Jorge; Provenzano, Clementina; Pagliusi, Pasquale; Tejedor, Rosa M; Piñol, Milagros; Oriol, Luis

    2014-11-01

    The large and reversible photoinduced linear and circular birefringences in azo-compounds are at the basis of the interest in these materials, which are potentially useful for several applications. Since the onset of the linear and circular anisotropies relies on orientational processes, which typically occur on the molecular and supramolecular length scale, respectively, a circular birefringence at least one order of magnitude lower than the linear one is usually observed. Here, the synthesis and characterization of an amorphous polymer with a dimeric repeating unit containing a cyanoazobenzene and a cyanobiphenyl moiety are reported, in which identical optical linear and circular birefringences are induced for proper light dose and ellipticity. A pump-probe technique and an analytical method based on the Stokes-Mueller formalism are used to investigate the photoinduced effects and to evaluate the anisotropies. The peculiar photoresponse of the polymer makes it a good candidate for applications in smart functional devices. PMID:25257542

  12. Experimental and modelling studies of the shape memory properties of amorphous polymer network composites

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    Arrieta, J. S.; Diani, J.; Gilormini, P.

    2014-09-01

    Shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) have become an important way to leverage improvements in the development of applications featuring shape memory polymers (SMPs). In this study, an amorphous SMP matrix has been filled with different types of reinforcements. An experimental set of results is presented and then compared to three-dimensional (3D) finite-element simulations. Thermomechanical shape memory cycles were performed in uniaxial tension. The fillers effect was studied in stress-free and constrained-strain recoveries. Experimental observations indicate complete shape recovery and put in evidence the increased sensitivity of constrained length stress recoveries to the heating ramp on the tested composites. The simulations reproduced a simplified periodic reinforced composite and used a model for the matrix material that has been previously tested on regular SMPs. The latter combines viscoelasticity at finite strain and time-temperature superposition. The simulations easily allow representation of the recovery properties of a reinforced SMP.

  13. Constitutive modeling of large inelastic deformation of amorphous polymers: Free volume and shear transformation zone dynamics

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    Voyiadjis, George Z.; Samadi-Dooki, Aref

    2016-06-01

    Due to the lack of the long-range order in their molecular structure, amorphous polymers possess a considerable free volume content in their inter-molecular space. During finite deformation, these free volume holes serve as the potential sites for localized permanent plastic deformation inclusions which are called shear transformation zones (STZs). While the free volume content has been experimentally shown to increase during the course of plastic straining in glassy polymers, thermal analysis of stored energy due to the deformation shows that the STZ nucleation energy decreases at large plastic strains. The evolution of the free volume, and the STZs number density and nucleation energy during the finite straining are formulated in this paper in order to investigate the uniaxial post-yield softening-hardening behavior of the glassy polymers. This study shows that the reduction of the STZ nucleation energy, which is correlated with the free volume increase, brings about the post-yield primary softening of the amorphous polymers up to the steady-state strain value; and the secondary hardening is a result of the increased number density of the STZs, which is required for large plastic strains, while their nucleation energy is stabilized beyond the steady-state strain. The evolutions of the free volume content and STZ nucleation energy are also used to demonstrate the effect of the strain rate, temperature, and thermal history of the sample on its post-yield behavior. The obtained results from the model are compared with the experimental observations on poly(methyl methacrylate) which show a satisfactory consonance.

  14. Enthalpy of formation of carbon-rich polymer-derived amorphous SiCN ceramics.

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    Morcos, R. M.; Mera, G.; Navrotsky, A.; Varga, T.; Riedel, R.; Poli, F.; Muller, K.; Materials Science Division; Univ. of California at Davis; Technische Univ. Darmstadt; Univ. of Stuttgart

    2008-10-01

    Carbon-rich silicon carbonitride (SiCN) ceramics derived from polysilylcarbodiimides represent a novel class of materials where the incorporation of a high amount of carbon was demonstrated to be beneficial for ultrahigh-temperature resistance against crystallization. Calorimetric measurements of heat of oxidative dissolution in a molten oxide solvent show that these amorphous SiCN ceramics produced at 1000 or 1100 C possess a small positive or near zero enthalpy of formation relative to their crystalline constituents, namely silicon nitride, silicon carbide, and graphite. The enthalpy of formation does not change strongly with increasing SiC mole fraction. Because the enthalpies of formation from crystalline constituents are at most slightly positive, and the entropies of formation are expected to be significantly positive because of disorder in the amorphous phase, it is likely that the free energies of formation from silicon carbide, silicon nitride, and graphite are negative and the high-temperature persistence of amorphous SiCN ceramics may originate from thermodynamic stabilization. However, this stabilization is less pronounced than that for SiCO polymer-derived ceramics studied earlier.

  15. Optimising Drug Solubilisation in Amorphous Polymer Dispersions: Rational Selection of Hot-melt Extrusion Processing Parameters.

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    Li, Shu; Tian, Yiwei; Jones, David S; Andrews, Gavin P

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this article was to construct a T-ϕ phase diagram for a model drug (FD) and amorphous polymer (Eudragit® EPO) and to use this information to understand the impact of how temperature-composition coordinates influenced the final properties of the extrudate. Defining process boundaries and understanding drug solubility in polymeric carriers is of utmost importance and will help in the successful manufacture of new delivery platforms for BCS class II drugs. Physically mixed felodipine (FD)-Eudragit(®) EPO (EPO) binary mixtures with pre-determined weight fractions were analysed using DSC to measure the endset of melting and glass transition temperature. Extrudates of 10 wt% FD-EPO were processed using temperatures (110°C, 126°C, 140°C and 150°C) selected from the temperature-composition (T-ϕ) phase diagrams and processing screw speed of 20, 100 and 200rpm. Extrudates were characterised using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), optical, polarised light and Raman microscopy. To ensure formation of a binary amorphous drug dispersion (ADD) at a specific composition, HME processing temperatures should at least be equal to, or exceed, the corresponding temperature value on the liquid-solid curve in a F-H T-ϕ phase diagram. If extruded between the spinodal and liquid-solid curve, the lack of thermodynamic forces to attain complete drug amorphisation may be compensated for through the use of an increased screw speed. Constructing F-H T-ϕ phase diagrams are valuable not only in the understanding drug-polymer miscibility behaviour but also in rationalising the selection of important processing parameters for HME to ensure miscibility of drug and polymer. PMID:26729536

  16. Stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymers in aqueous solution.

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    Ma, Xiang; Tian, He

    2014-07-15

    CONSPECTUS: Aiming to construct various novel supramolecular polymeric structures in aqueous solution beyond small supramolecular self-assembly molecules and develop functional supramolecular polymeric materials, research interest on functional supramolecular polymers has been prevailing in recent years. Supramolecular polymers are formed by bridging monomers or components together via highly directional noncovalent interactions such as hydrogen bonding, hydrophobic interaction, π-π interaction, metal-ligand coordination, electrostatic interaction, and so forth. They can be easily functionalized by employing diverse building components with specific functions besides the traditional polymeric properties, a number of which are responsive to such external stimuli as pH variance, photoirradiation, chemically or electrochemically redox with the controllable conformation or construction switching, polymerization building and rebuilding, and function adjustment reversibly owing to the reversibility of noncovalent interactions. Supramolecular polymers are "soft matters" and can be functionalized with specific properties such as morphology adjustment, controllable luminescence, shape memory, self-healing, and so forth. Supramolecular polymers constructed based on macrocycle recognition and interlocked structures represent one typical branch of the supramolecular polymer family. Cyclodextrin (CD), cucurbituril (CB), and hydrophilic calixarene derivatives are usually employed to construct hydrophilic supramolecular polymers in aqueous solution. Stimuli-responsive hydrophilic supramolecular polymers, constructed in aqueous solution particularly, can be promising candidates for mimicking biocompatible or vital functional materials. This Account mainly focuses on the recent stimuli-responsive supramolecular polymers based on the host-guest interaction in aqueous solution. We describe the hydrophilic supramolecular polymers constructed via hydrophobic effects, electrostatic

  17. Controlling molecular ordering in solution-state conjugated polymers

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    Zhu, J.; Han, Y.; Kumar, R.; He, Y.; Hong, K.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Sumpter, B. G.; Smith, S. C.; Smith, G. S.; Ivanov, I. N.; Do, C.

    2015-09-01

    Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in a solution of conjugated polymers hold great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with the desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution, we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering of the conjugated polymer can be tuned in hexagonal, micellar and lamellar phases of the surfactant solution. The controlled molecular ordering in conjugated polymer assembly is demonstrated as a key factor determining the electronic interaction and optical function.Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in a solution of conjugated polymers hold great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with the desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution, we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering

  18. Direct Uniaxial Alignment of a Donor-Acceptor Semiconducting Polymer Using Single-Step Solution Shearing.

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    Shaw, Leo; Hayoz, Pascal; Diao, Ying; Reinspach, Julia Antonia; To, John W F; Toney, Michael F; Weitz, R Thomas; Bao, Zhenan

    2016-04-13

    The alignment of organic semiconductors (OSCs) in the active layers of electronic devices can confer desirable properties, such as enhanced charge transport properties due to better ordering, charge transport anisotropy for reduced device cross-talk, and polarized light emission or absorption. The solution-based deposition of highly aligned small molecule OSCs has been widely demonstrated, but the alignment of polymeric OSCs in thin films deposited directly from solution has typically required surface templating or complex pre- or postdeposition processing. Therefore, single-step solution processing and the charge transport enhancement afforded by alignment continue to be attractive. We report here the use of solution shearing to tune the degree of alignment in poly(diketopyrrolopyrrole-terthiophene) thin films by controlling the coating speed. A maximum dichroic ratio of ∼7 was achieved on unpatterned substrates without any additional pre- or postdeposition processing. The degree of polymer alignment was found to be a competition between the shear alignment of polymer chains in solution and the complex thin film drying process. Contrary to previous reports, no charge transport anisotropy was observed because of the small crystallite size relative to the channel length, a meshlike morphology, and the likelihood of increased grain boundaries in the direction transverse to coating. In fact, the lack of aligned morphological structures, coupled with observed anisotropy in X-ray diffraction data, suggests the alignment of polymer molecules in both the crystalline and the amorphous regions of the films. The shear speed at which maximum dichroism is achieved can be controlled by altering deposition parameters such as temperature and substrate treatment. Modest changes in molecular weight showed negligible effects on alignment, while longer polymer alkyl side chains were found to reduce the degree of alignment. This work demonstrates that solution shearing can be used

  19. Relationships between Architectures and Properties of Highly Branched Polymers: The Cases of Amorphous Poly(trimethylene carbonate) and Crystalline Poly(ε-caprolactone).

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    Ren, Yingying; Wei, Zhiyong; Leng, Xuefei; Wu, Tong; Bian, Yufei; Li, Yang

    2016-05-01

    Highly branched polymers (HBPs) are a special class of functional polymeric materials and possess unique properties due to their unique topological structure. A new series of highly branched linear-comb and star-comb amorphous poly(trimethylene carbonate)s (PTMC) and crystalline poly(ε-caprolactone)s (PCL) with well-defined structure and high molecular weight were first synthesized using hydroxylated polybutadiene (HPB) as macroinitiators by simple "one-step" and "graft from" strategies. It is expected that the impact of long-chain, highly branched architecture on the properties of amorphous and crystalline polymers, respectively, is different. We explored systematically for the first time the effect and comparison of branched architectures on the physical and chemical properties of highly branched PTMCs and PCLs, including the intrinsic viscosity, glass transition, thermal degradation, creep property, rheological property, and crystallization and melting behaviors. It is found that the intrinsic viscosities in solution for both comb-branched PTMCs and PCLs were much lower compared with their linear and star counterparts arise from more compact structure and smaller hydrodynamic volumes. For amorphous PTMC, the creep strain and rate increased remarkably with degree of branching increasing due to the shorter side chains making it difficult for the highly branched molecules to entangle. For crystalline PCL, both WAXD and DSC analysis of PCLs with different topological structures indicated that the comb branched architectures have no significant influence on the crystal structure of PCL, but greatly promote the crystallization behavior, e.g., higher crystallinities. The deep understanding of structure-property relationship expects to guide the synthesis of designed functional polymer materials and the processing of polymer products. PMID:27064385

  20. The peculiar behavior of the glass transition temperature of amorphous drug-polymer films coated on inert sugar spheres.

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    Dereymaker, Aswin; Van Den Mooter, Guy

    2015-05-01

    Fluid bed coating has been proposed in the past as an alternative technology for manufacturing of drug-polymer amorphous solid dispersions, or so-called glass solutions. It has the advantage of being a one-step process, and thus omitting separate drying steps, addition of excipients, or manipulation of the dosage form. In search of an adequate sample preparation method for modulated differential scanning calorimetry analysis of beads coated with glass solutions, glass transition broadening and decrease of the glass transition temperature (Tg ) were observed with increasing particle size of crushed coated beads and crushed isolated films of indomethacin (INDO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP). Substituting INDO with naproxen gave comparable results. When ketoconazole was probed or the solvent in INDO-PVP films was switched to dichloromethane (DCM) or a methanol-DCM mixture, two distinct Tg regions were observed. Small particle sizes had a glass transition in the high Tg region, and large particle sizes had a glass transition in the low Tg region. This particle size-dependent glass transition was ascribed to different residual solvent amounts in the bulk and at the surface of the particles. A correlation was observed between the deviation of the Tg from that calculated from the Gordon-Taylor equation and the amount of residual solvent at the Tg of particles with different sizes. PMID:25702912

  1. Effect of polymer type and drug dose on the in vitro and in vivo behavior of amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Chourak, Nabil; Khan, Fauzan; Wendelboe, Johan; Langguth, Peter; Rades, Thomas; Holm, René

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated the non-sink in vitro dissolution behavior and in vivo performance in rats of celecoxib (CCX) amorphous solid dispersions with polyvinyl acetate (PVA), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) at different drug doses. Both in vitro and in vivo, the amorphous solid dispersions with the hydrophilic polymers PVP and HPMC led to higher areas under both, the in vitro dissolution and the plasma concentration-time curves (AUC) compared to crystalline and amorphous CCX for all doses. In contrast, the amorphous solid dispersion with the hydrophobic polymer PVA showed a lower AUC both in vitro and in vivo than crystalline CCX. For crystalline CCX and CCX:PVA, the in vitro AUC was limited by the low solubility of the drug and the slow release of the drug from the hydrophobic polymer, respectively. For the supersaturating formulations, amorphous CCX, CCX:PVP and CCX:HPMC, the in vitro performance was mainly dependent on the dissolution rate and precipitation/crystallization inhibition of the polymer. As expected, the crystallization tendency increased with increasing dose, and therefore the in vitro AUCs did not increase proportionally with dose. Even though the in vivo AUC for all formulations increased with increasing dose, the relative bioavailability decreased significantly, indicating that the supersaturating formulations also crystallized in vivo and that the absorption of CCX was solubility-limited. These findings underline the importance of evaluating relevant in vitro doses, in order to rationally assess the performance of amorphous solid dispersions and avoid confusion in early in vivo studies. PMID:27212472

  2. High-Resolution Identification of Chemical States in Individual Metal Clusters in an Insulating Amorphous Polymer.

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    Kubo, Yugo; Mizoguchi, Akira; Fujita, Jun-Ichi

    2016-05-17

    The effectivity of cryo-scanning transmission electron microscopy-electron energy loss spectroscopy was demonstrated for nanoscale analysis of the cross-section of the Cu/polyimide interface. The nanoscale Cu/Cu2O/CuO layer structure at the interface was clearly observed for the first time. In addition, a Cu atom was identified, embedded in the polyimide matrix, and the average valence of diffusing Cu atoms or nanoclusters was determined using (cryo-)scanning transmission electron microscopy-electron energy loss spectroscopy. On the basis of these results, we have proposed a mechanism for the diffusion of Cu atoms in polyimide. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report of the observation of a metal atom embedded in an insulating amorphous polymer. PMID:27104743

  3. Deviations of the glass transition temperature in amorphous conjugated polymer thin films.

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    Liu, Dan; Osuna Orozco, Rodrigo; Wang, Tao

    2013-08-01

    The deviations of the glass transition temperature (T(g)) in thin films of an amorphous conjugated polymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-(4-butylphenyl)diphenylamine) (TFB) are reported. Monotonic and nonmonotonic T(g) deviations are observed in TFB thin films supported on Si-SiOx and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), respectively. A three-layer model is developed to fit both monotonic and nonmonotonic T(g) deviations in these films. A 5-nm PEDOT:PSS capping layer was not found to be effective to remove the free-surface effect in Si-SiOx supported TFB films. PMID:24032856

  4. Technetium separation from aqueous solutions using polymer filtration

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    Schroeder, N.C.; Ball, J.R.; Robison, T.W.; Gibson, R.R.; Smith, B.F.

    1997-12-31

    Water-soluble, metal-binding, polymers that possess functional groups with high selectivity for technetium have been developed for ground and waste waters remediation. When combined with ultrafiltration, a new homogeneous all aqueous-based technology for metals removal/recovery, called Polymer Filtration, becomes available. Technetium distribution coefficients experiments were obtained with the polymers from simple solutions, high nitrate simulants, and DSSF simulant. We have completed a preliminary proof-of-principal evaluation of Polymer Filtration technology for removal of technetium-99 from Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant contaminated groundwater simulant.

  5. Carbohydrate polymers in amorphous states: an integrated thermodynamic and nanostructural investigation.

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    Kilburn, Duncan; Claude, Johanna; Schweizer, Thomas; Alam, Ashraf; Ubbink, Job

    2005-01-01

    The effect of water on the structure and physical properties of amorphous polysaccharide matrices is investigated by combining a thermodynamic approach including pressure- and temperature-dependent dilatometry with a nanoscale analysis of the size of intermolecular voids using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Amorphous polysaccharides are of interest because of a number of unusual properties which are likely to be related to the extensive hydrogen bonding between the carbohydrate chains. Uptake of water by the carbohydrate matrices leads to a strong increase in the size of the holes between the polymer chains in both the glassy and rubbery states while at the same time leading to an increase in matrix free volume. Thermodynamic clustering theory indicates that, in low-moisture carbohydrate matrices, water molecules are closely associated with the carbohydrate chains. Based on these observations, we propose a novel model of plasticization of carbohydrate polymers by water in which the water dynamically disrupts chains the hydrogen bonding between the carbohydrates, leading to an expansion of the matrix originating at the nanolevel and increasing the number of degrees of freedom of the carbohydrate chains. Consequently, even in the glassy state, the uptake of water leads to increased rates of matrix relaxation and mobility of small permeants. In contrast, low-molecular weight sugars plasticize the carbohydrate matrix without appreciably changing the structure and density of the rubbery state, and their role as plasticizer is most likely related to a reduction of the number of molecular entanglements. The improved molecular packing in glassy matrices containing low molecular weight sugars leads to a higher matrix density, explaining, despite the lower glass transition temperature, the reduced mobility of small permeants in such matrices. PMID:15762653

  6. Dehydration and crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate in solution and in air

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    Ihli, Johannes; Wong, Wai Ching; Noel, Elizabeth H.; Kim, Yi-Yeoun; Kulak, Alexander N.; Christenson, Hugo K.; Duer, Melinda J.; Meldrum, Fiona C.

    2014-01-01

    The mechanisms by which amorphous intermediates transform into crystalline materials are poorly understood. Currently, attracting enormous interest is the crystallization of amorphous calcium carbonate, a key intermediary in synthetic, biological and environmental systems. Here we attempt to unify many contrasting and apparently contradictory studies by investigating this process in detail. We show that amorphous calcium carbonate can dehydrate before crystallizing, both in solution and in air, while thermal analyses and solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance measurements reveal that its water is present in distinct environments. Loss of the final water fraction—comprising less than 15% of the total—then triggers crystallization. The high activation energy of this step suggests that it occurs by partial dissolution/recrystallization, mediated by surface water, and the majority of the particle then crystallizes by a solid-state transformation. Such mechanisms are likely to be widespread in solid-state reactions and their characterization will facilitate greater control over these processes. PMID:24469266

  7. Extensional instability in electro-osmotic microflows of polymer solutions

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    Bryce, R. M.; Freeman, M. R.

    2010-03-01

    Fluid transport in microfluidic systems typically is laminar due to the low Reynolds number characteristic of the flow. The inclusion of suspended polymers imparts elasticity to fluids, allowing instabilities to be excited when substantial polymer stretching occurs. For high molecular weight polymer chains we find that flow velocities achievable by standard electro-osmotic pumping are sufficient to excite extensional instabilities in dilute polymer solutions. We observe a dependence in measured fluctuations on polymer concentration which plateaus at a threshold corresponding to the onset of significant molecular crowding in macromolecular solutions; plateauing occurs well below the overlap concentration. Our results show that electro-osmotic flows of complex fluids are disturbed from the steady regime, suggesting potential for enhanced mixing and requiring care in modeling the flow of complex liquids such as biopolymer suspensions.

  8. Clozapine-carboxylic acid plasticized co-amorphous dispersions: Preparation, characterization and solution stability evaluation.

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    Ali, Ahmed Mahmoud Abdelhaleem; Ali, Adel Ahmed; Maghrabi, Ibrahim Abdullah

    2015-06-01

    This study addressed the possibility of forming of co-amorphous systems between clozapine (CZ) and various carboxylic acid plasticizers (CAPs). The aim was to improve the solubility and oral bioavailability of clozapine. Co-amorphous dispersions were prepared using modified solvent evaporation methodology at drug/plasticizer stoichiometric ratios of 1:1, 1:1.5 and 1:2. Solid state characterization was performed using differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and infra red spectroscopy. Highly soluble homogeneous co-amorphous dispersions were formed between clozapine and CAPs via hydrogen bonding. The co-amorphous dispersions formed with tartaric acid (1:2) showed the highest dissolution percentage (>95% in 20 minutes) compared to pure crystalline CZ (56%). Highly stable solutions were obtained from co-amorphous CZ-citric and CZ-tartaric acid at 1:1.5 molar ratio. The prepared dispersions suggest the possibility of peroral or sublingual administration of highly soluble clozapine at a reduced dose with the great chance to bypass the first pass metabolism. PMID:26011930

  9. Electrophoretic Migration of Branched DNA in Polymer Solutions

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    Lau, Henry; Archer, Lynden

    2009-03-01

    The electrophoretic migration of large, star-branched DNA molecules has previously been studied in both neutral polymer solutions and gels, and the results have provided insight into the local interactions between the analytes and the sieving matrix during electrophoresis (Electrophoresis, 2006, 27, 3128). This talk focuses on using rigid-rod DNA molecules of complex shapes as model analytes in studying the effects of analyte architecture on mobility in polymer solutions. Electrophoresis of a series of Y-shaped DNA molecules that mimick the shapes of antibodies, was performed in polymer solutions above the overlap concentration and at electric fields up to 300V/cm. The location of the branch point as well as the arm sizes are varied in order to examine their influence on mobility. Our results point to novel, topology-based fractionation strategies for separating biological molecules using capillary electrophoresis with polymer sieving media.

  10. Investigations into crazing in glassy amorphous polymers through molecular dynamics simulations

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    Venkatesan, Sudarkodi; Basu, Sumit

    2015-04-01

    In many glassy amorphous polymers, localisation of deformation during loading leads to crazes. Crazes are crack like features whose faces are bridged either by fibrils or a cellular network of voids and fibrils. While formation of crazes is aided by the presence of surface imperfections and embedded dust particles, in this work, we focus on intrinsic crazes that form spontaneously in the volume of the material. We perform carefully designed molecular dynamics simulations on well equilibrated samples of a model polymer with a view to gaining insights into certain incompletely understood aspects of the crazing process. These include genesis of the early nanovoids leading to craze nucleation, mechanisms of stabilising the cellular or fibrillar structure and the competition between chain scission and chain disentanglement in causing the final breakdown of the craze. Additionally, we identify and enumerate clusters of entanglement points with high functionality as effective topological constraints on macromolecular chains. We show that regions with low density of entanglement clusters serve as sites for nanovoid nucleation under high mean stress. Growth occurs by the repeated triggering of cavitation instabilities above a growing void. The growth of the void is aided by disentanglement in and flow of entanglements away from the cavitating region. Finally, for the chain lengths chosen, scission serves to supply short chains to the growing craze but breakdown occurs by complete disentanglement of the chains. In fact, most of the energy supplied to the material seems to be used in causing disentanglements and very little energy is required to create a stable fibril.

  11. Coordination polymer structure and revisited hydrogen evolution catalytic mechanism for amorphous molybdenum sulfide

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    Tran, Phong D.; Tran, Thu V.; Orio, Maylis; Torelli, Stephane; Truong, Quang Duc; Nayuki, Keiichiro; Sasaki, Yoshikazu; Chiam, Sing Yang; Yi, Ren; Honma, Itaru; Barber, James; Artero, Vincent

    2016-06-01

    Molybdenum sulfides are very attractive noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) from water. The atomic structure and identity of the catalytically active sites have been well established for crystalline molybdenum disulfide (c-MoS2) but not for amorphous molybdenum sulfide (a-MoSx), which exhibits significantly higher HER activity compared to its crystalline counterpart. Here we show that HER-active a-MoSx, prepared either as nanoparticles or as films, is a molecular-based coordination polymer consisting of discrete [Mo3S13]2- building blocks. Of the three terminal disulfide (S22-) ligands within these clusters, two are shared to form the polymer chain. The third one remains free and generates molybdenum hydride moieties as the active site under H2 evolution conditions. Such a molecular structure therefore provides a basis for revisiting the mechanism of a-MoSx catalytic activity, as well as explaining some of its special properties such as reductive activation and corrosion. Our findings open up new avenues for the rational optimization of this HER electrocatalyst as an alternative to platinum.

  12. Coordination polymer structure and revisited hydrogen evolution catalytic mechanism for amorphous molybdenum sulfide.

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    Tran, Phong D; Tran, Thu V; Orio, Maylis; Torelli, Stephane; Truong, Quang Duc; Nayuki, Keiichiro; Sasaki, Yoshikazu; Chiam, Sing Yang; Yi, Ren; Honma, Itaru; Barber, James; Artero, Vincent

    2016-06-01

    Molybdenum sulfides are very attractive noble-metal-free electrocatalysts for the hydrogen evolution reaction (HER) from water. The atomic structure and identity of the catalytically active sites have been well established for crystalline molybdenum disulfide (c-MoS2) but not for amorphous molybdenum sulfide (a-MoSx), which exhibits significantly higher HER activity compared to its crystalline counterpart. Here we show that HER-active a-MoSx, prepared either as nanoparticles or as films, is a molecular-based coordination polymer consisting of discrete [Mo3S13](2-) building blocks. Of the three terminal disulfide (S2(2-)) ligands within these clusters, two are shared to form the polymer chain. The third one remains free and generates molybdenum hydride moieties as the active site under H2 evolution conditions. Such a molecular structure therefore provides a basis for revisiting the mechanism of a-MoSx catalytic activity, as well as explaining some of its special properties such as reductive activation and corrosion. Our findings open up new avenues for the rational optimization of this HER electrocatalyst as an alternative to platinum. PMID:26974410

  13. Insight into the crystallization of amorphous imine-linked polymer networks to 2D covalent organic frameworks.

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    Smith, Brian J; Overholts, Anna C; Hwang, Nicky; Dichtel, William R

    2016-03-01

    We explore the crystallization of a high surface area imine-linked two-dimensional covalent organic framework (2D COF). The growth process reveals rapid initial formation of an amorphous network that subsequently crystallizes into the layered 2D network. The metastable amorphous polymer may be isolated and resubjected to growth conditions to form the COF. These experiments provide the first mechanistic insight into the mechanism of imine-linked 2D COF formation, which is distinct from that of boronate-ester linked COFs. PMID:26857035

  14. Controlling Molecular Ordering in Solution-State Conjugated Polymers

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    Zhu, Jiahua; Han, Youngkyu; Kumar, Rajeev; Hong, Kunlun; Bonnesen, Peter V.; Sumpter, Bobby G.; Smith, Gregory Scott; Ivanov, Ilia N.; Do, Changwoo

    2015-07-17

    Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in solution of conjugated polymers holds great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution,more » we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering of the conjugated polymer can be tuned in hexagonal, micellar and lamellar phases of the surfactant solution. The controlled molecular ordering in conjugated polymer assembly is demonstrated as a key factor determining the electronic interaction and optical function.« less

  15. Solution behavior of PEO : the ultimate biocompatible polymer.

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    Curro, John G.; Frischknecht, Amalie Lucile

    2004-11-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) is the quintessential biocompatible polymer. Due to its ability to form hydrogen bonds, it is soluble in water, and yet is uncharged and relatively inert. It is being investigated for use in a wide range of biomedical and biotechnical applications, including the prevention of protein adhesion (biofouling), controlled drug delivery, and tissue scaffolds. PEO has also been proposed for use in novel polymer hydrogel nanocomposites with superior mechanical properties. However, the phase behavior of PEO in water is highly anomalous and is not addressed by current theories of polymer solutions. The effective interactions between PEO and water are very concentration dependent, unlike other polymer/solvent systems, due to water-water and water-PEO hydrogen bonds. An understanding of this anomalous behavior requires a careful examination of PEO liquids and solutions on the molecular level. We performed massively parallel molecular dynamics simulations and self-consistent Polymer Reference Interaction Site Model (PRISM) calculations on PEO liquids. We also initiated MD studies on PEO/water solutions with and without an applied electric field. This work is summarized in three parts devoted to: (1) A comparison of MD simulations, theory and experiment on PEO liquids; (2) The implementation of water potentials into the LAMMPS MD code; and (3) A theoretical analysis of the effect of an applied electric field on the phase diagram of polymer solutions.

  16. Investigation of Phase Mixing in Amorphous Solid Dispersions of AMG 517 in HPMC-AS Using DSC, Solid-State NMR, and Solution Calorimetry.

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    Calahan, Julie L; Azali, Stephanie C; Munson, Eric J; Nagapudi, Karthik

    2015-11-01

    Intimate phase mixing between the drug and the polymer is considered a prerequisite to achieve good physical stability for amorphous solid dispersions. In this article, spray dried amorphous dispersions (ASDs) of AMG 517 and HPMC-as were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), solid-state NMR (SSNMR), and solution calorimetry. DSC analysis showed a weakly asymmetric (ΔTg ≈ 13.5) system with a single glass transition for blends of different compositions indicating phase mixing. The Tg-composition data was modeled using the BKCV equation to accommodate the observed negative deviation from ideality. Proton spin-lattice relaxation times in the laboratory and rotating frames ((1)H T1 and T1ρ), as measured by SSNMR, were consistent with the observation that the components of the dispersion were in intimate contact over a 10-20 nm length scale. Based on the heat of mixing calculated from solution calorimetry and the entropy of mixing calculated from the Flory-Huggins theory, the free energy of mixing was calculated. The free energy of mixing was found to be positive for all ASDs, indicating that the drug and polymer are thermodynamically predisposed to phase separation at 25 °C. This suggests that miscibility measured by DSC and SSNMR is achieved kinetically as the result of intimate mixing between drug and polymer during the spray drying process. This kinetic phase mixing is responsible for the physical stability of the ASD. PMID:26457879

  17. Corrosion behaviors of amorphous and nanocrystalline Fe-based alloys in NaCl solution.

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    Li, Xiang; Wang, Yuxin; Du, Chunfeng; Yan, Biao

    2010-11-01

    Amorphous Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was prepared by the chill block melt-spinning process and nanocrystalline Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was obtained by annealing. The crystallization behaviors were analysed by DSC, XRD and TEM. The electrochemical corrosion behaviors in different annealed states were performed by linear polarization method and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy in 3.5% NaCl solution. The results show that the crystallization of amorphous alloy occurs in the two steps. Some nanometer crystals appear when annealing in 550 degrees C and 600 degrees C, respectively with grain size 13 nm and 15 nm. The nanocrystalline alloy has a tendency to passivation and lower anodic current density than amorphous alloy. It indicates that nanocrystalline alloy has a higher corrosion resistance. Amorphous Fe(73.5)Si(13.5)B9Nb3Cu1 alloy consisted of only single semi-circle. When the alloy was annealed in 600 degrees C, its EIS consisted of two time constants, i.e., high frequency and low frequency capacitive loops. The charge transfer reaction resistances increases as annealing temperature rises. PMID:21137903

  18. Osmotic pressure and polymer size in semidilute polymer solutions under good-solvent conditions.

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    Pelissetto, Andrea

    2008-07-28

    We consider the lattice Domb-Joyce model at a value of the coupling for which scaling corrections approximately vanish and determine the universal scaling functions associated with the osmotic pressure and the polymer size for semidilute polymer solutions (c/c( *)solution and c( *) is the overlap concentration) in good-solvent conditions. Our result for the osmotic pressure agrees with previous renormalization-group calculations (the relative difference is less than 1%) but differs significantly from previous numerical determinations in which polymers were modeled as lattice self-avoiding walks. We show that for c/c( *) greater than or approximately equal 6 simulations of lattice self-avoiding walks give results that are affected by strong scaling corrections even for chain lengths as large as 1000: The self-avoiding walk model is therefore unsuitable for the determination of universal properties of polymer solutions deep in the semidilute regime. PMID:18681672

  19. Affordable WDM components: the polymer solution

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    Eldada, Louay A.; Yin, Shing; Norwood, Robert A.; Yardley, James T.

    1998-02-01

    An advanced polymeric waveguide technology was developed for affordable WDM components that address the needs of both the Telecom and the Datacom industries. We engineered high- performance organic polymers that can be readily made into both multimode and single-mode optical waveguide structures of controlled numerical aperture and geometry. These materials are formed from highly-crosslinked acrylate monomers with specific linkages that determine properties such as flexibility, toughness, loss, and environmental stability. These monomers are intermiscible, providing for precise adjustment of the refractive index from 1.3 to 1.6. In polymer form, they exhibit state-of-the-art loss values, high thermal stability, high humidity resistance, low dispersion and low birefringence. Waveguides are formed photolithographically, with the liquid monomer mixture polymerizing upon illumination in the UV via either mask exposure or laser direct writing. A wide range of rigid and flexible substrates can be used, including glass, quartz, oxidized silicon, glass-filled epoxy printed circuit board substrate, and flexible polyimide film. Waveguiding structures measuring tens of inches in length can be produced on computer boards, and guides that are meters long can be printed on rolls of plastic. We describe the fabrication of both Bragg gratings and waveguide grating routes in our polymers for filtering and demultiplexing applications in Telecom WDM systems. In Datacom, we describe polymeric components that we produced for aerospace WDM sensor systems. The importance of CAD tools in designing WDM devices is emphasized in this work. We further discuss the low-cost manufacturing of WDM components in an industrial environment.

  20. Coordination polymers built from 1,4-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene: from crystalline to amorphous.

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    Adarsh, N N; Novio, Fernando; Ruiz-Molina, Daniel

    2016-07-28

    The supramolecular chemistry of the bis-imidazole ligand 1,4-bis(imidazol-1-ylmethyl)benzene, popularly known as bix, has been explored by various researchers in order to synthesize functional coordination polymers (CPs). The flexibility of the bix ligand, its unpredictable conformation and its coordination behaviour with transition metal ions have resulted in a huge number of structurally diverse and functionally intriguing CPs. In this perspective review we discuss the progress in CPs of bix between 1997 and today. More precisely, this review emphasizes the developments in functional supramolecular coordination polymers built from the bix ligand, from crystalline materials to amorphous nanomaterials. PMID:27335273

  1. Chromatographic removal of endotoxin from protein solutions by polymer particles.

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    Hirayama, Chuichi; Sakata, Masayo

    2002-12-01

    Endotoxins, constituents of cell walls of gram-negative bacteria, are potential contaminants of the protein solutions originating from biological products. Such contaminants have to be removed from solutions used for intravenous administration, because of their potent biological activities causing pyrogenic reactions. Separation methods used for decontamination of water, such as ultrafiltration, have little effect on endotoxin levels in protein solutions. To remove endotoxin from a solution of high-molecular-mass compounds, such as proteins, the adsorption method has proven to be most effective. In this review, we first introduce endotoxin-specific properties in an aqueous solution, and then provide various methods of chromatographic separation of endotoxins from cellular products using polymer adsorbents. We also provide the design of novel endotoxin-specific polymer adsorbents. PMID:12450672

  2. 1D simulation of polymer flooding including the viscoelastic effect of polymer solution

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    Masuda, Y.; Tang, K.C.; Miyazawa, M.; Tanaka, S. )

    1992-05-01

    This paper reports that simple simulation models are constructed to predict the performance of 1D polymer flooding. In the models, two phases of oil and polymer solution were assumed to be immiscible with each other. Because the displacing fluid was non-Newtonian, the Buckley-Leverett equation could be modified and a new approach developed to calculate fractional-flow curves. The rheological behavior of polymer solution was modeled with an Ellis type model and a viscoelastic model. To verify the models, two 1D flooding experiments were carried out on 2.8-cm-diameter, 47-cm-long, unconsolidated cores packed with glass beads (70/100 mesh). Porosities of the cores are about 37% and permeabilities are around 26{mu}m{sup 2}. Two white mineral oils of viscosities 25 and 60 mPa {center dot} s and a 200-ppm polyacrylamide solution were used. In each experiment, polymer flooding was done after waterflooding. Initial water saturation was controlled to be almost the same at the start of each flood. The calculated polymer-flooding performances were compared with experimental data. On the other hand, the viscoelastic model predicted fractional-flow curves, oil recovery performances, and breakthrough times of the experiments very well. The viscoelastic effect of polymer solution is thought to play an important role in the improvement of oil recovery.

  3. Surface dynamics of amorphous polymers used for high-voltage insulators.

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    Shemella, Philip T; Laino, Teodoro; Fritz, Oliver; Curioni, Alessandro

    2011-11-24

    Amorphous siloxane polymers are the backbone of high-voltage insulation materials. The natural hydrophobicity of their surface is a necessary property for avoiding leakage currents and dielectric breakdown. As these surfaces are exposed to the environment, electrical discharges or strong mechanical impact can temporarily destroy their water-repellent properties. After such events, however, a self-healing process sets in and restores the original hydrophobicity within some hours. In the present study, we investigate possible mechanisms of this restoration process. Using large-scale, all-atom molecular dynamics simulations, we show that molecules on the material surface have augmented motion that allows them to rearrange with a net polarization. The overall surface region has a net orientation that contributes to hydrophobicity, and charged groups that are placed at the surface migrate inward, away from the vacuum interface and into the bulk-like region. Our simulations provide insight into the mechanisms for hydrophobic self-recovery that repair material strength and functionality and suggest material compositions for future high-voltage insulators. PMID:22026429

  4. Dispersive Non-Geminate Recombination in an Amorphous Polymer:Fullerene Blend

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    Kurpiers, Jona; Neher, Dieter

    2016-05-01

    Recombination of free charge is a key process limiting the performance of solar cells. For low mobility materials, such as organic semiconductors, the kinetics of non-geminate recombination (NGR) is strongly linked to the motion of charges. As these materials possess significant disorder, thermalization of photogenerated carriers in the inhomogeneously broadened density of state distribution is an unavoidable process. Despite its general importance, knowledge about the kinetics of NGR in complete organic solar cells is rather limited. We employ time delayed collection field (TDCF) experiments to study the recombination of photogenerated charge in the high-performance polymer:fullerene blend PCDTBT:PCBM. NGR in the bulk of this amorphous blend is shown to be highly dispersive, with a continuous reduction of the recombination coefficient throughout the entire time scale, until all charge carriers have either been extracted or recombined. Rapid, contact-mediated recombination is identified as an additional loss channel, which, if not properly taken into account, would erroneously suggest a pronounced field dependence of charge generation. These findings are in stark contrast to the results of TDCF experiments on photovoltaic devices made from ordered blends, such as P3HT:PCBM, where non-dispersive recombination was proven to dominate the charge carrier dynamics under application relevant conditions.

  5. Dispersive Non-Geminate Recombination in an Amorphous Polymer:Fullerene Blend

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    Kurpiers, Jona; Neher, Dieter

    2016-01-01

    Recombination of free charge is a key process limiting the performance of solar cells. For low mobility materials, such as organic semiconductors, the kinetics of non-geminate recombination (NGR) is strongly linked to the motion of charges. As these materials possess significant disorder, thermalization of photogenerated carriers in the inhomogeneously broadened density of state distribution is an unavoidable process. Despite its general importance, knowledge about the kinetics of NGR in complete organic solar cells is rather limited. We employ time delayed collection field (TDCF) experiments to study the recombination of photogenerated charge in the high-performance polymer:fullerene blend PCDTBT:PCBM. NGR in the bulk of this amorphous blend is shown to be highly dispersive, with a continuous reduction of the recombination coefficient throughout the entire time scale, until all charge carriers have either been extracted or recombined. Rapid, contact-mediated recombination is identified as an additional loss channel, which, if not properly taken into account, would erroneously suggest a pronounced field dependence of charge generation. These findings are in stark contrast to the results of TDCF experiments on photovoltaic devices made from ordered blends, such as P3HT:PCBM, where non-dispersive recombination was proven to dominate the charge carrier dynamics under application relevant conditions. PMID:27225584

  6. Dispersive Non-Geminate Recombination in an Amorphous Polymer:Fullerene Blend.

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    Kurpiers, Jona; Neher, Dieter

    2016-01-01

    Recombination of free charge is a key process limiting the performance of solar cells. For low mobility materials, such as organic semiconductors, the kinetics of non-geminate recombination (NGR) is strongly linked to the motion of charges. As these materials possess significant disorder, thermalization of photogenerated carriers in the inhomogeneously broadened density of state distribution is an unavoidable process. Despite its general importance, knowledge about the kinetics of NGR in complete organic solar cells is rather limited. We employ time delayed collection field (TDCF) experiments to study the recombination of photogenerated charge in the high-performance polymer:fullerene blend PCDTBT:PCBM. NGR in the bulk of this amorphous blend is shown to be highly dispersive, with a continuous reduction of the recombination coefficient throughout the entire time scale, until all charge carriers have either been extracted or recombined. Rapid, contact-mediated recombination is identified as an additional loss channel, which, if not properly taken into account, would erroneously suggest a pronounced field dependence of charge generation. These findings are in stark contrast to the results of TDCF experiments on photovoltaic devices made from ordered blends, such as P3HT:PCBM, where non-dispersive recombination was proven to dominate the charge carrier dynamics under application relevant conditions. PMID:27225584

  7. Electrical analysis of amorphous corn starch-based polymer electrolyte membranes doped with LiI

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    Shukur, M. F.; Ibrahim, F. M.; Majid, N. A.; Ithnin, R.; Kadir, M. F. Z.

    2013-08-01

    In this work, polymer electrolytes have been prepared by doping starch with lithium iodide (LiI). The incorporation of 30 wt% LiI optimizes the room temperature conductivity of the electrolyte at (1.83 ± 0.47) × 10-4 S cm-1. Further conductivity enhancement to (9.56 ± 1.19) × 10-4 S cm-1 is obtained with the addition of 30 wt% glycerol. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the conductivity enhancement is due to the increase in amorphous content. The activation energy, Ea, of 70 wt% starch-30 wt% LiI electrolyte is 0.26 eV, while 49 wt% starch-21 wt% LiI-30 wt% glycerol electrolyte exhibits an Ea of 0.16 eV. Dielectric studies show that all the electrolytes obey non-Debye behavior. The power law exponent s is obtained from the variation of dielectric loss, ɛi, with frequency at different temperatures. The conduction mechanism of 70 wt% starch-30 wt% LiI electrolyte can be explained by the correlated barrier hopping model, while the conduction mechanism for 49 wt% starch-21 wt% LiI-30 wt% glycerol electrolyte can be represented by the quantum mechanical tunneling model.

  8. Extensional behavior of rod suspension in dilute polymer solution

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    Han, Hyejin; Kim, Chongyoup

    2015-08-01

    Extensional viscosity of rod particle suspensions in polymer solutions is studied experimentally. Rod particle suspensions were prepared by dispersing FeOOH rods in polyacrylamide (molecular weight of 5-6 M) solutions in a glycerin-water mixture. The diameter of rod particles was 100 nm and the aspect ratio was 4.3, 8.7 and 15.6. Particle volume fraction was 0.005-0.02. The extensional viscosity was measured by the capillary thinning method using the commercially available CaBER. Under the experimental condition both the polymer solution and particle suspensions are dilute. Particle-particle interaction is neglected in the solutions which are stretched by the extensional flow at the bulk. The result shows that extensional viscosity of the rod suspension in polymer solution decreases with the increase in particle volume fraction. The decrease is ascribed to the change in polymer conformation from the stretched state in the bulk flow to the less stretched state in shear flow developed near the particle to match the no-slip condition at the particle surface.

  9. Efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymer solutions

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    Villet, Michael C.; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2014-12-01

    We present several developments that facilitate the efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymers by complex Langevin sampling. A regularization scheme using finite Gaussian excluded volume interactions is used to derive a polymer solution model that appears free of ultraviolet divergences and hence is well-suited for lattice-discretized field theoretic simulation. We show that such models can exhibit ultraviolet sensitivity, a numerical pathology that dramatically increases sampling error in the continuum lattice limit, and further show that this pathology can be eliminated by appropriate model reformulation by variable transformation. We present an exponential time differencing algorithm for integrating complex Langevin equations for field theoretic simulation, and show that the algorithm exhibits excellent accuracy and stability properties for our regularized polymer model. These developments collectively enable substantially more efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymers, and illustrate the importance of simultaneously addressing analytical and numerical pathologies when implementing such computations.

  10. Efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymer solutions

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    Villet, Michael C.; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2014-12-14

    We present several developments that facilitate the efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymers by complex Langevin sampling. A regularization scheme using finite Gaussian excluded volume interactions is used to derive a polymer solution model that appears free of ultraviolet divergences and hence is well-suited for lattice-discretized field theoretic simulation. We show that such models can exhibit ultraviolet sensitivity, a numerical pathology that dramatically increases sampling error in the continuum lattice limit, and further show that this pathology can be eliminated by appropriate model reformulation by variable transformation. We present an exponential time differencing algorithm for integrating complex Langevin equations for field theoretic simulation, and show that the algorithm exhibits excellent accuracy and stability properties for our regularized polymer model. These developments collectively enable substantially more efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymers, and illustrate the importance of simultaneously addressing analytical and numerical pathologies when implementing such computations.

  11. High-efficiency solution processable polymer photovoltaic cells by self-organization of polymer blends

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    Li, Gang; Shrotriya, Vishal; Huang, Jinsong; Yao, Yan; Moriarty, Tom; Emery, Keith; Yang, Yang

    2005-11-01

    Converting solar energy into electricity provides a much-needed solution to the energy crisis the world is facing today. Polymer solar cells have shown potential to harness solar energy in a cost-effective way. Significant efforts are underway to improve their efficiency to the level of practical applications. Here, we report highly efficient polymer solar cells based on a bulk heterojunction of polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene) and methanofullerene. Controlling the active layer growth rate results in an increased hole mobility and balanced charge transport. Together with increased absorption in the active layer, this results in much-improved device performance, particularly in external quantum efficiency. The power-conversion efficiency of 4.4% achieved here is the highest published so far for polymer-based solar cells. The solution process involved ensures that the fabrication cost remains low and the processing is simple. The high efficiency achieved in this work brings these devices one step closer to commercialization.

  12. Amorphous metal composites

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    Byrne, Martin A.; Lupinski, John H.

    1984-01-01

    An improved amorphous metal composite and process of making the composite. The amorphous metal composite comprises amorphous metal (e.g. iron) and a low molecular weight thermosetting polymer binder. The process comprises placing an amorphous metal in particulate form and a thermosetting polymer binder powder into a container, mixing these materials, and applying heat and pressure to convert the mixture into an amorphous metal composite.

  13. Enhancement of flagellated bacterial motility in polymer solutions

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    Zhang, Wenyu; Sha, Sha; Pelcovits, Robert; Tang, Jay

    2015-11-01

    Measurements of the swimming speed of many species of flagellated bacteria in polymer solutions have shown that with the addition of high molecular weight polymers, the speed initially increases as a function of the kinematic viscosity. It peaks at around 1.5-2 cP with typically 10-30% higher values than in cell media without added polymers (~ 1 cP). Past the peak, the average speed gradually decreases as the solution becomes more viscous. Swimming motility persists until solution viscosity reaches 5-10 cP. Models have been proposed to account for this behavior, and the magnitude of the peak becomes a crucial test of theoretical predictions. The status of the field is complicated in light of a recent report (Martinez et al., PNAS, 2014), stressing that low-molecular weight impurities account for the peaked speed-viscosity curves in some cases. We measured the swimming speed of a uni-flagellated bacterium, caulobacter crescentus, in solutions of a number of polymers of several different sizes. Our findings confirm the peaked speed-viscosity curve, only as the molecular weight of the flexible polymers used surpassed ~ 50,000 da. The threshold molecular weight required to augment swimming speed varies somewhat with the polymer species, but it generally corresponds to radius of gyration over tens of nanometers. This general feature is consistent with the model of Powers et al. (Physics of Fluid, 2009), predicting that nonlinear viscoelasticity of the fluid enhances swimming motility. Work Supported by the NSF Fluid Physics Program (Award number CBET 1438033).

  14. Optical limiter with an organic solution sandwiched between a polymer slab and a polymer grating

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    Chen Ming; Li Chunfei; Zhang Yundong; Xu Mai; Ma Shaojie; Wang Weibiao; Xia Yuxue

    2005-08-10

    An optical limiter was designed and fabricated. The device consists of an organic solution sandwiched between a polymer slab and a transparent relief polymer grating with a triangular groove. At low power the device has a high transmittance because the refractive index of the solution is matched with those of the slab and the grating materials and because the grating does not diffract. However, high power makes the organic solution thermally vaporize and makes the indices of the solution, slab, and grating materials become mismatched, which causes the grating to appear. The incident light is strongly absorbed, scattered, and self-defocused by the organic solution, and the grating suppresses the zero-order diffraction. Thus the transmitted light energy becomes lower than the damage threshold of human eyes or optical sensors. The device is an effective protection for human eyes or optical sensors against broadband pulsed-laser damage.

  15. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of dilute polymer solutions in flow

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    Latinwo, Folarin; Hsiao, Kai-Wen; Schroeder, Charles M.

    2014-11-07

    Modern materials processing applications and technologies often occur far from equilibrium. To this end, the processing of complex materials such as polymer melts and nanocomposites generally occurs under strong deformations and flows, conditions under which equilibrium thermodynamics does not apply. As a result, the ability to determine the nonequilibrium thermodynamic properties of polymeric materials from measurable quantities such as heat and work is a major challenge in the field. Here, we use work relations to show that nonequilibrium thermodynamic quantities such as free energy and entropy can be determined for dilute polymer solutions in flow. In this way, we determine the thermodynamic properties of DNA molecules in strong flows using a combination of simulations, kinetic theory, and single molecule experiments. We show that it is possible to calculate polymer relaxation timescales purely from polymer stretching dynamics in flow. We further observe a thermodynamic equivalence between nonequilibrium and equilibrium steady-states for polymeric systems. In this way, our results provide an improved understanding of the energetics of flowing polymer solutions.

  16. Amorphous RE–Fe–B–Na colloidal nanoparticles: High temperature solution synthesis and magnetic properties

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    Jia, Li-Ping; Yan, Bing

    2015-04-15

    Graphical abstract: RE–Fe–B–Na (RE = Nd–Er) colloidal nanoparticles by high-temperature solution synthesis are ultra-small monodisperse and air-stable amorphous, whose size and magnetic dependence are studied. - Highlights: • RE–Fe–B–Na nanoparticles are obtained by high-temperature solution synthesis. • These colloidal nanoparticles are monodisperse and size controlled. • The magnetism dependence and possible magnetic coupling mechanism are studied. - Abstract: RE–Fe–B–Na (RE = Nd–Er) colloidal nanoparticles are prepared by high-temperature solution synthesis. These nanoparticles are ultra-small monodisperse, air-stable and amorphous, whose particle size and magnetic property are characterized by transmission electron microscope and superconducting quantum interference device. Taking Nd–Fe–B–Na nanoparticle as an example, it is found that the particle size can be controlled in less than 7 nm. Besides, the magnetic properties of RE–Fe–B–Na colloidal nanoparticles can be compared for different rare earth elements. Based on the bulk ferromagnetic coupling, other possible magnetic coupling mechanism is discussed.

  17. Magnetic particle dispersion in polymer solution

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    Jeon, Kwang Seoung

    Magnetic particle dispersions were prepared in order to observe the effect of particle surface properties, concentration and functional group of binder, milling time, and solvent on dispersion properties. Rheology and transverse susceptibility measurements were used to characterize the dispersion quality of the magnetic paints macroscopically and microscopically, respectively. In this study, by applying the acid-base concept, methods to optimize magnetic dispersions were established. Initially, interaction between acid-base sites on particles and binder was investigated by poisoning the sites with chemicals, then quantifying each type of adsorption (hydrogen and chemical adsorption) using thermogravimetric analysis. With this fundamental information, effects of typical dispersion parameters were investigated. The acid base interaction between binder solution and particles was related to the magnetic and rheological properties of magnetic inks. The results have significant implications for high density particulate media where dispersion will become increasingly important.

  18. Generation of inkjet droplet of suspension in polymer solution

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    Yoo, Hansol; Kim, Chongyoup

    2015-05-01

    In the present study the generation of inkjet drops of suspensions of spherical particles in polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) solution in 1-heptanol is investigated experimentally. The particle size was 2 µm and the particle volume fraction was in the range of 0-0.18. The molecular weight of PVP was 1,300 kg/mol and the concentration was 0-4,000 ppm. The diffusive wave spectroscopy measurement shows that the PVP solution has a weak elasticity. The extensional viscosity measurement reveals that both the polymer solution and the suspension show strain hardening behavior. The jetting experiments show that the drop velocity of the suspension is larger than that of the polymer solution without particles. The difference in drop velocity is ascribed to the combined effect of the extensional viscosity and shear viscosity. The drop size of the suspension is larger than the drop size of the polymer solution without particles at the same driving voltage even though the viscosity of the suspension is larger. This difference is ascribed to the change in the free surface shape near the nozzle exit due to the viscosity difference and the increased inertial term due to the density increase by the addition of particles. Because the surface tensions of the fluids tested here are the same, the effect of surface tension force cannot be examined even though the force analysis shows that the surface tension force is larger than the other forces such as extensional and convective forces.

  19. Temperature controlled nanoparticle stability in concentrated polymer solutions

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    Kim, So Youn; Zukoski, Charles F.

    2015-03-01

    Polyethylene glycol (PEG) in water is known to display a lower critical solution temperature (LCST) and a closed loop at high temperature. When silica nanoparticles are suspended in concentrated PEG solution, we observe temperature dependent phase separation even below the 60C which is much lower temperature than the LCST for the lowest PEG reported. Depending on the conditions, nanoparticles form clusters and show gelation and both can be reversible. Small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) is used to characterize microstructure of nanoparticle dispersion and diffusing wave spectroscopy (DWS) and other light scattering techniques are employed to understand particle correlations in dense systems. Polymer dynamics near particle substrate is discussed with NMR Free Induction decay experiment. These combined experimental studies help to understand the detailed mechanism of nanoparticle gelation in polymer solutions.

  20. Entanglement-Controlled Subdiffusion of Nanoparticles within Concentrated Polymer Solutions

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    Guo, Hongyu; Bourret, Gilles; Lennox, R. Bruce; Sutton, Mark; Harden, James L.; Leheny, Robert L.

    2012-10-23

    We describe x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy (XPCS) experiments tracking the motion of gold nanoparticles within solutions of high-molecular-weight polystyrene. Over displacements from nanometers to tens of nanometers, the particles undergo subdiffusive motion that is dictated by the temporal evolution of the entangled polymer mesh in the immediate vicinity of the particles. The results thus provide a novel microscopic dynamical characterization of this key structural property of polymers and more broadly demonstrate the capability of XPCS-based microrheology to interrogate heterogeneous mechanical environments in nanostructured soft materials.

  1. Dynamics of polymer solutions and polymer/vesicle mixtures during microchannel flow

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    Graham, Michael; Anekal, Samartha; Hernandez-Ortiz, Juan

    2008-11-01

    Addition of small amounts of long-chain polymers to blood has been found to have dramatic effects on its flow in the microcirculation. To address the mechanisms underlying these phenomena, we use a real-space P^3M method for Stokes flow including Brownian fluctuations to study the dynamics of polymer solutions and polymer/vesicle mixtures in microscale flows. Both a simple slit geometry and a grooved cavity flow are studied and polymer concentrations from ultradilute up to near the overlap concentration are considered. As concentration increases, the hydrodynamic migration effects observed in dilute solution unidirectional flows become less prominent, virtually vanishing as the overlap concentration is approached. In a grooved channel geometry, the groove is almost completely depleted of polymer chains at high Weissenberg number in the dilute limit, but at finite concentration this depletion effect is dramatically reduced. In suspensions of vesicles, the presence of polymer molecules has a substantial effect on the dynamics of pair collisions and on migration of the vesicles from microchannel walls.

  2. Spontaneous unilamellar polymer vesicles in aqueous solution.

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    Kim, Tae-Hwan; Song, Chaeyeon; Han, Young-Soo; Jang, Jong-Dae; Choi, Myung Chul

    2014-01-21

    A unilamellar polymeric vesicle is a self-assembled structure of a block copolymer that forms a spherical single bilayer structure with a hydrophobic interlayer and a hydrophilic surface. Due to their enhanced colloidal stability and mechanical property, controllable surface functionality, or tunable membrane thickness, polymeric vesicles are useful in nano and bio-science, providing potential applications as nanosized carriers for catalysts, drugs, and enzymes. For fabrication of a unilamellar vesicle, however, preparative procedures with a few steps are inherently required. Herein, without complicated preparative procedures, we report spontaneous unilamellar polymeric vesicles with nanometer sizes (<100 nm), which are prepared by simply mixing a triblock copolymer, Pluronic P85 (PEO26PPO40PEO26), and an organic derivative, 5-methyl salicylic acid (5mS), in aqueous solution. Depending on the 5mS concentration and the temperature, the P85-5mS mixtures presented various self-assembled nanostructures such as spherical and cylindrical micelles or vesicles, which were characterized by small angle neutron scattering and cryo-TEM, resulting in a phase diagram drawn as a function of temperature and the 5mS concentration. Interestingly the critical temperature for the micelle-to-vesicle phase transition was easily controlled by varying the 5mS concentration, i.e. it was decreased with increasing the 5mS concentration. PMID:24652418

  3. Alumina nanoparticle/polymer nanocomposite dielectric for flexible amorphous indium-gallium-zinc oxide thin film transistors on plastic substrate with superior stability

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    Lai, Hsin-Cheng; Pei, Zingway; Jian, Jyun-Ruri; Tzeng, Bo-Jie

    2014-07-21

    In this study, the Al{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles were incorporated into polymer as a nono-composite dielectric for used in a flexible amorphous Indium-Gallium-Zinc Oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistor (TFT) on a polyethylene naphthalate substrate by solution process. The process temperature was well below 100 °C. The a-IGZO TFT exhibit a mobility of 5.13 cm{sup 2}/V s on the flexible substrate. After bending at a radius of 4 mm (strain = 1.56%) for more than 100 times, the performance of this a-IGZO TFT was nearly unchanged. In addition, the electrical characteristics are less altered after positive gate bias stress at 10 V for 1500 s. Thus, this technology is suitable for use in flexible displays.

  4. CORROSION OF AMORPHOUS AND NANOCRYSTALLINE Fe-BASED ALLOYS IN NaCl AND H2SO4 SOLUTIONS

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    Li, Xiang; Lu, Wei; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao; Pan, Deng

    2013-07-01

    Corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was investigated and compared to its amorphous counterpart. Low-temperature crystallization occurred during the annealing of amorphous tapes was used to obtain a nanocrystalline structure. The influence of annealing condition on the structure and corrosion resistance of the alloy in NaCl and H2SO4 solutions was investigated. Based on the testing results, it was found that nanocrystalline tapes have higher corrosion resistance than amorphous counterpart and H2SO4 can promote the occurrence of corrosion compared with NaCl.

  5. Anomalous Fluctuations of Nematic Order in Solutions of Semiflexible Polymers

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    Egorov, Sergei A.; Milchev, Andrey; Binder, Kurt

    2016-05-01

    The nematic ordering in semiflexible polymers with contour length L exceeding their persistence length ℓp is described by a confinement of the polymers in a cylinder of radius reff much larger than the radius rρ expected from the respective concentration of the solution. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations combined with density functional theory are used to locate the isotropic-nematic (I -N ) transition and to validate this cylindrical confinement. Anomalous fluctuations due to chain deflections from neighboring chains in the nematic phase are proposed. Considering deflections as collective excitations in the nematically ordered phase of semiflexible polymers elucidates the origins of shortcomings in the description of the I -N transition by existing theories.

  6. Precipitation of Co(2+) carbonates from aqueous solution: insights on the amorphous to crystalline transformation.

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    González-López, Jorge; Fernández-González, Ángeles; Jiménez, Amalia

    2016-04-01

    Cobalt is toxic metal that is present only as a trace in the Earth crust. However, Co might concentrate on specific areas due to both natural and anthropogenic factors and thus, soils and groundwater can be contaminated. It is from this perspective that we are interested in the precipitation of cobalt carbonates, since co-precipitation with minerals phases is a well-known method for metal immobilization in the environment. In particular, the carbonates are widely used due to its reactivity and natural abundance. In order to evaluate the cobalt carbonate precipitation at room temperature, a simple experimental work was carried out in this work. The precipitation occurred via reaction of two common salts: 0.05M of CoCl2 and 0.05M of Na2CO3 in aqueous solution. After reaction, the precipitated solid was kept in the remaining water at 25 oC and under constant stirring for different aging times of 5 min, 1 and 5 hours, 1, 2, 4, 7, 30 and 60 days. In addition to the aging and precipitation experiments, we carried out experiments to determine the solubility of the solids. In these experiments each precipitate was dissolved in Milli-Q water until equilibrium was reached and then the aqueous solution was analyzed regarding Co2+ and total alkalinity. Furthermore, acid solution calorimetry of the products were attained. Finally, we modeled the results using the PHREEQC code. Solid and aqueous phase identification and characterization have been extensively reported in a previous work (González-López et al., 2015). The main results of our investigation were the initial precipitation of an amorphous cobalt carbonate that evolve towards a poorly crystalline cobalt hydroxide carbonate with aging treatment. Solubility of both phases have been calculated under two different approaches: precipitation and dissolution. Values of solubility from each approach were obtained with a general error due to differences in experiment conditions, for instance, ionic strength, temperature and

  7. Role of Polymer Segment-Particle Surface Interactions in Controlling Nanoparticle Dispersions in Concentrated Polymer Solutions

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    Kim, So Youn; Zukoski, Charles F.

    2014-09-24

    The microstructure of particles suspended in concentrated polymer solutions is examined with small-angle X-ray scattering and small-angle neutron scattering. Of interest are changes to long wavelength particle density fluctuations in ternary mixtures of silica nanoparticles suspended in concentrated solutions of poly(ethylene glycol). The results are understood in terms of application of the pseudo-two-component polymer reference interaction site model (PRISM) theory modified to account for solvent addition via effective contact strength of interfacial attraction, εpc, in an implicit manner. The combined experimental-theoretical study emphasizes the complex interactions between solvent, polymer, and particle surface that control particle miscibility but also demonstrate that these factors can all be understood in terms of variations of εpc.

  8. Vapor-liquid equilibria for solutions of dendritic polymers

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    Mio, C.; Kiritsov, S.; Thio, Y.; Brafman, R.; Prausnitz, J. |; Hawker, C.; Malmstroem, E.E.

    1998-07-01

    Vapor-liquid equilibrium data were obtained for dendritic polymer solutions using a classic isothermal gravimetric-sorption method; the amount of solvent absorbed by the dendrimer was measured at increasing solvent activity. The polymers were polyamidoamine (PAMAM) dendrimers of generations 1, 2, and 4 and benzyl ether dendrimers with different end groups (aromatic rings, dodecyl chains, methyl ester groups, perfluoroalkyl chains) of generations 2 to 6, and two series of benzyl ether linear polymers that are analogues of the dendrimers. Solvents were acetone, acetonitrile, chloroform, cyclohexane, methanol, n-pentane, n-propylamine, tetrahydrofuran, and toluene. The temperature range was 35 to 89 C. The amount of solvent absorbed by the dendrimers depends, sometimes strongly, on the kind of dendrimer end groups. The relation between solvent absorption and dendrimer generation number, or molecular weight, depends on the solvent-dendrimer system and on temperature. Solvent absorption in linear polymers is below that for corresponding dendrimers, all or in part owing to crystallinity in the linear polymers.

  9. Pinch-off of threads of nonhomogeneous Polymer solutions

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    Garg, Vishrut; Thete, Sumeet; Appathurai, Santosh; Bhat, Pradeep; Basaran, Osman

    2014-11-01

    Motivated by applications involving inkjet printing of complex fluids, we analyze the nonlinear dynamics of the deformation and breakup of polymeric liquid threads. Virtually all previous such studies have been restricted to situations in which the polymer concentration is uniform within the threads. Recently, Eggers (2014) has proposed that non-uniform polymer concentration can account for the blistering pattern that is sometimes seen during breakup of polymeric threads where at the incipience of pinch-off, the thread has the morphology of small drops that are separated by threads of highly concentrated polymer solution. Following Eggers's approach but one in which he restricted his study to a linear stability analysis, we analyze the full nonlinear dynamics by solving simultaneously Cauchy's momentum equation, the continuity equation, a convection-diffusion equation for the number density of polymers, and a constitutive equation for stress. The latter two equations account for the coupling between polymer concentration and the flow. As the thread profiles seen in experiments are typically quite slender, we expedite the analysis by solving these equations in the slender-jet limit by an approach based on the finite element method.

  10. Small Angle Neutron Scattering of Solutions of Arborescent Graft Polymers

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    Choi, Sangwook; Briber, R. M.; Bauer, B. J.; Topp, Andreas; Gauthier, Mario

    1998-03-01

    Arborescent graft polymers are branched macromolecules resulting from successive cycles of chloromethylation and anionic grafting reactions. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) was used to measure the size and shape of arborescent graft polymers in solution. Guinier plots were used to analyze the data at small q. The radius of gyration of arborescent graft polymers was found to be almost independent of temperature as the solution was cooled towards the phase separation temperature. The optical cloud point temperature was found to be 15 ^0C. At the phase separation temperature two peaks were observed in the I versus q SANS data. The first peak is due to the interference between molecules while the second peak comes from the single particle form factor. The value of q at the peak from the form factor was almost constant as temperature was changed from 40 ^0C to 20 ^0C. The peak position shifted to higher q at the phase separation temperature. This indicates that the size of molecules decreased as the molecules began to aggregate below the phase separation temperature. The value of A2 for arborescent graft polymers was found to be independent of temperature and close to zero.

  11. Structure, Dynamic and Photophysical Properties of a Fluorescent Dye Incorporated in an Amorphous Hydrophobic Polymer Bundle

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    De Mitri, N.; Monti, S.; Barone, V.

    2015-01-01

    The properties of a low molecular weight organic dye, namely 4-naphtoyloxy-1-methoxy-2,2,6,6-tetramethylpiperidine, covalently bound to an apolar polyolefin are investigated by means of a multi-level approach, combining classical molecular dynamics simulations, based on an purposely parameterized force fields, and quantum mechanical calculations, based on density functional theory (DFT) and its time-dependent extension (TD-DFT). The structure and dynamics of the dye in its embedding medium is analyzed and discussed in the light of the entangling effect of the surrounding polymer, also by comparing it to the results obtained for a different environment, i.e. toluene solution. The influence on photophysical properties of long lived cages, found in the polymeric embedding is eventually investigated in terms of slow and fast dye’s internal dynamics, by comparing computed IR and UV spectra with their experimental counterparts. PMID:24988373

  12. Instabilities in stagnation point flows of polymer solutions

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    Haward, S. J.; McKinley, G. H.

    2013-08-01

    A recently developed microfluidic device, the optimized shape cross-slot extensional rheometer or OSCER [S. J. Haward, M. S. N. Oliveira, M. A. Alves, and G. H. McKinley, "Optimized cross-slot flow geometry for microfluidic extensional rheometry," Phys. Rev. Lett. 109, 128301 (2012), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.128301], is used to investigate the stability of viscoelastic polymer solutions in an idealized planar stagnation point flow. Aqueous polymer solutions, consisting of poly(ethylene oxide) and of hyaluronic acid with various molecular weights and concentrations, are formulated in order to provide fluids with a wide range of rheological properties. Semi-dilute solutions of high molecular weight polymers provide highly viscoelastic fluids with long relaxation times, which achieve a high Weissenberg number (Wi) at flow rates for which the Reynolds number (Re) remains low; hence the elasticity number El = Wi/Re is high. Lower concentration solutions of moderate molecular weight polymers provide only weakly viscoelastic fluids in which inertia remains important and El is relatively low. Flow birefringence observations are used to visualize the nature of flow instabilities in the fluids as the volumetric flow rate through the OSCER device is steadily incremented. At low Wi and Re, all of the fluids display a steady, symmetric, and uniform "birefringent strand" of highly oriented polymer molecules aligned along the outflowing symmetry axis of the test geometry, indicating the stability of the flow field under such conditions. In fluids of El > 1, we observe steady elastic flow asymmetries beyond a critical Weissenberg number,Wicrit, that are similar in character to those already reported in standard cross-slot geometries [e.g., P. E. Arratia, C. C. Thomas, J. Diorio, and J. P. Gollub, "Elastic instabilities of polymer solutions in cross-channel flow," Phys. Rev. Lett. 96, 144502 (2006), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.96.144502]. However, in fluids with El < 1 we observe a sequence

  13. All-solution processed polymer light-emitting diode displays

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    Zheng, Hua; Zheng, Yina; Liu, Nanliu; Ai, Na; Wang, Qing; Wu, Sha; Zhou, Junhong; Hu, Diangang; Yu, Shufu; Han, Shaohu; Xu, Wei; Luo, Chan; Meng, Yanhong; Jiang, Zhixiong; Chen, Yawen; Li, Dongyun; Huang, Fei; Wang, Jian; Peng, Junbiao; Cao, Yong

    2013-06-01

    Adopting the emerging technology of printed electronics in manufacturing novel ultrathin flat panel displays attracts both academic and industrial interests because of the challenge in the device physics and the potential of reducing production costs. Here we produce all-solution processed polymer light-emitting diode displays by solution-depositing the cathode and utilizing a multifunctional buffer layer between the cathode and the organic layers. The use of ink-jetted conducting nanoparticles as the cathode yields high-resolution cathode patterns without any mechanical stress on the organic layers. The buffer layer, which offers the functions of solvent-proof electron injection and proper affinity, is fabricated by mixing the water/alcohol-soluble polymer and a curable epoxy adhesive. Our 1.5-inch polymer light-emitting diode displays are fabricated without any dead pixels or dead lines. The all-solution process eliminates the need for high vacuum for thermal evaporation of the cathode, which paves the way to industrial roll-to-roll manufacturing of flat panel displays.

  14. All-solution processed polymer light-emitting diode displays.

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    Zheng, Hua; Zheng, Yina; Liu, Nanliu; Ai, Na; Wang, Qing; Wu, Sha; Zhou, Junhong; Hu, Diangang; Yu, Shufu; Han, Shaohu; Xu, Wei; Luo, Chan; Meng, Yanhong; Jiang, Zhixiong; Chen, Yawen; Li, Dongyun; Huang, Fei; Wang, Jian; Peng, Junbiao; Cao, Yong

    2013-01-01

    Adopting the emerging technology of printed electronics in manufacturing novel ultrathin flat panel displays attracts both academic and industrial interests because of the challenge in the device physics and the potential of reducing production costs. Here we produce all-solution processed polymer light-emitting diode displays by solution-depositing the cathode and utilizing a multifunctional buffer layer between the cathode and the organic layers. The use of ink-jetted conducting nanoparticles as the cathode yields high-resolution cathode patterns without any mechanical stress on the organic layers. The buffer layer, which offers the functions of solvent-proof electron injection and proper affinity, is fabricated by mixing the water/alcohol-soluble polymer and a curable epoxy adhesive. Our 1.5-inch polymer light-emitting diode displays are fabricated without any dead pixels or dead lines. The all-solution process eliminates the need for high vacuum for thermal evaporation of the cathode, which paves the way to industrial roll-to-roll manufacturing of flat panel displays. PMID:23736123

  15. Heterogeneous polymer modification: Polyolefin maleation in supercritical carbon dioxide and amorphous fluoropolymer surface modification

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    Hayes, Heather J.

    1999-11-01

    Three distinct heterogeneous polymer modification reactions are explored in this work. The first is a bulk reaction commonly conducted on polyolefins---the free radical addition of maleic anhydride. This reaction was run using supercritical carbon dioxide (SC CO2) as the solvent. The second was the chemical surface modification of an amorphous fluorocopolymer of tetrafluoroethylene and a perfluorodioxole monomer (Teflon AF). Several reactions were explored to reduce the surface of the fluorocopolymer for the enhancement of wettability. The last modification was also on Teflon AF and involved the physical modification of the surface through the transport polymerization of xylylene in order to synthesize a novel bilayer membrane. The bulk maleation of poly-4-methyl-1-pentene (PMP) was the focus of the first project. SC CO2 was utilized as both solvent and swelling agent to promote this heterogeneous reaction and led to successful grafting of anhydride groups on both PMP and linear low density polyethylene. Varying the reaction conditions and reagent concentrations allowed optimization of the reaction. The grafted anhydride units were found to exist as single maleic and succinic grafts, and the PMP became crosslinked upon maleation. The surface of a fluoropolymer can be difficult to alter. An examination of three reactions was made to determine the reactivity of Teflon AF: sodium naphthalenide treatment (Na-Nap), aluminum metal modification through deposition and dissolution, and mercury/ammonia photosensitization. The fluorocopolymer with the lower perfluorodioxole percentage was found to be more reactive towards modification with the Na-Nap treatment. The other modification reactions appeared to be nearly equally reactive toward both fluorocopolymers. The functionality of the Na-Nap-treated surface was examined in detail with the use of several derivatization reactions. In the final project, an asymmetric gas separation membrane was synthesized using Teflon AF as

  16. A Comprehensive study of the Effects of Chain Morphology on the Transport Properties of Amorphous Polymer Films

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    Mendels, Dan; Tessler, Nir

    2016-07-01

    Organic semiconductors constitute one of the main components underlying present-day paradigm shifting optoelectronic applications. Among them, polymer based semiconductors are deemed particularly favorable due to their natural compatibility with low-cost device fabrication techniques. In light of recent advances in the syntheses of these classes of materials, yielding systems exhibiting charge mobilities comparable with those found in organic crystals, a comprehensive study of their charge transport properties is presented. Among a plethora of effects arising from these systems morphological and non morphological attributes, it is shown that a favorable presence of several of these attributes, including that of rapid on-chain carrier propagation and the presence of elongated conjugation segments, can lead to an enhancement of the system’s mobility by more than 5 orders of magnitude with respect to ‘standard’ amorphous organic semiconductors. New insight for the formulation of new engineering strategies for next generation polymer based semiconductors is thus gathered.

  17. A Comprehensive study of the Effects of Chain Morphology on the Transport Properties of Amorphous Polymer Films.

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    Mendels, Dan; Tessler, Nir

    2016-01-01

    Organic semiconductors constitute one of the main components underlying present-day paradigm shifting optoelectronic applications. Among them, polymer based semiconductors are deemed particularly favorable due to their natural compatibility with low-cost device fabrication techniques. In light of recent advances in the syntheses of these classes of materials, yielding systems exhibiting charge mobilities comparable with those found in organic crystals, a comprehensive study of their charge transport properties is presented. Among a plethora of effects arising from these systems morphological and non morphological attributes, it is shown that a favorable presence of several of these attributes, including that of rapid on-chain carrier propagation and the presence of elongated conjugation segments, can lead to an enhancement of the system's mobility by more than 5 orders of magnitude with respect to 'standard' amorphous organic semiconductors. New insight for the formulation of new engineering strategies for next generation polymer based semiconductors is thus gathered. PMID:27405103

  18. Optical coatings of variable refractive index and high laser-resistance from physical-vapor-deposited perfluorinated amorphous polymer

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    Chow, R.; Loomis, G.E.; Thomas, I.M.

    1999-03-16

    Variable index optical single-layers, optical multilayer, and laser-resistant coatings were made from a perfluorinated amorphous polymer material by physical vapor deposition. This was accomplished by physically vapor depositing a polymer material, such as bulk Teflon AF2400, for example, to form thin layers that have a very low refractive index (ca. 1.10--1.31) and are highly transparent from the ultra-violet through the near infrared regime, and maintain the low refractive index of the bulk material. The refractive index can be varied by simply varying one process parameter, either the deposition rate or the substrate temperature. The thus forming coatings may be utilized in anti-reflectors and graded anti-reflection coatings, as well as in optical layers for laser-resistant coatings at optical wavelengths of less than about 2000 nm. 2 figs.

  19. Optical coatings of variable refractive index and high laser-resistance from physical-vapor-deposited perfluorinated amorphous polymer

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    Chow, Robert; Loomis, Gary E.; Thomas, Ian M.

    1999-01-01

    Variable index optical single-layers, optical multilayer, and laser-resistant coatings were made from a perfluorinated amorphous polymer material by physical vapor deposition. This was accomplished by physically vapor depositing a polymer material, such as bulk Teflon AF2400, for example, to form thin layers that have a very low refractive index (.about.1.10-1.31) and are highly transparent from the ultra-violet through the near infrared regime, and maintain the low refractive index of the bulk material. The refractive index can be varied by simply varying one process parameter, either the deposition rate or the substrate temperature. The thus forming coatings may be utilized in anti-reflectors and graded anti-reflection coatings, as well as in optical layers for laser-resistant coatings at optical wavelengths of less than about 2000 nm.

  20. A Comprehensive study of the Effects of Chain Morphology on the Transport Properties of Amorphous Polymer Films

    PubMed Central

    Mendels, Dan; Tessler, Nir

    2016-01-01

    Organic semiconductors constitute one of the main components underlying present-day paradigm shifting optoelectronic applications. Among them, polymer based semiconductors are deemed particularly favorable due to their natural compatibility with low-cost device fabrication techniques. In light of recent advances in the syntheses of these classes of materials, yielding systems exhibiting charge mobilities comparable with those found in organic crystals, a comprehensive study of their charge transport properties is presented. Among a plethora of effects arising from these systems morphological and non morphological attributes, it is shown that a favorable presence of several of these attributes, including that of rapid on-chain carrier propagation and the presence of elongated conjugation segments, can lead to an enhancement of the system’s mobility by more than 5 orders of magnitude with respect to ‘standard’ amorphous organic semiconductors. New insight for the formulation of new engineering strategies for next generation polymer based semiconductors is thus gathered. PMID:27405103

  1. Nanoscale Infrared, Thermal, and Mechanical Characterization of Telaprevir-Polymer Miscibility in Amorphous Solid Dispersions Prepared by Solvent Evaporation.

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    Li, Na; Taylor, Lynne S

    2016-03-01

    Miscibility is of great interest for pharmaceutical systems, in particular, for amorphous solid dispersions, as phase separation can lead to a higher tendency to crystallize, resulting in a loss in solubility, decreased dissolution rate, and compromised bioavailability. The purpose of this study was to investigate the miscibility behavior of a model poorly water-soluble drug, telaprevir (TPV), with three different polymers using atomic force microscopy-based infrared, thermal, and mechanical analysis. Standard atomic force microscopy (AFM) imaging together with nanoscale infrared spectroscopy (AFM-IR), nanoscale thermal analysis (nanoTA), and Lorentz contact resonance (LCR) measurements were used to evaluate the miscibility behavior of TPV with three polymers, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), HPMC acetate succinate (HPMCAS), and poly(vinylpyrrolidone-co-vinyl acetate) (PVPVA), at different drug to polymer ratios. Phase separation was observed with HPMC and PVPVA at drug loadings above 10%. For HPMCAS, a smaller miscibility gap was observed, with phase separation being observed at drug loadings higher than ∼30-40%. The domain size of phase-separated regions varied from below 50 nm to a few hundred nanometers. Localized infrared spectra, nano-TA measurements, images from AFM-based IR, and LCR measurements showed clear contrast between the continuous and discrete domains for these phase-separated systems, whereby the discrete domains were drug-rich. Fluorescence microscopy provided additional evidence for phase separation. These methods appear to be promising to evaluate miscibility in drug-polymer systems with similar Tgs and submicron domain sizes. Furthermore, such findings are of obvious importance in the context of contributing to a mechanistic understanding of amorphous solid dispersion phase behavior. PMID:26859046

  2. Effect of hydrophilic additives on the dissolution and pharmacokinetic properties of itraconazole-enteric polymer hot-melt extruded amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Lang, Bo; Liu, Sha; McGinity, James W; Williams, Robert O

    2016-01-01

    Hot-melt extrusion technology has been widely reported for producing amorphous solid dispersions of poorly water-soluble compounds. A number of studies revealed that enteric polymers containing ionizable groups are able to improve the physical stability and maintain drug supersaturation, thereby enhancing oral bioavailability. However, our previous studies found that itraconazole (ITZ)-enteric polymer amorphous solid dispersions are hydrophobic and poorly wettable. Moreover, drug release in an acidic environment (i.e. stomach) is very limited, indicating a narrow absorption window. In the present study, we investigated the effect of hydrophilic additives on the in vitro and in vivo performance of ITZ-enteric polymer amorphous solid dispersions. Incorporating Vitamin E TPGS into ITZ-HPMCAS amorphous solid dispersions significantly improved drug release in the acidic media. Surprisingly, a low concentration of Vitamin E TPGS also enhanced the degree of drug supersaturation in neutral pH media, which is unique as compared with other tested hydrophilic additives. This effect is not due to the solubilization of the surfactant. We further formulated the amorphous solid dispersions into tablet dosage forms and evaluated their performance in a bio-relevant dissolution media. Our optimized formulations exhibited drastically enhanced dissolution profiles as compared with the commercial ITZ product and ITZ amorphous solid dispersion without hydrophilic additive. In vivo study showed that Vitamin E TPGS induced rapid drug absorption after oral administration. Moreover, the elimination half-life of ITZ was prolonged due to the enzyme inhibition effect of Vitamin E TPGS. PMID:26355819

  3. Biopolymer solution viscosity stabilization-polymer degradation and antioxidant use

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    Wellington, S.L.

    1983-12-01

    Dilute solutions of polymers used to provide mobility control for EOR often lose viscosity, especially at higher temperatures. This loss of viscosity with time brings into question the feasibility of using polymers as mobility control agents. A literature study of the many possible reaction mechanisms indicated that oxidation/reduction (redox) reactions involving free radicals probably caused polymer degradation and concomitant viscosity loss. A preliminary search for antioxidants known to retard free-radical reactions located several types and positive synergistic formulations that significantly retarded biopolymer solution viscosity loss during accelerated tests at high temperature. The most effective type formulation found contained (1) a radical transfer agent; (2) a sacrificial, easily oxidizable alcohol; (3) a compatible oxygen scavenger; and (4) sufficient brine concentration. Samples prepared with this technology have not lost viscosity after 1-year storage at 207/sup 0/F (97/sup 0/C). A high-surface-area effect (so-called ''wall effect''), known to retard radical propagation, was also found to operate in the presence of sandpacks; this should be beneficial in porous media. The variables and beneficial antioxidant formulations identified in this study allow tentative conclusions and recommendations regarding biopolymer mixing and handling procedures prior to injection.

  4. Infrared optical constants of H2O ice, amorphous nitric acid solutions, and nitric acid hydrates

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    Toon, Owen B.; Koehler, Birgit G.; Middlebrook, Ann M.; Tolbert, Margaret A.; Jordon, Joseph

    1994-01-01

    We determined the infrared optical constants of nitric acid trihydrate, nitric acid dihydrate, nitric acid monohydrate, and solid amorphous nitric acid solutions which crystallize to form these hydrates. We have also found the infrared optical constants of H2O ice. We measured the transmission of infrared light throught thin films of varying thickness over the frequency range from about 7000 to 500/cm at temperatures below 200 K. We developed a theory for the transmission of light through a substrate that has thin films on both sides. We used an iterative Kramers-Kronig technique to determine the optical constants which gave the best match between measured transmission spectra and those calculated for a variety of films of different thickness. These optical constants should be useful for calculations of the infrared spectrum of polar stratospheric clouds.

  5. Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization

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    Schulz, Bernhard; Chudoba, Richard; Heyda, Jan; Dzubiella, Joachim

    2015-12-01

    We study statistical copolymerization effects on the upper critical solution temperature (CST) of generic homopolymers by means of coarse-grained Langevin dynamics computer simulations and mean-field theory. Our systematic investigation reveals that the CST can change monotonically or non-monotonically with copolymerization, as observed in experimental studies, depending on the degree of non-additivity of the monomer (A-B) cross-interactions. The simulation findings are confirmed and qualitatively explained by a combination of a two-component Flory-de Gennes model for polymer collapse and a simple thermodynamic expansion approach. Our findings provide some rationale behind the effects of copolymerization and may be helpful for tuning CST behavior of polymers in soft material design.

  6. Demixing kinetics of phase separated polymer solutions in microgravity

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    Brooks, D. E.; Bamberger, S. B.; Harris, J. M.; Vanalstine, J.; Snyder, R. S.

    1988-01-01

    Phase separated solutions of two neutral polymers in buffer provide a useful and versatile medium for the partition separation of biological cells. However, the efficiency of such separations is orders of magnitude lower than the thermodynamic limit. To test the hypothesis that this inefficiency is at least partially due to the convection and sedimentation that occur during the gravity driven demixing that follows introduction of cells to the systems, a series of experiments were begun aimed at performing cell partition in a low g environment. Demixing of isopycnic three polymer solvent systems was studied, experiments were performed on KC-135 aircraft and one shuttle middeck experiment was completed. Analysis of the results of these experiments and comparisons with the predictions of scaling relations for the dependence of phase domain size on time, derived for a number of possible demixing mechanisms, are presented.

  7. Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization

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    Schulz, Bernhard; Chudoba, Richard; Dzubiella, Joachim; Heyda, Jan

    2015-12-28

    We study statistical copolymerization effects on the upper critical solution temperature (CST) of generic homopolymers by means of coarse-grained Langevin dynamics computer simulations and mean-field theory. Our systematic investigation reveals that the CST can change monotonically or non-monotonically with copolymerization, as observed in experimental studies, depending on the degree of non-additivity of the monomer (A-B) cross-interactions. The simulation findings are confirmed and qualitatively explained by a combination of a two-component Flory-de Gennes model for polymer collapse and a simple thermodynamic expansion approach. Our findings provide some rationale behind the effects of copolymerization and may be helpful for tuning CST behavior of polymers in soft material design.

  8. Limitations of amorphous content quantification by isothermal calorimetry using saturated salt solutions to control relative humidity: alternative methods.

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    Khalef, Nawel; Pinal, Rodolfo; Bakri, Aziz

    2010-04-01

    Despite the high sensitivity of isothermal calorimetry (IC), reported measurements of amorphous content by this technique show significant variability even for the same compound. An investigation into the reasons behind such variability is presented using amorphous lactose and salbutamol sulfate as model compounds. An analysis was carried out on the heat evolved as a result of the exchange of water vapor between the solid sample during crystallization and the saline solution reservoir. The use of saturated salt solutions as means of control of the vapor pressure of water within sealed ampoules bears inherent limitations that lead in turn to the variability associated with the IC technique. We present an alternative IC method, based on an open cell configuration that effectively addresses the limitations encountered with the sealed ampoule system. The proposed approach yields an integral whose value is proportional to the amorphous content in the sample, thus enabling reliable and consistent quantifications. PMID:19774655

  9. Printable Top-Gate-Type Polymer Light-Emitting Transistors with Surfaces of Amorphous Fluoropolymer Insulators Modified by Vacuum Ultraviolet Light Treatment

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    Kajii, Hirotake; Terashima, Daiki; Kusumoto, Yusuke; Ikezoe, Ikuya; Ohmori, Yutaka

    2013-04-01

    We investigated the fabrication and electrical and optical properties of top-gate-type polymer light-emitting transistors with the surfaces of amorphous fluoropolymer insulators, CYTOP (Asahi Glass) modified by vacuum ultraviolet light (VUV) treatment. The surface energy of CYTOP, which has a good solution barrier property was increased by VUV irradiation, and the gate electrode was fabricated by solution processing on the CYTOP film using the Ag nano-ink. The influence of VUV irradiation on the optical properties of poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) films with various gate insulators was investigated to clarify the passivation effect of gate insulators. It was found that the poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) film prevented the degradation of the F8BT layer under VUV irradiation because the PMMA film can absorb VUV. The solution-processed F8BT device with multilayer PMMA/CYTOP insulators utilizing a gate electrode fabricated using the Ag nano-ink exhibited both the ambipolar characteristics and yellow-green emission.

  10. Experimental Results on Electrorheology of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Solutions

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    Neves, S.; Leal, C. R.; Cidade, M. T.

    2008-07-01

    The electrorheological (ER) effect is known as the enhancement of the apparent viscosity upon application of an external electric field. Suspensions of polarizable particles in non-conducting solvents are the most studied electrorheological fluids, however, liquid crystalline materials may also present ER effect as long as their dielectric anisotropy is positive. In the liquid crystalline state of a positive dielectric anisotropy, the application of the electric field makes the director align perpendicular to the flow direction, thus increasing the apparent viscosity. In this work results of two liquid crystalline polymer solutions, acetoxypropylcellulose (APC) in dimethylacetamide (DMAc) and poly-γ-benzyl-L-glutamate (PBLG) in 1,4-dioxane, presenting opposite behavior upon application of the electric field, will be presented. APC/DMAc (negative dielectric anisotropy) presents a decrease of the apparent viscosity upon application of the electric field, as expected, while PBLG/1,4-dioxane (positive dielectric anisotropy) presents the opposite behavior. For this last solution we will present the shear flow curves for different electric fields in function of polymer molecular weight and solution concentration.

  11. Mesoscale modeling of shear-thinning polymer solutions.

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    Santos de Oliveira, I S; Fitzgerald, B W; den Otter, W K; Briels, W J

    2014-03-14

    We simulate the linear and nonlinear rheology of two different viscoelastic polymer solutions, a polyisobutylene solution in pristane and an aqueous solution of hydroxypropylcellulose, using a highly coarse-grained approach known as Responsive Particle Dynamics (RaPiD) model. In RaPiD, each polymer has originally been depicted as a spherical particle with the effects of the eliminated degrees of freedom accounted for by an appropriate free energy and transient pairwise forces. Motivated by the inability of this spherical particle representation to entirely capture the nonlinear rheology of both fluids, we extended the RaPiD model by introducing a deformable particle capable of elongation. A Finite-Extensible Non-Linear Elastic potential provides a free energy penalty for particle elongation. Upon disentangling, this deformability allows more time for particles to re-entangle with neighbouring particles. We show this process to be integral towards recovering the experimental nonlinear rheology, obtaining excellent agreement. We show that the nonlinear rheology is crucially dependent upon the maximum elongation and less so on the elasticity of the particles. In addition, the description of the linear rheology has been retained in the process. PMID:24628201

  12. Mesoscale modeling of shear-thinning polymer solutions

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    Santos de Oliveira, I. S.; Fitzgerald, B. W.; den Otter, W. K.; Briels, W. J.

    2014-03-01

    We simulate the linear and nonlinear rheology of two different viscoelastic polymer solutions, a polyisobutylene solution in pristane and an aqueous solution of hydroxypropylcellulose, using a highly coarse-grained approach known as Responsive Particle Dynamics (RaPiD) model. In RaPiD, each polymer has originally been depicted as a spherical particle with the effects of the eliminated degrees of freedom accounted for by an appropriate free energy and transient pairwise forces. Motivated by the inability of this spherical particle representation to entirely capture the nonlinear rheology of both fluids, we extended the RaPiD model by introducing a deformable particle capable of elongation. A Finite-Extensible Non-Linear Elastic potential provides a free energy penalty for particle elongation. Upon disentangling, this deformability allows more time for particles to re-entangle with neighbouring particles. We show this process to be integral towards recovering the experimental nonlinear rheology, obtaining excellent agreement. We show that the nonlinear rheology is crucially dependent upon the maximum elongation and less so on the elasticity of the particles. In addition, the description of the linear rheology has been retained in the process.

  13. Unusual wetting dynamics of aqueous surfactant solutions on polymer surfaces.

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    Dutschk, Victoria; Sabbatovskiy, Konstantin G; Stolz, Martin; Grundke, Karina; Rudoy, Victor M

    2003-11-15

    Static and dynamic contact angles of aqueous solutions of three surfactants--anionic sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), cationic dodecyltrimethylammonium bromide (DTAB), and nonionic pentaethylene glycol monododecyl ether (C(12)E(5))--were measured in the pre- and micellar concentration ranges on polymer surfaces of different surface free energy. The influence of the degree of substrate hydrophobicity, concentration of the solution, and ionic/nonionic character of surfactant on the drop spreading was investigated. Evaporation losses due to relatively low humidity during measurements were taken into account as well. It was shown that, in contrast to the highly hydrophobic surfaces, contact angles for ionic surfactant solutions on the moderately hydrophobic surfaces strongly depend on time. As far as the nonionic surfactant is considered, it spreads well over all the hydrophobic polymer surfaces used. Moreover, the results obtained indicate that spreading (if it occurs) in the long-time regime is controlled not only by the diffusive transport of surfactant to the expanding liquid-vapor interface. Obviously, another process involving adsorption at the expanding solid-liquid interface (near the three-phase contact line), which goes more slowly than diffusion, has to be active. PMID:14583223

  14. Polymer Dynamics Effects on Solute Transport in Hairy Nanoparticle Membranes

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    Buenning, Eileen; Bilchak, Connor; Durning, Christopher; Benicewicz, Brian; Sokolov, Alexei; Kumar, Sanat

    Molecular transport measurements in matrix-free grafted nanoparticle (MFGNP) films have shown remarkable enhancement of permeability and ideal selectivity of small condensable molecules and simple gases over the neat polymer melts and conventional, dispersed nanoparticle composites. Films comprised of covalently-attached poly(methyl acrylate) PMA chains to the surface of 14nm silica particles self-assemble into ordered arrays, and we postulate this structure plays an important role in regulating solute transport. This self-assembly creates interstitial spaces between the nanoparticle cores, which the polymer chains can only fill by stretching. Here we use small-angle neutron scattering (SANS), broadband dielectric spectroscopy (BDS), rheology and temperature-modulated differential scanning calorimetry (TMDSC) to probe polymer chain and segmental dynamics and investigate this hypothesis of chain stretching in MFGNP materials. We found that grafting slows both chain and segmental relaxation, and increases fragility, indicating that the chains are more ``frustrated'' in the grafted systems. We propose that the effects of the chain/surface interactions on chain dynamics leads to an increase in available free volume and thus enhances transport properties in MFGNP systems. Special thanks to the NSF GRFP and the DOE SCGSR programs.

  15. Polymer Encapsulation of an Amorphous Pharmaceutical by initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition for Enhanced Stability

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    2016-01-01

    The usage of amorphous solids in practical applications, such as in medication, is commonly limited by the poor long-term stability of this state, because unwanted crystalline transitions occur. In this study, three different polymeric coatings are investigated for their ability to stabilize amorphous films of the model drug clotrimazole and to protect against thermally induced transitions. For this, drop cast films of clotrimazole are encapsulated by initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD), using perfluorodecyl acrylate (PFDA), hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and methacrylic acid (MAA). The iCVD technique operates under solvent-free conditions at low temperatures, thus leaving the solid state of the encapsulated layer unaffected. Optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction data reveal that at ambient conditions of about 22 °C, any of these iCVD layers extends the lifetime of the amorphous state significantly. At higher temperatures (50 or 70 °C), the p-PFDA coating is unable to provide protection, while the p-HEMA and p-MAA strongly reduce the crystallization rate. Furthermore, p-HEMA and p-MAA selectively facilitate a preferential alignment of clotrimazole and, interestingly, even suppress crystallization upon a temporary, rapid temperature increase (3 °C/min, up to 150 °C). The results of this study demonstrate how a polymeric coating, synthesized directly on top of an amorphous phase, can act as a stabilizing agent against crystalline transitions, which makes this approach interesting for a variety of applications. PMID:27467099

  16. Structural evolutions in polymer-derived carbon-rich amorphous silicon carbide.

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    Wang, Kewei; Ma, Baisheng; Li, Xuqin; Wang, Yiguang; An, Linan

    2015-01-29

    The detailed structural evolutions in polycarbosilane-derived carbon-rich amorphous SiC were investigated semiquantitatively by combining experimental and analytical methods. It is revealed that the material is comprised of a Si-containing matrix phase and a free-carbon phase. The matrix phase is amorphous, comprised of SiC4 tetrahedra, SiCxOx-4 tetrahedra, and Si-C-C-Si/Si-C-H defects. With increasing pyrolysis temperature, the amorphous matrix becomes more ordered, accompanied by a transition from SiC2O2 to SiCO3. The transition was completed at 1250 °C, where the matrix phase started to crystallize by forming a small amount of β-SiC. The free-carbon phase was comprised of carbon nanoclusters and C-dangling bonds. Increasing pyrolysis temperature led to the transition of the free carbon from amorphous carbon to nanocrystalline graphite. The size of the carbon clusters decreased first and then increased, while the C-dangling bond content decreased continuously. The growth of carbon clusters was attributed to Ostwald ripening and described using a two-dimensional grain growth model. The calculated activation energy suggested that the decrease in C-dangling bonds is directly related to the lateral growth of the carbon clusters. PMID:25490064

  17. Polymer Encapsulation of an Amorphous Pharmaceutical by initiated Chemical Vapor Deposition for Enhanced Stability.

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    Christian, Paul; Ehmann, Heike M A; Coclite, Anna Maria; Werzer, Oliver

    2016-08-24

    The usage of amorphous solids in practical applications, such as in medication, is commonly limited by the poor long-term stability of this state, because unwanted crystalline transitions occur. In this study, three different polymeric coatings are investigated for their ability to stabilize amorphous films of the model drug clotrimazole and to protect against thermally induced transitions. For this, drop cast films of clotrimazole are encapsulated by initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD), using perfluorodecyl acrylate (PFDA), hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and methacrylic acid (MAA). The iCVD technique operates under solvent-free conditions at low temperatures, thus leaving the solid state of the encapsulated layer unaffected. Optical microscopy and X-ray diffraction data reveal that at ambient conditions of about 22 °C, any of these iCVD layers extends the lifetime of the amorphous state significantly. At higher temperatures (50 or 70 °C), the p-PFDA coating is unable to provide protection, while the p-HEMA and p-MAA strongly reduce the crystallization rate. Furthermore, p-HEMA and p-MAA selectively facilitate a preferential alignment of clotrimazole and, interestingly, even suppress crystallization upon a temporary, rapid temperature increase (3 °C/min, up to 150 °C). The results of this study demonstrate how a polymeric coating, synthesized directly on top of an amorphous phase, can act as a stabilizing agent against crystalline transitions, which makes this approach interesting for a variety of applications. PMID:27467099

  18. Mathematical models of polymer solutions motion and their symmetries

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    Bozhkov, Yu. D.; Pukhnachev, V. V.; Pukhnacheva, T. P.

    2015-10-01

    We consider three mathematical models describing motion of aqueous polymer solutions. All of them are derived from equations of Maxwell type viscoelastic medium at small relaxation time. Distinction consists in the choice of time derivative in the rheological constitutive law. Namely, we can choose (a) connective, (b) partial or (c) objective derivative of the strain tensor in time. We found widest symmetry groups admitted by each of these models. Systems (a) and (c) admit the extended Galilei group containing four arbitrary functions of time while the group admitted by system (b) is rather poor. Wide classes of exact solutions are obtained and their behaviors are analyzed if the relaxation viscosity tends to zero. Asymptotic expansion in this solution's parameter describing the flow near a critical point in planar and axially symmetric cases is derived. Analogs of the classical Hagen-Poiseuille and Nusselt solutions are studied too. We found difference in the pressure distribution between solutions calculated on the base of model (c) and two other models.

  19. Atomistic modeling of amorphous silicon carbide: an approximate first-principles study in constrained solution space.

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    Atta-Fynn, Raymond; Biswas, Parthapratim

    2009-07-01

    Localized basis ab initio molecular dynamics simulation within the density functional framework has been used to generate realistic configurations of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC). Our approach consists of constructing a set of smart initial configurations that conform to essential geometrical and structural aspects of the materials obtained from experimental data, which is subsequently driven via a first-principles force field to obtain the best solution in a reduced solution space. A combination of a priori information (primarily structural and topological) along with the ab initio optimization of the total energy makes it possible to model a large system size (1000 atoms) without compromising the quantum mechanical accuracy of the force field to describe the complex bonding chemistry of Si and C. The structural, electronic and vibrational properties of the models have been studied and compared to existing theoretical models and available data from experiments. We demonstrate that the approach is capable of producing large, realistic configurations of a-SiC from first-principles simulation that display its excellent structural and electronic properties. Our study reveals the presence of predominant short range order in the material originating from heteronuclear Si-C bonds with a coordination defect concentration as small as 5% and a chemical disorder parameter of about 8%. PMID:21828477

  20. A thermodynamic study of shear banding in polymer solutions

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    Hooshyar, Soroush; Germann, Natalie

    2016-06-01

    Although shear banding is a ubiquitous phenomenon observed in soft materials, the mechanisms that give rise to shear-band formation are not always the same. In this work, we develop a new two-fluid model for semi-dilute entangled polymer solutions using the generalized bracket approach of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. The model is based on the hypothesis that the direct coupling between polymer stress and concentration is the driving mechanism of steady shear-band formation. To obtain smooth banded profiles in the two-fluid framework, a new stress-diffusive term is added to the time evolution equation for the conformation tensor. The advantage of the new model is that the differential velocity is treated as a state variable. This allows a straightforward implementation of the additional boundary conditions arising from the derivative diffusive terms with respect to this new state variable. To capture the overshoot of the shear stress during the start of a simple shear flow, we utilize a nonlinear Giesekus relaxation. Moreover, we include an additional relaxation term that resembles the term used in the Rouse linear entangled polymer model to account for convective constraint release and chain stretch to generate the upturn of the flow curve at large shear rates. Numerical calculations performed for cylindrical Couette flow confirm the independency of the solution from the deformation history and initial conditions. Furthermore, we find that stress-induced migration is the responsible diffusive term for steady-state shear banding. Because of its simplicity, the new model is an ideal candidate for the use in the simulation of more complex flows.

  1. Influence of polymer molecular weight on in vitro dissolution behavior and in vivo performance of celecoxib:PVP amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Nguyen, Julia Hoang; Becker, Christian; Francke, Nadine Monika; Jørgensen, Erling B; Holm, Per; Holm, René; Mu, Huiling; Rades, Thomas; Langguth, Peter

    2016-04-01

    In this study, the influence of the molecular weight of polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) on the non-sink in vitro dissolution and in vivo performance of celecoxib (CCX):PVP amorphous solid dispersions were investigated. The dissolution rate of CCX from the amorphous solid dispersions increased with decreasing PVP molecular weight and crystallization inhibition was increased with increasing molecular weight of PVP, but reached a maximum for PVP K30. This suggested that the crystallization inhibition was not proportional with molecular weight of the polymer, but rather there was an optimal molecular weight where the crystallization inhibition was strongest. Consistent with the findings from the non-sink in vitro dissolution tests, the amorphous solid dispersions with the highest molecular weight PVPs (K30 and K60) resulted in significantly higher in vivo bioavailability (AUC0-24h) compared with pure amorphous and crystalline CCX. A linear relationship between the in vitro and in vivo parameter AUC0-24h indicated that the simple non-sink in vitro dissolution method used in this study could be used to predict the in vivo performance of amorphous solid dispersion with good precision, which enabled a ranking between the different formulations. In conclusion, the findings of this study demonstrated that the in vitro and in vivo performance of CCX:PVP amorphous solid dispersions were significantly controlled by the molecular weight of the polymer. PMID:26899127

  2. Impact of drops of polymer solutions on small targets

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    Rozhkov, A.; Prunet-Foch, B.; Vignes-Adler, M.

    2003-07-01

    The collision of drops of polymer solutions with small targets was studied experimentally. The tested liquids were aqueous solutions of polyethylene oxide (MW=4 000 000) at concentrations of 10, 100, 1000 wt ppm. The drop impact velocity was about 3.5 m/s, and the drop diameters were in the range of 2.6-3.8 mm. The target was a stainless steel disk of 3.9 mm diameter. The collision was monitored by means of high-speed photography technique. As in the case of pure water, a circular liquid lamella was formed, and then it retracted with formation of outwards-directed secondary jets. There was no significant difference between the values of the maximum diameter and the retraction velocity of the lamella in the cases of water and polymeric liquids. On the contrary, the polymeric additives drastically changed the character of the lamella retraction. The secondary jets were transformed into thinning filaments submitted to elastic stresses with an attached droplet. Then, depending on the polymer concentration, the filaments ruptured and the attached droplets escaped, or the liquid filaments pulled the attached droplets back and the whole liquid returned to the target. A splashing threshold has been derived for polymeric liquids based on the liquid relaxation time and the impact conditions.

  3. Method of solution preparation of polyolefin class polymers for electrospinning processing included

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    Rabolt, John F. (Inventor); Lee, Keun-Hyung (Inventor); Givens, Steven R. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A process to make a polyolefin fiber which has the following steps: mixing at least one polyolefin into a solution at room temperature or a slightly elevated temperature to form a polymer solution and electrospinning at room temperature said polymer solution to form a fiber.

  4. An approach to predict the shape-memory behavior of amorphous polymers from Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA) data

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    Kuki, Ákos; Czifrák, Katalin; Karger-Kocsis, József; Zsuga, Miklós; Kéki, Sándor

    2015-02-01

    The prediction of shape-memory behavior is essential regarding the design of a smart material for different applications. This paper proposes a simple and quick method for the prediction of shape-memory behavior of amorphous shape memory polymers (SMPs) on the basis of a single dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) temperature sweep at constant frequency. All the parameters of the constitutive equations for linear viscoelasticity are obtained by fitting the DMA curves. The change with the temperature of the time-temperature superposition shift factor ( a T ) is expressed by the Williams-Landel-Ferry (WLF) model near and above the glass transition temperature ( T g ), and by the Arrhenius law below T g . The constants of the WLF and Arrhenius equations can also be determined. The results of our calculations agree satisfactorily with the experimental free recovery curves from shape-memory tests.

  5. Amorphous TiO2-coated reduced graphene oxide hybrid nanostructures for polymer composites with low dielectric loss

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    Tong, Wangshu; Zhang, Yihe; Yu, Li; Lv, Fengzhu; Liu, Leipeng; Zhang, Qian; An, Qi

    2015-10-01

    Nanocomposite of poly(vinylidene fluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) incorporated with titanium dioxide-modified reduced graphene oxide sheets (rGO-TiO2/PVDF-HFP) was prepared by in situ assembling TiO2 on graphene oxide (GO), and its dielectric properties were carefully characterized. The GO layers were completely coated with amorphous TiO2. The dielectric permittivity increased stably as rGO-TiO2 content increased, and the loss was low at low frequencies. TiO2 inter-layer acted as an inter-particle barrier to prevent direct contact of rGO, which provided a new simple way for tuning the dielectric properties of polymer composites with low dielectric loss by controlling the structure of fillers.

  6. Phosphorylcholine substituted polyolefins: New syntheses, solution assemblies, and polymer vesicles

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    Kratz, Katrina A.

    This thesis describes the synthesis and applications of a new series of amphiphilic homopolymers and copolymers consisting of hydrophobic polyolefin backbone and hydrophilic phosphorylcholine (PC) pendant groups. These polymers are synthesized by ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of a novel PC- cyclooctene monomer, and copolymerization of various functionalized cyclooctene comonomers. Incorporation of different comonomers into the PC-polyolefin backbone affords copolymers with different functionalities, including crosslinkers, fluorophores, and other reactive groups, that tune the range of applications of these polymers, and their hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance. The amphiphilic nature of PC-polyolefins was exploited in oil-water interfacial assembly, providing robust polymer capsules to encapsulate and deliver nanoparticles to damaged regions of a substrate in a project termed `repair-and-go.' In repair-and-go, a flexible microcapsule filled with a solution of nanoparticles probes an imperfection-riddled substrate as it rolls over the surface. The thin capsule wall allows the nanoparticles to escape the capsules and enter into the cracks, driven in part by favorable interactions between the nanoparticle ligands and the cracked surface (i.e., hydrophobic-hydrophobic interactions). The capsules then continue their transport along the surface, filling more cracks and depositing particles into them. The amphiphilic nature of PC-polyolefins was also exploited in aqueous assembly, forming novel polymer vesicles in water. PC-polyolefin vesicles ranged in size from 50 nm to 30 µm. The mechanical properties of PC-polyolefin vesicles were measured by micropipette aspiration techniques, and found to be more robust than conventional liposomes or polymersomes prepared from block copolymers. PC-polyolefin vesicles have potential use in drug delivery; it was found that the cancer drug doxorubicin could be encapsulated efficiently in PC-polyolefin vesicles. In

  7. Hot melt extrusion for amorphous solid dispersions: temperature and moisture activated drug-polymer interactions for enhanced stability.

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    Sarode, Ashish L; Sandhu, Harpreet; Shah, Navnit; Malick, Waseem; Zia, Hossein

    2013-10-01

    Hot melt extrudates (HMEs) of indomethacin (IND) with Eudragit EPO and Kollidon VA 64 and those of itraconazole (ITZ) with HPMCAS-LF and Kollidon VA 64 were manufactured using a Leistritz twin screw extruder. The milled HMEs were stored at controlled temperature and humidity conditions. The samples were collected after specified time periods for 3 months. The stability of amorphous HMEs was assessed using moisture analysis, thermal evaluation, powder X-ray diffraction, FTIR, HPLC, and dissolution study. In general, the moisture content increased with time, temperature, and humidity levels. Amorphous ITZ was physically unstable at very high temperature and humidity levels, and its recrystallization was detected in the HMEs manufactured using Kollidon VA 64. Although physical stability of IND was better sustained by both Eudragit EPO and Kollidon VA 64, chemical degradation of the drug was identified in the stability samples of HMEs with Eudragit EPO stored at 50 °C. The dissolution rates and the supersaturation levels were significantly decreased for the stability samples in which crystallization was detected. Interestingly, the supersaturation was improved for the stability samples of IND:Eudragit EPO and ITZ:HPMCAS-LF, in which no physical or chemical instability was observed. This enhancement in supersaturation was attributed to the temperature and moisture activated electrostatic interactions between the drugs and their counterionic polymers. PMID:23961978

  8. Nonphotochemical hole burning of organic dyes and rare earth ions in polymers and glasses: a probe of the amorphous state

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    Fearey, B.L.

    1986-01-01

    New and in depth studies of amorphous materials (e.g., glasses and polymers) probed via the low temperature optical technique of nonphotochemical hole burning (NPHB) are presented. An extensive review of the phenomena itself, along with selected topics involving the use of persistent hole burning techniques, is given. In addition, a semi-complete tabulation of essentially all hole burning systems to date is included. The deuteration dependence in an amorphous host is examined for the system of tetracene in an ethanol/methanol mixture. The results illustrate the importance of hydrogen bonding in the hole burning process. The discovery of a highly efficient (or facile) class of hole burning systems, i.e., ionic dyes in hydroxylated polymers (i.e., poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVOH) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA)), is presented and discussed. Ultrafast relaxation processes (i.e., dephasing) are studied for the system of cresyl violet perchlorate (CV) in PVOH. Further, for the first time, NPHB of rare earth ions, specifically Pr/sup +3/ and Nd/sup +3/, in a soft organic glass (i.e., PVOH) is discussed briefly. Detailed experimental results of two related phenomena, spontaneous hole filling (SPHF) and laser induced hole filling (LIHF), are presented and discussed for several systems: rhodamine 560 perchlorate (R560), rhodamine 640 perchlorate (R640), CV, Pr/sup +3/ and Nd..mu../sup 3/ in either PVOH or PAA. A theoretical model is developed for SPHF. The model invokes a correlated feedback mechanism from the anti-hole, which is able to account for the fact that no line broadening is observed. A tentative model is also presented for the phenomenon of LIHF.

  9. On the thermodynamically stable amorphous phase of polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide

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    Yu, Liping; Raj, Rishi

    2015-01-01

    A model for the thermodynamic stability of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) is presented. It builds upon the reasonably accepted model of SiCO which is conceived as a nanodomain network of graphene. The domains are expected to be filled with SiO2 molecules, while the interface with graphene is visualized to contain mixed bonds described as Si bonded to C as well as to O atoms. Normally these SiCO compositions would be expected to crystallize. Instead, calorimetric measurements have shown that the amorphous phase is thermodynamically stable. In this article we employ first-principles calculations to estimate how the interfacial energy of the graphene networks is favorably influenced by having mixed bonds attached to them. We analyze the ways in which this reduction in interfacial energy can stabilize the amorphous phase. The approach highlights how density functional theory computations can be combined with the classical analysis of phase transformations to explain the behavior of a complex material. In addition we discover a two-dimensional lattice structure, with the composition Si2C4O3 that is constructed from a single layer of graphene congruent with silicon and oxygen bonds on either side. PMID:26419962

  10. On the thermodynamically stable amorphous phase of polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide

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    Yu, Liping; Raj, Rishi

    2015-09-01

    A model for the thermodynamic stability of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) is presented. It builds upon the reasonably accepted model of SiCO which is conceived as a nanodomain network of graphene. The domains are expected to be filled with SiO2 molecules, while the interface with graphene is visualized to contain mixed bonds described as Si bonded to C as well as to O atoms. Normally these SiCO compositions would be expected to crystallize. Instead, calorimetric measurements have shown that the amorphous phase is thermodynamically stable. In this article we employ first-principles calculations to estimate how the interfacial energy of the graphene networks is favorably influenced by having mixed bonds attached to them. We analyze the ways in which this reduction in interfacial energy can stabilize the amorphous phase. The approach highlights how density functional theory computations can be combined with the classical analysis of phase transformations to explain the behavior of a complex material. In addition we discover a two-dimensional lattice structure, with the composition Si2C4O3 that is constructed from a single layer of graphene congruent with silicon and oxygen bonds on either side.

  11. On the thermodynamically stable amorphous phase of polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide.

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    Yu, Liping; Raj, Rishi

    2015-01-01

    A model for the thermodynamic stability of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) is presented. It builds upon the reasonably accepted model of SiCO which is conceived as a nanodomain network of graphene. The domains are expected to be filled with SiO2 molecules, while the interface with graphene is visualized to contain mixed bonds described as Si bonded to C as well as to O atoms. Normally these SiCO compositions would be expected to crystallize. Instead, calorimetric measurements have shown that the amorphous phase is thermodynamically stable. In this article we employ first-principles calculations to estimate how the interfacial energy of the graphene networks is favorably influenced by having mixed bonds attached to them. We analyze the ways in which this reduction in interfacial energy can stabilize the amorphous phase. The approach highlights how density functional theory computations can be combined with the classical analysis of phase transformations to explain the behavior of a complex material. In addition we discover a two-dimensional lattice structure, with the composition Si2C4O3 that is constructed from a single layer of graphene congruent with silicon and oxygen bonds on either side. PMID:26419962

  12. High-pressure high-temperature behavior of polymer derived amorphous B-C-N

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    Bhat, S.; Lauterbach, S.; Dzivenko, D.; Kleebe, H.; Riedel, R.; Lathe, C.; Bayarjargal, L.; Winkler, B.; Schwarz, M.; Kroke, E.

    2013-06-01

    Dense diamond-like BCN compounds are of interest due to their extreme hardness and predicted exceptional thermal and chemical stability superior to diamond and c-BN. Here, we report on high-pressure high-temperature (HP-HT) behavior of amorphous BC2N and BC4N - potential precursors for HP-HT synthesis of diamond-like BCN. Prepared via hydroboration reaction of piperazine borane and pyridine borane, respectively, amorphous BC2N and BC4N are characterized by well-mixed B-N, C-C and C-N bonds, confirmed by XPS analysis. These BCN compositions were subjected to pressures between 5-24 GPa and temperatures up to 2000°C using multi anvil press, toroid press and laser-heated diamond anvil cell (LH-DAC). In- and ex-situ X-ray diffraction reveals decomposition of BC4N to graphite and h-BN between 5 to 12 GPa above 700°C, in contrast to BC2N which remains amorphous up to 1600°C. Examination of the recovered LH-DAC samples using HR-TEM, EELS and EDS, indicates a tendency of BC2N to transform into a mixture of c-BN (micron size) and nanocrystalline diamond between 20-24 GPa and 1500-2000°C. Financially supported by the DFG within SPP 1236.

  13. Absorption and spectra of optical parameters in amorphous solid solutions of the Se-S system

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    Djalilov, N. Z.; Damirov, G. M.

    2011-04-15

    A study of the optical properties of the Se-S system has revealed a correlation between the dependences of optical absorption coefficient {alpha}, effective concentration of charged defects N{sub t}, and characteristic energy E{sub 0} corresponding to the Urbach optical absorption in the spectral region where the Urbach rule works for the Se-S system on the S concentration. These optical properties are controlled by charged defects. It is shown that concentrations of intrinsic charged defects can be changed by variation in composition of the Se-S system. Reflectance spectra of amorphous solid solutions of the Se-S system are studied within the energy range 1-6 eV. Using the Kramers-Kronig method, spectral dependences of optical constants and derivative optical and dielectric functions are calculated. Variation in the spectra of optical parameters with composition of the Se-S system are explained within a cluster model in which the density of electron states is a function of atomic configurations in clusters, i.e., of the character of a short-range order.

  14. Elasticity and Extensibility Determine Printability and Spinnability of Polymer Solutions

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    Dinic, Jelena; Nallely Jimenez, Leidy; Mei, Vicky; Zhang, Yiran; Sharma, Vivek

    2015-03-01

    Many advanced manufacturing technologies like inkjet printing, 3D printing, nano-fiber spinning, gravure printing and nanoimprint lithography involve complex free-surface flows, where both shear and extensional rheology affect processability. In applications that involve progressive thinning and break-up of a fluid column or sheet into drops, the dominant flow within the filament is extensional in nature. Polymeric fluids exhibit a much larger resistance to flow in an elongational flow field than Newtonian fluids with same shear viscosity. Characterizing the filament thinning and break-up kinetics in jetting, dripping and stretching liquid bridge provides invaluable insight into the interplay of elastic, viscous, capillary and inertial stresses relevant for these applications. In this talk, we elucidate how polymer composition, flexibility and molecular weight determine the kinetics of capillary-driven thinning and pinch-off in our experiments. Both effective relaxation time and transient extensional viscosity are found to be strongly concentration dependent even for dilute solutions. Further, we show how finite extensibility of polymers dramatically changes the kinematics from elastocapillary to viscocapillary under strong extensional flow fields that can lead to coil-stretch transition.

  15. Early turbulence in von Karman swirling flow of polymer solutions

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    Burnishev, Yuri; Steinberg, Victor

    2015-01-01

    We present quantitative experimental results on the transition to early turbulence in von Karman swirling flow of water- and water-sugar-based polymer solutions compared to the transition to turbulence in their Newtonian solvents by measurements of solely global quantities as torque Γ(t) and pressure p(t) with large statistics as a function of Re. For the first time the transition values of Re_c\\textit{turb} to fully developed turbulence and turbulent drag reduction regime Re_c\\textit{TDR} are obtained as functions of elasticity El by using the solvents with different viscosities and polymer concentrations ϕ. Two scaling regions for fundamental turbulent characteristics are identified and they correspond to the turbulent and TDR regimes. Both Re_c\\textit{turb} and Re_c\\textit{TDR} are found via the dependence of the friction coefficient Cf and Cp, defined through scaled average torque \\barΓ and rms pressure fluctuations p\\textit{rms} , respectively, on Re for different El and ϕ and via the limits of the two scaling regions.

  16. Characterization of Hyaluronan-Protein Microstructures and Polymer Solutions

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    Curtis, J. E.; McLane, L.; Bedoya, M.; Beatty, R.; Kramer, A.; Boehm, H.; Scrimgeour, J.

    2010-03-01

    Evidence is mounting that mechanical and topographical features of biomaterials can be as critical for cellular behavior as chemical properties. A case in point is hyaluronan (HA), a large polysaccharide with unique mechanical and hydrodynamic properties, found in many tissues and bodily fluids. Thanks to a large variety of accessible conformations and aggregation states, this remarkable polymer can impart on its biological environment a diverse range of structural and viscoelastic properties with far-reaching consequences for cell physiology (migration, inflammation, cancer). Supramolecular assembly of HA is typically mediated by HA-binding proteins. These specialized molecules are known to assist the formation of organized structures, such as cross-linked bundles, gels, or the all-important pericellular coat, a polymer network anchored to many cell surfaces. Precisely how the material properties of HA-rich matrices and aggregates are modified by the associated proteins, however, is largely a matter of speculation. We will present new insights concerning the cell coat and HA-protein solutions characterized using passive microrheology, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and optical force probe microscopy.

  17. Predicting The Tube Diameter For Polymer Melts and Solutions

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    Milner, Scott

    2005-03-01

    A simple conjecture, relating the tube diameter to a characteristic length called the packing length, works well for all flexible entangled polymer melts. This is a remarkable result, because the tube diameter represents the confining effect of uncrossability of the chains, whereas the packing length is determined only by a chain's bulkiness and flexibility. I extend this conjecture to solutions: first for theta solvents, where it is shown to be equivalent to the Colby-Rubinstein scaling picture, and then for good solvents. In the latter case, it turns out that the number of blobs per entanglement strand is not a constant as had been previously assumed, but depends on the ratio of the packing length to the thermal blob size. Finally, I suggest that the packing length can be related to the Gauss winding number density, thus providing a topological basis for the conjecture.

  18. Charging Mechanism for Polymer Particles in Nonpolar Surfactant Solutions: Influence of Polymer Type and Surface Functionality.

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    Lee, Joohyung; Zhou, Zhang-Lin; Behrens, Sven Holger

    2016-05-17

    Surface charging phenomena in nonpolar dispersions are exploited in a wide range of industrial applications, but their mechanistic understanding lags far behind. We investigate the surface charging of a variety of polymer particles with different surface functionality in alkane solutions of a custom-synthesized and purified polyisobutylene succinimide (PIBS) polyamine surfactant and a related commercial surfactant mixture commonly used to control particle charge. We find that the observed electrophoretic particle mobility cannot be explained exclusively by donor-acceptor interactions between surface functional groups and surfactant polar moieties. Our results instead suggest an interplay of multiple charging pathways, which likely include the competitive adsorption of ions generated among inverse micelles in the solution bulk. We discuss possible factors affecting the competitive adsorption of micellar ions, such as the chemical nature of the particle bulk material and the size asymmetry between inverse micelles of opposite charge. PMID:27135950

  19. Engineering solutions for polymer composites solar water heaters production

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    Frid, S. E.; Arsatov, A. V.; Oshchepkov, M. Yu.

    2016-06-01

    Analysis of engineering solutions aimed at a considerable decrease of solar water heaters cost via the use of polymer composites in heaters construction and solar collector and heat storage integration into a single device representing an integrated unit results are considered. Possibilities of creating solar water heaters of only three components and changing welding, soldering, mechanical treatment, and assembly of a complicate construction for large components molding of polymer composites and their gluing are demonstrated. Materials of unit components and engineering solutions for their manufacturing are analyzed with consideration for construction requirements of solar water heaters. Optimal materials are fiber glass and carbon-filled plastics based on hot-cure thermosets, and an optimal molding technology is hot molding. It is necessary to manufacture the absorbing panel as corrugated and to use a special paint as its selective coating. Parameters of the unit have been optimized by calculation. Developed two-dimensional numerical model of the unit demonstrates good agreement with the experiment. Optimal ratio of daily load to receiving surface area of a solar water heater operating on a clear summer day in the midland of Russia is 130‒150 L/m2. Storage tank volume and load schedule have a slight effect on solar water heater output. A thermal insulation layer of 35‒40 mm is sufficient to provide an efficient thermal insulation of the back and side walls. An experimental model layout representing a solar water heater prototype of a prime cost of 70‒90/(m2 receiving surface) has been developed for a manufacturing volume of no less than 5000 pieces per year.

  20. Hot Melt Extruded Amorphous Solid Dispersion of Posaconazole with Improved Bioavailability: Investigating Drug-Polymer Miscibility with Advanced Characterisation

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    Amin, Purnima

    2014-01-01

    Invasive antifungal infections are reasons for morbidity and mortality in immunogenic patients worldwide. Posaconazole is a most promising antifungal agent against all types of invasive infections with high % of cure rate. The marketed suspension formulation has low bioavailability and is needed to be taken with food. In this paper, PCZ hot melt extruded amorphous solid dispersion (SD) with immediate release and improved bioavailability was prepared using Soluplus (Sol) as primary carrier for solubilization. Surfactants such as PEG 400, Lutrol F27, Lutrol F68, and TPGS are also used in combination with Soluplus to improve the physicochemical performance of the formulation when it comes in contact with GI (gastrointestinal) fluid. Drug-polymer miscibility of SD was investigated using advanced techniques. In the in vivo study, the AUC(0–72) and Cmax of PCZ/Soluplus were 11.5 and 11.74 time higher than those of pure PCZ. The formulation of the extrudate SD had an AUC(0–72) and Cmax higher than those with the commercial capsule (Noxafil). Molecular dynamic (MD) simulation studies were carried out using in silico molecular modelling to understand the drug-polymer intermolecular behaviour. The results of this research ensure enhanced dissolution and bioavailability of the solid dispersion of PCZ prepared by HME compared with the PCZ suspension. PMID:25143935

  1. Slip and interfacial structure of polymer melts and solutions in contact with end-tethered polymers

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    Gutfreund, Philipp; Korolkovas, Airidas; Liesche, Georg; Dennison, Andrew; Theis-Bröhl, Katharina; Wolff, Max; Akgun, Bulent; Barrat, Jean-Louis

    2014-03-01

    We present a neutron reflectometry (NR) study on polystyrene (PS) sheared in contact with functionalized solid surfaces. These methods provide a non-invasive tool to elucidate the structure of the buried interface with sub-nm resolution. We combine the scattering experiments with in situ surface sensitive rheology to gather information about the microscopic origin of interfacial slip. We have performed in situ shear-NR on PS melts and solutions in contact with chemically grafted PS chains. Entangled polymers can exhibit macroscopic slippage and its origin is supposed to arise from stretching of surface adsorbed chains and subsequent disentanglement from the free flowing chains. The combination of surface sensitive rheometry in a plate-plate torsional shear set-up and NR is potentially a unique technique to address this question by using labeled polymer chains chemically attached to the surface or in the free liquid. We present first results on in situ shear NR on PS melts in contact with high density PS brushes as well as entangled PS solutions flowing over grafted PS chains of the same length of lower density. In both cases we observe a structural change of the grafted PS at a certain shear rate that may be linked tostretching and/or disentanglement of the interfacial chains.

  2. Frustration of photocrystallization in amorphous selenium films and film-polymer structures near the glass transition

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    Lindberg, G. P.; Tallman, R. E.; Abbaszadeh, S.; Karim, K. S.; Rowlands, J. A.; Reznik, A.; Weinstein, B. A.

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the stability against photo-induced crystallization (PiC) and photo-induced darkening (PiD) in a series of amorphous selenium (a-Se) films grown with and without polyimide buffer layers[1] for temperatures below and above the glass transition (Tg ˜ 313 K). The a-Se films are bulk-like (˜16.5 μm thick), and contain a low concentration of As (< 0.2%). We find that due to strain relief, a thin layer (˜1 μm) of polyimide greatly stabilizes the samples against PiC and reduces the effect of PiD.

  3. Wetting and spreading of long-chain ZDOL polymer nanodroplet on graphene-coated amorphous carbon

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    Sorkin, V.; Zhang, Y. W.

    2014-12-01

    Wetting transparency/translucency/opacity of graphene recently has attracted great interest. The underlying mechanisms and physics for simple liquid droplets containing small molecules on graphene coated crystalline substrates have been studied extensively. However, the behavior of more complicated polymeric droplets on graphene coated amorphous substrates has not been explored. In this work, we perform molecular dynamics simulations to examine the wetting of long-chain ZDOL polymeric droplet on graphene coated amorphous hydrogenated diamond-like carbon or DLCH. We find that at room temperature, the droplet adopts a nearly spherical cap shape with no protruding foot on bare DLCH, and a complex multi-layered structure is formed at the droplet-substrate interface. With addition of graphene layers, externally, the height of the droplet decreases and the protruding foot at the droplet edge appears and grows in size; while internally, the complex multi-layered structure near the droplet-substrate interface remains, but the density distribution for the formed layers becomes increasingly non-uniform. A steady state of the droplet is attained when the number of graphene layers reaches three. These changes can be explained by the interactions between the droplet and substrate across the number of graphene layers. Therefore, it is concluded that the graphene monolayer and bilayer are translucent, while trilayer and above are opaque from the wetting point of view.

  4. Electrostatics of polymer translocation events in electrolyte solutions

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    Buyukdagli, Sahin; Ala-Nissila, T.

    2016-07-01

    We develop an analytical theory that accounts for the image and surface charge interactions between a charged dielectric membrane and a DNA molecule translocating through the membrane. Translocation events through neutral carbon-based membranes are driven by a competition between the repulsive DNA-image-charge interactions and the attractive coupling between the DNA segments on the trans and the cis sides of the membrane. The latter effect is induced by the reduction of the coupling by the dielectric membrane. In strong salt solutions where the repulsive image-charge effects dominate the attractive trans-cis coupling, the DNA molecule encounters a translocation barrier of ≈10 kBT. In dilute electrolytes, the trans-cis coupling takes over image-charge forces and the membrane becomes a metastable attraction point that can trap translocating polymers over long time intervals. This mechanism can be used in translocation experiments in order to control DNA motion by tuning the salt concentration of the solution.

  5. Electrostatics of polymer translocation events in electrolyte solutions.

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    Buyukdagli, Sahin; Ala-Nissila, T

    2016-07-01

    We develop an analytical theory that accounts for the image and surface charge interactions between a charged dielectric membrane and a DNA molecule translocating through the membrane. Translocation events through neutral carbon-based membranes are driven by a competition between the repulsive DNA-image-charge interactions and the attractive coupling between the DNA segments on the trans and the cis sides of the membrane. The latter effect is induced by the reduction of the coupling by the dielectric membrane. In strong salt solutions where the repulsive image-charge effects dominate the attractive trans-cis coupling, the DNA molecule encounters a translocation barrier of ≈10 kBT. In dilute electrolytes, the trans-cis coupling takes over image-charge forces and the membrane becomes a metastable attraction point that can trap translocating polymers over long time intervals. This mechanism can be used in translocation experiments in order to control DNA motion by tuning the salt concentration of the solution. PMID:27394120

  6. Novel technique for phosphorus recovery from aqueous solutions using amorphous calcium silicate hydrates (A-CSHs).

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    Okano, Kenji; Uemoto, Masahide; Kagami, Jumpei; Miura, Keiichi; Aketo, Tsuyoshi; Toda, Masaya; Honda, Kohsuke; Ohtake, Hisao

    2013-05-01

    A novel technique for phosphorus (P) recovery from aqueous solutions was developed using amorphous calcium silicate hydrates (A-CSHs). A-CSHs, which have a high Ca/Si molar ratio of 2.0 or greater, could be synthesized using unlimitedly available, inexpensive materials such as siliceous shale and calcium hydroxide. A-CSHs showed high performance for P recovery from an anaerobic sludge digestion liquor (ASDL) and the synthetic model liquor (s-ASDL) containing 89 mg PO4-P/L. After 20 min mixing, 1.5 g/L A-CSHs could remove approximately 69 and 73% PO4-P from ASDL and s-ASDL, respectively. By contrast, autoclaved lightweight concrete particles, which contained crystalline calcium silicate hydrates as a principal component, removed only 10 and 6% PO4-P from ASDL and s-ASDL, respectively, under the same experimental conditions. When A-CSHs were washed with deionized water to remove free Ca(OH)2, P removability was significantly improved (up to 82%) despite the reduction in the amount of Ca(2+) released. Unlike in the case of Ca(OH)2, no significant carbonate inhibition was observed with P removal by A-CSHs. Moreover, P removed by A-CSHs showed better settleability, filterability, and dewaterability than P precipitated with conventional CaCl2 and Ca(OH)2. The present study demonstrated that A-CSHs have great potential as a novel, beneficial material for P recovery and recycling. PMID:23497975

  7. Microfluidics Meets Dilute Solution Viscometry: An Undergraduate Laboratory to Determine Polymer Molecular Weight Using a Microviscometer

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    Pety, Stephen J.; Lu, Hang; Thio, Yonathan S.

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a student laboratory experiment to determine the molecular weight of a polymer sample by measuring the viscosity of dilute polymer solutions in a PDMS microfluidic viscometer. Sample data are given for aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). A demonstration of shear thinning behavior using the microviscometer is…

  8. A sorption and dilation investigation of amorphous glassy polymers and physical aging

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    Punsalan, David Troy

    The goal of this work was to investigate the effect of physical aging on penetrant sorption and dilation in glassy polymers. At the present time, this topic is fundamental in nature but may be relevant to previously observed declines in the productivity of polymeric gas separation membranes. Though physical aging is well known to occur in glassy polymers, it is often neglected in most contexts. However, since gas sorption and diffusion occurs on a molecular scale, reduction of unrelaxed volume due of physical aging may have a large impact on the macroscopically observed manifestations of these phenomena. In addition to experimental investigations of the effect of physical aging on the polymer-penetrant environment, various models of sorption and dilation are studied. Of the numerous models available in the literature, the theory of dual mode sorption, Sanchez-Lacombe lattice fluid equation of state and site-distribution model have previously demonstrated notable success and are applied to three polymers of varying chain flexibility: MatrimidRTM, Ultem RTM and LexanRTM (Tg = 313, 215 and 150°C respectively). Since the lattice fluid equation of state is intend for use on equilibrium media, only partial descriptions of solubility are expected. A variation of the Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state which takes into account the non-equilibrium nature of the glassy state, suitably called the Non-Equilibrium Lattice Fluid model, is also considered. In this work, the sorption and dilation data were used to study the presence of unrelaxed volume in glassy polymer materials and how it is affected by physical aging. A variety of other characterizational techniques were explored as well. Substantial changes in the sorption, dilation and CO2 partial molar volume due to physical aging were observed for bulk films of Matrimid RTM and LexanRTM, but not for Ultem RTM. Gas solubility was found to be lower in thin (ℓ = 0.1mum) MatrimidRTM films than in thick films (ℓ = 25.4mum

  9. Improvement of impact strength in linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) by blending with amorphous polymers

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    Mirabella, F.M. Jr.

    1996-12-31

    The objective of the current work was to improve the film impact strength of commercial linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) resins, while maintaining or improving other desirable properties. The approach used was to blend rubber-like (i.e. essentially noncrystalline) polymer resins with the base resin LLDPE. The choice of the rubber-like components was largely dictated by their commercial availability. The rubber-like polymers chosen were poly (ethylene-vinyl acetate) [EVA], poly (ethylene-n-butyl acrylate) [EnBA], and poly (ethylene-propylene) rubber [EPR]. The weight percent range of addition of the rubber-like component was restricted to 5% - 20%. The preferred range was only up to 10%. The structure of the base LLDPE resin, rubber-like components and the blends thereof was characterized. The physical and mechanical properties of the blown films of the resin blends were measured and correlations between structure and properties were determined.

  10. Role of Molecular Interactions for Synergistic Precipitation Inhibition of Poorly Soluble Drug in Supersaturated Drug-Polymer-Polymer Ternary Solution.

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    Prasad, Dev; Chauhan, Harsh; Atef, Eman

    2016-03-01

    We are reporting a synergistic effect of combined Eudragit E100 and PVP K90 in precipitation inhibition of indomethacin (IND) in solutions at low polymer concentration, a phenomenon that has significant implications on the usefulness of developing novel ternary solid dispersion of poorly soluble drugs. The IND supersaturation was created by cosolvent technique, and the precipitation studies were performed in the absence and the presence of individual and combined PVP K90 and Eudragit E100. The studies were also done with PEG 8000 as a noninteracting control polymer. A continuous UV recording of the IND absorption was used to observe changes in the drug concentration over time. The polymorphic form and morphology of precipitated IND were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The change in the chemical shift in solution (1)H NMR was used as novel approach to probe IND-polymer interactions. Molecular modeling was used for calculating binding energy between IND-polymer as another indication of IND-polymer interaction. Spontaneous IND precipitation was observed in the absence of polymers. Eudragit E100 showed significant inhibitory effect on nuclei formation due to stronger interaction as reflected in higher binding energy and greater change in chemical shift by NMR. PVP K90 led to significant crystal growth inhibition due to adsorption on growing IND crystals as confirmed by modified crystal habit of precipitate in the presence of PVP K90. Combination of polymers resulted in a synergistic precipitation inhibition and extended supersaturation. The NMR confirmed interaction between IND-Eudragit E100 and IND-PVP K90 in solution. The combination of polymers showed similar peak shift albeit using lower polymer concentration indicating stronger interactions. The results established the significant synergistic precipitation inhibition effect upon combining Eudragit E100 and PVP K90 due to drug-polymer interaction. PMID:26866895

  11. Effect of solvent quality on the dispersibility of polymer-grafted spherical nanoparticles in polymer solutions

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    Egorov, S. A.; Binder, K.

    2012-09-01

    In this work, lattice-based self consistent field theory is used to study the structural properties of individual polymer-grafted spherical nanopartices and particle-particle interactions in polymer melts and solutions under variable solvent conditions. Our study has focused on the depth of the minimum in the potential of mean force between the two brush-coated nanoparticles, if such a minimum occurs, and we have also addressed the corresponding radial density profiles of free and grafted chains around a single nanoparticle, in an attempt to clarify the extent of correlation between the depth of the minimum, Wmin, and the parameter δ characterizing the interpenetration between the profiles of free and grafted chains. Although one cannot establish a simple one-to-one correspondence between Wmin and δ, we do find common trends, in particular, if the solvent conditions for free and grafted chains differ: varying the volume fraction of the free chains, δ typically exhibits a broad minimum, corresponding to a region where the magnitude of Wmin exceeds thermal energy kBT, leading to particle aggregation.

  12. Inhibiting the transport of hazardous spores using polymer-based solutions.

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    Krauter, Paula A; Hoffman, D Mark; Vu, Alexander K; Keating, Garrett A; Zalk, David M

    2007-11-01

    A series of polymer solutions were developed for the purpose of immobilizing aerosolized 1-10 mu m sized hazardous biological particles. The polymer solutions were designed as tools for emergency response and remediation personnel. The inhibition of secondary aerosolization and migration of biothreat particles has important implications for public health protection and contamination cleanup. Limiting further dispersion of particles such as Bacillus anthracis spores may reduce inhalation hazards and enhance remediation efficiencies. This study evaluated film-forming polymers that have multiple functional groups capable of attracting and binding particles; these included acrylates, cellulosics, vinyl polymers, and polyurethanes. The selected polymers were combined with appropriate solvents to design solutions that met specific performance objectives. The polymer solutions were then evaluated for key characteristics, such as high adhesion, high elasticity, low density, short drying time, low viscosity, and low surface tension. These solutions were also evaluated for their adhesion to biothreat agent in a series of wind tunnel experiments using highly refined aerosolized Bacillus atrophaeus spores (a simulant for anthrax, 1-3 mu m). Results demonstrated that a polymer solution, an amphoteric acrylate identified as NS-2, was the best candidate for attaching to spores and inhibiting reaerosolization. This polymer solution was anionic, thus providing the electrostatic (coulombic) attraction to cationic spores, had low surface tension, and performed well in wind tunnel tests. PMID:17763073

  13. A systematic procedure to build a relaxed dense-phase atomistic representation of a complex amorphous polymer using a coarse-grained modeling approach

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    Li, Xianfeng; Latour, Robert A.

    2009-01-01

    A systematic procedure has been developed to construct a relaxed dense-phase atomistic structure of a complex amorphous polymer. The numerical procedure consists of (1) coarse graining the atomistic model of the polymer into a mesoscopic model based on an iterative algorithm for potential inversion from distribution functions of the atomistic model, (2) relaxation of the coarse grained chain using a molecular dynamics scheme, and (3) recovery of the atomistic structure by reverse mapping based on the superposition of atomistic counterparts on the corresponding coarse grained coordinates. These methods are demonstrated by their application to construct a relaxed, dense-phase model of poly(DTB succinate), which is an amorphous tyrosine-derived biodegradable polymer that is being developed for biomedical applications. Both static and dynamic properties from the coarse-grained and atomistic simulations are analyzed and compared. The coarse-grained model, which contains the essential features of the DTB succinate structure, successfully described both local and global structural properties of the atomistic chain. The effective speedup compared to the corresponding atomistic simulation is substantially above 102, thus enabling simulation times to reach well into the characteristic experimental regime. The computational approach for reversibly bridging between coarse-grained and atomistic models provides an efficient method to produce relaxed dense-phase all-atom molecular models of complex amorphous polymers that can subsequently be used to study and predict the atomistic-level behavior of the polymer under different environmental conditions in order to optimally design polymers for targeted applications. PMID:20161121

  14. Constraints in Semicrystalline Polymers: Using Quasi-isothermal Analysis to Investigate the Mechanisms of Formation and Loss of the Rigid Amorphous Fraction

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    Q Ma; G Georgiev; P Cebe

    2011-12-31

    The nanoscale phase behavior of a semicrystalline polymer is important for mechanical, thermal, optical and other macroscopic properties and can be analyzed well by thermal methods. Using quasi-isothermal (QI) heat capacity measurements, we investigate the formation behavior of the crystalline, mobile amorphous, and rigid amorphous fractions in poly(trimethylene terephthalate), PTT. The crystal and rigid amorphous phases comprise the total solid fraction in PTT at temperatures above T{sub g}, the glass transition temperature of the mobile amorphous fraction. PTT was quasi-isothermally cooled step-wise from the melt which causes its crystalline fraction to be fixed below 451 K. Between the high temperature fulfillment of the T{sub g} step and 451 K, the temperature dependent rigid amorphous fraction (RAF) is completely determined. For PTT, most of the RAF vitrifies between 451 K and T{sub g} step by step during QI cooling after the crystals have formed. The constraints imposed by the crystal surfaces reduce the mobility of the highly entangled polymer chains. We suggest the vitrification of RAF proceeds outward away from the lamellar surfaces in a step by step manner during QI cooling. Upon reheating, devitrification of RAF occurs at a temperature above its previous vitrification temperature, due to the effects of densification brought by physical aging during the long period of quasi-isothermal treatment. Finally, we consider recent concepts related to jamming, which have been suggested to apply to filled polymer systems, and may also be applicable in describing constraints exerted by crystal lamellae upon the RAF.

  15. Charging and uncharging a neutral polymer in solution: a small-angle neutron scattering investigation.

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    Fajalia, Ankitkumar I; Tsianou, Marina

    2014-09-11

    Aqueous formulations containing polymers and surfactants find several applications in pharmaceutics, coatings, inks, and home products. The association between polymers and surfactants contributes greatly to the function of these complex fluids, however, the effects of polar organic solvents, ubiquitous in formulations, remain mostly unexplored. We have analyzed small angle neutron scattering (SANS) data to determine the conformation of a "model" nonionic polymer, poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), in aqueous solutions as affected by the presence of an ionic surfactant, sodium dodecyl sulfate (SDS), and subsequent addition of short-chain alcohol (ethanol or 2-propanol). PEO chains (MW = 90,000) are Gaussian in dilute aqueous solutions, but become polyelectrolyte-like upon the addition of 30 mM SDS, with about 6 SDS micelles bound to each PEO chain. Micelles associated with polymer are similar in structure and interactions to micelles that form in aqueous solutions in the absence of polymer. Addition of alcohol alters both the polymer and micelle structure and interactions, leads to detachment of micelles from the polymer, and the PEO chains regain their Gaussian conformation. 2-Propanol is more effective than ethanol in influencing the polymer conformation and the properties of SDS micelles in aqueous solutions, either in the presence or in the absence of PEO. This study contributes fundamental insights on polymer and surfactant organization in solution, as well as new, quantitative information on systems that are widely used in practice. PMID:25014246

  16. On the origin of the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann law in the thermo-responsive shape memory effect of amorphous polymers

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    Lu, Haibao; Huang, Wei Min

    2013-10-01

    All amorphous shape memory polymers (SMPs) are featured by their relaxation behavior above and below the switching transition temperature (TSW). Above TSW, the glass transition and secondary transition merge together, resulting in the cooperative (α) movement in polymer macromolecules. Below TSW, movement is non-cooperative (β). In this study, three thermodynamic constitutive frameworks for the shape recovery behavior in amorphous SMPs are proposed based on the Arrhenius, Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann (VFT) and Bässler laws, respectively, and incorporated with parameters (stress, strain and relaxation time) as functions of temperature. The relaxation times of α and β movements satisfy the VFT and Arrhenius laws, respectively. The simulation is compared with the available experimental results reported in the literature for verification. The VFT law is found to be better than the other models, and is able to provide an accurate prediction for the temperature dependent relaxation behavior, from the Arrhenius behavior below, to the Williams-Landel-Ferry behavior above TSW.

  17. Solvent-shift strategy to identify suitable polymers to inhibit humidity-induced solid-state crystallization of lacidipine amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Sun, Mengchi; Wu, Chunnuan; Fu, Qiang; Di, Donghua; Kuang, Xiao; Wang, Chao; He, Zhonggui; Wang, Jian; Sun, Jin

    2016-04-30

    The solvent-shift strategy was used to identify appropriate polymers that inhibit humidity-induced solid-state crystallization of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Lacidipine with the polymers, PVP-K30, HPMC-E5 or Soluplus, were combined to form amorphous solid dispersions prepared by solvent evaporation. The formulations were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and were subjected to in vitro dissolution testing. The moisture had a significant impact on the amount dissolved for the solid dispersions. Molecular docking studies established that hydrogen bonding was critical for the stabilization of the solid dispersions. The rank order of the binding energy of the drug-polymer association was Soluplus (-6.21kcal/mol)>HPMC-E5 (-3.21kcal/mol)>PVP-K30 (-2.31kcal/mol). PVP-K30 had the highest water uptake among the polymers, as did ASD system of lacidipine-PVP-K30 ASDs. In the Soluplus ASDs, with its strong drug-polymer interactions and low water uptake, moisture-induced solid-state crystallization was not observed. PMID:26869398

  18. Elastic turbulence in curvilinear flows of polymer solutions

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    Groisman, Alexander; Steinberg, Victor

    2004-03-01

    Following our first report (A Groisman and V Steinberg 2000 Nature 405 53), we present an extended account of experimental observations of elasticity-induced turbulence in three different systems: a swirling flow between two plates, a Couette-Taylor (CT) flow between two cylinders, and a flow in a curvilinear channel (Dean flow). All three set-ups had a high ratio of the width of the region available for flow to the radius of curvature of the streamlines. The experiments were carried out with dilute solutions of high-molecular-weight polyacrylamide in concentrated sugar syrups. High polymer relaxation time and solution viscosity ensured prevalence of non-linear elastic effects over inertial non-linearity, and development of purely elastic instabilities at low Reynolds number (Re) in all three flows. Above the elastic instability threshold, flows in all three systems exhibit features of developed turbulence. They include: (i) randomly fluctuating fluid motion excited in a broad range of spatial and temporal scales and (ii) significant increase in the rates of momentum and mass transfer (compared with those expected for a steady flow with a smooth velocity profile). Phenomenology, driving mechanisms and parameter dependence of the elastic turbulence are compared with those of the conventional high-Re hydrodynamic turbulence in Newtonian fluids. Some similarities as well as multiple principal differences were found. In two out of three systems (swirling flow between two plates and flow in the curvilinear channel), power spectra of velocity fluctuations decayed rather quickly, following power laws with exponents of about -3.5. It suggests that, being random in time, the flow is rather smooth in space, in the sense that the main contribution to deformation and mixing (and, possibly, elastic energy) is coming from flow at the largest scale of the system. This situation, random in time and smooth in space, is analogous to flows at small scales (below the Kolmogorov

  19. Elasticity and Extensibility Determine Printability and Spinnability of Polymer Solutions

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    Dinic, Jelena; Jimenez, Leidy; Sharma, Vivek

    Many advanced manufacturing technologies like inkjet and 3D printing, nano-fiber spinning involve complex free-surface flows, and the formation of columnar necks that undergo spontaneous capillary-driven thinning and pinch-off. The progressive self-thinning of neck is often characterized by self-similar profiles and scaling laws that depend on the relative magnitude of capillary, inertial and viscous stresses for simple (Newtonian and inelastic) fluids. Stream-wise velocity gradients that arise within the thinning columnar neck create an extensional flow field that can orient and stretch macromolecules, contributing extra elastic stresses and extensional viscosity that change thinning and pinch-off dynamics for polymeric complex fluids. Characterizing the filament thinning and break-up kinetics in jetting, dripping and stretching liquid bridge provides invaluable insight into the interplay of elastic, viscous, capillary and inertial stresses relevant for these applications. We elucidate how polymer composition, flexibility and molecular weight determine the thinning and pinch-off kinetics in our experiments. Both effective relaxation time and transient extensional viscosity are found to be strongly concentration dependent even for dilute solutions.

  20. Drag reduction by coupled systems: microbubble injection with homogeneous polymer and surfactant solutions

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    Fontaine, A. A.; Deutsch, S.; Brungart, T. A.; Petrie, H. L.; Fenstermacker, M.

    The influence of homogeneous surfactant and homogeneous polymer solutions on the performance of microbubble skin friction reduction was investigated on an axisymmetric body. Carbon dioxide was injected into water, homogeneous surfactant (Aerosol OT) solutions, and homogeneous dilute polymer (Polyethylene oxide) solutions. Integrated skin friction measurements were obtained at two freestream velocities as a function of gas injection rate and polyethylene-oxide concentration. A moderate (50%) decrease in surface tension had little to no effect on the drag reducing characteristics of microbubble injection. At similar gas injection rates, microbubble injection exhibited more drag reduction in the polymer solutions than obtained with microbubble injection into water. However, the increased drag reduction obtained with polymer additives was no more than a multiplicative factor related to the baseline levels of drag reduction achieved by the individual methods, and suggests the mechanism for microbubble skin friction reduction acts independently of the polymer drag reduction.

  1. Triple-Junction Hybrid Tandem Solar Cells with Amorphous Silicon and Polymer-Fullerene Blends

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    Kim, Taehee; Kim, Hyeok; Park, Jinjoo; Kim, Hyungchae; Yoon, Youngwoon; Kim, Sung-Min; Shin, Chonghoon; Jung, Heesuk; Kim, Inho; Jeong, Doo Seok; Kim, Honggon; Kim, Jin Young; Kim, BongSoo; Ko, Min Jae; Son, Hae Jung; Kim, Changsoon; Yi, Junsin; Han, Seunghee; Lee, Doh-Kwon

    2014-01-01

    Organic-inorganic hybrid tandem solar cells attract a considerable amount of attention due to their potential for realizing high efficiency photovoltaic devices at a low cost. Here, highly efficient triple-junction (TJ) hybrid tandem solar cells consisting of a double-junction (DJ) amorphous silicon (a-Si) cell and an organic photovoltaic (OPV) rear cell were developed. In order to design the TJ device in a logical manner, a simulation was carried out based on optical absorption and internal quantum efficiency. In the TJ architecture, the high-energy photons were utilized in a more efficient way than in the previously reported a-Si/OPV DJ devices, leading to a significant improvement in the overall efficiency by means of a voltage gain. The interface engineering such as tin-doped In2O3 deposition as an interlayer and its UV-ozone treatment resulted in the further improvement in the performance of the TJ solar cells. As a result, a power conversion efficiency of 7.81% was achieved with an open-circuit voltage of 2.35 V. The wavelength-resolved absorption profile provides deeper insight into the detailed optical response of the TJ hybrid solar cells. PMID:25412648

  2. SANS structural characterization of fullerenol-derived star polymers in solutions

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    Jeng, U.-S.; Lin, T.-L.; Wang, L. Y.; Chiang, L. Y.; Ho, D. L.; Han, C. C.

    We have studied the chain conformations of fullerenol-derived star polymers in two organic solvents using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The SANS results indicate that the six poly(urethane-ether) arms, chemically bonded on the fullerenol of the C60-based star polymer, have a Gaussian chain conformation in toluene. However, these arms exhibit a pronounced excluded-volume effect in dimethylformamide solutions. We use a scattering model, with the polydispersity of the polymer taken into account, and a fractal model to extract the radius of gyration Rg values and the persistence lengths of the C60-star polymers in these two organic solutions.

  3. Effect of polymers in solution culture on growth and mineral composition of tomatoes. [Lycopersicon esculentum

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    Wallace, A.

    1986-05-01

    Tomato (Lycopersicon esculentum Mill. cv. Tropic) plants were grown for 26 days from transplanting in full nutrient solution with and without polymers in nutrient solution at two different pH values. An aninoic polyacrylamide and a polysaccharide (from guar bean) each at 100 mg L/sup -1/ in solution slightly improved yields at both pH values. A cationic polymer at the same concentration decreased yields. There were no apparent nutritional reasons for the effects. 1 table.

  4. Improving battery safety by reducing the formation of Li dendrites with the use of amorphous silicon polymer anodes.

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    Maruyama, Hitoshi; Nakano, Hideyuki; Ogawa, Masahiro; Nakamoto, Masaaki; Ohta, Toshiaki; Sekiguchi, Akira

    2015-01-01

    To provide safe lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) at low cost, battery materials which lead to reduced Li dendrite formation are needed. The currently used anode materials have low redox voltages that are very close to the redox potential for the formation of Li metal, which leads to severe short circuiting. Herein, we report that when the three-dimensional amorphous silicon polymers poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are used as anode materials, dendritic Li formation on the anode surface is avoided up to a practical current density of 10 mA·g(-1) at 5 °C. Equally as significant, poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are capable of reacting with 0.45 and 0.9 Li atoms per formula unit, respectively, at an average voltage of approximately 1.0 V, affording reversible capacities of 244 mAh·g(-1) and 180 mAh·g(-1). Moreover, noteworthy is the fact that polysilynes are suitable for practical applications because they can be prepared through a simple and low-cost process and are easy to handle. PMID:26249325

  5. Improving battery safety by reducing the formation of Li dendrites with the use of amorphous silicon polymer anodes

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    Maruyama, Hitoshi; Nakano, Hideyuki; Ogawa, Masahiro; Nakamoto, Masaaki; Ohta, Toshiaki; Sekiguchi, Akira

    2015-01-01

    To provide safe lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) at low cost, battery materials which lead to reduced Li dendrite formation are needed. The currently used anode materials have low redox voltages that are very close to the redox potential for the formation of Li metal, which leads to severe short circuiting. Herein, we report that when the three-dimensional amorphous silicon polymers poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are used as anode materials, dendritic Li formation on the anode surface is avoided up to a practical current density of 10 mA·g−1 at 5 °C. Equally as significant, poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are capable of reacting with 0.45 and 0.9 Li atoms per formula unit, respectively, at an average voltage of approximately 1.0 V, affording reversible capacities of 244 mAh·g−1 and 180 mAh·g−1. Moreover, noteworthy is the fact that polysilynes are suitable for practical applications because they can be prepared through a simple and low-cost process and are easy to handle. PMID:26249325

  6. Improving battery safety by reducing the formation of Li dendrites with the use of amorphous silicon polymer anodes

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    Maruyama, Hitoshi; Nakano, Hideyuki; Ogawa, Masahiro; Nakamoto, Masaaki; Ohta, Toshiaki; Sekiguchi, Akira

    2015-08-01

    To provide safe lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) at low cost, battery materials which lead to reduced Li dendrite formation are needed. The currently used anode materials have low redox voltages that are very close to the redox potential for the formation of Li metal, which leads to severe short circuiting. Herein, we report that when the three-dimensional amorphous silicon polymers poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are used as anode materials, dendritic Li formation on the anode surface is avoided up to a practical current density of 10 mA·g-1 at 5 °C. Equally as significant, poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are capable of reacting with 0.45 and 0.9 Li atoms per formula unit, respectively, at an average voltage of approximately 1.0 V, affording reversible capacities of 244 mAh·g-1 and 180 mAh·g-1. Moreover, noteworthy is the fact that polysilynes are suitable for practical applications because they can be prepared through a simple and low-cost process and are easy to handle.

  7. Influence of isotopic disorder on solid state amorphization and polyamorphism in solid H2O -D2O solutions

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    Gromnitskaya, E. L.; Danilov, I. V.; Lyapin, A. G.; Brazhkin, V. V.

    2015-10-01

    We present a low-temperature and high-pressure ultrasonic study of elastic properties of isotopic H2O-D2O solid solutions, comparing their properties with those of the isotopically pure H2O and D2O ices. Measurements were carried out for solid state amorphization (SSA) from 1h to high-density amorphous (HDA) ice upon compression up to 1.8 GPa at 77 K and for the temperature-induced (77 -190 K ) u-HDA (unrelaxed HDA) → e-HDA (expanded HDA) → low-density amorphous (LDA )→1 c cascade of ice transformations near room pressure. There are many similarities in the elasticity behaviour of H2O ,D2O , and H2O-D2O solid solutions, including the softening of the shear elastic modulus as a precursor of SSA and the HDA →LDA transition. We have found significant isotopic effects during H/D substitution, including elastic softening of H2O -D2O solid solutions with respect to the isotopically pure ices in the case of the bulk moduli of ices 1c and 1h and for both bulk and shear elastic moduli of HDA ice at high pressures (>1 GPa ) . This softening is related to the configurational isotopic disorder in the solid solutions. At low pressures, the isotope concentration dependence of the elastic moduli of u-HDA ice changes remarkably and becomes monotonic with pronounced change of the bulk modulus (≈20 %) .

  8. Strong stabilization of amorphous calcium carbonate emulsion by ovalbumin: gaining insight into the mechanism of 'polymer-induced liquid precursor' processes.

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    Wolf, Stephan E; Leiterer, Jork; Pipich, Vitaliy; Barrea, Raul; Emmerling, Franziska; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2011-08-17

    The impact of the ovo proteins ovalbumin and lysozyme--present in the first stage of egg shell formation--on the homogeneous formation of the liquid amorphous calcium carbonate (LACC) precursor, was studied by a combination of complementing methods: in situ WAXS, SANS, XANES, TEM, and immunogold labeling. Lysozyme (pI = 9.3) destabilizes the LACC emulsion whereas the glycoprotein ovalbumin (pI = 4.7) extends the lifespan of the emulsified state remarkably. In the light of the presented data: (a) Ovalbumin is shown to behave commensurable to the 'polymer-induced liquid precursor' (PILP) process proposed by Gower et al. Ovalbumin can be assumed to take a key role during eggshell formation where it serves as an effective stabilization agent for transient precursors and prevents undirected mineralization of the eggshell. (b) It is further shown that the emulsified LACC carries a negative surface charge and is electrostatically stabilized. (c) We propose that the liquid amorphous calcium carbonate is affected by polymers by depletion stabilization and de-emulsification rather than 'induced' by acidic proteins and polymers during a so-called polymer-induced liquid-precursor process. The original PILP coating effect, first reported by Gower et al., appears to be a result of a de-emulsification process of a stabilized LACC phase. The behavior of the liquid amorphous carbonate phase and the polymer-induced liquid-precursor phase itself can be well described by colloid chemical terms: electrostatic and depletion stabilization and de-emulsification by depletion destabilization. PMID:21736300

  9. Strong stabilization of liquid amorphous calcium carbonate by ovalbumin: gaining insight into the mechanism of ‘polymer-induced liquid precursor’ processes

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    Leiterer, Jork; Pipich, Vitaliy; Barrea, Raul; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    The impact of the ovo-proteins ovalbumin and lysozyme—present in the first stage of egg shell formation—on the homogeneous formation of the liquid-amorphous calcium carbonate (LACC) precursor, was studied by a combination of complementing methods: in situ WAXS, SANS, XANES, TEM, and immunogold labeling. Lysozyme (pI = 9.3) destabilizes the LACC emulsion whereas the glycoprotein ovalbumin (pI = 4.7) extends the lifespan of the emulsified state remarkably. In the light of the presented data: (a) Ovalbumin is shown to behave commensurable to the ‘polymer-induced liquid precursor’ (PILP) process proposed by Gower et al. Ovalbumin can be assumed to take a key role during eggshell formation where it serves as an effective stabilization agent for transient precursors and prevents undirected mineralization of the eggshell. (b) It is further shown that the emulsified LACC carries a negative surface charge and is electrostatically stabilized. (c) We propose that the liquid amorphous calcium carbonate is affected by polymers by depletion stabilization and de-emulsification rather than ‘induced’ by acidic proteins and polymers during a polymer-induced liquid-precursor process. The original PILP coating effect, first reported by Gower et al., appears to be a result of a de-emulsification process of a stabilized LACC phase. The behavior of the liquid amorphous carbonate phase and the polymer-induced liquid-precursor phase itself can be well described by colloid chemical terms: electrostatic and depletion stabilization and de-emulsification by depletion destabilization. PMID:21736300

  10. Manipulating Hydrophobic Interactions in Associative Polymer Solutions via Surfactant-Cyclodextrin Complexation

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    Talwar, Sachin; Harding, Jonathon; Khan, Saad A.

    2008-07-01

    Associative polymers in combination with cyclodextrin (CD) provide a potent tool to manipulate the solution rheology of aqueous solutions. In this study, we discuss the viability and scope of employing surfactants in such systems to facilitate a more versatile and effective tailoring of rheological properties. A model hydrophobically modified alkali-soluble emulsion (HASE) polymer is used which forms a transient physical network of intra- and inter-molecular hydrophobic junctions in solution arising from the interactions between hydrophobic groups grafted on the polymer backbone. The presence of these hydrophobic junctions significantly enhances the solution rheological properties with both the steady state viscosity and dynamic moduli exhibiting an increase by several orders of magnitude. The ability of nonionic surfactants to modulate and recover the hydrophobic interactions in these polymer solutions in the presence of cyclodextrin is examined. The presence of either a- or β-CD results in a dramatic decrease in viscosity and viscoelastic properties of the HASE polymer solution resulting from the encapsulation of polymer hydrophobes by CDs. Addition of nonionic surfactants to such systems promotes a competition between CDs and surfactant molecules to complex with polymer hydrophobes thereby altering the hydrophobic interactions. In this regard, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPe) with different ethylene oxide (EO) chain lengths, which determine the surfactant hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB), are used.

  11. Using polymer solutions to enhance recovery of mobile coal tar and creosote DNAPLs.

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    Giese, Steven W; Powers, Susan E

    2002-09-01

    Direct pumping and enhanced recovery of coal tar and creosote dense, non-aqueous phase liquids (DNAPLs) from the subsurface have had mixed results because these DNAPLs are viscous fluids that can potentially alter aquifer wettability. To improve the inefficiencies associated with waterflooding, the research presented here considered the use of a polymer solution that can be added to the injected flood solution to increase the viscosity and decrease the velocity of the flooding solution. Results from one-dimensional, vertically oriented laboratory column experiments that evaluate the recovery of coal-derived DNAPL with both water and polymer flooding solutions are presented. The final DNAPL saturation remaining in the column was assessed in water and oil-wet systems for three viscous DNAPLs. Adding polymer to increase the aqueous solution viscosity did not have a significant impact in water-wet systems. A final DNAPL saturation of approximately 19% was achieved for both water and polymer floods. In contrast, the addition of polymer significantly improved recovery in oil-wet systems. The final saturation was over 40% in oil-wet systems after waterflooding, but approximately 19% with a polymer flushing solution. Although the final saturation produced with polymer flooding was similar between the oil- and water-wet systems, differences in the relative permeability and distribution of DNAPL in the porous matrix caused the DNAPL recovery to be much slower in the oil-wet system. PMID:12236554

  12. Comparative analysis of zaleplon complexation with cyclodextrins and hydrophilic polymers in solution and in solid state.

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    Jablan, Jasna; Szalontai, Gábor; Jug, Mario

    2012-12-01

    The aim of this work was to investigate the potential synergistic effect of water-soluble polymers (hypromellose, HPMC and polyvinylpyrrolidone, PVP) on zaleplon (ZAL) complexation with parent β-cyclodextrin (βCD) and its randomly methylated derivative (RAMEB) in solution and in solid state. The addition of HPMC to the complexation medium improved ZAL complexation and solubilization with RAMEB (K(ZAL/RAMEB)=156±5M(-1) and K(ZAL/RAMEB/HPMC)=189±8M(-1); p<0.01), while such effect was not observed for βCD (K(ZAL/βCD)=112±2M(-1) and K(ZAL/βCD/HPMC)=119±8M(-1); p>0.05). Although PVP increased the ZAL aqueous solubility from 0.22 to 0.27mg/mL, it did not show any synergistic effects on ZAL solubilization with the cyclodextrins tested. Binary and ternary systems of ZAL with βCD, RAMEB and HPMC were prepared by spray-drying. Differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray powder diffraction and scanning electron microscopy demonstrated a partial ZAL amorphization in spray-dried binary and ternary systems with βCD, while the drug was completely amorphous in all samples with RAMEB. Furthermore, inclusion complex formation in all systems prepared was confirmed by solid-state NMR spectroscopy. The in vitro dissolution rate followed the rank order ZAL/RAMEB/HPMC>ZAL/RAMEB=ZAL/βCD/HPMC>ZAL/βCD≫ZAL, clearly demonstrating the superior performance of RAMEB on ZAL complexation in the solid state and its synergistic effect with HPMC on drug solubility. Surprisingly, when loaded into tablets made with insoluble microcrystalline cellulose, RAMEB complexes had no positive effect on drug dissolution, because HPMC and RAMEB acted as a binders inside the tablets, prolonging their disintegration. Oppositely, the formulation with mannitol, a soluble excipient, containing a ternary RAMEB system, released the complete drug-dose in only 5min, clearly demonstrating its suitability for the development of immediate-release oral formulation of ZAL. PMID:22898722

  13. Low-Temperature Solution Processing of Amorphous Metal Oxide Semiconductors for High-Performance Thin-Film Transistors

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    Hennek, Jonathan W.

    The growing field of large-area flexible electronics presents the need for amorphous materials with electrical performances superior to amorphous hydrogenated silicon (a-Si:H). Metal oxide semiconductors show great promise in thin film transistors (TFTs) due to their high electron mobility (micro, 1--100 cm2V-1s-1), mechanical flexibility, and electrical stability. However, most oxide semiconductor fabrication still relies on expensive, inflexible and energy intensive vacuum deposition methods. To overcome these limitations, my thesis work has focused on developing low-temperature solution processing routes to functional metal oxide materials. In Chapter 2, we demonstrate an optimized "ink" and printing process for inkjet patterning of amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) and investigate the effects of device structure on derived electron mobility. Bottom-gate top-contact (BGTC) TFTs are fabricated and shown to exhibit electron mobilities comparable to a-Si:H. Furthermore, a record micro of 2.5 cm 2V-1s-1 is demonstrated for bottom-gate bottom-contact (BGBC) TFTs. The mechanism underlying such impressive performance is investigated using transmission line techniques, and it is shown that the semiconductor-source/drain electrode interface contact resistance is nearly an order of magnitude lower for BGBC transistors versus BGTC devices. In Chapter 3, we report the implementation of amorphous indium yttrium oxide (a-IYO) as a TFT semiconductor for the first time. Amorphous and polycrystalline IYO films are grown via a low-temperature solution process utilizing exothermic "combustion" precursors. Precursor transformation and the IYO films are analyzed by DTA, TGA, XRD, AFM, XPS, and optical transmission, revealing efficient conversion to the metal-oxide lattice, and smooth, transparent films. a-IYO TFTs fabricated with a hybrid nanodielectric exhibit impressive electron mobilities of 7.3 cm2V-1s-1 (Tanneal = 300 °C) and 5.0 cm2V-1s -1 (Tanneal = 250 °C) for 2

  14. Characterization of nanoscale spatial distribution of small molecules in amorphous polymer matrices

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    Ricarte, Ralm; Hillmyer, Marc; Lodge, Timothy

    Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) can significantly enhance the efficacy of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). Yet, the interactions between species in HPMCAS-API blends are not understood. Elucidating these interactions is difficult because the spatial distributions of HPMCAS and API in the blends are ambiguous; the polymer and drug may be molecularly mixed or the species may form phase separated domains. As these phase separated domains may be less than 100 nm in size, traditional characterization techniques may not accurately evaluate the spatial distribution. To address this challenge, we explore the use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) for detecting the model API phenytoin in an HPMCAS-phenytoin blend. Using EELS, we directly measured with high accuracy and precision the phenytoin concentrations in several blends. We present evidence that suggests phase separation occurs in blends that have a phenytoin loading of approximately 50 wt percent. Finally, we demonstrate that this technique achieves a sub-100 nm spatial resolution and can detect several other APIs.

  15. Nanoscale Concentration Quantification of Pharmaceutical Actives in Amorphous Polymer Matrices by Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy.

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    Ricarte, Ralm G; Lodge, Timothy P; Hillmyer, Marc A

    2016-07-26

    We demonstrated the use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) to evaluate the composition of phenytoin:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) spin-coated solid dispersions (SDs). To overcome the inability of bright-field and high-angle annular dark-field TEM imaging to distinguish between glassy drug and polymer, we used the π-π* transition peak in the EELS spectrum to detect phenytoin within the HPMCAS matrix of the SD. The concentration of phenytoin within SDs of 10, 25, and 50 wt % drug loading was quantified by a multiple least-squares analysis. Evaluating the concentration of 50 different regions in each SD, we determined that phenytoin and HPMCAS are intimately mixed at a length scale of 200 nm, even for drug loadings up to 50 wt %. At length scales below 100 nm, the variance of the measured phenytoin concentration increases; we speculate that this increase is due to statistical fluctuations in local concentration and chemical changes induced by electron irradiation. We also performed EELS analysis of an annealed 25 wt % phenytoin SD and showed that the technique can resolve concentration differences between regions that are less than 50 nm apart. Our findings indicate that EELS is a useful tool for quantifying, with high accuracy and sub-100 nm spatial resolution, the composition of many pharmaceutical and soft matter systems. PMID:27419264

  16. Changes in the Solution Behavior of Conjugated Polymers with Light Absorption

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    Dadmun, Mark; Morgan, Brian

    2015-03-01

    Conjugated polymers are well established as functional materials in a broad range of applications including organic photovoltaics, chemical sensors, and organic light emitting diodes. This functionality is mainly derived from their ability to create electron-hole pair excitons through photoexcitation. The presence of these entities on the polymer chains may alter the chain conformation, solution behavior, and ultimately macroscopic morphology, of the conjugated polymer. Previous studies have shown significant changes in properties such as viscosity and photoluminescence upon exposure of select conjugated polymer films to white light. In order to expand upon these preliminary findings, we have performed small angle neutron scattering experiments on solutions of several semiconducting, conjugated polymers in both the presence and absence of incident light. Substantial differences are observed between the light vs dark samples, the magnitude of which are dependent on polymer dispersion, solvent choice, and solution concentration. Analysis of the neutron curves shows real difference in Kuhn lengths and radius of gyration of the polymer, suggesting possible rearrangement of polymer chain conformation or alteration of polymer chain-solvent interactions.

  17. A photochromic supramolecular polymer based on bis-p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene recognition in aqueous solution.

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    Yao, Xuyang; Li, Teng; Wang, Sheng; Ma, Xiang; Tian, He

    2014-07-11

    A photochromic supramolecular polymer based on bis-p-sulfonatocalix[4]arene recognition with a dithienylethene derivative in aqueous solution was fabricated. The resultant polymer showed good photochromic behaviour with obvious colour switching and a morphology change under alternative UV/Vis light stimuli. PMID:24853232

  18. Sorption of Ochratoxin A from aqueous solutions using beta-cyclodextrin-polyurethane polymer

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    The ability of a cyclodextrin-polyurethane polymer to remove ochratoxin A from aqueous solutions, including wine, was examined by batch rebinding assays and equilibrium sorption isotherms. The results were fit to two parameter models. Freundlich analysis of the sorption isotherm indicates the polyme...

  19. Two-Dimensional Turbulence of Dilute Polymer Solutions

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    Boffetta, Guido; Celani, Antonio; Musacchio, Stefano

    2003-07-01

    We investigate theoretically and numerically the effect of polymer additives on two-dimensional turbulence by means of a viscoelastic model. We provide compelling evidence that, at vanishingly small concentrations, such that the polymers are passively transported, the probability distribution of polymer elongation has a power law tail: Its slope is related to the statistics of finite-time Lyapunov exponents of the flow, in quantitative agreement with theoretical predictions. We show that at finite concentrations and sufficiently large elasticity the polymers react on the flow with manifold consequences: Velocity fluctuations are drastically depleted, as observed in soap film experiments; the velocity statistics becomes strongly intermittent; the distribution of finite-time Lyapunov exponents shifts to lower values, signaling the reduction of Lagrangian chaos.

  20. Synthesis and Evaluation of Cyclodextrin-based Polymers for Patulin Extraction from Aqueous Solutions

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    Patulin is a mycotoxin produced by fungi that contaminate fruits, juices, and other agricultural commodities. Sorption properties of polyurethane-beta-cyclodextrin polymers were evaluated for the ability to remove patulin from solutions, including apple juice. Freundlich isotherm analysis determin...

  1. A statistical theory of cosolvent-induced coil-globule transitions in dilute polymer solution

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2014-07-01

    We present a statistical model of a dilute polymer solution in good solvent in the presence of low-molecular weight cosolvent. We investigate the conformational changes of the polymer induced by a change of the cosolvent concentration and the type of interaction between the cosolvent and the polymer. We describe the polymer in solution by the Edwards model, where the partition function of the polymer chain with a fixed radius of gyration is described in the framework of the mean-field approximation. The contributions of polymer-cosolvent and the cosolvent-cosolvent interactions in the total free energy are treated also within the mean-field approximation. For convenience we separate the system volume on two parts: the volume occupied by the polymer chain expressed through its gyration volume and the bulk solution. Considering the equilibrium between the two subvolumes we obtain the total free energy of the solution as a function of radius of gyration and the cosolvent concentration within gyration volume. After minimization of the total free energy with respect to its arguments we obtain a system of coupled equations with respect to the radius of gyration of the polymer chain and the cosolvent concentration within the gyration volume. Varying the interaction strength between polymer and cosolvent we show that the polymer collapse occurs in two cases—either when the interaction between polymer and cosolvent is repulsive or when the interaction is attractive. The reported effects could be relevant for different disciplines where conformational transitions of macromolecules in the presence of a cosolvent are of interest, in particular in biology, chemistry, and material science.

  2. Determination of solute-polymer interaction properties and their application to parenteral product container compatibility evaluations.

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    Kenley, R A; Jenke, D R

    1990-09-01

    Kinetic and thermodynamic interaction properties between dialkyl phthalate test compounds and a polyolefin polymer were examined via a permeation-cell experimental design. Disappearance and appearance rates of solute in the receptor and donor solutions, as well as the equilibrium composition of the test system, are used to determine sorption and diffusion coefficients and the solute/polymer equilibrium binding constant. Sorption rate constants and diffusion coefficients exhibit Arrenhius-type behavior. The binding constants obtained correlate well with the solute's octanol-water partition coefficient. The kinetic and thermodynamic data generated combine with proposed interaction models to identify solute/polymer interactions (binding and leaching) pertinent to evaluating container/solution compatibility for parenteral products. PMID:2235889

  3. Hydro-gel environment and solution additives modify calcite growth mechanism to an accretion process of amorphous nanospheres

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    Gal, A.; Kahil, K.; Habraken, W.; Gur, D.; Fratzl, P.; Addadi, L.; Weiner, S.

    2013-12-01

    Various biominerals form via the transformation of a transient amorphous precursor phase into a mature crystalline phase. The mature biominerals usually exhibit morphology reminiscent of aggregated nanoparticles. Although these observations suggest an accretion-based growth process consisting on nanoparticles, the key factors that control the accretion process are unknown. We investigated the transformation of solid amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) into calcite. When plant cystoliths, a biogenic stable ACC phase, are transformed into calcite in vitro by immersion in water, calcite crystals grow in two distinct steps (Gal et al., Angewandte Chemie, 2013). First, rhombohedral crystals grow that show flat facets as expected from ion-by-ion growth. These crystals then grow by the aggregation and crystallization of the original ACC nanospheres leading to a surface morphology dominated by aggregated spheres. The transformation process occurs within an organic hydro-gel that originates from inside the cystoliths. We tested the importance of the gel phase to the transformation process by transforming synthetic ACC into calcite inside various gels. In all the investigated systems: in gelatin, agarose, and pectin gels, calcite crystals grew that showed the nanosphere aggregation morphology. In additional experiments we demonstrated that also other additives, such as phosphate ions and biogenic macromolecules, that slow down ACC dissolution and calcite precipitation from ions can induce the accretion process dominance (see figure attached). These experiments show that although in solution the dominant process is dissolution to ions of the ACC and crystal growth by ion-by-ion mechanism, the presence of an additive that slows the ion-mediated processes makes the ACC nanospheres stable long enough to interact with the crystal surface. As a result, the metastable ACC nanospheres undergo secondary nucleation on the crystal surface without dissolving. These experiments highlight

  4. Mathematical modeling of methoxyanabasine C11H16N2O polymer solution ultrafiltration

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    Satayev, Marat; Shakirov, Birzhan; Mutaliyeva, Botagoz; Satayeva, Lazzat; Altynbekov, Rustem; Baiysbay, Omirbek; Alibekov, Ravshanbek

    2012-06-01

    This work covers the mathematical modeling of ultrafiltration with immobile membranes for physiologically-active of methoxyanabasine C11H16N2O polymer solution. Methoxyanabasine is used as low toxic antineoplastic drug. On the basis of theoretical and experimental analysis of mass transfer and hydrodynamics, it is offered the mathematical model of permeability of membranes at an ultrafiltration of polymer solutions. Further the formulas for determination of factor of concentration polarization and ultrafiltration selectivity are calculated.

  5. Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence Polymers for Efficient Solution-Processed Organic Light-Emitting Diodes.

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    Lee, Sae Youn; Yasuda, Takuma; Komiyama, Hideaki; Lee, Jiyoung; Adachi, Chihaya

    2016-06-01

    Thermally activated delayed fluorescence (TADF) π-conjugated polymers are developed for solution-processed TADF-OLEDs. Benzophenone-based alternating donor-acceptor structures contribute to the small ∆EST , enabling efficient exciton-harvesting through TADF. Solution-processed OLEDs using the TADF polymers as emitters can achieve high maximum external electroluminescence efficiencies of up to 9.3%. PMID:27001891

  6. Analytical solution for one-dimensional chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of intelligent polymer gel

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    Yang, Qingsheng; Tian, Hui

    2011-11-01

    As an intelligent material, polymer gel is able to respond to external stimulus, including temperature, chemical concentration, pH, etc. The theoretical framework of chemo-mechanical coupling behavior for intelligent polymer gel is emphasized in this paper. Analytical solutions of the displacement and concentration function are found for one dimensional chemo-mechanical coupling problem. It is shown that the present chemo-mechanical theory can be applied to model chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of intelligent polymer gel. This study has important significance to reveal the mechanism of chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of the polymer gel.

  7. Analytical solution for one-dimensional chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of intelligent polymer gel

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    Yang, Qingsheng; Tian, Hui

    2012-04-01

    As an intelligent material, polymer gel is able to respond to external stimulus, including temperature, chemical concentration, pH, etc. The theoretical framework of chemo-mechanical coupling behavior for intelligent polymer gel is emphasized in this paper. Analytical solutions of the displacement and concentration function are found for one dimensional chemo-mechanical coupling problem. It is shown that the present chemo-mechanical theory can be applied to model chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of intelligent polymer gel. This study has important significance to reveal the mechanism of chemo-mechanical coupling behavior of the polymer gel.

  8. Photophysics and photochemistry of xanthene dyes in polymer solutions and films

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    Kamat, P.V.; Fox, M.A.

    1984-05-24

    The singlet and triplet lifetimes of erythrosin B and rose bengal, two representative xanthene dyes, are significantly increased by enclosing the dye in a cage of poly(4-vinylpyridine) (PVP). The fluorescence yield, controlled by the rate of intersystem crossing, is also increased by such encapsulation. Parallel effects are observed upon adding the polymer to an ethanolic solution of the xanthene or upon loading the dye into a polymer matrix dispersed on a metal oxide surface. The effect of the polymer on static quenching of the excited dye and the implications of dye-loaded polymer films in solar energy conversion are discussed.

  9. Theoretical development and experimental validation of a thermally dissipative cohesive zone model for dynamic fracture of amorphous polymers

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    Bjerke, Todd W.; Lambros, John

    2003-06-01

    A thermally dissipative cohesive zone model is developed for predicting the temperature increase at the tip of a crack propagating dynamically in a nominally brittle material exhibiting a cohesive-type failure such as crazing. The model assumes that fracture energy supplied to the crack tip region that is in excess of that needed for the creation of new free surfaces during crack advance is converted to heat within the cohesive zone. Bulk dissipation mechanisms, such as plasticity, are not accounted for. Several cohesive traction laws are examined, and the model is then used to make predictions of crack tip heating at various crack propagation speeds in the nominally brittle amorphous polymer PMMA, observed to fail by a crazing-type mechanism. The heating predictions are compared to experimental data where the temperature field surrounding a high speed crack in PMMA was measured. Measurements are made in real time using a multi-point high speed HgCdTe infrared radiation detector array. At the same time as temperature, simultaneous measurement of fracture energy is made by a strain gauge technique, and crack tip speed is monitored through a resistance ladder method. Material strength can be estimated through uniaxial tension tests, thus minimizing the need for parameter fitting in the stress-opening traction law. Excellent agreement between experiments and theory is found for two of the cohesive traction law temperature predictions, but only for the case where a single craze is active during the dynamic fracture of PMMA, i.e. crack tip speed up to approximately 0.2 cR. For higher speed fracture where subsurface damage becomes prominent, the line dissipation model of a cohesive zone is inadequate, and a distributed damage model is needed.

  10. Relevance of Solvent Characteristics on Ion-Binding and the Structure Formation of Neutral Polymers in Electrolyte Solutions

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    Faiza Hakem, Ilhem; Lal, Jyotsana; Bockstaller, Michael

    2006-03-01

    Polymers carrying functional groups constituted of heteroatoms are omnipresent in biology and polymer technology, for example in the development of solid state polymer electrolytes. When dissolved in polar solvents, these polymers can coordinate ions that result in an effective transformation of the neutral polymer into a weakly charged polyelectrolyte as indicated by the characteristic changes in the polymers solution characteristics. In our contribution we discuss the implications of solvent characteristics -- i.e. dielectric constant and hydrogen bonding capacity -- and the ion-strength of the added electrolyte on the polymer-ion coordination as well as polymer solution characteristics. A mean-field model to predict the amount of ion-coordination is presented and validated for the particular case of poly(oxy ethylene)/salt solutions. The Random Phase Approximation (RPA) is applied to extract quantitative information about the coordination of ions to the polymer in solution from small-angle neutron scattering (SANS) data.

  11. Structural Properties and Phase Behavior of Crosslinked Networks in Polymer Solutions

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    Benmouna, Farida; Zemmour, Samira; Benmouna, Mustapha

    2016-01-01

    ABSTRACT Structural properties and phase behavior of crosslinked networks embedded in polymer solutions are theoretically investigated. The partial structure factor of the network is calculated using a matrix formulation of the random phase approximation and the forward scattering limit is correlated with the phase behavior. Swelling and deswelling processes are analyzed in terms of the polymer concentration, the mismatch of solvent quality with respect to polymer and network, the polymers incompatibility and their characteristic sizes. Most studies reported so far in the literature have focussed on the swelling of crosslinked networks and gels in pure solvents but the correlation of the structural properties with the phase behavior in the presence of high molecular weight polymers in solution has not been given sufficient attention. The present work is intended to fill this gap in view of the current efforts to develop novel drug encapsulating and targeted delivery devices. PMID:27134310

  12. Concentration Fluctuations of a Semidilute Polymer Solution in Good Solvent Near a Repulsive Surface

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    Yeh, Catherine; Pincus, Philip; Zidovska, Alexandra

    2012-02-01

    The concentration profile of a semidilute polymer solution in good solvent near a repulsive surface has been previously calculated.ootnotetextJ. F. Joanny, L. Leibler, P.-G. de Gennes, J. Polym. Sci. 17, 1073 (1979) In this work we consider fluctuation corrections to the mean field concentration profile in the presence of a repulsive surface using the Cahn-Hilliard square-gradient approach extended to polymer interfaces. Our results predict that at strongly repulsive surfaces, a polymer in good solvent exhibits concentration fluctuations associated with the surface in addition to fluctuations of the bulk polymer solution. We compare our predictions with current experiments which have measured fluctuations in the concentration of interphase chromatin (DNA with its associated proteins) inside the nucleus of mammalian cells in vivo using ultrafast high space resolution spinning disc confocal microscopy.

  13. NMR measurements of solvent self-diffusion coefficients in polymer solutions

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    Blum, Frank D.; Pickup, Stephen; Waggoner, R. Allen

    1989-11-01

    The transport of solvents and other small molecules in polymer solutions is important in many areas such as reaction rates, drying of coatings, plasticizer loss, curing of resins, elimination of residual monomer, and controlled drug release. Some of the work done in our laboratory on the diffusion of small molecules in polymer solutions and dispersions is reviewed. The diffusion data was used to test the Vrentas and Duda's free-volume theory for self-diffusion coefficients; test the independence of the normalized solvent self-diffusion for several polymer-solvent systems; and predict the solvent loss curves for drying of coatings based on solvent self-diffusion coefficients.

  14. Effect of polymer matrix on structure of Se particles formed in aqueous solutions during redox process

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    Suvorova, E. I.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.

    2010-12-01

    Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive microanalysis study of the structure of particles formed during the reduction of Se(IV) to Se(0) in aqueous solutions in the presence of amphiphilic polymers showed the formation of Se/polymer composite particles. The content of carbon inside the particles can be as large as 80 at %. Polymers deeply influence the structure of particles. Depending on polymers, the composite particles may be unstable with time and they spontaneously evolve from Se/polymer composite particles to crystalline particles of monoclinic Se. For the stable ones, addition of bacterial cellulose Acetobacter xylinum gel-film can induce crystallization in the particles which expel the polymeric material. The Se/polymer composite particles and Se crystalline particles exhibit different sensitivity to electron irradiation and stiffness.

  15. Effect of polymer matrix on structure of Se particles formed in aqueous solutions during redox process

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    Suvorova, E. I. Klechkovskaya, V. V.

    2010-12-15

    Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive microanalysis study of the structure of particles formed during the reduction of Se(IV) to Se(0) in aqueous solutions in the presence of amphiphilic polymers showed the formation of Se/polymer composite particles. The content of carbon inside the particles can be as large as 80 at %. Polymers deeply influence the structure of particles. Depending on polymers, the composite particles may be unstable with time and they spontaneously evolve from Se/polymer composite particles to crystalline particles of monoclinic Se. For the stable ones, addition of bacterial cellulose Acetobacter xylinum gel-film can induce crystallization in the particles which expel the polymeric material. The Se/polymer composite particles and Se crystalline particles exhibit different sensitivity to electron irradiation and stiffness.

  16. Molar mass profiling of synthetic polymers by free-solution capillary electrophoresis of DNA-polymer conjugates.

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    Vreeland, W N; Desruisseaux, C; Karger, A E; Drouin, G; Slater, G W; Barron, A E

    2001-04-15

    The molar mass distribution of a polymer sample is a critical determinant of its material properties and is generally analyzed by gel permeation chromatography or more recently, by MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry. We describe here a novel method for the determination of the degree of polymerization of polydisperse, uncharged, water-soluble polymers (e.g., poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG)), based upon single-monomer resolution of DNA-polymer conjugates by free-solution capillary electrophoresis. This is accomplished by end-on covalent conjugation of a polydisperse, uncharged polymer sample (PEG) to a monodisperse, fluorescently labeled DNA oligomer, followed by electrophoretic analysis. The monodisperse, charged DNA "engine" confers to each conjugate an equal amount of electromotive force, while the varying contour lengths of the uncharged, polydisperse polymers engender different amounts of hydrodynamic drag. The balance of electromotive and hydrodynamic forces enables rapid, high-resolution separation of the DNA-polymer conjugates as a function of the size of the uncharged PEG tail. This provides a profile of the molar mass distribution of the original polymer sample that can be detected by laser-induced fluorescence through excitation of the dye-labeled DNA. We call this method free solution conjugate electrophoresis (FSCE). Theory-based analysis of the resulting electrophoresis data allows precise calculation of the degree of polymerization of the PEG portion of each conjugate molecule. Knowledge of the molecular mass of the uncharged polymer's repeat unit allows for direct calculation of the molar mass averages as well as sample polydispersity index. The results of these analyses are strikingly reminiscent of MALDI-TOF spectra taken of the same PEG samples. PEG samples of 3.4-, 5-, and 20-kDa nominal average molar mass were analyzed by FSCE and MALDI-TOF; the values of the molar mass averages, Mw and Mn, typically agree to within 5%. Measurements and molar mass

  17. Investigating the Influence of Polymers on Supersaturated Flufenamic Acid Cocrystal Solutions.

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    Guo, Minshan; Wang, Ke; Hamill, Noel; Lorimer, Keith; Li, Mingzhong

    2016-09-01

    The development of enabling formulations is a key stage when demonstrating the effectiveness of pharmaceutical cocrystals to maximize the oral bioavailability for poorly water soluble drugs. Inhibition of drug crystallization from a supersaturated cocrystal solution through a fundamental understanding of the nucleation and crystal growth is important. In this study, the influence of the three polymers of polyethylene glycol (PEG), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), and a copolymer of N-vinly-2-pyrrodidone (60%) and vinyl acetate (40%) (PVP-VA) on the flufenamic acid (FFA) crystallization from three different supersaturated solutions of the pure FFA and two cocrystals of FFA-NIC CO and FFA-TP CO has been investigated by measuring nucleation induction times and desupersaturation rates in the presence and absence of seed crystals. It was found that the competition of intermolecular hydrogen bonding among drug/coformer, drug/polymer, and coformer/polymer was a key factor responsible for maintaining supersaturation through nucleation inhibition and crystal growth modification in a cocrystal solution. The supersaturated cocrystal solutions with predissolved PEG demonstrated more effective stabilization in comparison to the pure FFA in the presence of the same polymer. In contrast, neither of the two cocrystal solutions, in the presence of PVP or PVP-VA, exhibited a better performance than the pure FFA with the same predissolved polymer. The study suggests that the selection of a polymeric excipient in a cocrystal formulation should not be solely dependent on the interplay of the parent drug and polymer without considering the coformer effects. PMID:27494289

  18. Communication: Polarizable polymer chain under external electric field in a dilute polymer solution

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-11-28

    We study the conformational behavior of polarizable polymer chain under an external homogeneous electric field within the Flory type self-consistent field theory. We consider the influence of electric field on the polymer coil as well as on the polymer globule. We show that when the polymer chain conformation is a coil, application of external electric field leads to its additional swelling. However, when the polymer conformation is a globule, a sufficiently strong field can induce a globule-coil transition. We show that such “field-induced” globule-coil transition at the sufficiently small monomer polarizabilities goes quite smoothly. On the contrary, when the monomer polarizability exceeds a certain threshold value, the globule-coil transition occurs as a dramatic expansion in the regime of first-order phase transition. The developed theoretical model can be applied to predicting polymer globule density change under external electric field in order to provide more efficient processes of polymer functionalization, such as sorption, dyeing, and chemical modification.

  19. Communication: Polarizable polymer chain under external electric field in a dilute polymer solution.

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    Budkov, Yu A; Kolesnikov, A L; Kiselev, M G

    2015-11-28

    We study the conformational behavior of polarizable polymer chain under an external homogeneous electric field within the Flory type self-consistent field theory. We consider the influence of electric field on the polymer coil as well as on the polymer globule. We show that when the polymer chain conformation is a coil, application of external electric field leads to its additional swelling. However, when the polymer conformation is a globule, a sufficiently strong field can induce a globule-coil transition. We show that such "field-induced" globule-coil transition at the sufficiently small monomer polarizabilities goes quite smoothly. On the contrary, when the monomer polarizability exceeds a certain threshold value, the globule-coil transition occurs as a dramatic expansion in the regime of first-order phase transition. The developed theoretical model can be applied to predicting polymer globule density change under external electric field in order to provide more efficient processes of polymer functionalization, such as sorption, dyeing, and chemical modification. PMID:26627943

  20. Communication: Polarizable polymer chain under external electric field in a dilute polymer solution

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-11-01

    We study the conformational behavior of polarizable polymer chain under an external homogeneous electric field within the Flory type self-consistent field theory. We consider the influence of electric field on the polymer coil as well as on the polymer globule. We show that when the polymer chain conformation is a coil, application of external electric field leads to its additional swelling. However, when the polymer conformation is a globule, a sufficiently strong field can induce a globule-coil transition. We show that such "field-induced" globule-coil transition at the sufficiently small monomer polarizabilities goes quite smoothly. On the contrary, when the monomer polarizability exceeds a certain threshold value, the globule-coil transition occurs as a dramatic expansion in the regime of first-order phase transition. The developed theoretical model can be applied to predicting polymer globule density change under external electric field in order to provide more efficient processes of polymer functionalization, such as sorption, dyeing, and chemical modification

  1. Regular branched Macromolecules: Structure of Bottlebrush Polymers in Solution

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    Pakula, T.; Rathgeber, S.; Matyjaszewski, K.

    2001-03-01

    The shape and internal structure of bottlebrush (comb) macromolecules under good solvent conditions have been studied using small angle neutron scattering and computer simulations. The form factor S(Q) was measured at low concentrations in toluene for comb polymers consisting of a p(BPEM) backbone with p(nBA) side chains. The following intramolecular parameters were varied: (1) backbone length, (2) grafting density and (3) length of the side chains. Using models which have been successfully applied to other regular branched polymers we derive the range of the hydrodynamic interaction within the polymer and the particle dimension from which we can conclude on the overall shape of the macromolecular brush. In addition we determined the radius of the gyration of the backbone R_g^bb and of the side chains R_g^sc. These parameters give information about the stiffness of the polymer. Experimental findings are compared with computer simulation results performed for a single bottlebrush macromolecule using the cooperative motion algorithm. The simulation gives direct access to R_g^bb and R_g^sc and allows an independent determination of S(Q). Good agreement between experiment and simulation has been found.

  2. Facilitation of polymer looping and giant polymer diffusivity in crowded solutions of active particles

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    Shin, Jaeoh; Cherstvy, Andrey G.; Kim, Won Kyu; Metzler, Ralf

    2015-11-01

    We study the dynamics of polymer chains in a bath of self-propelled particles (SPP) by extensive Langevin dynamics simulations in a two-dimensional model system. Specifically, we analyse the polymer looping properties versus the SPP activity and investigate how the presence of the active particles alters the chain conformational statistics. We find that SPPs tend to extend flexible polymer chains, while they rather compactify stiffer semiflexible polymers, in agreement with previous results. Here we show that higher activities of SPPs yield a higher effective temperature of the bath and thus facilitate the looping kinetics of a passive polymer chain. We explicitly compute the looping probability and looping time in a wide range of the model parameters. We also analyse the motion of a monomeric tracer particle and the polymer’s centre of mass in the presence of the active particles in terms of the time averaged mean squared displacement, revealing a giant diffusivity enhancement for the polymer chain via SPP pooling. Our results are applicable to rationalising the dimensions and looping kinetics of biopolymers at constantly fluctuating and often actively driven conditions inside biological cells or in suspensions of active colloidal particles or bacteria cells.

  3. Amorphous ZnAlSnO thin-film transistors by a combustion solution process for future displays

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    Jiang, Qingjun; Feng, Lisha; Wu, Chuanjia; Sun, Rujie; Lu, Bin; Ye, Zhizhen; Lu, Jianguo; Li, Xifeng

    2015-02-02

    A combustion solution method was developed to fabricate amorphous ZnAlSnO (a-ZATO) for thin-film transistors (TFTs). The properties of a-ZATO films and behaviors of a-ZATO TFTs were studied in detail. An appropriate Al content in the matrix could suppress the formation of oxygen vacancies efficiently and achieve densely amorphous films. The a-ZATO TFTs exhibited acceptable performances, with an on/off current ratio of ∼10{sup 6}, field-effect mobility of 2.33 cm{sup 2}·V{sup −1}·S{sup −1}, threshold voltage of 2.39 V, and subthreshold swing of 0.52 V/decade at an optimal Al content (0.5). The relation between on- and off-resistance of the ZATO TFT was also within the range expected for fast switching devices. More importantly, the introduced Al with an appropriate content had the ability to evidently enhance the device long-term stability under working bias stress and storage durations. The obtained indium- and gallium-free a-ZATO TFTs are very promising for the next-generation displays.

  4. Reduction of the viscosity of solutions viscosified with xanthan gum polymers

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    Bridges, K.L.; Kalinski, K.L.

    1991-10-08

    This patent describes a process for reducing the viscosity of a drilling fluid containing Xanthan gum polymer solution. It comprises: contacting the drilling fluid with hydrogen peroxide and adjusting the pH of the solution to a level of at least about between 8 and 10.

  5. Thermally Activated Delayed Fluorescence in Polymers: A New Route toward Highly Efficient Solution Processable OLEDs.

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    Nikolaenko, Andrey E; Cass, Michael; Bourcet, Florence; Mohamad, David; Roberts, Matthew

    2015-11-25

    Efficient intermonomer thermally activated delayed fluorescence is demonstrated for the first time, opening a new route to achieving high-efficiency solution processable polymer light-emitting device materials. External quantum efficiency (EQE) of up to 10% is achieved in a simple fully solution-processed device structure, and routes for further EQE improvement identified. PMID:26457683

  6. Analysis of structure and orientation of adsorbed polymers in solution subject to a dynamic shear stress

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    Smith, G.; Baker, S.; Toprakcioglu, C.

    1996-09-01

    This is the final report of a three-year, Laboratory-Directed Research and Development (LDRD) project at the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Polymer-based separation techniques rely on the ability of a binding portion of the polymer to interact with a specific molecule in a solution flowing past the polymer. The location of the binding site within or out of the entangled polymer chains is thus crucial to the effectiveness of these methods. For this reason, the details of flow induced deformation of the polymer chains is important in such applications as exclusion chromatography, waste water treatment, ultrafiltration, enhanced oil recovery and microbial adhesion. Few techniques exist to examine the structure and orientation of polymeric materials, and even fewer to examine systems in a dynamic fluid flow. The goal of this project was to understand the molecular structure and orientation of adsorbed polymers with and without active binding ligands as a function of solvent shear rate, solvent power, polymer molecular weight, surface polymer coverage and heterogeneity of the surface polymer chains by neutron reflectometry in a newly designed shear cell. Geometrical effects on binding of molecules in the flow was also studied subject to the same parameters.

  7. Amorphous and nanocrystalline titanium nitride and carbonitride materials obtained by solution phase ammonolysis of Ti(NMe 2) 4

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    Jackson, Andrew W.; Shebanova, Olga; Hector, Andrew L.; McMillan, Paul F.

    2006-05-01

    Solution phase reactions between tetrakisdimethylamidotitanium (Ti(NMe 2) 4) and ammonia yield precipitates with composition TiC 0.5N 1.1H 2.3. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicates that decomposition of these precursor materials proceeds in two steps to yield rocksalt-structured TiN or Ti(C,N), depending upon the gas atmosphere. Heating to above 700 °C in NH 3 yields nearly stoichiometric TiN. However, heating in N 2 atmosphere leads to isostructural carbonitrides, approximately TiC 0.2N 0.8 in composition. The particle sizes of these materials range between 4-12 nm. Heating to a temperature that corresponds to the intermediate plateau in the TGA curve (450 °C) results in a black powder that is X-ray amorphous and is electrically conducting. The bulk chemical composition of this material is found to be TiC 0.22N 1.01H 0.07, or Ti 3(C 0.17N 0.78H 0.05) 3.96, close to Ti 3(C,N) 4. Previous workers have suggested that the intermediate compound was an amorphous form of Ti 3N 4. TEM investigation of the material indicates the presence of nanocrystalline regions <5 nm in dimension embedded in an amorphous matrix. Raman and IR reflectance data indicate some structural similarity with the rocksalt-structured TiN and Ti(C,N) phases, but with disorder and substantial vacancies or other defects. XAS indicates that the local structure of the amorphous solid is based on the rocksalt structure, but with a large proportion of vacancies on both the cation (Ti) and anion (C,N) sites. The first shell Ti coordination is approximately 4.5 and the second-shell coordination ˜5.5 compared with expected values of 6 and 12, respectively, for the ideal rocksalt structure. The material is thus approximately 50% less dense than known Ti x(C,N) y crystalline phases.

  8. Dynamics and scaling of polymers in a dilute solution: Analytical treatment in two and higher dimensions

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    Punkkinen, O.; Falck, E.; Vattulainen, I.; Ala-Nissila, T.

    2005-03-01

    We consider the dynamical scaling of a single polymer chain in good solvent. In the case of two-dimensional systems, Shannon and Choy [Phys. Rev. Lett. 79, 1455 (1997)] have suggested that the dynamical scaling for a dilute polymer solution breaks down. Using scaling arguments and analytical calculations based on the Zimm model, we show that the dynamical scaling of a dilute two-dimensional polymer system holds when the relevant dynamical quantities are properly extracted from finite systems. Most important, the polymer diffusion coefficient in two dimensions scales logarithmically with system size, in excellent agreement with our extensive computer simulations. This scaling is the reason for the failure of the previous attempts to resolve the dynamical scaling of dilute two-dimensional polymer systems. In three and higher dimensions our analytic calculations are in agreement with previous results in the literature.

  9. Morphology of crystalline–amorphous olefin block copolymers in solution characterized by small-angle neutron scattering and microscopy

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    Radulescu, Aurel; Goerigk, Günter; Fetters, Lewis; Richter, Dieter

    2015-01-01

    The single-chain properties and self-assembly behavior in dilute solution of olefin block copolymers obtained by chain-shuttling technology and consisting of alternating crystallizable and amorphous ethylene/1-octene blocks were investigated by pinhole and focusing small-angle neutron scattering techniques, optical microscopy in bright-field and crossed-polarizer modes, and differential scanning calorimetry. The complex hydrocarbon soluble (precipitant free) macro-aggregates formed with decreasing temperature are characterized by spherulitic textures. The spherulites yield, on one hand, a morphology that depends on the chain structure properties and, on the other hand, multiple structural levels with a hierarchical organization that ranges from 10 Å up to tens of micrometres. This morphology displays peculiarities dictated by the polydisperse character of these materials. PMID:26664344

  10. Vapor-Liquid Equilibria for Some Concentrated Aqueous PolymerSolutions

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    Striolo, Alberto; Prausnitz, John M.

    1999-07-01

    Vapor-liquid-equilibrium data were obtained for binary aqueous solutions of six water-soluble linear polymers in the range 70-95 C. A classical gravimetric sorption method was used to measure the amount of solvent absorbed as a function of vapor-phase water pressure. Polymers studied were polyvinylpyrrolidone, polyethyleneoxide, polyvinylalcohol, hydroxyethylcellulose, polyethylenimine, polymethylvinylether. The experimental data were reduced with Hino's lattice model that distinguished the interactions due to London dispersion forces and those due to hydrogen bonding.