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  1. Can Nanorods Emulsify Immiscible Polymer Blends?

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    Hore, Michael J. A.

    2005-03-01

    The addition of nanoscale rods to immiscible binary polymer blends has a pronounced effect on the dynamics of phase separation. The results of computer simulations of the Dissipative Particle Dynamics (DPD) model in three dimensions (3D) indicate that when nanorods prefer one of two components in an immiscible binary polymer blend, the rate of phase separation decreases when the volume fraction of nanorods is increased, or as the aspect ratio (L/D) of the rods is increased. Interestingly, anisotropic nanoparticles have a much more pronounced effect on phase separation dynamics in the system when compared to the effects of spherical nanoparticles, which, generically, do not alter the characteristics of the kinetics in the system. In particular, it may be the case that at high volume fractions -- or alternatively, low volume fractions and large aspect ratio of nanorods -- the system may undergo micro-phase separation only, indicating that the nanorods may be excellent emulsifying agents.

  2. Compatibilized Immiscible Polymer Blends for Gas Separations.

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    Panapitiya, Nimanka; Wijenayake, Sumudu; Nguyen, Do; Karunaweera, Chamaal; Huang, Yu; Balkus, Kenneth; Musselman, Inga; Ferraris, John

    2016-07-30

    Membrane-based gas separation has attracted a great deal of attention recently due to the requirement for high purity gasses in industrial applications like fuel cells, and because of environment concerns, such as global warming. The current methods of cryogenic distillation and pressure swing adsorption are energy intensive and costly. Therefore, polymer membranes have emerged as a less energy intensive and cost effective candidate to separate gas mixtures. However, the use of polymeric membranes has a drawback known as the permeability-selectivity tradeoff. Many approaches have been used to overcome this limitation including the use of polymer blends. Polymer blending technology synergistically combines the favorable properties of different polymers like high gas permeability and high selectivity, which are difficult to attain with a single polymer. During polymer mixing, polymers tend to uncontrollably phase separate due to unfavorable thermodynamics, which limits the number of completely miscible polymer combinations for gas separations. Therefore, compatibilizers are used to control the phase separation and to obtain stable membrane morphologies, while improving the mechanical properties. In this review, we focus on immiscible polymer blends and the use of compatibilizers for gas separation applications.

  3. Compatibilized Immiscible Polymer Blends for Gas Separations

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    Panapitiya, Nimanka; Wijenayake, Sumudu; Nguyen, Do; Karunaweera, Chamaal; Huang, Yu; Balkus, Kenneth; Musselman, Inga; Ferraris, John

    2016-01-01

    Membrane-based gas separation has attracted a great deal of attention recently due to the requirement for high purity gasses in industrial applications like fuel cells, and because of environment concerns, such as global warming. The current methods of cryogenic distillation and pressure swing adsorption are energy intensive and costly. Therefore, polymer membranes have emerged as a less energy intensive and cost effective candidate to separate gas mixtures. However, the use of polymeric membranes has a drawback known as the permeability-selectivity tradeoff. Many approaches have been used to overcome this limitation including the use of polymer blends. Polymer blending technology synergistically combines the favorable properties of different polymers like high gas permeability and high selectivity, which are difficult to attain with a single polymer. During polymer mixing, polymers tend to uncontrollably phase separate due to unfavorable thermodynamics, which limits the number of completely miscible polymer combinations for gas separations. Therefore, compatibilizers are used to control the phase separation and to obtain stable membrane morphologies, while improving the mechanical properties. In this review, we focus on immiscible polymer blends and the use of compatibilizers for gas separation applications. PMID:28773766

  4. Microstructure of an immiscible polymer blend and its stabilization effect on amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Yang, Ziyi; Nollenberger, Kathrin; Albers, Jessica; Craig, Duncan; Qi, Sheng

    2013-07-01

    This study proposes use of the phase separation of immiscible polymer blends as a formulation approach to improve the stabilization and solubilization of amorphous molecular dispersions of poorly soluble drugs. This approach uses the phase separation and different drug solubilization properties of the two immiscible polymers in the blend to optimize drug loading and stabilization. The model system tested in this study is a EUDRAGIT E PO-PVP-VA 50/50 (w/w) blend loaded with felodipine via hot melt extrusion. The phase separation behavior of the polymer blend and drug loaded polymer blend formulations were characterized using a range of thermal (MTDSC), spectroscopic (ATR-FTIR), and imaging (AFM and thermal transition mapping) techniques. The polymer blend formulations demonstrated superior performance in drug release as well as stabilization against stressed temperature, stressed humidity, and mechanical milling in comparison to the drug-polymer binary systems. This is attributed to the configuration of the phase separated microstructure of the polymer blend formulations where the hydrophilic polymer domains host high concentrations of molecularly dispersed drug which are protected from moisture induced recrystallization on aging by the hydrophobic polymer domains. Additionally drug incorporation as a molecular dispersion in different polymer phases reduces the drug recrystallization tendency on aging under high temperatures and during milling.

  5. The Prospects of Nanorods as Blending Agents in Immiscible Binary Polymer Blends

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    Hore, Michael J. A.; Laradji, Mohamed

    2006-03-01

    Systematic, large scale dissipative particle dynamics computer simulations performed in three dimensions indicate that the dynamics of phase separation of polymer blends containing rigid nanorods can be substantially slower than that of a pure binary blend, and that the dynamics depend greatly on the aspect ratio, i.e length/diameter, of the nanoparticles. When compared with spherical nanoparticles, it is also found that nanorods with the same volume fraction, or same surface area, are more effective in slowing down the dynamics of the blend -- an indication that the anisotropy of the nanoparticles plays an important role in the phase separation kinetics. For a given volume fraction of rods, the domain growth exponent decreases (and growth may become non-algebraic) as the aspect ratio of the rods is increased. Growth is also slowed as the volume fraction of the nanorods is increased for a given aspect ratio. Additionally, it is found that the effect of lengthwise polydisperse rods is similar to that of monodisperse rods with a length equal to the mean length of the polydisperse rods. In cases with high aspect ratio rods or high volume fractions of rods, systems often proceed to micro-phase separated states -- results not seen for nanospheres. The upshot of these results is that nanorods may potentially be used as effective emulsifiers of immiscible binary polymer blends. The thermodynamic stability of these micro-phase separated states will be discussed.

  6. Gas Separation Membranes Derived from High-Performance Immiscible Polymer Blends Compatibilized with Small Molecules.

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    Panapitiya, Nimanka P; Wijenayake, Sumudu N; Nguyen, Do D; Huang, Yu; Musselman, Inga H; Balkus, Kenneth J; Ferraris, John P

    2015-08-26

    An immiscible polymer blend comprised of high-performance copolyimide 6FDA-DAM:DABA(3:2) (6FDD) and polybenzimidazole (PBI) was compatibilized using 2-methylimidazole (2-MI), a commercially available small molecule. Membranes were fabricated from blends of 6FDD:PBI (50:50) with and without 2-MI for H2/CO2 separations. The membranes demonstrated a matrix-droplet type microstructure as evident with scanning electron microscopy (SEM) imaging where 6FDD is the dispersed phase and PBI is the continuous phase. In addition, membranes with 2-MI demonstrated a uniform microstructure as observed by smaller and more uniformly dispersed 6FDD domains in contrast to 6FDD:PBI (50:50) blend membranes without 2-MI. This compatibilization effect of 2-MI was attributed to interfacial localization of 2-MI that lowers the interfacial energy similar to a surfactant. Upon the incorporation of 2-MI, the H2/CO2 selectivity improved remarkably, compared to the pure blend, and surpassed the Robeson's upper bound. To our knowledge, this is the first report of the use of a small molecule to compatibilize a high-performance immiscible polymer blend. This approach could afford a novel class of membranes in which immiscible polymer blends can be compatibilized in an economical and convenient fashion.

  7. On the coarsening of immiscible polymer blends with cocontinuous morphologies

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    Lopez-Barron, Carlos Rene

    Cocontinuous blends are used in a number of applications, including porous media for filtration, dessicant entrained polymers and substrates for drug delivery devices. A major drawback of these materials is that they are thermodynamically unstable, which implies that their morphology evolves into coarser structures when they are above their glass transition (or melting) temperatures. The mechanisms involved in the coarsening process are not fully understood yet. Three aspects of the coarsening process were addressed in this work: (1) thorough characterization of the microstructure during coarsening via the implementation of novel 3D imaging techniques, (2) modification of interfacial properties via addition of block copolymers in order to hinder the coarsening, and (3) determination of the connection between morphology and viscoelastic response during the coarsening process. Laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) was used to image fluorescently labeled polystyrene (FLPS)/styrene-ran-acrylonitrile copolymer (SAN) blends. A methodology to obtain 3D micrographs of the blends and analyzed them to extract information of the geometry (size and local curvatures), topology (connectivity) and anisotropy (normal vectors) was implemented. From the analysis of the time evolution of the size and local curvature of the interface, two regimes of coarsening were identified: an early regime, where the characteristic size grows linearly with time and the interface evolves in a self-similar manner, and a late regime where the surface growth is neither linear nor self-similar. The measured decrease of the interface curvature was used to explain this regime transition. Symmetric diblock copolymers (BC) made of polystyrene (PS) and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) were used to compatibilize the blends. A dramatic decrease in the rate of coarsening was observed after adding just 1% of BC. The stabilization was particularly good for BC with an intermediate molecular weight. This result

  8. Effect of elongational flow on immiscible polymer blend/nanoparticle composites: a molecular dynamics study.

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    Shebert, George L; Lak Joo, Yong

    2016-07-13

    Using coarse-grained nonequilibrium molecular dynamics, the dynamics of a blend of the equal ratio of immiscible polymers mixed with nanoparticles (NP) are simulated. The simulations are conducted under planar elongational flow, which affects the dispersion of the NPs and the self-assembly morphology. The goal of this study is to investigate the effect of planar elongational flow on the nanocomposite blend system as well as to thoroughly compare the blend to an analogous symmetric block copolymer (BCP) system to understand the role of the polymer structure on the morphology and NP dispersion. Two types of spherical NPs are considered: (1) selective NPs that are attracted to one of the polymer components and (2) nonselective NPs that are neutral to both components. A comparison of the blend and BCP systems reveals that for selective NP, the blend system shows a much broader NP distribution in the selective phase than the BCP phase. This is due to a more uniform distribution of polymer chain ends throughout the selective phase in the blend system than the BCP system. For nonselective NP, the blend and BCP systems show similar results for low elongation rates, but the NP peak in the BCP system broadens as elongation rates approach the order-disorder transition. In addition, the presence of NP is found to affect the morphology transitions of both the blend and BCP systems, depending on the NP type.

  9. A new insight into interfaces of immiscible binary polymer blends from the free volume approach

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    Ramya, P.; Meghala, D.; Pasang, T.; Raj, J. M.; Chandrashekara, M. N.; Ranganathaiah, C.

    2012-06-01

    The interface width in an immiscible (PVC/PS) polymer blend is determined using hydrodynamic interaction parameter (α) derived from free volume data measured using Positron lifetime spectrometer. CONTIN program has been employed to get the free volume hole size distribution. A new definition of interface width is presented, which originates from the Kirkwood-Riseman theory and friction coefficient as per Stokes equation. Friction at the interface of a binary blend decides how close the surfaces come or stay farther resulting in narrow or broad interface width respectively.

  10. Advances in the engineering science of immiscible polymer blends: A powder route for delicate polymer precursors and a highly renewable polyamide/terephthalate blend system

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    Giancola, Giorgiana

    Powder processing of thermoplastic polymer composites is an effective way to achieve a high level of component homogenization in raw blends prior to melt processing, thus reducing the thermal and shear stress on the components. Polymer blends can be prepared that would otherwise not be possible due to thermodynamic incompatibility. Evaluation of this concept was conducted by processing PMMA and HDPE micron sized powders which were characterized using DSC and rheology. Optical microscopy and SEM, showed that high-quality, fine domain sized blends can be made by the compression molding process. Silica marker spheres were used to qualitatively assess the level dispersive mixing. EDS chemical analysis was effective in providing image contrast between PMMA and HDPE based on the carbonyl and ester oxygen. EDS image maps, combined with secondary electron images show that compression molding of blended powder precursors produces composites of comparable homogeneity and domain size as extrusion processing. FTIR proved valuable when assessing the intimacy of the constituents at the interface of the immiscible domains. The formation of an in-situ, PMMA nano-network structure resulting from solvent extraction and redeposition using DMF was uniquely found on the surface of these immiscible polymer blends. This work has shown that powder processing of polymers is an effective means to melt processed fragile polymers to high quality blends. Recently, efforts towards the development of sustainable materials have evolved due in part to the increase in price and limited supply of crude oil. Immiscible polymer blending is a paradigm that enables synergistic material performance in certain instances where the composite properties are superior to the sum of the constituents. The addition of PA6,10 to PTT offers an opportunity to increase the bio-based content of PTT while simultaneously maintaining or improving mechanical properties. PA6,10 and PTT are immiscible polymers that can be

  11. Effect of Particles on Rheology and Morphology of Immiscible PI/PDMS Polymer Blends

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    Thareja, Prachi; Velankar, Sachin S.

    2008-07-01

    We present the effects of several interfacially-active particles on the rheology of model immiscible polymer blends of polyisoprene (PI) and polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) with a droplet-matrix morphology. The particles are capable of adsorbing at the PI/PDMS interface, and hence addition of these particles is expected to significantly affect the breakup and coalescence of drops and consequently the drop size. Using rheology (specifically, strain recovery upon cessation of shear) as a tool to probe morphological evolution, we show that none of the particles are able to prevent coalescence of the drops, at least at a particle loading of 0.5 vol.%. Remarkably however, some particle types strongly promote coalescence in some blends.

  12. Physical properties of immiscible polymers

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    Harris, J. Milton

    1987-01-01

    The demixing of immiscible polymers in low gravity is discussed. Applications of knowledge gained in this research will provide a better understanding of the role of phase segregation in determining the properties of polymer blends made from immiscible polymers. Knowledge will also be gained regarding the purification of biological materials by partitioning between the two liquid phases formed by solution of the polymers polyethylene glycol and dextran in water. Testing of new apparatus for space flight, extension of affinity phase partitioning, refinement of polymer chemistry, and demixing of isopycnic polymer phases in a one gravity environment are discussed.

  13. Effects of shear during the cooling on the rheology and morphology of immiscible polymer blends

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    Hammani, S.; Moulai-Mostefa, N.; Benyahia, L.; Tassin, J. F.

    2014-08-01

    The aim of this work was the generation of a microfibrillar structure in immiscible polymer blends using a new technique. The blend polymer model is the emulsion formed by a mixture of polypropylene (PP) with polystyrene (PS) in the proportion of PP10/PS90. In the first case the pellets of polystyrene and polypropylene were blended on the twin-screw mini extruder in the classical manner with different shear rates. In the second case, the same blend was prepared in the same way followed by a dynamic cooling at different shear rates. The phase morphologies of PP in the blend were determined by Scanning Electron Microscopy on two directions (transversal and longitudinal direction to the flow). In the two cases, the dispersed phase size decreased with the increase of the shear rate in the extruder. An anomaly was registered in the classical method at 200 rpm, where the size of the dispersed phase increases with the increase of the shear rate. The dynamic cooling technique recorded smaller diameters (4 to 5 times) of the dispersed phase compared to the conventional technique. In addition, the reappearance of the microfilaments at 200rpm was observed. The rheological properties were determined by RS100 (Thermo Scientific Haake). Using this new technique, it was noticed that he elastic modulus increases with one decade compared to the classical method and the complex viscosity decreases with the increase of the shear rate. An anomaly was registered in the classical technique, where the dynamic viscosity at 200rpm increases with increasing the shear rate in the extruder.

  14. Evolution of Immiscibly Blended Functionalized Polymers with Respect to Cure Parameters and Formulation

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    Heller, Nicholas Walter Medicus

    Powder coatings are becoming ubiquitous in the coating marketplace due to the absence of solvents in their formulation, but they have yet to see implementation in low-reflectance outdoor applications. This demand could be met by utilizing polymer blends formulated with low loadings of matting agents and pigments. The goal of this research is a thorough characterization of prototype low-reflectance coatings through several analytical techniques. Prototypical thermoset blends consist of functionalized polyurethanes rendered immiscible by differences in polar and hydrogen bonding characteristics, resulting in a surface roughened by droplet domains. Analysis of both pigmented and control clear films was performed. This research project had three primary aims: (1) determine the composition of the resin components of the polymer blend; (2) to monitor the evolution of domains before and during curing of clear polymer blends; (3) to monitor the evolution of these domains when pigments are added to these blends. The clear films enabled unhindered analysis by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and Raman spectroscopy on the binder. However, these domains provided no spectroscopic signatures despite their observation by optical microscopy. This necessitated the development of a new procedure for cross-section preparation that leaves no contamination from polishing media, which enabled Raman mapping of the morphology via an introduced marker peak from styrene monomer. The clears were analyzed as a powder and as films that were quenched at various cure-times using FTIR, Raman, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and thermomechanical methods to construct a model of coating evolution based on cure parameters and polymer dynamics. Domains were observed in the powder, and underwent varying rates of coarsening as the cure progressed. TEM, scanning electron microscopy and thermomechanical methods were also used on pigmented systems at different states of the cure, including in

  15. Morphology Evolution of Polypropylene in Immiscible Polymer Blends for Fabrication of Nanofibers

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    Immiscible blends of cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) and isotactic polypropylenes (iPPs) with different melting index were extruded through a two-strand rod die. The extrudates were hot-drawn at the die exit at different draw ratios by controlling the drawing speed. The morphologies of iPP fibers e...

  16. Tailoring the interface of an immiscible polymer blend by a mutually miscible homopolymer grafted onto graphene oxide: outstanding mechanical properties.

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    Kar, Goutam Prasanna; Biswas, Sourav; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2015-01-21

    A unique strategy was adopted here to improve the compatibility between the components of an immiscible polymer blend and strengthen the interface. PMMA, a mutually miscible polymer to both PVDF and ABS, improved the compatibility between the phases by localizing at the blends interface. This was supported by the core-shell formation with PMMA as the shell and ABS as the core as observed from the SEM micrographs. This phenomenon was strongly contingent on the concentration of PMMA in the blends. This strategy was further extended to localize graphene oxide (GO) sheets at the blends interface by chemically coupling it to PMMA (PMMA-g-GO). A dramatic increment of ca. 84% in the Young's modulus and ca. 124% in the yield strength was observed in the presence of PMMA-g-GO with respect to the neat blends. A simultaneous increment in both the strength and the modulus was observed in the presence of PMMA-g-GO whereas, only addition of GO resulted in a moderate improvement in the yield strength. This study reveals that a mutually miscible polymer can render compatibility between the immiscible pair and can improve the stress transfer at the interface.

  17. Morphology and rheology of an immiscible polymer blend subjected to a step electric field under shear flow.

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    Orihara, H; Nishimoto, Y; Aida, K; Na, Y H; Nagaya, T; Ujiie, S

    2011-07-20

    We have investigated the structural change of an immiscible polymer blend in shear flow when subjected to a step electric field. During the process three-dimensional images were successfully constructed with a confocal scanning laser microscope and at the same time the transient shear stress was also measured. The interface tensor was calculated from the images. Several factors are incorporated into the shear stress, such as the bulk viscosity, the interfacial tension and the Maxwell stress. We performed an experiment to separate the Maxwell stress from the total shear stress. The results are discussed in terms of the interface tensor.

  18. Time dependence of the mechanical properties of an immiscible polymer blend

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    Lynch, Jennifer Krystyna

    Lifetime of a 35/65 PS/HDPE immiscible polymer blend, IMPB, railroad crosstie was investigated. Predictive techniques were developed to predict creep and stress relaxation behavior from short-term compressive stress-strain experiments, and predicted values were compared with experimental results. The weathering effect on the IMPB mechanical properties and the environmental benefits of replacing chemically treated wood crossties with IMPB crossties were investigated. Creep and stress relaxation experiments were performed under conditions simulating the maximum lateral load acting on a crosstie on a Class 1 railroad, and spike pull out experiments were performed using cut spikes. Cyclic uniaxial compressive creep experiments left nearly no residual strain remaining in the IMPB samples. Experimental results suggest the track gage will not widen more than 1/8 of an inch when IMPB crossties are utilized. Thus, creep and track gage widening do not limit the lifetime of IMPB crossties in track. Uniaxial compressive stress relaxation experiments and spike pull out experiments conducted at various time intervals from the day of installation were performed to illustrate the similarity of a spike pull out force versus time from the day of installation curve and a stress relaxation curve. The force decreases exponentially with time, in both cases. Research determined that spike killing due to biological attack is irrelevant, and there is no evidence of spike killing on any IMPB crossties currently in track. Predicted creep strain and stress relaxation were in good agreement with experimental data. A correlation is drawn between predicted long-term creep behavior for the IMPB and experimental creep behavior of polyethylene over 25 years. Theories developed for this work were determined reasonable and provide an alternative to performing long-term experiments. Natural and accelerated weathering experiments indicated no degradation in IMPB mechanical properties. Accelerated

  19. Solvent-free Fabrication of Tissue Engineering Scaffolds with Immiscible Polymer Blends

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    Ma, Liang; Jiang, Wei; Li, Wei

    2014-01-01

    A completely organic solvent-free fabrication method is developed for tissue engineering scaffolds by gas foaming of immiscible polylactic acid (PLA) and sucrose blends, followed by water leaching. PLA scaffolds with above 90% porosity and 25–200 μm pore size were fabricated. The pore size and porosity was controlled with process parameters including extrusion temperature and foaming process parameters. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the extrusion temperature could be used to control the scaffold strength. Both unfoamed and foamed scaffolds were used to culture glioblastoma (GBM) cells M059K. The results showed that the cells grew better in the foamed PLA scaffolds. The method presented in the paper is versatile and can be used to fabricate tissue engineering scaffolds without any residual organic solvents. PMID:24764605

  20. Conductivity and phase morphology of carbon black-filled immiscible polymer blends under creep: an experimental and theoretical study.

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    Pan, Yamin; Liu, Xianhu; Hao, Xiaoqiong; Schubert, Dirk W

    2016-11-30

    Blends of carbon black (CB)-filled co-continuous immiscible polystyrene/poly(methyl-methacrylate) (PS/PMMA) with a PS/PMMA ratio of 50/50 and CB selectively located in the PS phase have been prepared by melt blending. The simultaneous evolution of conductivity and phase morphology of blend composites was investigated under shear and in the quiescent state at 200 °C. It was found that shear deformation had a significant influence on the conductivity of the unfilled PS/PMMA blend and its composites, which was attributed to the change of phase morphology during shear. After the shear stress of 10 kPa, the conductivity of PS/PMMA blends filled with 2 vol% of CB decreased by about two orders of magnitude and the phase morphology transformed from a fine co-continuous structure into a highly elongated lamellar structure. The deformation of phase morphology and the decrease of conductivity were weakened upon decreasing the shear stress or increasing the CB concentration. During subsequent recovery, pronounced phase structure coarsening was observed in the mixture and the conductivity increased as well. A simple model describing the behavior of conductivity under shear deformation was derived and utilized for the description of the experimental data. For the first time, the Burgers model was used to describe the conductivity, and the viscoelastic and viscoplastic parameters were deduced by fitting the conductivity under shear. The results obtained in this study provide a deeper insight into the evolution of phase structure in the conductive polymer blend composite induced by shear deformation.

  1. Towards ultraporous poly(L-lactide) scaffolds from quaternary immiscible polymer blends.

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    Virgilio, N; Sarazin, P; Favis, B D

    2010-08-01

    Ultraporous poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) scaffolds were prepared by melt-processing quaternary ethylene propylene diene rubber/poly(epsilon-caprolactone)/polystyrene/poly(l-lactide) (EPDM/PCL/PS/PLLA) 45/45/5/5 %vol. polymer blends modified with a PS-b-PLLA diblock copolymer. The morphology consists of a PS+PLLA+copolymer sub-blend layer forming at the interface of the EPDM and PCL phases. Quiescent annealing and interfacial modification using the block copolymer are used to control the blend microstructure. The ultraporous structure is subsequently obtained by selectively extracting the EPDM, PS and PCL phases. The PLLA scaffolds modified with the PS-b-PLLA copolymer present themselves as fully interconnected porous networks with asymmetric channel walls, one side being smooth while the other is covered with an array of submicron-sized PLLA droplets. They are prepared with a high degree of control over the pore size, with averages ranging from 5microm to over 100microm and a specific surface from 9.1 to 23.1m(2)/g of PLLA, as annealing is carried out from 0 to 60min. The void volume reaches values as high as 95% and in all cases the shape and dimensions of the scaffolds are maintained with a high level of integrity. The proposed method represents a comprehensive approach towards the design and generation of porous PLLA scaffolds based on complex morphologies from melt-processed multiphase polymer systems. Copyright 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Polyolefin blends with immiscible polymers; weld line strength, impact properties, microlayer morphology, and barrier

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    Jarus, David Alan

    2002-09-01

    In Chapter 1, stress-strain behavior coupled with fractography was used to investigate the weld line strength of 30/70 w/w poly(vinyl chloride)/high density polyethylene (PVC/HDPE) blends. The weld line strength depended upon the domain shape of the PVC phase, with elongated domains causing weld line weakness. To alter the PVC domain shape, the viscosity ratio (etaPVC /etaHDPE) of the blend was varied by changing the PVC molecular weight. The domain shape at the fracture initiation site was used in conjunction with a modified Nielsen approach to predict the ductile to brittle transition at the weld line. For the composition studied, a critical aspect ratio of the PVC phase of 1.24 was determined. The calculations predicted that a viscosity ratio of 21 would produce a particle with an aspect ratio of 1.24. The observed weld line strength confirmed this prediction: blends with a viscosity ratio below 21 were brittle and those with a viscosity ratio above 21 had ductile weld lines. Chapter 2 also consisted of PVC/polyethylene blends. In this chapter, an ultra low density polyethylene copolymer was dispersed in the PVC to act as an impact modifier. Good impact properties were achieved in quiescient systems, but were subsequently lost due to coalescence of the polyethylene during injection molding. In Chapter 3, microlayer coextrusion was used as a tool to create structures with microplatelets of high aspect ratio. Polypropylene was combined with polyamide 66 (PA66) by microlayering. A high volume fraction of PA66 microplatelets dispersed in the PP was achieved by injection molding the microlayer materials between the melting temperatures. The PA66 remained in the solid state, and resulted in good barrier enhancement due to the microplatelet structure. In Chapter 4, the gas barrier properties of injection molded structures prepared in Chapter 3 were investigated further. The resulting material had significantly reduced permeability to oxygen and carbon dioxide compared

  3. Radiation effects on the immiscible polymer blend of nylon1010 and high-impact strength polystyrene (II): mechanical properties and morphology

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    Dong, Wenfei; Chen, Guangxin; Zhang, Wanxi

    2001-03-01

    The paper studies the morphology and mechanical properties of immiscible binary blends of the nylon 1010 and HIPS through the radiation crosslinking method. In this blend, the HIPS particles were the dispersed phases in the nylon1010 matrix. With increasing of dose, the elastic modulus increased. However, the tensile strength, elongation at break and the energy of fracture increased to a maximum at a dose of 0.34 MGy, then reduced with the increasing of dose. SEM photographs show that the hole sizes are not changed obviously at low dose and at high dose, remnants that cannot be dissolved in formic acid and THF can be observed in the holes and on the surface. TEM photographs showed that radiation destroys the rubber phases in the polymer blend.

  4. Binary Polymer Brushes of Strongly Immiscible Polymers.

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    Chu, Elza; Babar, Tashnia; Bruist, Michael F; Sidorenko, Alexander

    2015-06-17

    The phenomenon of microphase separation is an example of self-assembly in soft matter and has been observed in block copolymers (BCPs) and similar materials (i.e., supramolecular assemblies (SMAs) and homo/block copolymer blends (HBCs)). In this study, we use microphase separation to construct responsive polymer brushes that collapse to generate periodic surfaces. This is achieved by a chemical reaction between the minor block (10%, poly(4-vinylpyridine)) of the block copolymer and a substrate. The major block of polystyrene (PS) forms mosaic-like arrays of grafted patches that are 10-20 nm in size. Depending on the nature of the assembly (SMA, HBC, or neat BCP) and annealing method (exposure to vapors of different solvents or heating above the glass transition temperature), a range of "mosaic" brushes with different parameters can be obtained. Successive grafting of a secondary polymer (polyacrylamide, PAAm) results in the fabrication of binary polymer brushes (BPBs). Upon being exposed to specific selective solvents, BPBs may adopt different conformations. The surface tension and adhesion of the binary brush are governed by the polymer occupying the top stratum. The "mosaic" brush approach allows for a combination of strongly immiscible polymers in one brush. This facilitates substantial contrast in the surface properties upon switching, previously only possible for substrates composed of predetermined nanostructures. We also demonstrate a possible application of such PS/PAAm brushes in a tunable bioadhesion-bioadhesive (PS on top) or nonbioadhesive (PAAm on top) surface as revealed by Escherichia coli bacterial seeding.

  5. Mixing of immiscible polymers using nanoporous coordination templates

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    Uemura, Takashi; Kaseda, Tetsuya; Sasaki, Yotaro; Inukai, Munehiro; Toriyama, Takaaki; Takahara, Atsushi; Jinnai, Hiroshi; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2015-07-01

    The establishment of methodologies for the mixing of immiscible substances is highly desirable to facilitate the development of fundamental science and materials technology. Herein we describe a new protocol for the compatibilization of immiscible polymers at the molecular level using porous coordination polymers (PCPs) as removable templates. In this process, the typical immiscible polymer pair of polystyrene (PSt) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was prepared via the successive homopolymerizations of their monomers in a PCP to distribute the polymers inside the PCP particles. Subsequent dissolution of the PCP frameworks in a chelator solution affords a PSt/PMMA blend that is homogeneous in the range of several nanometers. Due to the unusual compatibilization, the thermal properties of the polymer blend are remarkably improved compared with the conventional solvent-cast blend. This method is also applicable to the compatibilization of PSt and polyacrylonitrile, which have very different solubility parameters.

  6. Mixing of immiscible polymers using nanoporous coordination templates

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    Uemura, Takashi; Kaseda, Tetsuya; Sasaki, Yotaro; Inukai, Munehiro; Toriyama, Takaaki; Takahara, Atsushi; Jinnai, Hiroshi; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2015-01-01

    The establishment of methodologies for the mixing of immiscible substances is highly desirable to facilitate the development of fundamental science and materials technology. Herein we describe a new protocol for the compatibilization of immiscible polymers at the molecular level using porous coordination polymers (PCPs) as removable templates. In this process, the typical immiscible polymer pair of polystyrene (PSt) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) was prepared via the successive homopolymerizations of their monomers in a PCP to distribute the polymers inside the PCP particles. Subsequent dissolution of the PCP frameworks in a chelator solution affords a PSt/PMMA blend that is homogeneous in the range of several nanometers. Due to the unusual compatibilization, the thermal properties of the polymer blend are remarkably improved compared with the conventional solvent-cast blend. This method is also applicable to the compatibilization of PSt and polyacrylonitrile, which have very different solubility parameters. PMID:26130294

  7. Polymer blends

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    Allen, Scott D.; Naik, Sanjeev

    2017-08-22

    The present invention provides, among other things, extruded blends of aliphatic polycarbonates and polyolefins. In one aspect, provided blends comprise aliphatic polycarbonates such as poly(propylene carbonate) and a lesser amount of a crystalline or semicrystalline polymer. In certain embodiments, provided blends are characterized in that they exhibit unexpected improvements in their elongation properties. In another aspect, the invention provides methods of making such materials and applications of the materials in applications such as the manufacture of consumer packaging materials.

  8. Thin film fabrication of PMMA/MEH-PPV immiscible blends by corona discharge coating and its application to polymer light emitting diodes.

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    Jung, Hee Joon; Park, Youn Jung; Choi, Sang Hun; Hong, Jae-Min; Huh, June; Cho, Jun Han; Kim, Jung Hyun; Park, Cheolmin

    2007-02-13

    We introduce a new and facile process, corona discharge coating (CDC), to fabricate thin polymer films of the immiscible poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends. The method is based on utilizing directional electric flow, known as electric wind, of the charged unipolar particles generated by corona discharge between a metallic needle and a bottom plate under high electric field (5-10 kV/cm). The electric flow rapidly spreads out the polymer solution on the bottom plate and subsequently forms a smooth and flat thin film over a large area within a few seconds. The method is found to be effective for fabricating uniform thin polymer films with areas larger than approximately 30 mm2. The thin films obtained by CDC exhibit unique microstructures where well-defined spherical and cylindrical domains of approximately 50 nm in diameter coexist. These nanosized domains are found to be much smaller than those in films made by conventional spin coating, which suggests that CDC is beneficial for fabricating phase-separated thin film structures with significantly increased interfacial areas. The effects of the applied voltage, tip-to-plate distance, and substrates on the film formation as well as the resulting microstructure are investigated. Furthermore, the light emitting performance of a device prepared by CDC is compared with one made by spin coating.

  9. Characterization of the Interfacial Regions of Heterogeneous Blends of Immiscible Polymers by Dynamic Nuclear Polarization (13)C NMR

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    1990-10-31

    a stable free radical, we can generate a dynamic nuclear polarization ( DNP ) enhanced 13C NMR signal from chains of the undoped component which are...within 100 A of the interface. DNP - enhanced NMR relaxation experiments performed on polycarbonate/free-radical-doped- polystyrene blends show that...perform DNP -selected, NMR relaxation experiments on a variety of polycarbonate-polystyrene blends with known thermal histories and solvent exposure. The

  10. Design of electrical conductive composites: tuning the morphology to improve the electrical properties of graphene filled immiscible polymer blends.

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    Mao, Cui; Zhu, Yutian; Jiang, Wei

    2012-10-24

    Polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends filled with octadecylamine-functionalized graphene (GE-ODA) have been fabricated to obtain conductive composites with a lower electrical percolation threshold according to the concept of double percolation. The dependence of the electrical properties of the composites on the morphology is examined by changing the proportion of PS and PMMA. Our results reveal that the electrical conductivity of the composites can be optimal when PS and PMMA phases form a cocontinuous structure and GE-ODA nanosheets are selectively located and percolated in the PS phase. For the PS/PMMA blend (50w/50w), the composites exhibit an extremely low electrical percolation threshold (0.5 wt %) because of the formation of a perfect double percolated structure. Moreover, the rheological properties of the composites are also measured to gain a fundamental understanding of the relationship between microstructure and electrical properties.

  11. Process for blending coal with water immiscible liquid

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    Heavin, Leonard J.; King, Edward E.; Milliron, Dennis L.

    1982-10-26

    A continuous process for blending coal with a water immiscible liquid produces a uniform, pumpable slurry. Pulverized raw feed coal and preferably a coal derived, water immiscible liquid are continuously fed to a blending zone (12 and 18) in which coal particles and liquid are intimately admixed and advanced in substantially plug flow to form a first slurry. The first slurry is withdrawn from the blending zone (12 and 18) and fed to a mixing zone (24) where it is mixed with a hot slurry to form the pumpable slurry. A portion of the pumpable slurry is continuously recycled to the blending zone (12 and 18) for mixing with the feed coal.

  12. Development of an immiscible polymer/polymer/nanoparticle system in order to study the location of nanoparticles at polymer/polymer interface by quantitative optical microscopy

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    Johansen, Luis Henrique B.; Canto, Leonardo B.; Canevarolo, Sebastião V.

    2015-12-01

    In the past ten years, stabilization of the phase morphology of immiscible polymer blends during melt compounding went through a new perspective by the use of inorganic nanoparticles as compatibilizers. Following the ideas of Ramsden and Pickering, the stabilization of the minor phase in immiscible polymer blends could be achieved with solid nanoparticles located at the interface of the phases, lowering the interfacial tension and acting as a physical barrier to droplet coalescence. In this work, the location of the silica nanoparticle in an immiscible polymer blend is studied using quantitative optical microscopy, measuring the total light scattering, i.e. turbidity, created by the use of hydrophilic and hydrophobic silica nanoparticles (hi-silica and hb-silica, respectively) in an immiscible polymer blend. The light scattering at the polymer/polymer interface is minimized choosing a PS/PC immiscible blend which has minimal difference in their refractive indices. On the other hand, the considerable difference in the refractive index of the chosen polymers and nanosilica would highlight the scattering effect of the silica nanoparticles if located at the polymer/polymer interface. The transmitted light intensity from neat PS/PC blends and some PS/PC/hl-silica systems were similar, showing only a small change in the range of the glass transition temperatures of the two polymers, which is an indication that the silica nanoparticles are dispersed inside the two polymer phases. However, the transmitted light intensity is greatly changed in the system PS/PC/hb-silica, containing the hydrophobic silica, which according to the wetting parameter should have the silica nanoparticles located mainly at the polymer/polymer interface.

  13. Assembly of plate-like nanoparticles in immiscible polymer blends--effect of the presence of a preferred liquid-liquid interface.

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    Filippone, Giovanni; Causa, Andrea; Salzano de Luna, Martina; Sanguigno, Luigi; Acierno, Domenico

    2014-05-14

    The assembly of lamellar (clay) nanoparticles in a blend of polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) with drop-matrix morphology is studied combining viscoelastic measurements and morphological analyses. A reference system based on pure PS is used to highlight the effect on the assembly process of the presence of liquid interfaces where the particles are inclined to gather. The filler content is varied in a wide range to cover all the possible structures, from isolated flocs up to space-spanning networks. The goal is to elucidate whether the particles govern the blend morphology or the structural evolutions of the fluids dictate the space arrangement of the filler. The PMMA drops anchor the lamellae frustrating their peculiar mobility in the polymer melt. On the other hand, the clay radically affects the blend morphology, inducing irregularly-shaped drops and drop clustering phenomena even in case of partial coverage of the drop surface. Above the critical filler content for the saturation of the polymer-polymer interface, a space-spanning particle network eventually builds up. Despite the embedding of the PMMA drops, such a superstructure exhibits the same features of those forming in homogeneous mediums, enabling the use of approaches conceived for systems with single-phase matrix. Compared to the latter, the percolation and fractal models reveal subtle and yet meaningful differences in terms of stress-bearing mechanisms and structure of the building blocks which constitute the network.

  14. Welding immiscible polymers with a supercritical fluid.

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    Wang, Xiaochu; Sanchez, Isaac C

    2007-11-20

    Polymer adhesion between two immiscible polymers is usually poor because there is little interpenetration of one polymer into the other at the interface. Increasing the width of the interfacial zone can enhance adhesion and mechanical properties. In principle, this can be accomplished by exposing heterogeneous polymer materials to a high-pressure fluid. The fluid can act as a common solvent and promote interpenetration. It also increases chain mobility at the interface, which helps to promote "welding" of the two polymers. A combination of the gradient theory of inhomogeneous systems and the Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state was used to investigate this phenomenon, especially the effect of the high compressibility of supercritical (SC) fluid on the compatibilization of two incompatible polymers. We calculate the interfacial density profile, interfacial thickness, and interfacial tension between the two polymers with and without the SC fluid. We find that the interfacial tension is decreased and the interfacial thickness is increased with high-pressure SC fluid for the ternary systems we have investigated. As the critical point is approached and the SC compressibility becomes large, no enhancement or deleterious effects on compatibilization were observed.

  15. Electrostatic contributions in the increased compatibility of polymer blends.

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    Linares, Elisângela M; Jannuzzi, Sergio A V; Galembeck, Fernando

    2011-12-20

    Successful blending of different polymers to make a structural or functional material requires overcoming limitations due to immiscibility and/or incompatibility that arise from large polymer-polymer interfacial tensions. In the case of latex blends, the combination of capillary adhesion during the blended dispersion drying stage with electrostatic adhesion in the final product is an effective strategy to avoid these limitations, which has been extended to a number of polymer blends and composites. This work shows that adhesion of polymer domains in blends made with natural rubber and synthetic latexes is enhanced by electrostatic adhesion that is in turn enhanced by ion migration, according to the results from scanning electric potential microscopy. The additional attractive force between domains improves blend stability and mechanical properties, broadening the possibilities and scope of latex blends, in consonance with the "green chemistry" paradigm. This novel approach based on electrostatic adhesion can be easily extended to multicomponent systems, including nonpolymers.

  16. Morphological development of polypropylene in immiscible blends with cellulose acetate butyrate

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    Isotactic polypropylenes (iPP) with different melt flow indexes were melt blended with cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) and then prepared into microspheres or nanofibers following a novel process of producing well dispersed CAB/iPP immiscible blends and subsequent removal of the CAB matrix. The morp...

  17. Porous Polyolefin Films via Polymer Blends

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    Macosko, Chris

    Porous polymer films have broad application including battery separators, membrane supports and filters. Polyolefins are attractive for these applications because of their solvent resistance, low electrical and thermal conductivity, easy fabrication and cost. We will describe fabrication of porous films using cocontinuous blends of a polyolefin with another polymer which can be readily removed with a solvent. Methods to image and control the cocontinuous morphology will be presented.Bell, J. R., K. Chang, C. R. Lopez-Barron, C. W. Macosko, and D. C. Morse, ''Annealing of cocontinuous polymer blends: effect of block copolymer molecular weight and architecture,'' Macromolecules 43, 5024-5032 (2010).Lopez-Barron, C. R., and C. W. Macosko, ''Direct measurement of interface anisotropy of bicontinuous structures via 3D image analysis,'' Langmuir 26, 14284-14293 (2010).Trifkovic, M., A. T. Hedegaard, K. Huston, M. Sheikhzadeh, and C. W. Macosko, ''Porous films via PE/PEO cocontinuous blends,'' Macromolecules 45, 6036-6044 (2012).Hedegaard, A.T., L.L. Gu and C. W. Macosko, ``Effect of Extensional Viscosity on Cocontinuity of Immiscible Polymer Blends'' J. Rheol. 59, 1397-1417 (2015).

  18. Miscible polymer blend dynamics

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    Pathak, Jai Avinash

    The segmental and terminal dynamics of miscible polymer blends have been systematically investigated with pointed experiments to test dichotomous literature ideas on the origin of dynamic heterogeneity in these systems. Segmental dynamics have been studied by dielectric spectroscopy, while terminal dynamics have been studied by oscillatory shear rheology. It has been found that when composition fluctuations are suppressed, dynamic heterogeneities, such as the failure of time-temperature superposition (tTS), are also suppressed. This observation lends credence to the ideas of Fischer and Kumar that spontaneous composition fluctuations in miscible blends profoundly affect their segmental dynamics. In addition, data acquired in this study on two model weakly-interacting miscible polyolefin blends, were combined with literature data to show that breakdown of tTS worsens with increasing dynamic asymmetry (intrinsic differences in component dynamics) in weakly-interacting miscible blends. This observation is adduced as evidence for the role of dynamic asymmetry in miscible blend dynamics, in addition to the role of composition fluctuations. Finally, attempts were made to use information on component segmental dynamics, as obtained from the composition fluctuation model of Kumar, to predict terminal dynamics in miscible blends. In this regard, the composition fluctuation model was first used to model segmental dynamics in a model weakly-interacting blend. Then, experimental segmental and terminal dynamics data were used to identify a possible segmental time-scale which may control terminal relaxation of a chain in a blend. This timescale was found to lie on the long-time end of the distribution of segmental relaxation times for each component. It was calculated from the segmental relaxation time distribution for each component of a miscible blend as the average-longest segmental time experienced by the monomers of a given chain. Using the Doi-Edwards tube model, the

  19. Viscoelastic Properties of Polymer Blends

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    Hong, S. D.; Moacanin, J.; Soong, D.

    1982-01-01

    Viscosity, shear modulus and other viscoelastic properties of multicomponent polymer blends are predicted from behavior of individual components, using a mathematical model. Model is extension of two-component-blend model based on Rouse-Bueche-Zimm theory of polymer viscoelasticity. Extension assumes that probabilities of forming various possible intracomponent and intercomponent entanglements among polymer molecules are proportional to relative abundances of components.

  20. Engineering polymer blend microparticles: an investigation into the influence of polymer blend distribution and interaction.

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    Alhnan, Mohamed A; Basit, Abdul W

    2011-01-18

    The aim of this work was to understand the influence of polymer interaction and distribution on drug release from microparticles fabricated from blends of polymers. Blends of pH dependent polymer (Eudragit S, soluble above pH 7) and pH independent polymer (Eudragit RL, Eudragit RS or ethylcellulose) were incorporated into prednisolone loaded microparticles using a novel emulsion solvent evaporation method. Microparticles fabricated from blends of Eudragit S and Eudragit RL or RS did not modify drug release compared to microparticles fabricated from Eudragit S alone. This can be attributed to the high degree of miscibility of Eudragit S with Eudragit RS or Eudragit RL within the microparticles as confirmed by glass transition temperature measurements and confocal laser scanning microscopy. In contrast, microparticles prepared from blends of Eudragit S (75%) and ethylcellulose (25%) extended the release of prednisolone at pH 7.4 (compared to Eudragit S microparticles). This change in release profile was related to the immiscibility of Eudragit S and ethylcellulose as assessed by thermal analysis, and confirmed by microscopy which showed pores within the microparticle structures following dissolution of the Eudragit S domains. The ability of water insoluble polymers to extend drug release from enteric polymer microparticles is dependent on the miscibility and interaction of the polymers. This knowledge is important in the design of pH responsive microparticles capable of extending drug release in the gastrointestinal tract. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  1. Compatibilization of All-Conjugated Polymer Blends for Organic Photovoltaics.

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    Lombeck, Florian; Sepe, Alessandro; Thomann, Ralf; Friend, Richard H; Sommer, Michael

    2016-08-23

    Compatibilization of an immiscible binary blend comprising a conjugated electron donor and a conjugated electron acceptor polymer with suitable electronic properties upon addition of a block copolymer (BCP) composed of the same building blocks is demonstrated. Efficient compatibilization during melt-annealing is feasible when the two polymers are immiscible in the melt, i.e. above the melting point of ∼250 °C of the semicrystalline donor polymer P3HT. To generate immiscibility at these high temperatures, the acceptor polymer PCDTBT is equipped with fluorinated side chains leading to an increased Flory-Huggins interaction parameter. Compatibilization in bulk and thin films is demonstrated, showing that the photovoltaic performance of pristine microphase separated and nanostructured BCPs can also be obtained for compatibilized blend films containing low contents of 10-20 wt % BCP. Thermodynamically stable domain sizes range between several tens of microns for pure blends and ∼10 nm for pure block copolymers. In addition to controlling domain size, the amount of block copolymer added dictates the ratio of edge-on and face-on P3HT crystals, with compatibilized films showing an increasing amount of face-on P3HT crystals with increasing amount of compatibilizer. This study demonstrates the prerequisites and benefits of compatibilizing all-conjugated semicrystalline polymer blends for organic photovoltaics.

  2. Effects of nanoclay and conductive carbon black on morphology development in chaotic mixing of immiscible polymers

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    Dharaiya, Dhawal

    Chaotic mixing of immiscible polymer blends has been known to produce morphological features such as lamellas, fibrils and droplets. In this research work, we studied the effect of fillers, such as carbon black (CB) and organically treated nanoclay, on morphology development in an immiscible polymer system, consisting of polyamide 6 (PA6) and polypropylene (PP) in a chaotic mixer. Operating conditions were chosen such that chaotic mixing was widespread inside the mixer. The filler particles were mixed with minor component PP before blending with PA6. It was found that continuous lamellar and fibrillar morphology of PP formed early in mixing produced double percolating conductive networks with only 1 wt% CB particles. The conductive networks sustained their existence even after fibrils broke into droplets. This was attributed to migration of CB particles from the bulk of PP droplets and selective localization at the interfaces of closely spaced PP droplets. It was also found that much smaller PP droplets resulted in the presence of CB particles. Prior reports in literature indicated that organically treated nanoclay particles can act as compatibilizer of immiscible polymer blends, although no study showed that how nanoclay would influence morphology development. In this study, we showed that clay particles helped produce PP droplets of much smaller size and with narrower size distribution due to their direct influence on breakup of PP domains. The clay particles reduced interfacial tension between PP and PA6 phases. Consequently, the PP domains sustained lamellar and fibrillar forms and significantly thin fibrils were formed. These thin fibrils in turn broke rapidly into smaller droplets. It was also found that a large fraction of clay particles migrated into PA6 phase and contained intercalated PA6 chains in their galleries. This indicated that clay particles did not participate in compatibilization in this system. The effect of degradation of surface treatment of

  3. Advanced materials based on polymer blends/polymer blend nanocomposites

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    Shikaleska, A. V.; Pavlovska, F. P.

    2012-09-01

    Processability, morphology, mechanical properties and rheological behavior of poly(vinylchloride) (PVC)/poly(ethylmethacrylate) (PEMA) blends and PVC/PEMA/montmorillonite (MMT) composites, prepared by melt processing in a brabender mixer, were studied. Samples were characterized using SEM, mechanical testing, DMTA and a parallel plate rheometer. Plastograms show that there is noticeable drop of fusion times and increase in melt viscosity torque of both, polymer blend and polymer blend nanocomposite, in comparison with those of neat PVC. SEM images show that homogenous dispersions are obtained. Tensile tests indicate that PVC/PEMA and PVC/PEMA/MMT samples have greater tensile strength and elastic modulus and lower elongation compared to PVC. When solid viscoelastic properties are considered (DMTA), slightly higher storage moduli are obtained whereas more prominent increase of storage modulus is observed when nanoclay particles are added in a PVC/PEMA matrix. From the calculated area of tandelta peak of all tested samples, nanocomposites exhibit the lowest damping behavior. Oscillatory measurements in a molten state were used for determining the frequency dependencies of storage G' and loss G" moduli. It was found that G" curves of neat PVC lie above those of G' suggesting that PVC behaves like viscoelastic liquid. Similar results, but with significantly higher values of G' and G" over the whole frequency range for PVC/PEMA blends were obtained. Steady shear measurements show that the presence of PEMA and nanoclay particles increases the shear stress and shear viscosity of neat PVC. In order to define the rheological equations of state the three material functions were determined. According to these functions all samples exhibit shear thinning behavior and the curves obey the power law equation. As rheological behaviour was found to be strongly dependent on blend's micro and macro structure and it is one of the main factors defining the end properties, attempt was

  4. Fabrication of Tunable Submicro- or Nano-structured Polyethylene Materials form Immiscible Blends with Cellulose Acetate Butyrate

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    Low density polyethylene (LDPE) was prepared into micro- or submicro-spheres or nanofibers via melt blending or extrusion of cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB)/LDPE immiscible blends and subsequent removal of the CAB matrix. The sizes of the PE spheres or fibers can be successfully controlled by varyi...

  5. Reactive Processing with Difunctional Oligomers to Increase Interfacial Adhesion in Polymer Blends

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    O'Brien, Charles; Rice+, Kevin; Dadmun, Mark

    2000-03-01

    The intoduction of blocky copolymers represents a possible method of compatibilizing two immiscible polymers in a blend. However, copolymers do not diffuse quickly to the interface of a polymer blend system. Therefore, reactive processing is being investigated as a means to form in-situ compatibilizers for polymer blends. A model system composed of poly(bisphenol A-co-epichlorohydrin) blended with poly(ethylene oxide) that is compatibilized with difunctional oligomers that are the same structure as the blend components is currently under investigation. It is expected that the oligomers can undergo an addition copolymerization during processing to create the blocky copolymers at the biphasic interface. Initial tensile measurements show that the addition of the reactive oligomers improves the properties of the blend. Additionally, preliminary results indicate that reactive oligomers may act as plasticizers and continue to polymerize at room temperature after the blend is removed from the melt mixer if insufficiently mixed.

  6. Molecular composites and polymer blends containing ionic polymers

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    Tsou, Li-Chun

    1997-11-01

    Polymer blends are generally immiscible due to the unfavorable thermodynamics of mixing. By the introduction of ion-dipole interaction, mechanical properties of the PPTA anion/polar polymers (such as PVP, PEO and PPrO) molecular composites have been investigated in relation to their miscibility and microstructural morphology. Optical clarity observed in the glassy PPTA anion/PVP system suggest the presence of miscibility, since the refractive indices between the two components are quite different, nsb{PVP} = 1.509 and nsb{PPTA} = 1.644. In general, the difference greater than 0.01 is sufficient to make blends opaque. DSC measurements, showing a composition dependent Tsb{g} and a melting temperature depression, also indicate the miscibility achieved at the molecular level, about 50-100 A. By using the Hoffman-Weeks plot, a negative Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, chi = -1.10, is obtained for the PPTA anion/PEO molecular composites. An irregular spherulitic pattern and a reduced crystal size suggest that PPTA anion is intimately mixed with the amorphous PEO, both inter- and intra-spherulitically. Molecular composites exhibit not only an enhanced tensile strength and modulus, but also a greater fracture toughness, Ksb{IC}, e.g., an 80% increase at a 2 wt% PPTA anion addition. An enhanced tensile strength associated with a reduced crystallinity suggests that PPTA anion is the major contributor to the superior tensile properties instead of the crystalline phase. Upon addition of PPTA anion to PPrO, a slower relaxation rate and a better thermal stability are observed. Significant enhancement is found when the monovalent K salt is replaced with a divalent Ca salt. The molecular reinforcement achieved via ion-dipole interactions is more effective than the rigid filler effect obtained in the non-ionic PPTA/PPrO blend: e.g., a modulus enhancement of 814% vs. 286%, as compared with the value for PPrO. Two phase systems with microphase separation are developed since many

  7. Polymer Blends. Volume 1

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    1992-05-01

    polyimides, thereby potentially leading to a viable, new class of high temperature, thermoformable resins for 371 0C (7000F) applica- tions. The Polymer...PBI/PI systems exhibit miscibility which: - exhibit improved processibility over neat PBI - are thermoformable - have improved mechanical performance...new class of high temperature, thermoformable resins for 3710C (700*F) applications. The Polymer Alloy and Composite Program also established a

  8. Interfacial characteristics of binary polymer blend films spread at the air-water interface.

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    Kawaguchi, Masami

    2017-05-04

    The interfacial characteristics of binary polymer blend films spread at the air-water interface are reviewed, focusing on their surface pressures, interfacial structures, and dilational moduli as a function of the miscibility. Miscible polymer blend films show thermodynamic, structural, and dynamic properties which are a combination of those from both components in the polymer blend present at the air-water interface. No preferential adsorption is observed and the behavior does not depend on the surface concentration regime. In contrast, for immiscible polymer blend films, preferential adsorption of one polymer phase occurs at the air-water interface and the interfacial characteristics in the semi-dilute and concentrated regimes are strongly controlled by one of the components of the adsorbed polymer. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Thermo-Gelation of Surface-Modified Polyethylene Microgels from Fragmentation and Immiscible Blends

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    Ling, Gerald H.; Shaw, Montgomery T.

    2008-07-01

    Polyethylene microgels were created by swollen-state grinding and ultrasonic fragmentation of bulk crosslinked polyethylene (XLPE) suspended in squalane, and by the extraction of crosslinked-polyethylene micro-domains from an immiscible blend of polyethylene (PE) and polystyrene (PS). Crosslinking of the polyethylene micro-domains in the blend was achieved by exposure to an electron beam. Suspensions of both microgels in squalane exhibit thermal gelation upon cooling where both G' and G″ increase by up to five-orders in magnitude when probed using small-angle oscillatory shear. We propose that this phenomenon is attributed to weak short-range interactions among the particles whereby surface terminal chains on the microgels can co-crystallize forming inter-particle bonds. However, these interactions are mild enough that the systems may be reverted to its original state by applying higher shear stresses at elevated temperatures.

  10. Superstrings in Sheared Polymer Blends

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    Migler, Kalman

    2000-03-01

    We report the discovery of a droplet-string-ribbon transition in concentrated polymer blends which occurs when the droplet size of the dispersed component becomes comparable to the gap between the boundary plates. Above a critical shear rate (or gap width), dispersed droplets continuously coalescence and breakup; the upper limit on their size is set by the Taylor length. Below this critical shear rate, droplets coalesce into strings and then ribbons in a four stage kinetic process. The mass ratio of string / droplet can be as large as 10^4. The transition is sharp, occurring over a shear interval of 2droplet-string transition is a manifestation of the weakening of the Rayleigh-Tomatika instability which occurs when the system becomes quasi two-dimensional. Possible applications of this technology are ultra-thin materials of high one-dimensional strength, polymer blend wires, and novel polymeric scaffolds.

  11. Characterization of interfaces in Binary and Ternary Polymer Blends by Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy

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    Ranganathaiah, C.

    2015-06-01

    A miscible blend is a single-phase system with compact packing of the polymeric chains/segments due configuration/conformational changes upon blending. Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC) is the most employed method to ascertain whether the blend is miscible or immiscible. Positron Lifetime Spectroscopy (PLS) has been employed in recent times to study miscibility properties of polymer blends by monitoring the ortho-Positronium annihilation lifetimes as function of composition. However, just free volume monitoring and the DSC methods fail to provide the composition dependent miscibility of blends. To overcome this limitation, an alternative approach based on hydrodynamic interactions has been developed to derive this information using the same o-Ps lifetime measurements. This has led to the development of a new method of measuring composition dependent miscibility level in binary and ternary polymer blends. Further, the new method also provides interface characteristics for immiscible blends. The interactions between the blend components has a direct bearing on the strength of adhesion at the interface and hence the hydrodynamic interaction. Understanding the characteristic of interfaces which decides the miscibility level of the blend and their end applications is made easy by the present method. The efficacy of the present method is demonstrated for few binary and ternary blends.

  12. Vorticity banding in biphasic polymer blends.

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    Caserta, Sergio; Guido, Stefano

    2012-11-27

    Pattern formation under the action of flow is a subject of considerable scientific interest with applications going from microfluidics to granular materials. Here, we present a systematic investigation of shear-induced banding in confined biphasic liquid-liquid systems, i.e., formation of alternating regions of high and low volume fraction of droplets in a continuous phase (shear bands). This phenomenon is investigated in immiscible polymer blends sheared in a sliding parallel plate flow cell. Starting from a spatially uniform distribution of droplets, the formation of bands aligned along the flow direction is observed, eventually leading to an almost complete separation between droplet-rich and continuous phase regions. The initial band size is related to the gap dimension; the merging of bands and consequent spacing reduction has also been observed for long times. Shear banding is only observed when the viscosity of the dispersed phase is lower as compared to the continuous phase and in a limited range of the applied shear rate. Rheological measurements show that band formation is associated with a viscosity decrease with respect to the homogeneous case, thus implying that system microstructure is somehow evolving toward reduced viscous dissipation under flow.

  13. Controlled and high throughput fabrication of poly(trimethylene terephthalate) nanofibers via melt extrusion of immiscible blends

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    Immiscible blends of cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) and poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) were melt extruded through a two strand rod die. The extrudates were hot-drawn at the die exit at different draw ratios. PTT fibers were obtained by removal of the CAB matrix from the drawn extrudates, a...

  14. Controlled and high throughput fabrication of poly(trimethylene terphthalate) nanofibers via melt extrusion of immiscible blends

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    Immiscible blends of cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) and poly(trimethylene terephthalate) (PTT) were melt extruded through a two strand rod die. The extrudates were hot-drawn at the die exit at different draw ratios. PTT fibers were obtained by removal of the CAB matrix from the drawn extrudates, a...

  15. Immiscible solvents enabled nanostructure formation for efficient polymer photovoltaic cells.

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    Lee, Dong-Hyun; Michael Yang, Yang; You, Jingbi; Richard, Eric; Li, Gang

    2014-07-25

    Organic photovoltaics (OPVs) fabricated via solution processing are an attractive way to realize low cost solar energy harvesting. Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) devices are the most successful design, but their morphology is less controllable. In this manuscript, we describe a simple approach to realize 'ordered' BHJ morphology using two immiscible solvents with different boiling point and a quasi-bilayer approach. Tunable fine structures were demonstrated in poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-Phenyl C61 butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) model systems, and the devices with optimized fine structure showed a 33% efficiency enhancement compared to those with a planar bilayer structure.

  16. Pairwise polymer blends for oral drug delivery.

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    Marks, Joyann A; Wegiel, Lindsay A; Taylor, Lynne S; Edgar, Kevin J

    2014-09-01

    Blends of polymers with complementary properties hold promise for addressing the diverse, demanding polymer performance requirements in amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs), but we lack comprehensive property understanding for blends of important ASD polymers. Herein, we prepare pairwise blends of commercially available polymers polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), the cationic acrylate copolymer Eudragit 100 (E100), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS), carboxymethyl cellulose acetate butyrate (CMCAB), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC), and the new derivative cellulose acetate adipate propionate (CAAdP). This study identifies miscible binary blends that may find use, for example, in ASDs for solubility and bioavailability enhancement of poorly water-soluble drugs. Differential scanning calorimetry, FTIR spectroscopy, and film clarity were used to determine blend miscibility. Several polymer combinations including HPMCAS/PVP, HPMC/CMCAB, and PVP/HPMC appear to be miscible in all proportions. In contrast, blends of E100/PVP and E100/HPMC showed a miscibility gap. Combinations of water-soluble and hydrophobic polymers like these may permit effective balancing of ASD performance criteria such as release rate and polymer-drug interaction to prevent nucleation and crystal growth of poorly soluble drugs. Miscible polymer combinations described herein will enable further study of their drug delivery capabilities, and provide a potentially valuable set of ASD formulation tools. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association.

  17. Two glass transitions in miscible polymer blends?

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    Dudowicz, Jacek; Freed, Karl F.; Douglas, Jack F.

    2014-06-28

    In contrast to mixtures of two small molecule fluids, miscible binary polymer blends often exhibit two structural relaxation times and two glass transition temperatures. Qualitative explanations postulate phenomenological models of local concentration enhancements due to chain connectivity in ideal, fully miscible systems. We develop a quantitative theory that explains qualitative trends in the dynamics of real miscible polymer blends which are never ideal mixtures. The theory is a synthesis of the lattice cluster theory of blend thermodynamics, the generalized entropy theory for glass-formation in polymer materials, and the Kirkwood-Buff theory for concentration fluctuations in binary mixtures.

  18. The use of Functionalized Nanoparticles as Non-specific Compatibilizers for Polymer Blends

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    W Zhang; M Lin; A Winesett; O Dhez; L Kilcoyne; H Ade; M rubinstein; K Shafi; A Ulman; et al.

    2011-12-31

    The ability to form blends of polymers offers the opportunity of creating a new class of materials with enhanced properties. In addition to the polymer components, recent advances in nanoengineering have resulted in the development of nanosized inorganic particles that can be used to improve the properties of the blend, such as the flammability and the mechanical properties. While traditional methods using copolymer compatibilizers have been used to strengthen polymer blends, here, we show that the inorganic nanosized filler additive can also serve as a compatibilizer as it can localize to the interface between the polymers. We use experimental and theoretical studies to show the fundamental mechanisms by which inorganic fillers with large aspect ratio and at least one-dimension in the nanometer range, can act as non-specific compatibilizers for polymer blends. We examine a series of nanosized fillers, ranging from nanotubes to nanoclays (with varying aspect ratios) in a model polystyrene (PS)/poly(methylmethacyralate) (PMMA) blend. Using a number of experimental techniques such as transmission electron microscopy (TEM), scanning tunneling X-ray microscopy (STXM), and atomic force microscopy (AFM) we postulate that the mechanism of compatibilization occurs as a result of the fillers forming in situ grafts with the immiscible polymers. We also use theoretical studies to show that the aspect ratio and the bending energy of the fillers play a key role in the compatibilization process. Our results indicate that the compatibilization is a general phenomenon, which should occur with all large aspect ratio nanofiller additives to polymer blends.

  19. Self-Forming Interlocking Interfaces on the Immiscible Polymer Bilayers via Gelation-Mediated Phase Separation.

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    Zhou, Xiaozhuang; Ma, Guoqiang; Zhao, Huaixia; Cui, Jiaxi

    2017-09-01

    Gelation-mediated phase separation is applied to prepare immiscible polymer bilayer films with an interlocking interface structure. Polymer systems consisting of copolymer of urea and polydimethylsiloxane and epoxy are selected to demonstrate the feasibility. When the epoxy fraction exceeds 25 wt%, well-defined bilayer structures self-form by a one-pot casting method in which the phase separation state is fixed by an evaporation-induced gelation. Microscopy studies of the resulting bilayers clearly reveal that interlocking structures form during the bilayer films construct. The interlocking structures lead to an enhanced interfacial adhesion and higher fracture energy. The current strategy might offer a facile way to in situ create an interlocking interface between immiscible polymer systems. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Battery Separator from Polyphenylquinoxaline Polymer Blends.

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    1978-04-01

    This work was performed to determine if polyphenylquinoxaline blends with polymers such as polyvinylacetate, cellulose acetate , can be made into...polymeric membranes useful as battery separators. It was found that polyphenylquinoxaline and cellulose acetate blends offer the best membrane useful as battery separators. (Author)

  1. Polymer blend compositions and methods of preparation

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    Naskar, Amit K.

    2016-09-27

    A polymer blend material comprising: (i) a first polymer containing hydrogen bond donating groups having at least one hydrogen atom bound to a heteroatom selected from oxygen, nitrogen, and sulfur, or an anionic version of said first polymer wherein at least a portion of hydrogen atoms bound to a heteroatom is absent and replaced with at least one electron pair; (ii) a second polymer containing hydrogen bond accepting groups selected from nitrile, halogen, and ether functional groups; and (iii) at least one modifying agent selected from carbon particles, ether-containing polymers, and Lewis acid compounds; wherein, if said second polymer contains ether functional groups, then said at least one modifying agent is selected from carbon particles and Lewis acid compounds. Methods for producing the polymer blend, molded forms thereof, and articles thereof, are also described.

  2. Surface and interfacial properties of polymer blends

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    Rafailovich, M.; Sokolov, J.

    1991-11-01

    This is a summary of the research we have conducted since receiving our DOE grant and research plans for the coming year. As you will notice most of the research objectives of our original proposal were met, especially in regard to measuring surface segregation and interface formation in polymer blends. Our program has therefore expanded into other directions such as the study of the surface visco-elastic properties of polymer liquids and solutions, the conformations of polymer chains grafted onto silica surfaces, and the dynamics of cross linked polymer networks.

  3. Compatibilizing Bulk Polymer Blends by Using Organoclays

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    Si, Mayu; Gersappe, Dilip; Zhang, Wenhua; Ade, Harald; Rafailovich, Miriam; Sokolov, Jonathan; Rudomen, Gregory; Schwartz, Bradley; Fisher, Robert

    2004-03-01

    We investigated the compatiblizing performance of organoclays on melt mixed binary and tertiary polymer blends, such as, PS/PMMA, PC/SAN, PS/PMMA/PVC and PS/PMMA/PE. These polymer blends were characterized by TEM, STXM, DSC and DMA. TEM and STXM photographs show that the addition of organoclays into polymer blends drastically reduces the average domain size of the component phases. And the organoclay goes to the interfacial region between the different polymers and effectively slows down the domain size increasing during high temperature annealing. DMA and DSC results show the effect of organoclays on the mechanical properties and glass transitions temperature, which indicates the compatibilization on the molecular level. The generalized compatibilization induced by the nanoscale fillers for blends can be explained in terms of mean field models where the reduction of interfacial tension induced by in-situ grafting is counterbalanced by the increased bending energy due to the rigidity of the filler. This in turn can be shown to be a function of the degree of exfoliation, aspect ratio, and polymer filler interactions. Supported by NSF funded MRSEC at Stony Brook

  4. Preparation and Friction Force Microscopy Measurements of Immiscible, Opposing Polymer Brushes

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    de Beer, Sissi; Kutnyanszky, Edit; Müser, Martin H.; Vancso, G. Julius

    2014-01-01

    Solvated polymer brushes are well known to lubricate high-pressure contacts, because they can sustain a positive normal load while maintaining low friction at the interface. Nevertheless, these systems can be sensitive to wear due to interdigitation of the opposing brushes. In a recent publication, we have shown via molecular dynamics simulations and atomic force microscopy experiments, that using an immiscible polymer brush system terminating the substrate and the slider surfaces, respectively, can eliminate such interdigitation. As a consequence, wear in the contacts is reduced. Moreover, the friction force is two orders of magnitude lower compared to traditional miscible polymer brush systems. This newly proposed system therefore holds great potential for application in industry. Here, the methodology to construct an immiscible polymer brush system of two different brushes each solvated by their own preferred solvent is presented. The procedure how to graft poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) from a flat surface and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) from an atomic force microscopy (AFM) colloidal probe is described. PNIPAM is solvated in water and PMMA in acetophenone. Via friction force AFM measurements, it is shown that the friction for this system is indeed reduced by two orders of magnitude compared to the miscible system of PMMA on PMMA solvated in acetophenone. PMID:25590429

  5. Thin films of photoactive polymer blends.

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    Ruderer, Matthias A; Metwalli, Ezzeldin; Wang, Weinan; Kaune, Gunar; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2009-03-09

    The morphology inside photoactive blended films of two conjugated homopolymers poly [(1-methoxy)-4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene-vinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) is investigated. For both homopolymers a linear dependence of the installed film thickness from the concentration of the polymer solution used in spin coating is probed. This dependence allows preparation of an efficient series of blended films with constant thickness and different blending ratios. Information about the lateral structure inside the films is gained from grazing incidence small angle X-ray scattering. At the calculated critical blending ratio the smallest lateral separation between adjacent domains is found representing the highest surface contact between both homopolymers in the films. The presence of wetting layers at both interfaces as detected with X-ray reflectivity and atomic force microscopy is promising for photovoltaic applications. UV/Vis spectroscopy complements the structural investigation.

  6. Nanoscale control over phase separation in conjugated polymer blends using mesoporous silica spheres.

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    Kelly, Timothy L; Yano, Kazuhisa; Wolf, Michael O

    2010-01-05

    A method of preparing blended conjugated polymer microparticles using mesoporous silica spheres is described. Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) (PEDOT) was blended with poly(furfuryl alcohol) (PFA) by a sequential infiltration-polymerization approach. The materials were evaluated by both scanning and transmission electron microscopy and are shown to retain the overall spherical structure of the silica template. The filling of the mesopores and the polymer distribution within individual particles were determined by a combination of energy-dispersive X-ray microanalysis, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, and nitrogen adsorption. The results suggest that when PEDOT is added to the silica host, followed by PFA, the phase separation of the two immiscible polymers is constrained by the dimensions of the silica mesopores, ensuring nanoscale contact between the two phases. The silica template can be removed by etching with 25% hydrofluoric acid, leaving behind a blended polymer microparticle. The etched microparticles exhibit macroporous morphologies different from that of pure PEDOT particles prepared by a similar route. The blended microparticles also appear to undergo limited phase separation; no evidence for distinct polymer domains was observed. Conductivity measurements indicate that the blended particles are above the percolation threshold and support the conclusion that the phase domains are extremely small. Importantly, when PFA is added to the host first, followed by PEDOT, there is a striking difference to the final composition and morphology of the particles. This reversal of the blending order results in a more amorphous, phase-separated material. These results demonstrate the preparation of conjugated polymer blends with engineered nanoscale phase separation and may allow for future improvements in organic device architecture and performance.

  7. Phase Behavior of Ternary Polymer Blends: Asymmetry, Segregation Strength, and Coexisting Phases

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    Habersberger, Brian McLean

    The bicontinuous microemulsion phase, found in ternary polymer blends containing immiscible A and B homopolymers and an amphiphilic A-B diblock copolymer, has attracted interest due to its combination of properties that make it attractive for use as a template for nanoporous materials. While recent work has demonstrated that a variety of materials can be templated from a single blend system, future work may demand incorporation of a variety of polymers into microemulsion-forming blends. Such systems fall beyond the currently understood model phase behavior for ternary blends. In this thesis, the effect of well-controlled nonidealities and other extensions of ternary blend phase behavior are described. Systems were designed to investigate the influence of conformational asymmetry---a difference in the radius of gyration per molar volume of two polymers---on blend phase behavior. Previous work suggested that the influence was significant, and resulted in a broad region of a hexagonally symmetric phase in the vicinity of the microemulsion. This behavior could inhibit the process of capturing of microemulsion for templating purposes, so it is important to understand conformational asymmetry's influence. A related series of systems was designed to investigate the effect of increased segregation strength by using amphiphilic diblocks of varying molecular weight. Finally, a previous study incorporating an ABA triblock, C homopolymer, and ABABA--C amphiphilic hexablock was expanded to incorporate ordered components, allowing for hierarchical microphase separation. This study demonstrates that model ternary blend phase behavior can be extended to systems containing more complex linear polymer architectures. Additionally, two phenomena observed in these systems were investigated in detail. First, light scattering was observed in the vicinity of the order-disorder transition of blends; this scattering is a result of coexisting ordered and disordered phases. Finally, catalytic

  8. Engineering thermal conductivity in polymer blends

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    Rashidi, Vahid; Coyle, Eleanor; Kieffer, John; Pipe, Kevin

    Weak inter-chain bonding in polymers is believed to be a bottleneck for both thermal conductivity and mechanical strength. Most polymers have low thermal conductivity (~0.1 W/mK), hindering their performance in applications for which thermal management is critical (e.g., electronics packaging). In this work, we use computational methods to study how hydrogen bonding between polymer chains as well as water content can be used to engineer thermal transport in bulk polymers. We examine how changes in the number of hydrogen bonds, chain elongation, density, and vibrational density of states correlate with changes in thermal conductivity for polymer blends composed of different relative constituent fractions. We also consider the effects of bond strength, tacticity, and polymer chain mass. For certain blend fractions, we observe large increases in thermal conductivity, and we analyze these increases in terms of modifications to chain chemistry (e.g., inter-chain bonding) and chain morphology (e.g., chain alignment and radius of gyration). We observe that increasing the number of hydrogen bonds in the system results in better packing as well as better chain alignment and elongation that contribute to enhanced thermal conductivity. The Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Grant No. FA9550-14-1-0010.

  9. The study of multiphase polymer-blend morphologies by HVEM

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    Cavanaugh, T.J.; Nauman, E.B.; Buttle, K.; Turner, J.N.

    1996-12-31

    Multiphase polymer blends are important in the polymer industry. Most commercial blends consist of two main polymers combined with a third, compatibilizing polymer, typically a graft or block copolymer. The most common examples are those involving the impact modification of a brittle thermoplastic by the microdispersion of a rubber into the matrix. Recently, a model of ternary polymer blend has provided a wealth of morphologies for examination. Even though this model can give an excellent basis for the design of a polymer blend, experimental verification is necessary. A correlation of blend properties such as impact strength with blend morphology must also be made. The focus is to confirm the predicted morphologies in binary and ternary blends using HVEM.

  10. Phase Behavior of Polymer Blends for Organic Photovoltaic Applications

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    Emerson, Jillian; Furst, Eric; Epps, Thomas, III

    2014-03-01

    Polymer blends offer a promising and economically-viable route to creating organic photovoltaic (OPV) devices, as blends can form bicontinuous domains via spinodal decomposition. Understanding the phase behavior of conjugated polymer blends commonly used in OPVs is vital to producing more efficient devices. In this work, we determined the Flory-Huggins solvent-polymer and polymer-polymer interaction parameters for a model system of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and polystyrene (PS) through solvent vapor swelling of thin polymer films. From these interaction parameters, we constructed a polymer/polymer/solvent phase diagram. The phase diagram was validated experimentally with solution-based transmission measurements of PS/P3HT. This work highlights a method to determine the phase behavior in polymer/polymer/solvent blends that can be extended to other combinations of macromolecules relevant to organic photovoltaics, composites, and other materials systems.

  11. Generation of multicomponent polymer blend microparticles using droplet evaporation technique and modeling evaporation of binary droplet containing nonvolatile solute

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    Rajagopalan, Venkat Narayan

    Recently, considerable attention has been focused on the generation of nano- and micrometer scale multicomponent polymer particles with specifically tailored mechanical, electrical and optical properties. As only a few polymer-polymer pairs are miscible, the set of multicomponent polymer systems achievable by conventional methods, such as melt blending, is severely limited in property ranges. Therefore, researchers have been evaluating synthesis methods that can arbitrarily blend immiscible solvent pairs, thus expanding the range of properties that are practical. The generation of blended microparticles by evaporating a co-solvent from aerosol droplets containing two dissolved immiscible polymers in solution seems likely to exhibit a high degree of phase uniformity. A second important advantage of this technique is the formation of nano- and microscale particulates with very low impurities, which are not attainable through conventional solution techniques. When the timescale of solvent evaporation is lower than that of polymer diffusion and self-organization, phase separation is inhibited within the atto- to femto-liter volume of the droplet, and homogeneous blends of immiscible polymers can be produced. We have studied multicomponent polymer particles generated from highly monodisperse micrordroplets that were produced using a Vibrating Orifice Aerosol Generator (VOAG). The particles are characterized for both external and internal morphology along with homogeneity of the blends. Ultra-thin slices of polymer particles were characterized by a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), and the degree of uniformity was examined using an Electron Dispersive X-ray Analysis (EDAX). To further establish the homogeneity of the polymer blend microparticles, differential scanning calorimeter was used to measure the glass transition temperature of the microparticles obtained. These results have its significance in the field of particulate encapsulation. Also, better control of the

  12. Dissolution behavior of a miscible polymer blend

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    Rodriguez, F.

    1996-12-31

    The orderly dissolution process with minimal swelling exhibited by poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, also is preserved in some blends of PMMA with other polymers. In the present work, dissolution rates for blends with up to 30 % poly(epichlorohydrin), PECH, have been measured in 4-methyl-2-pentanone at temperatures of 20 to 40{degrees}C. For films in the thickness range of 0.5 to 1 {mu}m, a laser interferometer yielded both the rate and the presence or absence of a transition layer at the polymer-solvent interface. The dissolution rate increases monotonically as the amount of PECH is increased. Beyond about 40% PECH, the dissolution process becomes less orderly. When a laser beam is reflected from a flat polymer film on a reflecting substrate like silicon, the reflected light intensity takes the form of a sinusoidal (or nearly sinusoidal) oscillation. The period of the oscillation can be related to the rate of dissolution. The amplitude of the oscillations gives a direct measure of refractive index of the polymer film. Changes in the amplitude (and, sometimes, the rate) give information about swelling. The offset between the maximum in the oscillations during dissolution compared to the reflectance of the bare wafer can be converted into a transition layer thickness although it is necessary to interpose a mathematical model for the concentration gradient in the layer. The most investigated {open_quotes}well-ordered{close_quotes} polymer is poly(methylmethacrylate), PMMA. Although primarily limited to lithography using electron beams or x-rays, PMMA continues to be a valuable reference polymer for dissolution studies.

  13. Engineering Polymer Blends for Impact Damage Mitigation

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    Gordon, Keith L.; Smith, Russell W.; Working, Dennis C.; Siochi, Emilie J.

    2016-01-01

    Structures containing polymers such as DuPont's Surlyn® 8940, demonstrate puncture healing when impacted by a 9 millimeter projectile traveling from speeds near 300 meters per second (1,100 feet per second) to hypervelocity impacts in the micrometeoroid velocity range of 5 kilometers per second (16,000 feet per second). Surlyn® 8940 puncture heals over a temperature range of minus 30 degrees Centigrade to plus 70 degrees Centigrade and shows potential for use in pressurized vessels subject to impact damage. However, such polymers are difficult to process and limited in applicability due to their low thermal stability, poor chemical resistance and overall poor mechanical properties. In this work, several puncture healing engineered melt formulations were developed. Moldings of melt blend formulations were impacted with a 5.56 millimeter projectile with a nominal velocity of 945 meters per second (3,100 feet per second) at about 25 degrees Centigrade, 50 degrees Centigrade and 100 degrees Centigrade, depending upon the specific blend being investigated. Self-healing tendencies were determined using surface vacuum pressure tests and tensile tests after penetration using tensile dog-bone specimens (ASTM D 638-10). For the characterization of tensile properties both pristine and impacted specimens were tested to obtain tensile modulus, yield stress and tensile strength, where possible. Experimental results demonstrate a range of new puncture healing blends which mitigate damage in the ballistic velocity regime.

  14. Supramolecular assembly in telechelic polymer blends

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    Elliott, R.; Fredrickson, Glenn H.

    2009-10-01

    Equilibrium, supramolecular assembly in melt blends of two species of telechelic polymers with reversible bonding sites at both ends is theoretically investigated. The bonding between polymers, whether between like or dislike chains, is controlled by affinities of chain bonding set by specified bond energies. Low affinities, or low overall bond strength, results in a monodisperse population of unlinked chains while larger affinities cause longer chains to assemble, forming a polydisperse blend. We investigate sequentially blends with only homobonding (like chain), only heterobonding (dislike chain), and finally a mixed homo- and heterobonding melt. In the first case, the effects of longer chain assembly and polydispersity in a homogeneous melt and its bulk demixing transition are explored. In contrast with the homobonding case, large heterobonding affinities cause alternating blocks to assemble into multiblock copolymers, which can lead to mesophases. The weak bonding region between bulk phase separation and mesophase stability is investigated and a novel Lifshitz point is found indicating a region prone to emulsify. Mixed homo- and heterobonding systems are also examined. Polymeric segments of both species are modeled as flexible Gaussian threads and nonspecific interactions between dissimilar blocks are contactlike Flory-Huggins repulsions. The melts are assumed to be incompressible and all calculations are carried out within mean-field theory. A new integral equation formalism is developed for enumerating all linear species in these complex supramolecular systems, and the random phase approximation and numerical self-consistent field theory are invoked in this context to map out a variety of phase diagrams.

  15. How Pure Components Control Polymer Blend Miscibility

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    White, Ronald; Lipson, Jane; Higgins, Julia

    2012-02-01

    We present insight into some intriguing relationships revealed by our recent studies of polymer mixture miscibility. Applying our simple lattice-based equation of state, we discuss some of the patterns observed over a sample of experimental blends. We focus on the question of how much key information can one determine from a knowledge of just the pure components only, and further, on the role of separate enthalpic and entropic contributions to the miscibility behavior. One interesting correlation connects the value of the difference in pure component energetic parameters with that of the mixed segment interactions, suggesting new possibilities for predictive modeling. We also show how in some cases these two parameter groupings act as separate controls determining the entropy and enthalpy of mixing. Also discussed are the different patterns exhibited for UCST-type and LCST-type blends, these being revealed in some cases by simple examination of the underlying microscopic parameters.

  16. Compatibility and Impact Resistance of Biodegradable Polymer Blends Using Clays and Natural Nanotubes

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    Guo, Yichen; Yuan, Xue; Zuo, Xianghao; Rafailovich, Miriam

    Montmorillonite clays and Halloysite nanotubes (HNTs) were modified by surface adsorption of resorcinol di (phenyl phosphate) (RDP) oligomers. Biodegradable poly (lactic acid) (PLA) and poly (butylene adipate-co-butylene terephthalate) (PBAT) polymers were blended together with RDP coated clays and tubes. TEM images of thin sections indicated that even though both RDP coated clay nanotubes and platelets located on the interfacial region between two immiscible polymers, only the platelets, having the larger aspect ratio, were able to reduce the PBAT domain sizes. The ability of clay platelets to partially compatibilize the blend was further confirmed by the dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) which showed that the glass transition temperatures of two polymers tend to shift closer. Izod impact testing demonstrated that the rubbery PBAT phase greatly increased the impact strength of the unfilled blend, but addition of only 5% of clay filler decrease the impact strength by nearly 50% while a small increase was observed with nanotubes at that concentration. A simple model is proposed. The clay platelets are observed to cover the interfacial area. Although they are effective at reducing the interfacial tension, they block the entanglements between two polymer phase and increase the overall brittleness. On the other hand, the HNTs are observed to lie perpendicular to the interface, which makes them less effective in reducing interfacial tension, but far more effective at retarding micro-crack propagation.

  17. Electron beam irradiation induced compatibilization of immiscible polyethylene/ethylene vinyl acetate (PE/EVA) blends: Mechanical properties and morphology stability

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    Entezam, Mehdi; Aghjeh, Mir Karim Razavi; Ghaffari, Mehdi

    2017-02-01

    Gel content, mechanical properties and morphology of immiscible PE/EVA blends irradiated by high energy electron beam were studied. The results of gel content measurements showed that the capability of cross-linking of the blend samples increased with an increase of the EVA composition. Also, the gel content for most compositions of the blends displayed a positive deviation from the additive rule. The results of mechanical properties showed that the tensile strength and elongation at break of the samples increased and decreased, respectively, with irradiation dose. On the other hand, the mechanical properties of the irradiated blends also depicted a positive deviation from additive rule contrary to the un-irradiated blends. A synergistic effect observed for the mechanical properties improvement of the irradiated blends and it was attributed to the probable formation of the PE-graft-EVA copolymers at the interface of the blends during the irradiation process. A theoretical analysis revealed that irradiation induced synergistic effect was more significant for EVA-rich blends with weaker interfacial interaction as compared to PE-rich blends. The morphological analysis indicated that the blend morphology was not affected obviously, whereas it was stabilized by irradiation.

  18. Understanding Polymorphism Formation in Electrospun Fibers of Immiscible Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Blends

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    G Zhong; L Zhang; R Su; K Wang; H Fong; L Zhu

    2011-12-31

    Effects of electric poling, mechanical stretching, and dipolar interaction on the formation of ferroelectric ({beta} and/or {gamma}) phases in poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) have been studied in electrospun fibers of PVDF/polyacrylonitrile (PAN) and PVDF/polysulfone (PSF) blends with PVDF as the minor component, using wide-angle X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared techniques. Experimental results of as-electrospun neat PVDF fibers (beaded vs. bead-free) showed that mechanical stretching during electrospinning, rather than electric poling, was effective to induce ferroelectric phases. For as-electrospun PVDF blend fibers with the non-polar PSF matrix, mechanical stretching during electrospinning again was capable of inducing some ferroelectric phases in addition to the major paraelectric ({alpha}) phase. However, after removing the mechanical stretching in a confined melt-recrystallization process, only the paraelectric phase was obtained. For as-electrospun PVDF blend fibers with the polar (or ferroelectric) PAN matrix, strong intermolecular interactions between polar PAN and PVDF played an important role in the ferroelectric phase formation in addition to the mechanical stretching effect during electrospinning. Even after the removal of mechanical stretching through the confined melt-recrystallization process, a significant amount of ferroelectric phases persisted. Comparing the ferroelectric phase formation between PVDF/PSF and PVDF/PAN blend fibers, we concluded that the local electric field-dipole interactions were the determining factor for the nucleation and growth of polar PVDF phases.

  19. Reasons for using polymer blends in the electrospinning process

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    Martinova, Lenka; Lubasova, Daniela

    2012-11-01

    Polymer blends can be very effective for the processing of nanofibers, especially for the novel electrospinning process of Nanospider™ (Jirsak et al., 2005, www.nanospider.cz), offering the realistic potential for industrial production of nanofiber sheets. Polymer blending is designed to generate materials with optimized chemical, structural, mechanical, morphological and biological properties.

  20. Phase morphology and orientation development of polymer blends in melt processing

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    Yang, Jinhai

    In this dissertation, we studied phase morphology development of various polymer blends in both extrusion and melt spinning using scanning electron microscopy (SEM) assisted with appropriate etching techniques. Various processing conditions, for example shear or elongation rate, shear or elongation stress, and extrusion die length/diameter ratio were considered. The effects of material characteristics, such as viscosity ratio, miscibility and interfacial tension, were studied. To do this, polymer blends were carefully selected. One isotactic polypropylene was blended with two ethylene butene copolymers (EBM), which had different butene contents. One of the blends was miscible and the other was immiscible. The polypropylene was also blended two ethylene octene copolymers (EOM). The above blends had low interfacial tension and different viscosity ratios. One EBM was blended with two polyamide 12 (PA12) materials. These blends had high interfacial tension and different viscosity ratios. One maleic anhydride grafted ethylene octene copolymer was added into the EBM/PA12 blends to decrease their interfacial tension. Studies were focused on a phenomenon that the dispersed phases in these blends could coalesce into a surface layer in both extrusion and melt spinning. This process was controlled by viscosity ratio, interfacial tension and processing conditions. The orientation development of melt spun fibers of these blends was studied by both wide angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD) and birefringence techniques. The orientation was affected by both blend morphologies and solidification order of the blend individual phases. The phase, which solidifies later in the spinline, did not affect the orientation of the first solidified phase. However, the first solidified phase, if it was continuous phase, could largely suppress the orientation of the second solidified phase. Composite stress analysis explained the different orientation behaviors. Extrusion of a PA12 material through a

  1. Improving the Compatibility and Mechanical Properties of Recycled Polymer Blends using Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Fourman, Mitchell; Rafailovich, Miriam; Iraci, John Michael

    2011-03-01

    Supercritical Carbon Dioxide (scCO2) has been shown to decrease the interfacial tension between immiscible bulk polymer blends by Palermo et al. [Macromolecules 38 (22) 1980-1986, (2005)]. However, little work has been done to determine the efficacy of scCO2 on recycled materials. Here we show that scCO2 can be used to induce partial compatibility - and therefore improved mechanical properties - in bulk polymer blends using recycled materials. Blends of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA), and recycled Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) were created at different ratios using a CW Brabender twin screw extruder and exposed to scCO2. Dynamic Mechanical Analysis (DMA), Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), Izod impact testing, and Instron tensile testing were used to measure the properties of blends before and after exposure. Results show improved strength and elasticity in bulk samples, with substantial improvement in modulus and impact factor within the ``density fluctuation ridge.'' Results suggest potential industrial and ecological benefits for scCO2. Supported in part by the Garcia NSF-MRSEC Center at the Department of Materials Science - Stony Brook University.

  2. Enhancing distributive mixing of immiscible polyethylene/thermoplastic starch blend through zeolite ZSM-5 compounding sequence.

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    Thipmanee, Ranumas; Lukubira, Sam; Ogale, Amod A; Sane, Amporn

    2016-01-20

    The aim of this work was to explore the effect of zeolite ZSM-5 (ZSM5) incorporation sequence on the phase morphology, microstructure, and performance of polyethylene/thermoplastic starch (PE/TPS) films. Two processing sequences were used for preparing PE/TPS/ZSM5 composites at a weight ratio of PE to TPS of 70:30 and ZSM5 concentrations of 1-5 wt%: (i) melt compounding of PE with ZSM5 prior to melt blending with TPS (SI); and (ii) TPS was compounded with ZSM5 prior to blending with PE (SII). Distributive mixing and mechanical properties of PE/TPS blend were greatly enhanced when ZSM5 was incorporated via SII. These were caused by both the higher affinity between PE and ZSM5, compared to that of TPS and ZSM5, and the reduction of TPS viscosity after compounding with ZSM5, leading to migration of ZSM5 from TPS dispersed phase toward PE matrix and increase in breakup of TPS droplets during SII sequence. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  3. A New Strategy of Lithography Based on Phase Separation of Polymer Blends

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    Guo, Xu; Liu, Long; Zhuang, Zhe; Chen, Xin; Ni, Mengyang; Li, Yang; Cui, Yushuang; Zhan, Peng; Yuan, Changsheng; Ge, Haixiong; Wang, Zhenlin; Chen, Yanfeng

    2015-01-01

    Herein, we propose a new strategy of maskless lithographic approach to fabricate micro/nano-porous structures by phase separation of polystyrene (PS)/Polyethylene glycol (PEG) immiscible polymer blend. Its simple process only involves a spin coating of polymer blend followed by a development with deionized water rinse to remove PEG moiety, which provides an extremely facile, low-cost, easily accessible nanofabrication method to obtain the porous structures with wafer-scale. By controlling the weight ratio of PS/PEG polymer blend, its concentration and the spin-coating speed, the structural parameters of the porous nanostructure could be effectively tuned. These micro/nano porous structures could be converted into versatile functional nanostructures in combination with follow-up conventional chemical and physical nanofabrication techniques. As demonstrations of perceived potential applications using our developed phase separation lithography, we fabricate wafer-scale pure dielectric (silicon)-based two-dimensional nanostructures with high broadband absorption on silicon wafers due to their great light trapping ability, which could be expected for promising applications in the fields of photovoltaic devices and thermal emitters with very good performances, and Ag nanodot arrays which possess a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factor up to 1.64 × 108 with high uniformity across over an entire wafer. PMID:26515790

  4. A New Strategy of Lithography Based on Phase Separation of Polymer Blends

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    Guo, Xu; Liu, Long; Zhuang, Zhe; Chen, Xin; Ni, Mengyang; Li, Yang; Cui, Yushuang; Zhan, Peng; Yuan, Changsheng; Ge, Haixiong; Wang, Zhenlin; Chen, Yanfeng

    2015-10-01

    Herein, we propose a new strategy of maskless lithographic approach to fabricate micro/nano-porous structures by phase separation of polystyrene (PS)/Polyethylene glycol (PEG) immiscible polymer blend. Its simple process only involves a spin coating of polymer blend followed by a development with deionized water rinse to remove PEG moiety, which provides an extremely facile, low-cost, easily accessible nanofabrication method to obtain the porous structures with wafer-scale. By controlling the weight ratio of PS/PEG polymer blend, its concentration and the spin-coating speed, the structural parameters of the porous nanostructure could be effectively tuned. These micro/nano porous structures could be converted into versatile functional nanostructures in combination with follow-up conventional chemical and physical nanofabrication techniques. As demonstrations of perceived potential applications using our developed phase separation lithography, we fabricate wafer-scale pure dielectric (silicon)-based two-dimensional nanostructures with high broadband absorption on silicon wafers due to their great light trapping ability, which could be expected for promising applications in the fields of photovoltaic devices and thermal emitters with very good performances, and Ag nanodot arrays which possess a surface enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) enhancement factor up to 1.64 × 108 with high uniformity across over an entire wafer.

  5. Surface dilational moduli of polymer and blended polymer monolayers spread at air-water interfaces.

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    Morioka, Takako; Kawaguchi, Masami

    2014-10-16

    Surface dilational moduli of polymer monolayers, blended polymer monolayers, and polymer particle monolayers spread at air-water interfaces are reviewed, focusing on measurements using surface pressure isotherm, surface pressure relaxation, and oscillating barrier methods. Differences between the surface dilational moduli of condensed polymer monolayers and expanded polymer monolayers are explored. Moreover, the features of the surface dilational moduli in blended polymer monolayers are discussed in terms of their miscibility. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  6. Quasi-Immiscible Spreading of Aqueous Surfactant Solutions on Entangled Aqueous Polymer Solution Subphases

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    Sharma, Ramankur; Corcoran, Timothy E.; Garoff, Stephen; Przybycien, Todd M.; Swanson, Ellen R.; Tilton, Robert D.

    2014-01-01

    Motivated by the possibility of enhancing aerosol drug delivery to mucus-obstructed lungs, the spreading of a drop of aqueous surfactant solution on a physically entangled aqueous poly(acrylamide) solution subphase that mimics lung airway surface liquid was investigated. Sodium dodecyl sulfate was used as the surfactant. To visualize spreading of the drop and mimic the inclusion of a drug substance, fluorescein, a hydrophilic and non-surface active dye, was added to the surfactant solution. The spreading progresses through a series of events. Marangoni stresses initiate the convective spreading of the drop. Simultaneously, surfactant escapes across the drop’s contact line within a second of deposition and causes a change in subphase surface tension outside the drop on the order of 1 mN/m. Convective spreading of the drop ends within 2–3 seconds of drop deposition, when a new interfacial tension balance is achieved. Surfactant escape depletes the drop of surfactant and the residual drop takes the form of a static lens of non-zero contact angle. On longer time scales, the surfactant dissolves into the subphase. The lens formed by the water in the deposited drop persists for as long as 3 minutes after the convective spreading process ends due to the long diffusional timescales associated with the underlying entangled polymer solution. The persistence of the lens suggests that the drop phase behaves as if it were immiscible with the subphase during this time period. Whereas surfactant escapes the spreading drop and advances on the subphase/vapor interface, hydrophilic dye molecules in the drop do not escape, but remain with the drop throughout the convective spreading. The quasi-immiscible nature of the spreading event suggests that the chemical properties of the surfactant and subphase are much less important than their physical properties, consistent with prior qualitative studies of spreading of different types of surfactants on entangled polymer subphases: the

  7. Quasi-immiscible spreading of aqueous surfactant solutions on entangled aqueous polymer solution subphases.

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    Sharma, Ramankur; Corcoran, Timothy E; Garoff, Stephen; Przybycien, Todd M; Swanson, Ellen R; Tilton, Robert D

    2013-06-26

    Motivated by the possibility of enhancing aerosol drug delivery to mucus-obstructed lungs, the spreading of a drop of aqueous surfactant solution on a physically entangled aqueous poly(acrylamide) solution subphase that mimics lung airway surface liquid was investigated. Sodium dodecyl sulfate was used as the surfactant. To visualize spreading of the drop and mimic the inclusion of a drug substance, fluorescein, a hydrophilic and non-surface-active dye, was added to the surfactant solution. The spreading progresses through a series of events. Marangoni stresses initiate the convective spreading of the drop. Simultaneously, surfactant escapes across the drop's contact line within a second of deposition and causes a change in subphase surface tension outside the drop on the order of 1 mN/m. Convective spreading of the drop ends within 2-3 s of drop deposition, when a new interfacial tension balance is achieved. Surfactant escape depletes the drop of surfactant, and the residual drop takes the form of a static lens of nonzero contact angle. On longer time scales, the surfactant dissolves into the subphase. The lens formed by the water in the deposited drop persists for as long as 3 min after the convective spreading process ends due to the long diffusional time scales associated with the underlying entangled polymer solution. The persistence of the lens suggests that the drop phase behaves as if it were immiscible with the subphase during this time period. Whereas surfactant escapes the spreading drop and advances on the subphase/vapor interface, hydrophilic dye molecules in the drop do not escape but remain with the drop throughout the convective spreading. The quasi-immiscible nature of the spreading event suggests that the chemical properties of the surfactant and subphase are much less important than their physical properties, consistent with prior qualitative studies of spreading of different types of surfactants on entangled polymer subphases: the selection of

  8. Polymer blend lithography: A versatile method to fabricate nanopatterned self-assembled monolayers

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    Huang, Cheng; Moosmann, Markus; Jin, Jiehong; Heiler, Tobias; Schimmel, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    Summary A rapid and cost-effective lithographic method, polymer blend lithography (PBL), is reported to produce patterned self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on solid substrates featuring two or three different chemical functionalities. For the pattern generation we use the phase separation of two immiscible polymers in a blend solution during a spin-coating process. By controlling the spin-coating parameters and conditions, including the ambient atmosphere (humidity), the molar mass of the polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and the mass ratio between the two polymers in the blend solution, the formation of a purely lateral morphology (PS islands standing on the substrate while isolated in the PMMA matrix) can be reproducibly induced. Either of the formed phases (PS or PMMA) can be selectively dissolved afterwards, and the remaining phase can be used as a lift-off mask for the formation of a nanopatterned functional silane monolayer. This “monolayer copy” of the polymer phase morphology has a topographic contrast of about 1.3 nm. A demonstration of tuning of the PS island diameter is given by changing the molar mass of PS. Moreover, polymer blend lithography can provide the possibility of fabricating a surface with three different chemical components: This is demonstrated by inducing breath figures (evaporated condensed entity) at higher humidity during the spin-coating process. Here we demonstrate the formation of a lateral pattern consisting of regions covered with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) and (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES), and at the same time featuring regions of bare SiOx. The patterning process could be applied even on meter-sized substrates with various functional SAM molecules, making this process suitable for the rapid preparation of quasi two-dimensional nanopatterned functional substrates, e.g., for the template-controlled growth of ZnO nanostructures [1]. PMID:23019558

  9. Polymer blend lithography: A versatile method to fabricate nanopatterned self-assembled monolayers.

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    Huang, Cheng; Moosmann, Markus; Jin, Jiehong; Heiler, Tobias; Walheim, Stefan; Schimmel, Thomas

    2012-01-01

    A rapid and cost-effective lithographic method, polymer blend lithography (PBL), is reported to produce patterned self-assembled monolayers (SAM) on solid substrates featuring two or three different chemical functionalities. For the pattern generation we use the phase separation of two immiscible polymers in a blend solution during a spin-coating process. By controlling the spin-coating parameters and conditions, including the ambient atmosphere (humidity), the molar mass of the polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), and the mass ratio between the two polymers in the blend solution, the formation of a purely lateral morphology (PS islands standing on the substrate while isolated in the PMMA matrix) can be reproducibly induced. Either of the formed phases (PS or PMMA) can be selectively dissolved afterwards, and the remaining phase can be used as a lift-off mask for the formation of a nanopatterned functional silane monolayer. This "monolayer copy" of the polymer phase morphology has a topographic contrast of about 1.3 nm. A demonstration of tuning of the PS island diameter is given by changing the molar mass of PS. Moreover, polymer blend lithography can provide the possibility of fabricating a surface with three different chemical components: This is demonstrated by inducing breath figures (evaporated condensed entity) at higher humidity during the spin-coating process. Here we demonstrate the formation of a lateral pattern consisting of regions covered with 1H,1H,2H,2H-perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane (FDTS) and (3-aminopropyl)triethoxysilane (APTES), and at the same time featuring regions of bare SiO(x). The patterning process could be applied even on meter-sized substrates with various functional SAM molecules, making this process suitable for the rapid preparation of quasi two-dimensional nanopatterned functional substrates, e.g., for the template-controlled growth of ZnO nanostructures [1].

  10. Oral gingival delivery systems from chitosan blends with hydrophilic polymers.

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    Khoo, Cynthia G L; Frantzich, Sofia; Rosinski, Adam; Sjöström, Maria; Hoogstraate, Janet

    2003-01-01

    Chitosan blends with hydrophilic polymers including polyvinylalcohol (PVA), polyethyleneoxide (PEO) and polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), were investigated as candidates for oral gingival delivery systems. The bioavailabilty conferred by the chitosan blend delivery systems, as concluded from dog studies, was shown to be comparable to that based on chitosan alone, especially for those blends involving high molecular weight hydrophilic polymers. Results from differential scanning calorimetry and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and tensile testing, indicated that the chitosan/PEO and chitosan/PVP blends showed evidence of miscibility in all blend ratios studied, while the chitosan/PVA blend only showed evidence of interaction for the (50:50) and (80:20) blends, but not for the (20:80) blend. However, even a phase separated system may show interesting and exploitable properties, as evidenced by the tensile testing data for the high molecular weight PVA blend (20:80). The study also indicated that chitosan blends were superior in other properties compared to chitosan alone. These included improved comfort and reduced irritation, ease of processing, improved film quality, improved flexibility, and enhanced dissolution. Blends of chitosan with different hydrophilic polymers could thus be promising candidates for formulation in oral mucosal delivery systems.

  11. Fluctuation phenomena in structurally symmetric polymer blends

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    Singh, C.; Schweizer, K.S. ); Yethiraj, A. )

    1995-02-01

    Polymer reference interaction site model theory with the new molecular closures is used to study structurally and interaction potential symmetric binary blends. Both compressibility and free energy routes to thermodynamics are studied and thermodynamic consistency is addressed. Various non-Flory-Huggins effects, or fluctuation phenomena,'' are found: nonuniversal renormalization of critical temperature and effective chi-parameter from mean field values, composition-dependent chi-parameters, and nonlinear dependence of inverse osmotic compressibility on inverse temperature. These fluctuation effects depend on degree of polymerization, [ital N], chain length asymmetry, polymer density, range and precise form of attractive tail potentials, chain stiffness, and proximity to phase boundary. Some fluctuation effects are intrinsic, i.e., survive in the long chain [ital N][r arrow][infinity] limit, while others are finite size effects which arise from chain-connectivity-induced coupled local density and long wavelength concentration fluctuations. Due to multiple sources of fluctuation effects, even asymptotic finite size effects can appear intrinsic'' over extended ranges of [ital N]. Comparison with lattice Monte Carlo simulations of Deutsch and Binder shows good agreement with theory. All fluctuation effects can be understood in simple terms by examining enthalpy of mixing and local interchain correlations. Key physical process is thermally driven local interchain rearrangements corresponding to formation of diffuse interfaces and clusters or droplets. Analytic results are derived using the Gaussian thread model, which provides a simple physical understanding of the origin of numerically determined fluctuation effects. In the long chain limit predictions for the thread blend are shown to be exactly thermodynamically consistent, a unique circumstance for liquid state theories.

  12. Effects of the Biodegradation on Biodegradable Polymer Blends and Polypropylene

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    Pereira, R. C. T.; Franchetti, S. M. M.; Agnelli, J. A. M.; Mattoso, L. H. C.

    2008-08-01

    The large use of plastics in the world generates a large amount of waste which persists around 200 years in the environment. To minimize this effect is important to search some new polymer materials: the blends of biodegradable polymers with synthetic polymers. It is a large area that needs an intensive research to investigate the blends properties and its behavior face to the different treatments to aim at the biodegradation. The blends used in this work are: some biodegradable polymers such as: poly(hydroxybutyrate) (PHB) and poly(ɛ-polycaprolactone) (PCL) with a synthetic polymer, polypropylene (PP), in lower concentration. These blends were prepared using an internal mixer (Torque Rheometer), and pressed. These films were submitted to fungus biotreatment. The films analyses will be carried out by Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR), UV-Vis absorption (UV-Vis), Scanning Electronic Microscopy (SEM), DSC and TGA.

  13. Electric field-mediated processing of polymer blend solutions

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    Wnek, G. E.; Krause, S.

    1993-01-01

    Multiphase polymer blends in which the minor phases are oriented in a desired direction may demonstrate unique optical, electrical, and mechanical properties. While morphology development in shear fields was studied extensively, little work has focused on effects of electric fields on phase structure. The use of electric fields for blend morphology modulation with particular attention given to solvent casting of blends in d.c. fields was explored. Both homopolymer blends (average phase sizes of several microns) and diblock copolymer/homopolymer blends (average phase sizes of hundreds of Angstroms) were investigated. Summarized are important observations and conclusions.

  14. Phase equilibria in polymer blend thin films: a Hamiltonian approach.

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    Souche, M; Clarke, N

    2009-12-28

    We propose a Hamiltonian formulation of the Flory-Huggins-de Gennes theory describing a polymer blend thin film. We then focus on the case of 50:50 polymer blends confined between antisymmetric walls. The different phases of the system and the transitions between them, including finite-size effects, are systematically studied through their relation with the geometry of the Hamiltonian flow in phase space. This method provides an easy and efficient way, with strong graphical insight, to infer the qualitative physical behavior of polymer blend thin films.

  15. Blends of a Polymer of Intrinsic Microporosity and Partially Sulfonated Polyphenylenesulfone for Gas Separation.

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    Yong, Wai Fen; Lee, Zhi Kang; Chung, Tai-Shung; Weber, Martin; Staudt, Claudia; Maletzko, Christian

    2016-08-09

    Polyphenylenesulfone (PPSU) and sulfonated polyphenylenesulfone (sPPSU) are widely used for liquid separations in the medical and food industries. However, their potential applications for gas separation have not been studied extensively owing to their low intrinsic gas permeability. We report here for the first time that blending with sPPSU can significantly improve the gas separation performance of highly permeable polymers of intrinsic microporosity (PIMs), specifically PIM-1, because of the strong molecular interactions of the sulfonic acid groups of sPPSU with CO2 and O2 . In addition, a novel co-solvent system has been discovered to overcome the immiscibility of these polymers. The presence of a higher degree of sulfonation in sPPSU results in better gas separation performance of the blend membranes close to or above the Robeson upper bound lines for O2 /N2 , CO2 /N2 and CO2 /CH4 separations. Interestingly, the blend membranes have comparable gas selectivity to sPPSU even though their sPPSU content is only 5-20 wt %. Moreover, they also display improved anti-plasticization properties up to 30 atm (3 MPa) using a binary CO2 /CH4 feed gas. The newly developed PIM-1/sPPSU membranes are potential candidates for air separation, natural gas separation, and CO2 capture. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  16. Photothermal and morphological characterization of PLA/PCL polymer blends

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    Correa-Pacheco, Z. N.; Jiménez-Pérez, J. L.; Sabino, M. A.; Cruz-Orea, A.; Loaiza, M.

    2015-09-01

    Nowadays, some synthetic polymers have been replaced by biodegradable polymers in order to avoid environmental contamination. Among these biodegradables polymers, aliphatic polyesters such as polylactic acid (PLA) and polycaprolactone (PCL) have been widely used. In the present study, solvent-casting films of PLA, PCL and polymer blends with and without compatibilizer (PLA grafted with maleic anhydride) were prepared. The thermal diffusivity ( α) of each sample was obtained by using the open photoacoustic cell technique. Morphology and thermal properties were determined by using scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), respectively. The blends showed lower thermal diffusivity compared to pure polymers. However, when the compatibilizer was used, the highest value of thermal diffusivity was obtained. Also, cold crystallization with the highest value of enthalpy of fusion was observed for the compatibilized sample, which was revealed by DSC. To our knowledge, this is the first time that the thermal diffusivity of these biodegradable polymer blends is reported.

  17. Host Plant Odors Represent Immiscible Information Entities - Blend Composition and Concentration Matter in Hawkmoths

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    Haverkamp, Alexander; Hansson, Bill S.; Knaden, Markus

    2013-01-01

    Host plant choice is of vital importance for egg laying herbivorous insects that do not exhibit brood care. Several aspects, including palatability, nutritional quality and predation risk, have been found to modulate host preference. Olfactory cues are thought to enable host location. However, experimental data on odor features that allow choosing among alternative hosts while still in flight are not available. It has previously been shown that M. sexta females prefer Datura wrightii compared to Nicotiana attenuata. The bouquet of the latter is more intense and contains compounds typically emitted by plants after feeding-damage to attract the herbivore’s enemies. In this wind tunnel study, we offered female gravid hawkmoths (Manduca sexta) odors from these two ecologically relevant, attractive, non-flowering host species. M. sexta females preferred surrogate leaves scented with vegetative odors form both host species to unscented control leaves. Given a choice between species, females preferred the odor bouquet emitted by D. wrightii to that of N. attenuata. Harmonizing, i.e. adjusting, volatile intensity to similar levels did not abolish but significantly weakened this preference. Superimposing, i.e. mixing, the highly attractive headspaces of both species, however, abolished discrimination between scented and non-scented surrogate leaves. Beyond ascertaining the role of blend composition in host plant choice, our results raise the following hypotheses. (i) The odor of a host species is perceived as a discrete odor ‘Gestalt’, and its core properties are lost upon mixing two attractive scents (ii). Stimulus intensity is a secondary feature affecting olfactory-based host choice (iii). Constitutively smelling like a plant that is attracting herbivore enemies may be part of a plant’s strategy to avoid herbivory where alternative hosts are available to the herbivore. PMID:24116211

  18. Photonic polymer-blend structures and method for making

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    Barnes, Michael D.

    2004-06-29

    The present invention comprises the formation of photonic polymer-blend structures having tunable optical and mechanical properties. The photonic polymer-blend structures comprise monomer units of spherical microparticles of a polymer-blend material wherein the spherical microparticles have surfaces partially merged with one another in a robust inter-particle bond having a tunable inter-particle separation or bond length sequentially attached in a desired and programmable architecture. The photonic polymer-blend structures of the present invention can be linked by several hundred individual particles sequentially linked to form complex three-dimensional structures or highly ordered two-dimensional arrays of 3D columns with 2D spacing.

  19. Reactive extrusion of epsilon-caprolactone polymers and application of poly(lauryl lactam-b-caprolactone) as a compatibilizing agent in blends containing poly(vinyl chloride)

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    Kim, Byong Jun

    In this dissertation, we investigate the continuous polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone (CL) and copolymerization of CL with epsilon-caprolactam (CA), o-lauryl lactam (LA), and styrene (ST) in a modular intermeshing co-rotating twin screw extruder. We consider the variables of temperature profile, screw speed, monomer feed rate, the ratio of monomer to initiator, and feeding order of co-monomers on reactive extrusion of CL polymers. Associated with the reactive extrusion of CL, we also perform the engineering analysis of molecular weight increase and shear-induced molecular weight reduction after polymerization of CL during the reactive extrusion process. Specially designed block copolymers have played a role as compatibilizing agents in the system of immiscible polymer blends. We apply the LA-CL block copolymer (P(LA-b-CL)) produced by reactive extrusion as a compatibilizing agent in immiscible polymer blend systems: (i) poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC)/polyamide 12(PA12), (ii) PVC/polypropylene (PP), and (iii) PVC/maleic anhydride (MA)-modified ethylene-propylene-non-conjugated diene elastomer (MA-EPDM). We investigate the mechanical and thermal properties of (i) PVC/PA12 blend compatibilized with P(LA-b-CL), (ii) PVC/PP blend compatibilized with P(LA-b-CL)/PA12/MA-PP, and (iii) PVC/MA-EPDM blend compatibilized with P(LA-b-CL)/PA12.

  20. Battery separators based on polyphenylquinoxaline polymer blends. Final report

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    Angres, I.; Kowalchik, L.; Parkhurst, W.

    1981-04-01

    This document is a final report on battery separators based on polyphenylquinoxaline (PPQ) polymer blends. The report describes the preparation of the polymer blends and their extrusion into membranes, reports a series of quality assurance tests for the membranes, and reports cycle life testing of the new membranes. The test results for the PPQ blend membranes are compared with the results obtained for standard separator membranes. It is concluded that PPQ/Cellulose Acetate is a good candidate material for alkaline battery separators; however, because of cost considerations, it is not competative with similar state-of-the-art materials.

  1. Stretchable and Conductive Polymer Films Prepared by Solution Blending.

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    Li, Pengcheng; Sun, Kuan; Ouyang, Jianyong

    2015-08-26

    Stretchable and conductive materials can have important application in many areas, such as wearable electronics and healthcare devices. Conducting polymers have very limited elasticity because of their rigid conjugated backbone. In this work, highly stretchable and conductive polymer films are prepared by coating or casting aqueous solution of poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene):polystyrenesulfonate ( PSS) and a soft polymer, including poly(ethylene glycol), poly(ethylene oxide), or poly(vinyl alcohol). The soft polymers can greatly improve the stretchability and the conductivity of PSS. The elongation at break can be increased from 2% up to 55%. The soft polymers can also enhance the conductivity of PSS from 0.2 up to 75 S cm(-1). The conductivity is further enhanced by adding dimethyl sulfoxide (DMSO) or ethylene glycol (EG) into the aqueous solutions of the polymer blends. Polymer blends with an elongation at break of close to 50% and a conductivity of 172 S cm(-1) are attained.

  2. Reaction Kinetics at the Interface between Immiscible Polymers: Competition between Diffusivity and Reactivity

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    Yuan, Guangcui; Wang, Mingji; Han, Charles C.

    2012-02-01

    Reactive blending processes at the interface between deuterated bisphenol-A polycarbonate (dPC) and amorphous polyamide (aPA) bilayer film were characterized by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) and neutron reflectivity (NR). It was found that the aminolysis occurred during thermal annealing at 160 -- 180 ^oC, inducing simultaneously scission of dPC chains and formation of dPC-aPA copolymer chains. Two or three stages of reaction kinetics as a function of time were probed by FTIR, depending on the competition between chain diffusivity and chemical reactivity for sample annealing at different temperatures. The late stage was controlled by potential barrier arising from previously formed copolymer, and it appeared earlier when annealing at 160 ^oC than that at higher temperatures. A phenomenon of transient interfacial instability which origin was ascribed to the mismatching in mobility of the polymer chains on either side of the interface was observed by NR. The copolymer once formed, remains localized at the interface and inhibits the diffusion of other reactive polymer chains still present in the bulk phase toward the interface.

  3. The use of scanning probe microscopy to characterize polymer blends

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    Joseph, T.; Yao, L.; Beatty, C.L.

    1996-12-31

    The use of scanning probe microscopy for the examination of atomic scale phenomena in polymers has been well documented, but the use of scanning probe microscopy to examine submicron scale structures has not been well documented. The purpose of this project was to examine the structure of polymer blends on a submicron scale. Two different systems were studied; a blend of recycled thermoplastics and a blend of ground rubber tire particles in a polystyrene matrix. Topographical images, z modulation plots, internal sensor measurements, and lateral force microscopy images were obtained for both systems. The plots were compared to the structures that we were expected to obtain. A second method of mathematical analysis, fractal dimension measurement, was also performed on the topographical images. Fractal dimension measurement has been correlated to fracture toughness in homopolymers, but the correlation has not been established for polymer blends. Comparison of both methods will be shown.

  4. Controlled release of tocopherols from polymer blend films

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    Obinata, Noe

    Controlled release packaging has great potential to increase storage stability of foods by releasing active compounds into foods continuously over time. However, a major limitation in development of this technology is the inability to control the release and provide rates useful for long term storage of foods. Better understanding of the factors affecting active compound release is needed to overcome this limitation. The objective of this research was to investigate the relationship between polymer composition, polymer processing method, polymer morphology, and release properties of active compounds, and to provide proof of principle that compound release is controlled by film morphology. A natural antioxidant, tocopherol was used as a model active compound because it is natural, effective, heat stable, and soluble in most packaging polymers. Polymer blend films were produced from combination of linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) and high density polyethylene (HDPE), polypropylene (PP), or polystyrene (PS) with 3000 ppm mixed tocopherols using conventional blending method and innovative blending method, smart blending with a novel mixer using chaotic advection. Film morphologies were visualized with scanning electron microscopy (SEM). Release of tocopherols into 95% ethanol as a food simulant was measured by UV/Visible spectrophotometry or HPLC, and diffusivity of tocopherols in the polymers was estimated from this data. Polymer composition (blend proportions) and processing methods have major effects on film morphology. Four different types of morphologies, dispersed, co-continuous, fiber, and multilayer structures were developed by either conventional extrusion or smart blending. With smart blending of fixed polymer compositions, different morphologies were progressively developed with fixed polymer composition as the number of rod rotations increased, providing a way to separate effects of polymer composition and morphology. The different morphologies

  5. Role of specific interfacial area in controlling properties of immiscible blends of biodegradable polylactide and poly[(butylene succinate)-co-adipate].

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    Ojijo, Vincent; Sinha Ray, Suprakas; Sadiku, Rotimi

    2012-12-01

    Binary blends of two biodegradable polymers: polylactide (PLA), which has high modulus and strength but is brittle, and poly[(butylene succinate)-co-adipate] (PBSA), which is flexible and tough, were prepared through batch melt mixing. The PLA/PBSA compositions were 100/0, 90/10, 70/30, 60/40, 50/50, 40/60, 30/70, 10/90, and 0/100. Fourier-transform infrared measurements revealed the absence of any chemical interaction between the two polymers, resulting in a phase-separated morphology as shown by scanning electron microscopy (SEM). SEM micrographs showed that PLA-rich blends had smaller droplet sizes when compared to the PBSA-rich blends, which got smaller with the reduction in PBSA content due to the differences in their melt viscosities. The interfacial area of PBSA droplets per unit volume of the blend reached a maximum in the 70PLA/30PBSA blend. Thermal stability and mechanical properties were not only affected by the composition of the blend, but also by the interfacial area between the two polymers. Through differential scanning calorimetry, it was shown that molten PBSA enhanced crystallization of PLA while the stiff PLA hindered cold crystallization of PBSA. Optimal synergies of properties between the two polymers were found in the 70PLA/30PBSA blend because of the maximum specific interfacial area of the PBSA droplets.

  6. Enhanced Self-Organized Dewetting of Ultrathin Polymer Blend Film for Large-Area Fabrication of SERS Substrate

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    Zhang, Huanhuan; Xu, Lin; Xu, Yabo; Huang, Gang; Zhao, Xueyu; Lai, Yuqing; Shi, Tongfei

    2016-01-01

    We study the enhanced dewetting of ultrathin Polystyrene (PS)/Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blend films in a mixed solution, and reveal the dewetting can act as a simple and effective method to fabricate large-area surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. A bilayer structure consisting of under PMMA layer and upper PS layer forms due to vertical phase separation of immiscible PS/PMMA during the spin-coating process. The thicker layer of the bilayer structure dominates the dewetting structures of PS/PMMA blend films. The diameter and diameter distribution of droplets, and the average separation spacing between the droplets can be precisely controlled via the change of blend ratio and film thickness. The dewetting structure of 8 nm PS/PMMA (1:1 wt%) blend film is proved to successfully fabricate large-area (3.5 cm × 3.5 cm) universal SERS substrate via deposited a silver layer on the dewetting structure. The SERS substrate shows good SERS-signal reproducibility (RSD < 7.2%) and high enhancement factor (2.5 × 107). The enhanced dewetting of polymer blend films broadens the application of dewetting of polymer films, especially in the nanotechnology, and may open a new approach for the fabrication of large-area SERS substrate to promote the application of SERS substrate in the rapid sensitive detection of trace molecules. PMID:27922062

  7. Enhanced Self-Organized Dewetting of Ultrathin Polymer Blend Film for Large-Area Fabrication of SERS Substrate.

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    Zhang, Huanhuan; Xu, Lin; Xu, Yabo; Huang, Gang; Zhao, Xueyu; Lai, Yuqing; Shi, Tongfei

    2016-12-06

    We study the enhanced dewetting of ultrathin Polystyrene (PS)/Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blend films in a mixed solution, and reveal the dewetting can act as a simple and effective method to fabricate large-area surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. A bilayer structure consisting of under PMMA layer and upper PS layer forms due to vertical phase separation of immiscible PS/PMMA during the spin-coating process. The thicker layer of the bilayer structure dominates the dewetting structures of PS/PMMA blend films. The diameter and diameter distribution of droplets, and the average separation spacing between the droplets can be precisely controlled via the change of blend ratio and film thickness. The dewetting structure of 8 nm PS/PMMA (1:1 wt%) blend film is proved to successfully fabricate large-area (3.5 cm × 3.5 cm) universal SERS substrate via deposited a silver layer on the dewetting structure. The SERS substrate shows good SERS-signal reproducibility (RSD < 7.2%) and high enhancement factor (2.5 × 10(7)). The enhanced dewetting of polymer blend films broadens the application of dewetting of polymer films, especially in the nanotechnology, and may open a new approach for the fabrication of large-area SERS substrate to promote the application of SERS substrate in the rapid sensitive detection of trace molecules.

  8. Enhanced Self-Organized Dewetting of Ultrathin Polymer Blend Film for Large-Area Fabrication of SERS Substrate

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    Zhang, Huanhuan; Xu, Lin; Xu, Yabo; Huang, Gang; Zhao, Xueyu; Lai, Yuqing; Shi, Tongfei

    2016-12-01

    We study the enhanced dewetting of ultrathin Polystyrene (PS)/Poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blend films in a mixed solution, and reveal the dewetting can act as a simple and effective method to fabricate large-area surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) substrate. A bilayer structure consisting of under PMMA layer and upper PS layer forms due to vertical phase separation of immiscible PS/PMMA during the spin-coating process. The thicker layer of the bilayer structure dominates the dewetting structures of PS/PMMA blend films. The diameter and diameter distribution of droplets, and the average separation spacing between the droplets can be precisely controlled via the change of blend ratio and film thickness. The dewetting structure of 8 nm PS/PMMA (1:1 wt%) blend film is proved to successfully fabricate large-area (3.5 cm × 3.5 cm) universal SERS substrate via deposited a silver layer on the dewetting structure. The SERS substrate shows good SERS-signal reproducibility (RSD < 7.2%) and high enhancement factor (2.5 × 107). The enhanced dewetting of polymer blend films broadens the application of dewetting of polymer films, especially in the nanotechnology, and may open a new approach for the fabrication of large-area SERS substrate to promote the application of SERS substrate in the rapid sensitive detection of trace molecules.

  9. Structure development in confined polymer blends: steady-state shear flow and relaxation.

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    Vananroye, Anja; Van Puyvelde, Peter; Moldenaers, Paula

    2006-02-28

    In this work, the structure development in immiscible polymer blends in confined geometries is systematically investigated. Poly(dimethylsiloxane)/poly(isobutylene) blends with a droplet-matrix structure are subjected to simple shear flows. The confined environment is created by using a Linkam shearing cell in which the gap is systematically decreased to investigate the transition from "bulk" behavior toward "confined" behavior. Small-angle light scattering experiments in a confinement, which have not yet been reported in the literature, and also microscopy are used to observe the morphology development during steady-state shearing and relaxation. These experiments indicate that the size and relaxation of single droplets in a confined environment are still governed by the relations that describe the structure development in bulk situations. Yet, depending on the applied shear rates and blend concentrations, the droplets organize in superstructures such as pearl necklaces or extended superstrings in a single layer between the plates. These structures are stable under flow. To observe a single layer, a critical ratio of droplet size to gap spacing is required, but this ratio is clearly below the one already reported in the literature.

  10. Quantifying the effect of polymer blending through molecular modelling of cyanurate polymers.

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    Crawford, Alasdair O; Hamerton, Ian; Cavalli, Gabriel; Howlin, Brendan J

    2012-01-01

    Modification of polymer properties by blending is a common practice in the polymer industry. We report here a study of blends of cyanurate polymers by molecular modelling that shows that the final experimentally determined properties can be predicted from first principles modelling to a good degree of accuracy. There is always a compromise between simulation length, accuracy and speed of prediction. A comparison of simulation times shows that 125ps of molecular dynamics simulation at each temperature provides the optimum compromise for models of this size with current technology. This study opens up the possibility of computer aided design of polymer blends with desired physical and mechanical properties.

  11. Properties of polymer blends filled with mixtures of conductive fillers

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    Thongruang, Wiriya

    2001-11-01

    High-density polyethylene (HDPE), ultrahigh molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) and blends thereof are used to produce ternary and quaternary conductive polymer composites (CPCs) containing carbon black (CB), carbon graphite (G), carbon fiber (CF) and selected mixtures thereof to discern if polymer blends and mixed fillers yield appreciable advantages over CPCs composed of single polymers and/or single fillers. The effects of polymer blend composition and filler type, concentration and composition on electrical conductivity, composite morphology, mechanical properties and thermal behavior have been examined and correlated to establish meaningful structure-property relationships that can facilitate the rational design of efficient CPCs. Enhanced conductivity due to double-percolation is observed in ternary CPCs containing CB or G, whereas the concept of bridged double percolation is proposed to explain substantial conductivity increases in quaternary composites.

  12. Confinement enhances dispersion in nanoparticle-polymer blend films.

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    Chandran, Sivasurender; Begam, Nafisa; Padmanabhan, Venkat; Basu, J K

    2014-05-08

    Polymer nanocomposites constitute an important class of materials whose properties depend on the state of dispersion of the nanoparticles in the polymer matrix. Here we report the first observations of confinement-induced enhancement of dispersion in nanoparticle-polymer blend films. Systematic variation in the dispersion of nanoparticles with confinement for various compositions and matrix polymer chain dimensions has been observed. For fixed composition, strong reduction in glass transition temperature, Tg, is observed with decreasing blend-film thickness. The enhanced dispersion occurs without altering the polymer-particle interactions and seems to be driven by enhanced matrix-chain orientation propensity and a tendency to minimize the density gradients within the matrix. This implies the existence of two different mechanisms in polymer nanocomposites, which determines their state of dispersion and glass transition.

  13. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity and methods for manufacturing such blends

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    Skotheim, T.

    A polymer blend is disclosed of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  14. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity and methods for manufacturing such blends

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    Skotheim, Terje

    1984-01-01

    There is disclosed a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  15. Tg in Polymer/Oligomer Athermal Blends

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    Zheng, Wei; Simon, Sindee

    2007-03-01

    The glass transition behavior of poly(α-methyl styrene), its tridecamer, and athermal blends with its hexamer is investigated using differential scanning calorimetry. The blends are prepared to exhibit approximately the same Tg as the tridecamer but with varying molecular weight distributions. The glass transition of the blends is found to become broader than that of the pure materials. However, the absolute heat capacity of the blends maintains unchanged from its components indicating that the blends are athermal mixtures. The broadening of the Tg is evaluated in the context of recent models describing this behavior. In addition, we examine the ability of the TNM model to describe the rate dependence of Tg and aging effects.

  16. Electrospinning polymer blends for biomimetic scaffolds for ACL tissue engineering

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    Garcia, Vanessa Lizeth

    The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture is one of the most common knee injuries. Current ACL reconstructive strategies consist of using an autograft or an allograft to replace the ligament. However, limitations have led researchers to create tissue engineered grafts, known as scaffolds, through electrospinning. Scaffolds made of natural and synthetic polymer blends have the potential to promote cell adhesion while having strong mechanical properties. However, enzymes found in the knee are known to degrade tissues and affect the healing of intra-articular injuries. Results suggest that the natural polymers used in this study modify the thermal properties and tensile strength of the synthetic polymers when blended. Scanning electron microscopy display bead-free and enzyme biodegradability of the fibers. Raman spectroscopy confirms the presence of the natural and synthetic polymers in the scaffolds while, amino acid analysis present the types of amino acids and their concentrations found in the natural polymers.

  17. Clay platelet partition within polymer blend nanocomposite films by EFTEM.

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    Linares, Elisângela M; Rippel, Márcia M; Galembeck, Fernando

    2010-12-01

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) is the main technique used to investigate the spatial distribution of clay platelets in polymer nanocomposites, but it has not often been successfully used in polymer blend nanocomposites because the high contrast between polymer phases impairs the observation of clay platelets. This work shows that electron spectral imaging in energy-filtered TEM (EFTEM) in the low-energy-loss spectral crossover region allows the observation of platelets on a clear background. Separate polymer domains are discerned by imaging at different energy losses, above and below the crossover energy, revealing the material morphology. Three blends (natural rubber [NR]/poly(styrene-butyl acrylate) [P(S-BA)], P(S-BA)/poly(vinyl chloride) [PVC], and NR/starch) were studied in this work, showing low contrast between the polymer phases in the 40-60 eV range. In the NR/P(S-BA) and P(S-BA)/PVC blend nanocomposites, the clay platelets accumulate in the P(S-BA) phase, while in the P(S-BA)/PVC nanocomposites, clay is also found at the interfaces. In the NR/starch blend, clay concentrates at the interface, but it also penetrates the two polymer phases. These observations reveal that nanostructured soft materials can display complex morphochemical patterns that are discerned thanks to the ability of EFTEM to produce many contrast patterns for the same sample.

  18. Compatibilization of immiscible poly(lactic acid)/poly(ɛ-caprolactone) blend through electron-beam irradiation with the addition of a compatibilizing agent

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    Shin, Boo Young; Han, Do Hung

    2013-02-01

    The aim of this study was to compatibilize immiscible poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) blend by using electron-beam radiation method with the addition of a compatibilizing agent. Glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) was chosen as the compatibilizing agent, in the expectation that the GMA plays a role as a monomeric compatibilizer and a reactive agent at the interface between the PLA and the PCL phases. Compatibilization process has been investigated through the melt mixing of the PLA/PCL and the GMA by using a twin-screw extruder and the exposure of the PLA/PCL/GMA mixture to electron-beam radiation at room temperature. The melt mixing process was performed to locate the GMA at the interface, thereby expecting a finer morphology due to the GMA as the monomeric plasticizer. The exposure process was carried out to induce definite interfacial adhesion at the interface through electron-beam initiated cross-copolymerization by the medium of the GMA as the reactive agent. To investigate the results of this compatibilization strategy, the morphological, mechanical, and rheological properties of the blend were analyzed. The morphological study clearly showed the reduced particle size of dispersed PCL domains and significantly improved interfacial adhesion by the electron-beam irradiation with the addition of the GMA. The stress-strain curves of the blends irradiated at less than 20 kGy showed the typical characteristics of ductile materials. The tensile properties of the blend were strongly affected by the dose of irradiation.

  19. Polymer blends with biodegradable components and reinforcements

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    Sartore, Luciana; Di Landro, Luca

    2014-05-01

    Polymeric blends based on ethylene vinyl acetate rubbers filled with high mol. wt. carboxymethyl cellulose were investigated in view of possible employment as biodegradable materials. The effect of vinyl acetate content and of addition of transesterification agent to increase interaction between EVA and cellulosic components was considered. Blends reinforced with cellulose microfibers in different amounts were also characterized in their mechanical, rheological and thermal behavior.

  20. Homogeneous polymer blend microparticles with a tunable refractive index

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    Barnes, M.D.; Kung, C.; Lermer, N.; Fukui, K.; Sumpter, B.G.; Noid, D.W.; Otaigbe, J.U.

    1999-02-01

    We show that homogeneous polymer blend microparticles can be prepared {ital in situ} from droplets of dilute solution of codissolved polymers. Provided that the droplet of solution is small enough ({lt}10 {mu}m) , solvent evaporation is rapid enough to inhibit phase separation. Thus the polymers that are being mixed need not be miscible, which greatly enhances the applicability of the technique. From analysis of two-dimensional Fraunhofer diffraction (angular scattering) patterns, we show that both the real and the imaginary parts of the refractive index can be tuned by adjustment of the relative weight fractions of polymers in solution. {copyright} {ital 1999} {ital Optical Society of America}

  1. Nanoengineered Eggshell-Silver Tailored Copolyester Polymer Blend Film with Antimicrobial Properties.

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    Tiimob, Boniface J; Mwinyelle, Gregory; Abdela, Woubit; Samuel, Temesgen; Jeelani, Shaik; Rangari, Vijaya K

    2017-03-08

    In this study, the reinforcement effect of different proportions of eggshell/silver (ES-Ag) nanomaterial on the structural and antimicrobial properties of 70/30 poly(butylene-co-adipate terephthalate)/polylactic acid (PBAT/PLA) immiscible blends was investigated. The ES-Ag was synthesized using a single step ball milling process and characterized with X-ray diffraction (XRD), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), and transmission electron microscopy (TEM). These results confirmed the existence of silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs) in the interstitial spaces of the eggshell particles. The thin films in this study were prepared using hot melt extrusion and 3D printing for mechanical and antimicrobial testing, respectively. These films were also characterized by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), XRD, tensile testing, and antimicrobial analysis. It was found that the incorporation of ES-Ag (0.5-2.0% content) compromised the tensile properties of the blend, due to poor interaction between the matrix and the ES-Ag in the ternary systems, but thermal analysis revealed improvement in the onset of degradation temperature and char yield at 500 °C. Though film toughness was better than that of PLA, the strength was lower, yet synergistic to those of PBAT and PLA. In general, the PBAT/PLA/ES-Ag ternary system had properties intermediate to those of the pure polymers. In vitro assessment of the antimicrobial activity of these films conducted on Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella Enteritidis bacteria revealed that the blend composite films possessed bacteriostatic effects, due to the immobilized ES-Ag nanomaterials in the blend matrix. Atomic absorption spectroscopy (AAS) analysis of water and food samples exposed to the films showed that Ag NPs were not released in distilled water and chicken breast after 72 and 168 h, respectively.

  2. Bottlebrush additives drive formation of vesicle chains in polymer blends

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    Mah, Hui Zhen; Afzali, Pantea; Verduzco, Rafeal; Stein, Gila

    2015-03-01

    The effects of bottlebrush polymer additive with poly (styrene-r-methyl methacrylate) side-chains on the thin film morphology of polystyrene (PS) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) blends were studied. Results were compared to PS/PMMA blends with diblock copolymer PS-b-PMMA compatibilizer and without any additive. Thin films were spin casted from toluene onto a ``neutral'' silicon surface and then annealed at a fixed temperature of 150ºC for a range of times (up to 85 mins). The morphology of the films was characterized using optical microscopy and atomic force microscopy. In the absence of any additive, the PS/PMMA blend rapidly de-mixes to form macroscale domains, while high loadings of the PS-b-PMMA additive can compatibilize the blend and suppress phase separation. However, the bottlebrush polymer additive drives the formation of well-organized vesicle chains in the PS/PMMA blend films. This morphology is favored by entropic considerations as the bottlebrush polymers are more stable than linear chains at the PS/PMMA interface and the brush like surface attracts.

  3. Exploiting Photo-induced Reactions in Polymer Blends to Create Hierarchically Ordered, Defect-free Materials

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    Balazs, Anna [University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

    2016-07-12

    Computer simulations reveal how photo-induced chemical reactions can be exploited to create long-range order in binary and ternary polymeric materials. The process is initiated by shining a spatially uniform light over a photosensitive AB binary blend, which undergoes both a reversible chemical reaction and phase separation. We then introduce a well-collimated, higher-intensity light source. Rastering this secondary light over the sample locally increases the reaction rate and causes formation of defect-free, spatially periodic structures. These binary structures resemble either the lamellar or hexagonal phases of microphase-separated di-block copolymers. We measure the regularity of the ordered structures as a function of the relative reaction rates for different values of the rastering speed and determine the optimal conditions for creating defect-free structures in the binary systems. We then add a non-reactive homo-polymer C, which is immiscible with both A and B. We show that this component migrates to regions that are illuminated by the secondary, higher-intensity light, allowing us to effectively write a pattern of C onto the AB film. Rastering over the ternary blend with this collimated light now leads to hierarchically ordered patterns of A, B, and C. The findings point to a facile, non-intrusive process for manufacturing high-quality polymeric devices in a low-cost, efficient manner.

  4. Surface enrichment in an isotopic polymer blend

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    Jones, R.A.L.; Kramer, E.J.; Rafailovich, M.H.; Sokolov, J.; Schwarz, S.A.

    1989-01-16

    Forward recoil spectrometry reveals that the surface of a blend of deuterated polystyrene (d-PS) and protonated polystyrene (PS) is enriched with d-PS relative to the bulk; the surface excess of d-PS increases almost linearly with the bulk volume fraction phi of d-PS at 184 /sup 0/C. The results may be interpreted quantitatively with mean-field theory, and yield a form of the bare surface energy of the blend consistent with the surface enrichment being driven by a surface energy difference between d-PS and hydrogenated polystyrene (h-PS) of isotopic origin.

  5. Characterization of plasticized PEO-PAM blend polymer electrolyte system

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    Dave, Gargi; Kanchan, Dinesh

    2017-05-01

    Present study reports characterization studies of NaCF3SO3 based PEO-PAM Blend Polymer Electrolyte (BPE) system with varying amount of EC+PC as plasticizer prepared by solution cast technique. Structural analysis and surface topography have been performed using FTIR and SEM studies. To understand, thermal properties, DSC studies have been undertaken in the present paper

  6. Electroluminescent devices based on cross-linked polymer blends

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    Bozano, Luisa D.; Carter, Kenneth R.; Lee, Victor Y.; Miller, Robert D.; DiPietro, Richard; Scott, J. Campbell

    2003-09-01

    We report the electrical and optical properties of two-component blends of electron and hole transporting materials in single and bilayer structures for organic light emitting diode (OLED) applications. The materials considered were a blue-emitting bipolar transporting polyfluorene, poly(9,9-di-n-hexylfluorene) (DHF), and a hole-transporting material, poly-[4-nhexyltriphenylamine] (HTPA). We compare the steady state OLED performance, transport, and optical properties of devices and describe morphology studies of the polymer films based on cross-linkable (x) blends with the analogous non-cross-linkable blends. The cross-linkable blends exhibit highest efficiency at low concentrations of the hole transporting material. At these concentrations the single layer OLEDs reach efficiencies greater than 0.1%, and are higher than for single layer x-DHF or the binary non-cross-linkable blend by more than an order of magnitude. Bilayer structures with homogeneous x-HTPA as hole transport layer show efficiencies between 0.08% and 0.96%, depending on the blend concentration in the emitting layer and on the top contact. We interpret these results in terms of the relative degree of phase segregation in the cross-linked networks versus the non-cross-linkable blends.

  7. Novel bio-based and biodegradable polymer blends

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    Yang, Shengzhe

    Most plastic materials, including high performance thermoplastics and thermosets are produced entirely from petroleum-based products. The volatility of the natural oil markets and the increasing cost of petroleum have led to a push to reduce the dependence on petroleum products. Together with an increase in environmental awareness, this has promoted the use of alternative, biorenewable, environmentally-friendly products, such as biomass. The growing interest in replacing petroleum-based products by inexpensive, renewable, natural materials is important for sustainable development into the future and will have a significant impact on the polymer industry and the environment. This thesis involved characterization and development of two series of novel bio-based polymer blends, namely polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA)/polyamide (PA) and poly(lactic acid) (PLA)/soy protein. Blends with different concentrations and compatible microstructures were prepared using twin-screw extruder. For PHA/PA blends, the poor mechanical properties of PHA improved significantly with an excellent combination of strength, stiffness and toughness by adding PA. Furthermore, the effect of blending on the viscoelastic properties has been investigated using small-amplitude oscillatory shear flow experiments as a function of blend composition and angular frequency. The elastic shear modulus (G‧) and complex viscosity of the blends increased significantly with increasing the concentration of PHA. Blending PLA with soy protein aims at reducing production cost, as well as accelerating the biodegradation rate in soil medium. In this work, the mechanical, thermal and morphological properties of the blends were investigated using dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and tensile tests.

  8. Phase behavior of polymer/nanoparticle blends near a substrate

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    McGarrity, E. S.; Frischknecht, A. L.; Mackay, M. E.

    2008-04-01

    We use the recent fluids density functional theory of Tripathi and Chapman [Phys. Rev. Lett. 94, 087801 (2005); J. Chem. Phys. 122, 094506 (2005)] to investigate the phase behavior of athermal polymer/nanoparticle blends near a substrate. The blends are modeled as a mixture of hard spheres and freely jointed hard chains, near a hard wall. There is a first order phase transition present in these blends in which the nanoparticles expel the polymer from the surface to form a monolayer at a certain nanoparticle concentration. The nanoparticle transition density depends on the length of the polymer, the nanoparticle diameter, and the overall bulk density of the system. The phase transition is due to both packing entropy effects related to size asymmetry between the components and to the polymer configurational entropy, justifying the so-called "entropic push" observed in experiments. In addition, a layered state is found at higher densities which resembles that in colloidal crystals, in which the polymer and nanoparticles form alternating discrete layers. We show that this laminar state has nearly the same free energy as the homogeneously mixed fluid in the bulk and is nucleated by the surface.

  9. Genistein Modified Polymer Blends for Hemodialysis Membranes

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    Chang, Teng; Kyu, Thein; Define, Linda; Alexander, Thomas

    2012-02-01

    A soybean-derived phytochemical called genistein was used as a modifying agent to polyether sulfone/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PES/PVP) blends to produce multi-functional hemodialysis membranes. With the aid of phase diagrams of PES/PVP/genistein blends, asymmetric porous membranes were fabricated by coagulating in non-solvent. Both unmodified and genistein modified PES/PVP membranes were shown to be non-cytotoxic to the blood cells. Unmodified PES/PVP membranes were found to reduce reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels, whereas the genistein modified membranes exhibited suppression for ˜60% of the ROS levels. Also, the genistein modified membranes revealed significant suppression of pro-inflammatory cytokines: IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α. Moreover, addition of PVP to PES showed the reduced trend of platelet adhesion and then leveled off. However, the modified membranes exhibited suppression of platelet adhesion at low genistein loading, but beyond 15 wt%, the platelet adhesion level rised up.

  10. Studies of structural dynamics in polymer blends using rheology and small-angle x-ray scattering techniques

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    Brinker, Kristin Leigh

    Structural dynamics in three polymer blend systems, differing largely with respect to morphology, have been investigated. The first system, composed of two immiscible homopolymers, exhibits a microstructure of micron-sized droplets dispersed in a matrix phase. We have examined small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) as a new approach for conducting in situ studies of flow-induced structural changes in these types of blends. This approach relies on Porod scattering, which is related to the interfacial properties in two-phase systems. Indeed, we have successfully performed in situ SAXS measurements of an immiscible blend in response to applied shear, allowing for the observation of deformation and relaxation of interface with time. The second blend system, a bicontinuous microemulsion (BmuE), consists of two cocontinuous domains of immiscible homopolymers compatibilized by diblock copolymer at the interface. The equilibrium dynamics were characterized via x-ray photon correlation spectroscopy. These measurements were used to test rheological predictions for bicontinuous microemulsions by Patzold and Dawson. Although the predictions describe the shape of the relaxation spectrum fairly well, the theory fails to predict absolute values of the rheological properties. These results highlight a need for the development of more sophisticated theory to describe the dynamics of bicontinuous microemulsions. The shear-induced dynamics of the BmE microstructure were interrogated using rheology, in situ SAXS, and optical microscopy. Optical microscopy revealed micron-sized phase-separated structures coexisting with the nano-scale BmuE phase at equilibrium. Direct comparison of this multi-phase system to a previously documented BmuE system by Bates, Lodge, and coworkers strongly indicates that the microemulsion morphology dominates the rheology and scattering behavior at linear to moderately non-linear shear conditions, whereas the phase-separated structures govern the response under

  11. Direct formation of nano-pillar arrays by phase separation of polymer blend for the enhanced out-coupling of organic light emitting diodes with low pixel blurring.

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    Lee, Cholho; Han, Kyung-Hoon; Kim, Kwon-Hyeon; Kim, Jang-Joo

    2016-03-21

    We have demonstrated a simple and efficient method to fabricate OLEDs with enhanced out-coupling efficiencies and with low pixel blurring by inserting nano-pillar arrays prepared through the lateral phase separation of two immiscible polymers in a blend film. By selecting a proper solvent for the polymer and controlling the composition of the polymer blend, the nano-pillar arrays were formed directly after spin-coating of the polymer blend and selective removal of one phase, needing no complicated processes such as nano-imprint lithography. Pattern size and distribution were easily controlled by changing the composition and thickness of the polymer blend film. Phosphorescent OLEDs using the internal light extraction layer containing the nano-pillar arrays showed a 30% enhancement of the power efficiency, no spectral variation with the viewing angle, and only a small increment in pixel blurring. With these advantages, this newly developed method can be adopted for the commercial fabrication process of OLEDs for lighting and display applications.

  12. Thermoforming process using modified polymer blend

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    Davison, S.

    1984-12-18

    An improved thermoforming process comprises the use of crystalline polymer sheets prepared by the peroxide reacting of the mixture of a poly(alpha olefin) selected from polypropylene and polybutylene plus a polyethylene.

  13. Conjugated polymer/molten salt blend optimization.

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    Habrard, F; Ouisse, T; Stéphan, O

    2006-08-10

    Light-emitting electrochemical cells with low current threshold can be realized through mixing conjugated polymers and molten salts. Current drive capability is proportional to the overall interface perimeter of the planar, discotic molten salt domains inserted into the polymer matrix. Electric force microscopy indicates that this interface perimeter exhibits a specific dependence on the molten salt content in the active layer, with a well-defined maximum. We show that this maximum corresponds to an optimal current drive.

  14. Lateral structuring and stability phenomena induced by block copolymers and core-shell nanogel particles at immiscible polymer/polymer interfaces

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    Gozen, Arif Omer

    We have investigated the parameters such as copolymer/nanoparticle concentration, architecture and molecular weight combined with film thickness, time and temperature in order to develop a molecular-level insight on how lateral interfacial structuring occurs at immiscible polymer/polymer interfaces. I order to develop a molecular-level understanding of how these 'smart' self-assembling materials and core-shell nanogel particles interact both intra- and inter-molecularly and form ordered structures in bulk, as well as at immiscible interfaces, we first focused on the response of core-shell polymer nanoparticles, designated CSNGs, composed of a cross-linked divinylbenzene core and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) arms as they segregate from PMMA homopolymer. We have demonstrated that these nanogel particles exhibit autophobic character when dispersed in high molecular weight homopolymer matrices and segregate to the interface with another fluid. We have further explored the migration of these new-generation nanogel particles (CSNG-Rs) segregating from PS homopolymer to PS/PMMA interfaces. Unlike the instability patterns observed with the CSNGs, which exhibit classical nucleation and growth mechanism with circular hole formation, we have observed an intriguing dewetting pattern and CSNG-Rs forming lateral aggregates and tentacle-like structures at the interface. In parallel with our core-shell particle studies, we have also explored the structuring of copolymer molecules that are far from equilibrium in bulk and complex laminate of polymer thin films. Our early triblock copolymer studies have proven that molecular asymmetry has a profound effect on order-disorder transition temperature. We focused primarily on the effect of the copolymer chemical composition (i.e., block sizes) on the dewetting behavior of PS/SM thin films on PMMA. We elucidate the interfacial segregation and concurrent micellization of diblock copolymers in a dynamically evolving environment with

  15. Predicting morphologies of solution processed polymer:fullerene blends.

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    Kouijzer, Sandra; Michels, Jasper J; van den Berg, Mauricio; Gevaerts, Veronique S; Turbiez, Mathieu; Wienk, Martijn M; Janssen, René A J

    2013-08-14

    The performance of solution processed polymer:fullerene thin film photovoltaic cells is largely determined by the nanoscopic and mesoscopic morphology of these blends that is formed during the drying of the layer. Although blend morphologies have been studied in detail using a variety of microscopic, spectroscopic, and scattering techniques and a large degree of control has been obtained, the current understanding of the processes involved is limited. Hence, predicting the optimized processing conditions and the corresponding device performance remains a challenge. We present an experimental and modeling study on blends of a small band gap diketopyrrolopyrrole-quinquethiophene alternating copolymer (PDPP5T) and [6,6]-phenyl-C71-butyric acid methyl ester ([70]PCBM) cast from chloroform solution. The model uses the homogeneous Flory-Huggins free energy of the multicomponent blend and accounts for interfacial interactions between (locally) separated phases, based on physical properties of the polymer, fullerene, and solvent. We show that the spinodal liquid-liquid demixing that occurs during drying is responsible for the observed morphologies. The model predicts an increasing feature size and decreasing fullerene concentration in the polymer matrix with increasing drying time in accordance with experimental observations and device performance. The results represent a first step toward a predictive model for morphology formation.

  16. Sensitivity of polymer blends to synchrotron radiation. Technical note

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    Jubinsky, J.A.; Groele, R.J.; Rodriquez, F.; Namaste, Y.M.; Obendorf, S.K.

    1986-09-26

    The sensitivity of poly(methylmethacrylate), PMMA, to x rays is enhanced by the addition of poly(epichlorohydrin), CO rubber. The two polymers appear to be miscible over a wide concentration range. Films with 20 to 50% CO in PMMA require only 1/2 to 1/4 the exposure dose of synchrotron radiation to produce an equivalent pattern in PMMA alone. The sensitivity is confirmed by measurements of molecular weight of blends irradiated by gamma rays or electrons, a well as x rays. Dissolution behavior of the blends also is similar to that for PMMA.

  17. Influence of polymer-blend morphology on charge transport and photocurrent generation in donor-acceptor polymer blends.

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    Frost, Jarvist M; Cheynis, Fabien; Tuladhar, Sachetan M; Nelson, Jenny

    2006-08-01

    Monte Carlo algorithms are used to simulate the morphologies adopted by polymer chains in a polymer-blend film in the limits where the chains are mutually attractive (homophilic regime) and mutually repulsive (heterophilic regime) and then to simulate the drift transport of charges through the polymer chains. In the homophilic regime, chains aggregate into tangled domains resulting in a relatively high percolation threshold, a high density of configurational trap states, and slow, dispersive charge transport. In the heterophilic regime at the same polymer volume fraction, chains self-organize into a lacework pattern resulting in a low percolation threshold and efficient, trap-free charge transport. For homophilic morphologies interchain hopping is rate-limiting and mobility is insensitive to chain length, whereas for heterophilic morphologies intrachain transport is important and mobility increases with increasing chain length. The morphologies are used in simulations of photocurrent quantum efficiency for donor-acceptor blend photodiodes, which show that the effects of morphology on charge pair generation and recombination compete with the effect on transport, such that the optimum blend composition is sensitive to both morphology and recombination rate. We conclude that it is essential to consider the connectivity of and morphology adopted by polymer chains in the optimization of materials for organic solar cells.

  18. Continuous production of functionalized polymer particles employing the phase separation in polymer blend films.

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    Park, ChooJin; Hyun, Dong Choon; Lim, Min-Cheol; Kim, Su-Jeong; Kim, Young-Rok; Paik, Hyun-Jong; Jeong, Unyong

    2011-08-17

    This study reports a continuous prepartion of spherical or hemispherical polymer particles simply utilizing the phase separation in polymer blend films during the coating process. We took an advantage of the strong phase separation between a water-soluble crystalline polymer as a matrix and hydrophobic polymers as minor components. We demonstrated the prepartion of water-soluble polystyrene (PS) particles, nitrilotriacetic acid (NTA)-functionalized PS particles for protein separation, and semiconducting poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) particles. The sizes of the particles could be controlled by adjusting the film thickness and weight fraction of the minor component polymers in the blend film. It provides a simple facile way to prepare polymer particles in a continous process. Copyright © 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Inkjet-Printed Organic Transistors Based on Organic Semiconductor/Insulating Polymer Blends.

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    Kwon, Yoon-Jung; Park, Yeong Don; Lee, Wi Hyoung

    2016-08-02

    Recent advances in inkjet-printed organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on organic semiconductor/insulating polymer blends are reviewed in this article. Organic semiconductor/insulating polymer blends are attractive ink candidates for enhancing the jetting properties, inducing uniform film morphologies, and/or controlling crystallization behaviors of organic semiconductors. Representative studies using soluble acene/insulating polymer blends as an inkjet-printed active layer in OFETs are introduced with special attention paid to the phase separation characteristics of such blended films. In addition, inkjet-printed semiconducting/insulating polymer blends for fabricating high performance printed OFETs are reviewed.

  20. Inkjet-Printed Organic Transistors Based on Organic Semiconductor/Insulating Polymer Blends

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    Kwon, Yoon-Jung; Park, Yeong Don; Lee, Wi Hyoung

    2016-01-01

    Recent advances in inkjet-printed organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on organic semiconductor/insulating polymer blends are reviewed in this article. Organic semiconductor/insulating polymer blends are attractive ink candidates for enhancing the jetting properties, inducing uniform film morphologies, and/or controlling crystallization behaviors of organic semiconductors. Representative studies using soluble acene/insulating polymer blends as an inkjet-printed active layer in OFETs are introduced with special attention paid to the phase separation characteristics of such blended films. In addition, inkjet-printed semiconducting/insulating polymer blends for fabricating high performance printed OFETs are reviewed. PMID:28773772

  1. FTIR spectroscopy of conformational probes introduced into binary blends of polymers

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    Kamalova, D. I.; Abdrazakova, L. R.; Naumova, S. N.

    2017-06-01

    In this paper we considered the behaviour of the conformational probes introduced in polymer blends. The temperatures of the secondary relaxation transitions of the binary blends of polyvinyl butyral and polyethylene glycol were determined by FTIR spectra. The assignment of the secondary relaxation transitions to the types of local molecular mobility in the blend of polymers was carried out.

  2. Polymer blend lithography for metal films: large-area patterning with over 1 billion holes/inch2

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    Huang, Cheng; Förste, Alexander; Schimmel, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Summary Polymer blend lithography (PBL) is a spin-coating-based technique that makes use of the purely lateral phase separation between two immiscible polymers to fabricate large area nanoscale patterns. In our earlier work (Huang et al. 2012), PBL was demonstrated for the fabrication of patterned self-assembled monolayers. Here, we report a new method based on the technique of polymer blend lithography that allows for the fabrication of metal island arrays or perforated metal films on the nanometer scale, the metal PBL. As the polymer blend system in this work, a mixture of polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), dissolved in methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is used. This system forms a purely lateral structure on the substrate at controlled humidity, which means that PS droplets are formed in a PMMA matrix, whereby both phases have direct contact both to the substrate and to the air interface. Therefore, a subsequent selective dissolution of either the PS or PMMA component leaves behind a nanostructured film which can be used as a lithographic mask. We use this lithographic mask for the fabrication of metal patterns by thermal evaporation of the metal, followed by a lift-off process. As a consequence, the resulting metal nanostructure is an exact replica of the pattern of the selectively removed polymer (either a perforated metal film or metal islands). The minimum diameter of these holes or metal islands demonstrated here is about 50 nm. Au, Pd, Cu, Cr and Al templates were fabricated in this work by metal PBL. The wavelength-selective optical transmission spectra due to the localized surface plasmonic effect of the holes in perforated Al films were investigated and compared to the respective hole diameter histograms. PMID:26171297

  3. Polymer blend lithography for metal films: large-area patterning with over 1 billion holes/inch(2).

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    Huang, Cheng; Förste, Alexander; Walheim, Stefan; Schimmel, Thomas

    2015-01-01

    Polymer blend lithography (PBL) is a spin-coating-based technique that makes use of the purely lateral phase separation between two immiscible polymers to fabricate large area nanoscale patterns. In our earlier work (Huang et al. 2012), PBL was demonstrated for the fabrication of patterned self-assembled monolayers. Here, we report a new method based on the technique of polymer blend lithography that allows for the fabrication of metal island arrays or perforated metal films on the nanometer scale, the metal PBL. As the polymer blend system in this work, a mixture of polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), dissolved in methyl ethyl ketone (MEK) is used. This system forms a purely lateral structure on the substrate at controlled humidity, which means that PS droplets are formed in a PMMA matrix, whereby both phases have direct contact both to the substrate and to the air interface. Therefore, a subsequent selective dissolution of either the PS or PMMA component leaves behind a nanostructured film which can be used as a lithographic mask. We use this lithographic mask for the fabrication of metal patterns by thermal evaporation of the metal, followed by a lift-off process. As a consequence, the resulting metal nanostructure is an exact replica of the pattern of the selectively removed polymer (either a perforated metal film or metal islands). The minimum diameter of these holes or metal islands demonstrated here is about 50 nm. Au, Pd, Cu, Cr and Al templates were fabricated in this work by metal PBL. The wavelength-selective optical transmission spectra due to the localized surface plasmonic effect of the holes in perforated Al films were investigated and compared to the respective hole diameter histograms.

  4. Structure evolution in layers of polymer blend nanoparticles.

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    Raczkowska, Joanna; Montenegro, Rivelino; Budkowski, Andrzej; Landfester, Katharina; Bernasik, Andrzej; Rysz, Jakub; Czuba, Paweł

    2007-06-19

    The early stages of phase evolution, not available for nanometer polymer blend films spin-cast from solutions of incompatible mixtures, have been examined for films prepared from nanoparticles of deuterated polystyrene/ poly(methyl methacrylate) blends (1:1 mass fraction of dPS/PMMA) with PS-PMMA diblock copolymer additives. The initial phase arrangement, confined to the size of nanoparticles, has provided the homogeneity of the initial film composition. The early stages of structure formation, promoted by annealing and traced with atomic and lateral force microscopy (AFM, LFM) as well as secondary ion mass spectroscopy (SIMS), resulted in bilayers, observed commonly for as-prepared solvent-cast blends. The initiated capillary instability of the upper dPS-rich layer depended on copolymer additives, which enhanced the lateral structures pinning the dewetting process.

  5. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity

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    Skotheim, T.

    1984-09-28

    There is disclosed a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  6. Polymer blends for use in photoelectrochemical cells for conversion of solar energy to electricity

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    Skotheim, Terje

    1986-01-01

    There is disclosed a polymer blend of a highly conductive polymer and a solid polymer electrolyte that is designed to achieve better charge transfer across the conductive film/polymer electrolyte interface of the electrochemical photovoltaic cell. The highly conductive polymer is preferably polypyrrole or poly-N-p-nitrophenylpyrrole and the solid polymer electrolyte is preferably polyethylene oxide or polypropylene oxide.

  7. Analysis of thermoplastic polyimide + polymer liquid crystal blends

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    Gopalanarayanan, Bhaskar

    Thermoplastic polyimides (TPIs) exhibit high glass transition temperatures (Tsbgs), which make them useful in high performance applications. Amorphous and semicrystalline TPIs show sub-Tsbg relaxations, which can aid in improving strength characteristics through energy absorption. The alpha relaxation of both types of TPIs indicates a cooperative nature. The semicrystalline TPI shows thermo-irreversible cold crystallization phenomenon. The polymer liquid crystal (PLC) used in the blends is thermotropic and with longitudinal molecular structure. The small heat capacity change (Delta Csb{p}) associated with the glass transition indicates the PLC to be rigid rod in nature. The PLC shows a small endotherm associated with the melting. The addition of PLC to the semicrystalline TPI does not significantly affect the Tsbg or the melting point (Tsbm). The cold crystallization temperature (Tsbc) increases with the addition of the PLC, indicating channeling phenomenon. The addition of PLC also causes a negative deviation of the Delta Csb{p}, which is another evidence for channeling. The TPI, PLC and their blends show high thermal stability. The semicrystalline TPI absorbs moisture; this effect decreases with the addition of the PLC. The absorbed moisture does not show any effect on the degradation. The addition of PLC beyond 30 wt.% does not result in an improvement of properties. The amorphous TPI + PLC blends also show the negative deviation of Delta Csb{p} from linearity with composition. The addition of PLC causes a decrease in the thermal conductivity in the transverse direction to the PLC orientation. The thermomechanical analysis indicates isotropic expansivity for the amorphous TPI and a small anisotropy for the semicrystalline TPI. The PLC shows large anisotropy in expansivity. Even 5 wt.% concentration of PLC in the blend induces considerable anisotropy in the expansivity. Thus, blends show controllable expansivity through PLC concentration. Amorphous TPI + PLC

  8. Significantly Increasing the Ductility of High Performance Polymer Semiconductors through Polymer Blending.

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    Scott, Joshua I; Xue, Xiao; Wang, Ming; Kline, R Joseph; Hoffman, Benjamin C; Dougherty, Daniel; Zhou, Chuanzhen; Bazan, Guillermo; O'Connor, Brendan T

    2016-06-08

    Polymer semiconductors based on donor-acceptor monomers have recently resulted in significant gains in field effect mobility in organic thin film transistors (OTFTs). These polymers incorporate fused aromatic rings and have been designed to have stiff planar backbones, resulting in strong intermolecular interactions, which subsequently result in stiff and brittle films. The complex synthesis typically required for these materials may also result in increased production costs. Thus, the development of methods to improve mechanical plasticity while lowering material consumption during fabrication will significantly improve opportunities for adoption in flexible and stretchable electronics. To achieve these goals, we consider blending a brittle donor-acceptor polymer, poly[4-(4,4-dihexadecyl-4H-cyclopenta[1,2-b:5,4-b']dithiophen-2-yl)-alt-[1,2,5]thiadiazolo[3,4-c]pyridine] (PCDTPT), with ductile poly(3-hexylthiophene). We found that the ductility of the blend films is significantly improved compared to that of neat PCDTPT films, and when the blend film is employed in an OTFT, the performance is largely maintained. The ability to maintain charge transport character is due to vertical segregation within the blend, while the improved ductility is due to intermixing of the polymers throughout the film thickness. Importantly, the application of large strains to the ductile films is shown to orient both polymers, which further increases charge carrier mobility. These results highlight a processing approach to achieve high performance polymer OTFTs that are electrically and mechanically optimized.

  9. The influence of the amorphous polymer on conductivity, morphologies and thermal properties of polyether-based blends with addition of inorganic salt

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    Chan, C. H.; Sim, L. H.; Kammer, H. W.; Tan, W.

    2012-06-01

    Thermodynamic control of the dispersion of lithium (Li) salt in different phases of semicrystalline/amorphous polymer blends is elucidated in this study. Solid polymer electrolytes of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), epoxidized natural rubber (ENR), random copolymer of poly(acrylate) (PAc) and as well as polymer blends of PEO with ENR and PAc doped with various concentrations of Li salt were studied. The salt concentrations (CLi) of solid polymer electrolytes vary between CLi = 0.02 and 0.15. The influence of the ENR or PAc on the properties of PEO after addition of Li salt is discussed. Blends of PEO/ENR and PEO/PAc are immiscible by elucidation of the glass transition temperature (Tg) as well as the morphological analyses. PEO, ENR and PAc possess oxygen in their respective chemical structures, which may be able to coordinate with the Li salt added. Non uniformity of Li salt concentration in different phases of the blends is highlighted for both systems. The conductivity of PEO/ENR and PEO/PAc blends doped with Li salt is primarily governed by PEO. The results for Tg suggest that higher solubility of Li salt in PEO as compared to ENR in the former case and restricted ion transport in the glassy PAc (with Tg≈30°C after addition of Li salt in the latter system. These may be the attributing factors for the enhancement of conductivity of the doped-PEO/ENR blends as compared to that of the doped-PEO/PAc blends. This suggests that PEO exhibits greater extent of complexation with LiClO4 as compared to that of the ENR and PAc as supported by Fourier-transform infra-red (FTIR) studies.

  10. Conductivity Studies in PVA-PEO-PEG Blended Polymer Films Complexed with Silver Salt

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    Joge, Prajakta; Kanchan, D. K.; Sharma, Poonam; Gondaliya, Nirali

    2011-07-01

    The PVA-PEO blended polymer films complexed with silver nitrate salt and PEG plasticizer were prepared by solution cast technique. The prepared polymer films are characterized by XRD, DSC and impedance spectroscopy. The electrical properties of the blended plasticized polymer films have been discussed.

  11. Interfacial Tension of Immiscible Polymer Blends: Temperature and Molecular Weight Dependence.

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1988-02-02

    G . L ., Jr.; Gaines, G . L . III. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 1978, 63, 394. 11. Girifalco , L . A .; Good , R . J. j. Phys. Chem. 1957...several empirical theories which relate interfacial tension to the pure component surface tensions. 11,12 A number of thermodynamic theories13-20 have...Huggins expression for the free energy of mixing, predicts a magnitude and temperature dependence of interfacial tension which are

  12. Controlling the morphology of polymer blends using periodic irradiation

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    Tran-Cong-Miyata, Qui; Nishigami, Shinsuke; Ito, Tetsuo; Komatsu, Satonori; Norisuye, Tomohisa

    2004-07-01

    Morphology is the decisive factor controlling practical properties such as impact strength or transparency in multiphase polymeric materials. The co-continuous structure formed by polymers has been of great interest to material scientists because of their superiority over those with random morphology. Although a number of efforts-including forcibly freezing the spinodal structure of polymer blends-have been made to produce materials with co-continuous structures, an efficient method for controlling their regularity is still lacking. Here, we demonstrate a novel method using periodic photo-crosslinking to control the length-scale distribution of the spinodal structure in binary polymer blends. It was found that the period distribution of the resulting co-continuous structure became significantly narrow under this periodic forcing. Also, there exists a particular irradiation frequency at which the periodic structure exhibits a minimum, indicating the existence of an ordering process driven by the external modulation frequency. Our findings reveal an easy way to produce polymer materials that is not only useful for optical applications, but also promising for biological separation, such as hemodialysis.

  13. Tuning particle biodegradation through polymer-peptide blend composition.

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    Gunawan, Sylvia T; Kempe, Kristian; Such, Georgina K; Cui, Jiwei; Liang, Kang; Richardson, Joseph J; Johnston, Angus P R; Caruso, Frank

    2014-12-08

    We report the preparation of polymer-peptide blend replica particles via the mesoporous silica (MS) templated assembly of poly(ethylene glycol)-block-poly(2-diisopropylaminoethyl methacrylate-co-2-(2-(2-(prop-2-ynyloxy)ethoxy)ethoxy)ethyl methacrylate) (PEG45-b-P(DPA55-co-PgTEGMA4)) and poly(l-histidine) (PHis). PEG45-b-P(DPA55-co-PgTEGMA4) was synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), and was coinfiltrated with PHis into poly(methacrylic acid) (PMA)-coated MS particles assembled from different peptide-to-polymer ratios (1:1, 1:5, 1:10, or 1:15). Subsequent removal of the sacrificial templates and PMA resulted in monodisperse, colloidally stable, noncovalently cross-linked polymer-peptide blend replica particles that were stabilized by a combination of hydrophobic interactions between the PDPA and the PHis, hydrogen bonding between the PEG and PHis backbone, and π-π stacking of the imidazole rings of PHis side chains at physiological pH (pH ∼ 7.4). The synergistic charge-switchable properties of PDPA and PHis, and the enzymatic degradability of PHis, make these particles responsive to pH and enzymes. In vitro studies, in simulated endosomal conditions and inside cells, demonstrated that particle degradation kinetics could be engineered (from 2 to 8 h inside dendritic cells) based on simple adjustment of the peptide-to-polymer ratio used.

  14. Polyethylene Glycol-Poly(2-Methyl-5-Vinyl Tetrazole) Polymer Blend (A desensitizing Binder for Propellants and Explosives)

    DTIC Science & Technology

    1989-03-01

    blend ............. 6 3. FIIR spectra for PMVT and PEG-PMVT polymer blend (4000-2000 cm-’) ... .................................... 8 4. FTIR spectra...for PMVT and PEG-PMVT polymer blend (2000-600 cm") ........................................ 9 4a. FTIR spectra of PMVT and PEG-PMVT polymer blend...1050-650 cm*1)... ..................................... 10 5. FTIR spectra for PMVT and PEG-PMVT polymer blend (1300-1000 cm1

  15. Blended polymer materials extractable with supercritical carbon dioxide

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    Cai, Mei

    Supercritical carbon dioxide is drawing more and more attention because of its unique solvent properties along with being environmentally friendly. Historically most of the commercial interests of supercritical carbon dioxide extraction are in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, environmental preservation and polymer processing. Recently attention has shifted from the extraction of relatively simple molecules to more complex systems with a much broader range of physical and chemical transformations. However the available data show that a lot of commercially valuable substances are not soluble in supercritical carbon dioxide due to their polar structures. This fact really limits the application of SCF extraction technology to much broader industrial applications. Therefore, the study of a polymer's solubility in a given supercritical fluid and its thermodynamic behavior becomes one of the most important research topics. The major objective of this dissertation is to develop a convenient and economic way to enhance the polymer's solubility in supercritical carbon dioxide. Further objective is to innovate a new process of making metal casting parts with blended polymer materials developed in this study. The key technique developed in this study to change a polymer's solubility in SCF CO2 is to thermally blend a commercially available and CO2 non-soluble polymer material with a low molecular weight CO2 soluble organic chemical that acts as a co-solute. The mixture yields a plastic material that can be completely solubilized in SCF CO2 over a range of temperatures and pressures. It also exhibits a variety of physical properties (strength, hardness, viscosity, etc.) depending on variations in the mixture ratio. The three organic chemicals investigated as CO2 soluble materials are diphenyl carbonate, naphthalene, and benzophenone. Two commercial polymers, polyethylene glycol and polystyrene, have been investigated as CO2 non-soluble materials. The chemical

  16. Microstructured Polymer Blend Surfaces Produced by Spraying Functional Copolymers and Their Blends.

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    Vargas-Alfredo, Nelson; Rodríguez Hernández, Juan

    2016-05-31

    We described the fabrication of functional and microstructured surfaces from polymer blends by spray deposition. This simple technique offers the possibility to simultaneously finely tune the microstructure as well as the surface chemical composition. Whereas at lower polymer concentration, randomly distributed surface micropatterns were observed, an increase of the concentration leads to significant changes on these structures. On the one hand, using pure homopolystyrene fiber-like structures were observed when the polymer concentration exceeded 30 mg/mL. Interestingly, the incorporation of 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorostyrene changed the morphology, and, instead of fibers, micrometer size particles were identified at the surface. These fluorinated microparticles provide superhydrophobic properties leading to surfaces with contact angles above 165°. Equally, in addition to the microstructures provided by the spray deposition, the use of thermoresponsive polymers to fabricate interfaces with responsive properties is also described. Contact angle measurements revealed variations on the surface wettability upon heating when blends of polystyrene and polystyrene-b-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) are employed. Finally, the use of spraying techniques to fabricate gradient surfaces is proposed. Maintaining a constant orientation, the surface topography and thus the contact angle varies gradually from the center to the edge of the film depending on the spray angle.

  17. Microstructured Polymer Blend Surfaces Produced by Spraying Functional Copolymers and Their Blends

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    Vargas-Alfredo, Nelson; Rodríguez Hernández, Juan

    2016-01-01

    We described the fabrication of functional and microstructured surfaces from polymer blends by spray deposition. This simple technique offers the possibility to simultaneously finely tune the microstructure as well as the surface chemical composition. Whereas at lower polymer concentration, randomly distributed surface micropatterns were observed, an increase of the concentration leads to significant changes on these structures. On the one hand, using pure homopolystyrene fiber-like structures were observed when the polymer concentration exceeded 30 mg/mL. Interestingly, the incorporation of 2,3,4,5,6-pentafluorostyrene changed the morphology, and, instead of fibers, micrometer size particles were identified at the surface. These fluorinated microparticles provide superhydrophobic properties leading to surfaces with contact angles above 165°. Equally, in addition to the microstructures provided by the spray deposition, the use of thermoresponsive polymers to fabricate interfaces with responsive properties is also described. Contact angle measurements revealed variations on the surface wettability upon heating when blends of polystyrene and polystyrene-b-poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate) are employed. Finally, the use of spraying techniques to fabricate gradient surfaces is proposed. Maintaining a constant orientation, the surface topography and thus the contact angle varies gradually from the center to the edge of the film depending on the spray angle. PMID:28773555

  18. Novel polymer blends with thermoplastic starch

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    Taghizadeh, Ata

    A new class of polymers known as "bioplastics" has emerged and is expanding rapidly. This class consists of polymers that are either bio-based or biodegradable, or both. Among these, polysaccharides, namely starch, are of great interest for several reasons. By gelatinizing starch via plasticizers, it can be processed in the same way as thermoplastic polymers with conventional processing equipment. Hence, these bio-based and biodegradable plastics, with their low source and refinery costs, as well as relatively easy processability, have made them ideal candidates for incorporation into various current plastic products. Four different plasticizers have been chosen here for gelatinization of thermoplastic starch (TPS): glycerol, sorbitol, diglycerol and polyglycerol, with the latter two being used for the first time in such a process. Two methodological categories are used. The first involves a calorimetric method (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) as well as optical microscopy; these are "static" methods where no shear is applied A wide range of starch/water/plasticizer compositions were prepared to explore the gelatinization regime for each plasticizer. The onset and conclusion gelatinization temperatures for sorbitol and glycerol were found to be in the same vicinity, while diglycerol and polyglycerol showed significantly higher transition temperatures. The higher molecular weight and viscosity of polyglycerol allow this transition to occur at an even higher temperature than with diglycerol. This is due to the increase in molecular weight and viscosity of the two new plasticizers, as well as their significant decrease in water solubility. It is demonstrated that the water/plasticizer ratio has a pronounced effect on gelatinization temperatures. When plasticizer content was held constant and water content was increased, it was found that the gelatinization temperature decreased for all the plasticizers. Meanwhile, when the water content was held constant and the

  19. Miscibility Studies on Polymer Blends Modified with Phytochemicals

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    Chandrasekaran, Neelakandan; Kyu, Thein

    2009-03-01

    The miscibility studies related to an amorphous poly(amide)/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) [PA/PVP] blend with a crystalline phytochemical called ``Mangiferin'' is presented. Phytochemicals are plant derived chemicals which intrinsically possess multiple salubrious properties that are associated with prevention of diseases such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and hypertension. Incorporation of phytochemicals into polymers has shown to have very promising applications in wound healing, drug delivery, etc. The morphology of these materials is crucial to applications like hemodialysis, which is governed by thermodynamics and kinetics of the phase separation process. Hence, miscibility studies of PA/PVP blends with and without mangiferin have been carried out using dimethyl sulfoxide as a common solvent. Differential scanning calorimetry studies revealed that the binary PA/PVP blends were completely miscible at all compositions. However, the addition of mangiferin has led to liquid-liquid phase separation and liquid-solid phase transition in a composition dependent manner. Fourier transformed infrared spectroscopy was undertaken to determine specific interaction between the polymer constituents and the role of possible hydrogen bonding among three constituents will be discussed.

  20. Polymer blends made of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) and epoxidized natural rubber: Thermal and mechanical response

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    Salim, Yoga Sugama; Han, Chan Chin; Kammer, Hans-Werner; Kumar, Sudesh; Neon, Gan Seng

    2015-08-01

    The ever-increasing demand of biodegradable over conventional polymers places microbial polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) as an ideal choice of research material for specific applications. In this study, polymer blends made of poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate) [P(3HB-co-3HHx) and epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) were prepared using solution casting technique. The influence of ENR on thermal, morphological and mechanical properties of P(3HB-co-3HHx) was investigated. There are two glass transition (Tg) temperatures observed using differential scanning calorimeter. This indicates that P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR are immiscible at macroscopic level. Although the Tg of P(3HB-co-3HHx) is seen to shift toward ENR in the least manner, infrared analysis suggests that the crystal structure of P(3HB-co-3HHx) retains its conformational structure. In terms of morphology, ENR exists as droplets in P(3HB-co-3HHx)-rich phase, e.g. at ENR weight fraction (wENR) of 0.3. In dynamic mechanical analysis, all blend compositions exhibit solid-like behavior, with storage moduli larger than loss moduli, across the frequency sweep at room temperature.

  1. The mechanical behavior and biocompatibility of polymer blends for Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) occlusion device.

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    Huang, Yingying; Wong, Yee Shan; Wu, Jumiati; Kong, Jen Fong; Chan, Jing Ni; Khanolkar, Laxmikant; Rao, Dasari P; Boey, Freddy Y C; Venkatraman, Subbu S

    2014-08-01

    Patent Ductus Arteriosus (PDA) is a cardiovascular defect that occurs in 1 out of every 2000 births, and if left untreated, may lead to severe cardiovascular problems. Current options for occluding utilize meta scaffolds with polymer fabric, and are permanent. The purpose of this study was to develop a fully degradable occluder for the closure of PDA, that can be deployed percutaneously without open-heart surgery. For percutaneous deployment, both elasticity and sufficient mechanical strength are required of the device components. As this combination of properties is not achievable with currently-available homo- or copolymers, blends of biodegradable poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(L-lactide-co-ε-caprolactone) (PLC) with various compositions were studied as the potential material for the PDA occlusion device. Microstructures of this blend were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and tensile tests. DSC results demonstrated the immiscibility between PCL and its copolymer PLC. Furthermore, the mechanical properties, i.e. elastic modulus and strain recovery, of the blends could be largely tailored by changing the continuous phase component. Based on the thermo-mechanical tests, suitable blends were selected to fabricate a prototype of PDA occluder and its in vitro performance, in term of device recovery (from its sheathed configuration), biodegradation rate and blood compatibility, was evaluated. The current results indicate that the device is able to recover elastically from a sheath within 2-3min for deployment; the device starts to disintegrate within 5-6 months, and the materials have no adverse effects on the platelet and leucocyte components of the blood. Biocompatibility implantation studies of the device showed acceptable tissue response. Finally, an artificial PDA conduit was created in a pig model, and the device deployment was tested from a sheath: the device recovered within 2-3min of unsheathing and fully sealed the conduit, the

  2. Polymer blend implant for ocular delivery of fluorometholone.

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    Morita, Y; Saino, H; Tojo, K

    1998-01-01

    Ocular implants containing fluorometholone (FLM) were prepared using blends of poly (DL-lactic acid) (PLA) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP). The effect of the fraction of PVP content on the release of FLM from the implant was investigated in vitro. The drug was released from the device by approximately following first order kinetics within the period of 40 d. The release rate gradually increased with an increase in the PVP content. The in vivo study after implantation in the anterior chamber of rabbit eyes indicated that the PLA-PVP implant showed a good correlation between the in vitro and in vivo release of FLM. The present polymer blend implant demonstrated a constant level of FLM in the aqueous humor for one month.

  3. A novel reactive processing technique: using telechelic polymers to reactively compatibilize polymer blends

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    Ashcraft, Earl C; Ji, Haining; Mays, Jimmy; Dadmun, Mark D

    2009-01-01

    Difunctional reactive polymers, telechelics, were used to reactively form multiblock copolymers in situ when melt-blended with a blend of polystyrene and polyisoprene. To quantify the ability of the copolymer to compatibilize the blends, the time evolution of the domain size upon annealing was analyzed by SEM. It was found that the most effective parameter to quantify the ability of the copolymer to inhibit droplet coalescence is Kreltstable, the relative coarsening constant multiplied by the stabilization time. These results indicate that intermediate-molecular-weight telechelic pairs of both highly reactive Anhydride-PS-Anhydride/NH2-PI-NH2 and slower reacting Epoxy-PS-Epoxy/COOH-PI-COOH both effectively suppress coalescence, with the optimal molecular weight being slightly above the critical molecular weight of the homopolymer,Mc. The effects of telechelic loading were also investigated, where the optimal loading concentration for this system was 0.5 wt %, as higher concentrations exhibited a plasticizing effect due to the presence of unreacted low-molecular-weight telechelics present in the blend. A determination of the interfacial coverage of the copolymer shows that a conversion of 1.5-3.0% was required for 20% surface coverage at 5.0 wt % telechelic loading, indicating a large excess of telechelics in this system. At the optimal loading level of 0.5 wt %, a conversion of 15% was required for 20% surface coverage. The results of these experiments provide a clear understanding of the role of telechelic loading and molecular weight on its ability to reactively form interfacial modifiers in phase-separated polymer blends and provide guidelines for the development of similar reactive processing schemes that can use telechelic polymers to reactively compatibilize a broad range of polymer blends.

  4. Electrical Conductivity in Polymer Blends/ Multiwall Carbon Nanotubes

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    Kulkarni, Ajit R.; Bose, Suryasarathi; Bhattacharyya, Arup R.

    2008-10-23

    Carbon nanotubes (CNT) based polymer composites have emerged as the future multifunctional materials in view of its exceptional mechanical, thermal and electrical properties. One of the major interests is to develop conductive polymer composites preferably at low concentration of CNT utilizing their high aspect ratio (L/D) for numerous applications, which include antistatic devices, capacitors and materials for EMI shielding. In this context, polymer blends have emerged as a potential candidate in lowering the percolation thresholds further by the utilization of 'double-percolation' which arises from the synergistic improvements in blend properties associated with the co-continuous morphology. Due to strong inter-tube van der Waals' forces, they often tend to aggregate and uniform dispersion remains a challenge. To overcome this challenge, we exploited sodium salt of 6-aminohexanoic acid (Na-AHA) which was able to assist in debundlling the multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWNT) through 'cation-{pi}' interactions during melt-mixing leading to percolative 'network-like' structure of MWNT within polyamide6 (PA6) phase in co-continuous PA6/acrylonitrile butadiene styrene (ABS) blends. The composite exhibited low electrical percolation thresholds of 0.25 wt% of MWNT, the lowest reported value in this system so far. Retention of 'network-like structure' in the solid state with significant refinement was observed even at lower MWNT concentration in presence Na-AHA, which was assessed through AC electrical conductivity measurements. Reactive coupling was found to be a dominant factor besides 'cation-{pi}' interactions in achieving low electrical percolation in PA6/ABS+MWNT composites.

  5. Capillary Condensation in Polymer Blends: an Analysis of Phase Transitions

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    Ilie, Carolina C.; Jira, Nicholas C.; Evans, Ian R.; Cohen, Matthew; D'Rozario, Julia R.; Romano, Marie T.; Sabirianov, Ildar

    We explore herein the capillary condensation for various geometries. Capillary condensation is studied in the presence of van der Waals forces. We derive the grand free energy, and we analyze the phase transitions, the absorption isotherms and the triple point. Phase transitions between full, empty and two films are investigated and the shape of the liquid is calculated. We also analyze an important application of wetting phenomena and capillary condensation in binary polymer blends and investigate the type of wetting transitions presented and the phase diagram. SUNY Oswego SCAC Grant, NSF Noyce Grant.

  6. In vitro drug release study of methacrylate polymer blend system: effect of polymer blend composition, drug loading and solubilizing surfactants on drug release.

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    Li, Jun; Barrow, David; Howell, Holly; Kalachandra, Sid

    2010-02-01

    The application of polymers as the drug delivery systems for treating oral infections is a relatively new area of research. The present study was to test the release of the antibacterial drug chlorhexidine diacetate (CHDA), the antifungal drug Nystatin (NYS) and the antiviral drug acyclovir (ACY) from polymer blends of poly(ethyl methacrylate) and poly(n-hexyl methacrylate) of different compositions. The effects of polymer blend composition, drug loading and solubilizing surfactants on the release of the drugs have been studied. Measurements of the in vitro rate of drug release showed a sustained release of drug over extended periods of time. Drug release rates decreased with increasing PEMA content in polymer blends. CHDA release rates increased steadily with increasing drug load. The drug release rates increased with the addition of surfactants. This study demonstrates that the three therapeutic agents show a sustained rate of drug release from polymer blends of PEMA and PHMA over extended periods of time. By varying polymer blend compositions as well as the drug concentration (loading), it is possible to control the drug release rates to a desired value. The drug release rate is enhanced by addition of surfactants that solubilize drugs in the polymer blends.

  7. Development and characterization of porous polypyrrole-polylactic acid electroactive polymer blends

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    Chan, Christine; Chan, Ellen; Naguib, Hani E.

    2009-03-01

    Conducting polymers have sparked much research interest due to their unique ability to be electrically stimulated. However, these polymers are very brittle and have poor mechanical properties. In order to improve upon its structural integrity, it can be blended with other host polymers that have better mechanical properties. These blended composites would then possess the benefits of conductive properties while having sufficient mechanical properties to be more suitable for practical applications. Polypyrrole-polylactic acid blends were processed using chemical oxidative polymerization and compression molding, followed by gas foaming and saturation techniques to create porous structures. Characterization of these porous blends included its physical, thermal, and mechanical properties.

  8. Viscoelastic properties of entangled polymers - Ternary blends of monodisperse homopolymers

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    Soong, D.; Shen, M.; Hong, S. D.; Moacanin, J.; Shyu, S. S.

    1979-01-01

    In a previous publication from this laboratory, the Rouse-Bueche-Zimm molecular theory of viscoelasticity has been extended by using a transient network model to apply to binary blends of monodisperse polymers with chain entanglements. The dynamics of the entanglements were modeled both by the enhanced frictional coefficients and by the additional elastic couplings. It was recognized that entanglements not only may form between chains of the same lengths (intracomponent entanglements) but also between those of different lengths (intercomponent entanglements). At a given intercomponent entanglement, the longer chain was assumed to have the frictional coefficient of the shorter chain. Similarly, for blends consisting of several monodisperse components with different molecular weights, such modifications are also required to predict their linear viscoelastic behavior. The frequency of these interactions is assumed to be proportional to the weight ratio of the respective component chains in the blend. Equations of motion are formulated for each component and solved numerically for the relaxation time spectra. Linear viscoelastic properties such as the dynamic mechanical moduli, stress relaxation moduli, and zero-shear viscosity can then be computed for these systems by linear summation of those of the components.

  9. Characterization of Polymer Blends: Optical Microscopy (*Polarized, Interference and Phase Contrast Microscopy*) and Confocal Microscopy

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    Ramanathan, Nathan Muruganathan; Darling, Seth B.

    2015-01-01

    Chapter 15 surveys the characterization of macro, micro and meso morphologies of polymer blends by optical microscopy. Confocal Microscopy offers the ability to view the three dimensional morphology of polymer blends, popular in characterization of biological systems. Confocal microscopy uses point illumination and a spatial pinhole to eliminate out-of focus light in samples that are thicker than the focal plane.

  10. Controlling protein release from scaffolds using polymer blends and composites.

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    Ginty, Patrick J; Barry, John J A; White, Lisa J; Howdle, Steve M; Shakesheff, Kevin M

    2008-01-01

    We report the development of three protein loaded polymer blend and composite materials that modify the release kinetics of the protein from poly(dl-lactic acid) (P(dl)LA) scaffolds. P(dl)LA has been combined with either poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG), poly(caprolactone) (PCL) microparticles or calcium alginate fibres using supercritical CO(2) (scCO(2)) processing to form single and dual protein release scaffolds. P(dl)LA was blended with the hydrophilic polymer PEG using scCO(2) to increase the water uptake of the resultant scaffold and modify the release kinetics of an encapsulated protein. This was demonstrated by the more rapid release of the protein when compared to the release rate from P(dl)LA only scaffolds. For the P(dl)LA/alginate scaffolds, the protein loaded alginate fibres were processed into porous protein loaded P(dl)LA scaffolds using scCO(2) to produce dual release kinetics from the scaffolds. Protein release from the hydrophilic alginate fibres was more rapid in the initial stages, complementing the slower release from the slower degrading P(dl)LA scaffolds. In contrast, when protein loaded PCL particles were loaded into P(dl)LA scaffolds, the rate of protein release was retarded from the slow degrading PCL phase.

  11. Polaron pair mediated triplet generation in polymer/fullerene blends

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    Dimitrov, Stoichko D.; Wheeler, Scot; Niedzialek, Dorota; Schroeder, Bob C.; Utzat, Hendrik; Frost, Jarvist M.; Yao, Jizhong; Gillett, Alexander; Tuladhar, Pabitra S.; McCulloch, Iain; Nelson, Jenny; Durrant, James R.

    2015-01-01

    Electron spin is a key consideration for the function of organic semiconductors in light-emitting diodes and solar cells, as well as spintronic applications relying on organic magnetoresistance. A mechanism for triplet excited state generation in such systems is by recombination of electron-hole pairs. However, the exact charge recombination mechanism, whether geminate or nongeminate and whether it involves spin-state mixing is not well understood. In this work, the dynamics of free charge separation competing with recombination to polymer triplet states is studied in two closely related polymer-fullerene blends with differing polymer fluorination and photovoltaic performance. Using time-resolved laser spectroscopic techniques and quantum chemical calculations, we show that lower charge separation in the fluorinated system is associated with the formation of bound electron-hole pairs, which undergo spin-state mixing on the nanosecond timescale and subsequent geminate recombination to triplet excitons. We find that these bound electron-hole pairs can be dissociated by electric fields. PMID:25735188

  12. A new class of bio-heat resisted polymer blend.

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    Pack, Seongchan; Kashiwagi, Takashi; Koga, Tadanori; Rafailovich, Miriam

    2009-03-01

    Increasing in oil prices and environmental concerns is a driving force to seek out alternative materials. A completely biodegradable starch is a candidate for the alternative materials. Since the starch is brittle, it must be mixed with other polymers. In order to make a thermoplastic starch (TPS), we need a bio-compatiblizer to increase a degree of compatibilization. The biocompatibilzer can be a small molecules or nanoparticles with the small molecules, which leads to improved material properties. In order to demonstrate a possible biocompatibilzer, we first developed a corn-based starch impregnated with non-halogenated flame retardant formulations. The starch was blended with Ecoflex, a biodegradable polymer. Using SAXS and USAXS we characterized structures of the compounds with different amount of Ecoflex by weight. Furthermore, the addition of 5% nanoparticles in the compounds increased the Young's Modulus and impact toughness significantly. The compounds also did flame test. It is indicated that the compound with the addition of the nanopaticles would pass with a UL-94V0 rating. Therefore, the procedure for producing these TPS compounds can be applied to any biodegradable polymers, manufacturing a new bio-heat resisted compound.

  13. Preparation and prediction of physical properties of cellulose acetate and polyamide polymer blend.

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    Khaparde, Dipti

    2017-10-01

    In this paper the physical properties of the polymer blend of lab synthesized Polyamide (PA) and commercial Cellulose Acetate (CA) was focused. The molecular interactions of CA/PA were investigated thoroughly by means of solubility, viscosity, specific gravity and diffusivity study with different concentrations of the CA/PA combinations and the blend of CA/PA was characterized by optical microscope and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Dimethyl formamide (DMF) was selected as solvent for the CA/PA polymer blend at 28°C. The diffusivity result for the polymer blend of CA/PA was suggested slight decrease in diffusivity coefficient with 1:1 blend ratio of CA/PA polymer. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Polymer blend microspheres for controlled drug release: the techniques for preparation and characterization: a review article.

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    Dasan, K Priya; Rekha, C

    2012-11-01

    The use of polymers and their microspheres in drug delivery is well known for they are being widely used in the field of drug delivery. The polymer entraps a drug which is to be released in a predesigned manner in the body through biodegradation. The blending of polymers is one way of modifying and enhancing the properties of polymer- based products which is also a cost effective procedure rather than developing a new product. The molecular weight of the polymer, the composition of the blend, the sphere porosity and size, and drug distribution are found to be controllable factors on which drug delivery depends. Polymer blends are obtained by allowing two polymers to combine as one material which has the advantage of two or more polymers. Polymer microspheres are small spherical particles with diameters in the micrometer range between 1μm to 1000μm which are manufactured from various natural and synthetic materials. Microspheres are used to administer medication in a rate- controlled manner and sometimes in a targeted manner. This review presents various polymer blend- combinations in different ratios, the different processing techniques adopted and the details of their characterization through examples found in a literature survey. The characterization of the different polymer blends or microspheres showed changes in structure, increase in drug loading, encapsulation efficiency, biocompatibility and low cytotoxicity.

  15. FTIR studies of PVC/PMMA blend based polymer electrolytes

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    Ramesh, S.; Leen, Koay Hang; Kumutha, K.; Arof, A. K.

    2007-04-01

    The polymer electrolytes composing of the blend of polyvinyl chloride-polymethyl methacrylate (PVC/PMMA) with lithium triflate (LiCF 3SO 3) as salt, ethylene carbonate (EC) and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) as plasticizers and silica (SiO 2) as the composite filler were prepared. FTIR studies confirm the complexation between PVC/PMMA blends. The C sbnd Cl stretching mode at 834 cm -1 for pure PVC is shifted to 847 cm -1 in PVC-PMMA-LiCF 3SO 3 system. This suggests that there is interaction between Cl in PVC with Li + ion from LiCF 3SO 3. The band due to sbnd OCH 3 at 1150 cm -1 for PVC-PMMA blend is shifted to 1168 cm -1 in PVC-PMMA-LiCF 3SO 3 system. This shift is expected to be due to the interaction between Li + ion and the oxygen atom in PMMA. The symmetric vibration band and the asymmetric vibration band of LiCF 3SO 3 at 1033 and 1256 cm -1 shifted to 1075 and 1286 cm -1 in the DBP-EC plasticized PVC-PMMA-LiCF 3SO 3 complexes. The interaction between Li + ions and SiO 2 will lead to an increase in the number of free plasticizers (which does not interact with Li + ions). When the silica content increases from 2% to 5%, the intensity of the peak at 896 cm -1 (due to the ring breathing vibration of free EC) increases in PVC-PMMA-LiCF 3SO 3-DBP-EC system.

  16. Analytic PRISM theory of structurally asymmetric polymer blends and copolymers

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    Schweizer, K.S. )

    1993-10-25

    Analytic PRISM theory with the new molecular closures is applied to determine the effective chi-parameters and spinodal instability curves for structurally asymmetric polymer alloys. Compressibility effects are found to be very important, and the use of a literal incompressible RPA-like approximation is shown to incur qualitative errors in most cases. A rich and nonadditive dependence of phase transition temperatures and apparent SANS chi-parameters on backbone stiffness asymmetry, attractive interaction potential asymmetry, and thermodynamic variables is found for binary homopolymer blends. A novel strategy for designing miscible mixtures based on a cancellation, or compensation, of the relevant asymmetries is identified. The influence of chain stiffness asymmetry in blends characterized by specific interactions is also studied. Generalization of the analytic PRISM theory to mixtures of random copolymers and periodic block copolymer melts is presented. All the rich behavior predicted for phase-separating homopolymer mixtures is again found for these systems, plus additional non mean field effects associated with random copolymer composition and block architecture. The theory is applied semiquantitatively to interpret recent experiments on polyolefin blends, diblock copolymers, and random copolymer alloys. Theoretical predictions are made which qualitatively account for recent experimental observations of a strong influence of stiffness asymmetry on phase separation temperatures, and the breakdown of the mean field random copolymer approach. Anomalous behavior is also predicted for deuterated mixtures due to an interference between the consequences of stiffness asymmetry and enthalipic interactions. The physical mechanism for the many non-Flory-Huggins effects predicted by the compressible PRISM theory is local, scalar density correlations, which appears to be different than the nematic fluctuation mechanism suggested by recent field theoretic work.

  17. Electrical Properties of Polymer/Carbon Nanotube Blends

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    Salgado-Delgado, R.; Olarte-Paredes, A.; Vargas-Galarza, Z.; García-Hernández, E.; Salgado-Delgado, A. M.; Rubio-Rosas, E.; Campos-Álvarez, J.; Castaño, V. M.

    2016-10-01

    Electrical and morphological properties of a novel composite, consisting of polypyrrole (PPy)/carbon black (CB)/carbon nanotubes (CNT), within a polyethylene (PE) matrix, are reported. The electrical properties were studied according to the type of filler (i.e. PPy, CB or CNT). The resistivity, analyzed by the Van der Pauw method, shows values in the range of (1E+15 for PE to 1.07E-01 for M15) Ω cm. The filler is distributed as one phase within the blended matrix and/or at the interface between the polymers, thus producing a highly homogeneous material. The morphology and degree of dispersion of the PPy/CB/CNTs in the PE matrix at different concentrations were investigated by scanning electron microscopy.

  18. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-17

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  19. Optical characterization of phase transitions in pure polymers and blends

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    Mannella, Gianluca A.; Brucato, Valerio; La Carrubba, Vincenzo

    2015-12-01

    To study the optical properties of polymeric samples, an experimental apparatus was designed on purpose and set up. The sample is a thin film enclosed between two glass slides and a PTFE frame, with a very thin thermocouple placed on sample for direct temperature measurement. This sample holder was placed between two aluminum slabs, equipped with a narrow slit for optical measurements and with electrical resistances for temperature control. Sample was enlightened by a laser diode, whereas transmitted light was detected with a photodiode. Measurements were carried out on polyethylene-terephtalate (PET) and two different polyamides, tested as pure polymers and blends. The thermal history imposed to the sample consisted in a rapid heating from ambient temperature to a certain temperature below the melting point, a stabilization period, and then a heating at constant rate. After a second stabilization period, the sample was cooled. The data obtained were compared with DSC measurements performed with the same thermal history. In correspondence with transitions detected via DSC (e.g. melting, crystallization and cold crystallization), the optical signal showed a steep variation. In particular, crystallization resulted in a rapid decrease of transmitted light, whereas melting gave up an increase of light transmitted by the sample. Further variations in transmitted light were recorded for blends, after melting: those results may be related to other phase transitions, e.g. liquid-liquid phase separation. All things considered, the apparatus can be used to get reliable data on phase transitions in polymeric systems.

  20. Characterization of proton conducting blend polymer electrolyte using PVA-PAN doped with NH4SCN

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    Premalatha, M.; Mathavan, T.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Genova, F. Kingslin Mary; Umamaheswari, R.

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes with proton conductivity based on blend polymer using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly acrylo nitrile (PAN) doped with ammonium thiocyanate have been prepared by solution casting method using DMF as solvent. The complex formation between the blend polymer and the salt has been confirmed by FTIR Spectroscopy. The amorphous nature of the blend polymer electrolytes have been confirmed by XRD analysis. The highest conductivity at 303 K has been found to be 3.25 × 10-3 S cm-1 for 20 mol % NH4SCN doped 92.5PVA:7.5PAN system. The increase in conductivity of the doped blend polymer electrolytes with increasing temperature suggests the Arrhenius type thermally activated process. The activation energy is found to be low (0.066 eV) for the highest conductivity sample.

  1. Surface Characterization of Polymer Blends by XPS and ToF-SIMS

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    Chan, Chi Ming; Weng, Lu-Tao

    2016-01-01

    The surface properties of polymer blends are important for many industrial applications. The physical and chemical properties at the surface of polymer blends can be drastically different from those in the bulk due to the surface segregation of the low surface energy component. X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and time-of-flight secondary mass spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) have been widely used to characterize surface and bulk properties. This review provides a brief introduction to the principles of XPS and ToF-SIMS and their application to the study of the surface physical and chemical properties of polymer blends. PMID:28773777

  2. Polylactic Acid-Based Polymer Blends for Durable Applications

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    Finniss, Adam

    There has been considerable scientific interest in both research and commercial communities as of late in the area of biologically based or sourced plastics. As the consumption of petroleum rises and concerns about climate change increase, this field is likely to grow even larger. One bioplastic that has received a great deal of attention is polylactic acid (PLA). In the past, this material was used mainly in medical or specialty applications, but advancements in manufacturing have led to a desire to use PLA more widely, especially in durable applications. Unfortunately, PLA has several drawbacks that hinder more widespread usage of the material as a durable item: it has low ductility and impact strength in bulk applications, along with poor stability in the face of heat, humidity or liquid media. To combat these deficiencies, a number of techniques were investigated. Samples were annealed to create crystalline domains that would improve mechanical properties and reduce diffusion, blended with graphene to create barriers to diffusion throughout the material, or compounded with a polycarbonate (PC) polymer phase to protect the PLA phase and to enhance the mechanical properties of the blend. If a material containing biologically sourced components with good mechanical properties can be created, it would be desirable for durable uses such as electronics components or as an automotive grade resin. Crystallization experiments were carried out in a differential scanning calorimeter to determine the effects of heat treatment and additives on the rather slow crystallization kinetics of PLA polymer. It was determined that the blending in of the PC phase did not significantly alter the kinetics or mechanism of crystal growth. The addition of graphene to any PC/PLA formulation served as a nucleating agent which speeded up the crystallization kinetics markedly, in some cases by several orders of magnitude. Results obtained from these experiments were internally consistent

  3. Simultaneous patterning of two different types of nanoparticles into alternating domains of a striped array of a polymer blend in a single spin-casting step.

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    Harirchian-Saei, Saman; Wang, Michael C P; Gates, Byron D; Moffitt, Matthew G

    2014-11-01

    A fast and convenient method is developed for simultaneously patterning inorganic nanoparticles with different optical, electronic or magnetic functionality to specific surface regions, by spin-casting onto microcontact printed substrates blend solutions in which the two nanoparticle types are functionalized with surface polymer brush layers of different surface energies. The process is based on phase separation of different nanoparticles based on their immiscible brush layers during spin-casting, with the underlying surface energy heterogeneity of the patterned substrate directing the different NP types to domains of different surface energies. Here, we specifically demonstrate the simultaneous localization of cadmium sulfide quantum dots (CdS QDs), addressed with a surface layer of polystyrene (PS), and silver nanoparticles (Ag NPs), addressed with a surface layer of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), onto the non-polar and polar surface domains, respectively, of hydrophilic glass patterned with hydrophobic octadecyltrichlorosilane (OTS) stripe arrays with micron-scale periodicities. In order to prevent gelation of solvent-swollen polymer-brush coated NPs during spin casting, which effects strong kinetic constraints on phase separation and localization, PS, PMMA or PS/PMMA homopolymer blends of sufficiently high Mw were added to the NP blends to increase the free volume between approaching NPs. The process parameters were fine-tuned to obtain control over defects in the obtained patterns. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Controlling Au Nanorod Dispersion in Thin Film Polymer Blends

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    Hore, Michael J. A.; Composto, Russell J.

    2012-02-01

    Dispersion of Au nanorods (Au NRs) in polymer thin films is studied using a combination of experimental and theoretical techniques. Here, we incorporate small volume fractions of polystyrene-functionalized Au NRs (φrod 0.05) into polystyrene (PS) thin films. By controlling the ratio of the brush length (N) to that of the matrix polymers (P), we can selectively obtain dispersed or aggregated Au NR structures in the PS-Au(N):PS(P) films. A dispersion map of these structures allows one to choose N and P to obtain either uniformly dispersed Au NRs or aggregates of closely packed, side-by-side aligned Au NRs. Furthermore, by blending poly(2,6-dimethyl-p-phenylene oxide) (PPO) into the PS films, we demonstrate that the Au nanorod morphology can be further tuned by reducing depletion-attraction forces and promoting miscibility of the Au NRs. These predictable structures ultimately give rise to tunable optical absorption in the films resulting from surface plasmon resonance coupling between the Au NRs. Finally, self-consistent field theoretic (SCFT) calculations for both the PS-Au(N):PS(P) and PS-Au(N):PS(P):PPO systems provide insight into the PS brush structure, and allow us to interpret morphology and optical property results in terms of wet and dry PS brush states.

  5. Tailoring nanoscale morphology of polymer: Fullerene blends using electrostatic field

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    Elshobaki, Moneim; Gebhardt, Ryan; Carr, John; ...

    2016-12-05

    In this paper, to tailor the nanoscale phase separation in polymer/fullerene blends, we study the effect of electrostatic field (E-field) on the solidification of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2, 5-diyl) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) bulk heterojunction (BHJ). In addition to untreated sample (control); wet P3HT:PC60BM thin films were exposed to E-field of Van de Graaff (VDG) generator at three different directions – horizontal (H), tilted (T) and vertical (V) – relative to the plane of the substrate. Surface and bulk characterizations of field-treated BHJs affirm that fullerene molecules can easily penetrate the spaghetti-like P3HT and move up and down following the E-field. E-fieldmore » treatment yields thin films with large P3HT- and PCBM-rich domains acting as continuous pathways for efficient charge separation, transport, and collection. We improve; (1) the hole mobility values up to 19.4 × 10-4 ± 1.6 × 10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 (117% higher than the control), and (2) power conversion efficient (PCE) of conventional and inverted OPVs recording 2.58 ± 0.02% and 4.1 ± 0.4%. This E-field approach can serve as a new morphology-tuning technique, which is generally applicable to other polymer-fullerene systems.« less

  6. Role of salt concentration in blend polymer for energy storage conversion devices

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    Arya, Anil; Sharma, A. L.; Sadiq, M.

    2016-05-06

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) are materials of considerable interest worldwide, which serves dual purpose of electrolyte and separator between electrode compartments in renewable energy conversion/storage devices such as; high energy density batteries, electrochromic display devices, and supercapacitors. Polymer blend electrolytes are prepared for various concentration of salt (Ö/Li) with the constant ratio (0.5 gm) of each PEO and PAN polymers (blend polymer) using solution casting technique. Solid polymeric ionic conductor as a separator is the ultimate substitute to eliminate the drawback related to liquid and gel polymer ionic conductors. In the present work, solid polymer electrolyte film consisting of PEO, PAN and LiPF{sub 6} are examined for various concentration of lithium salt by keeping PEO/PAN blend ratio as a constant with a view to optimize the dominant salt concentration which could give the maximum conductivity at ambient temperature.

  7. Role of salt concentration in blend polymer for energy storage conversion devices

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    Arya, Anil; Sadiq, M.; Sharma, A. L.

    2016-05-01

    Solid Polymer Electrolytes (SPE) are materials of considerable interest worldwide, which serves dual purpose of electrolyte and separator between electrode compartments in renewable energy conversion/storage devices such as; high energy density batteries, electrochromic display devices, and supercapacitors. Polymer blend electrolytes are prepared for various concentration of salt (Ö/Li) with the constant ratio (0.5 gm) of each PEO and PAN polymers (blend polymer) using solution casting technique. Solid polymeric ionic conductor as a separator is the ultimate substitute to eliminate the drawback related to liquid and gel polymer ionic conductors. In the present work, solid polymer electrolyte film consisting of PEO, PAN and LiPF6 are examined for various concentration of lithium salt by keeping PEO/PAN blend ratio as a constant with a view to optimize the dominant salt concentration which could give the maximum conductivity at ambient temperature.

  8. Miscibility of eudragit/chitosan polymer blend in water determined by physical property measurements.

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    Haque, Sk Ershadul; Sheela, A

    2013-01-30

    The interest in the preparation and application of polymeric blends is growing since they can exhibit properties of great industrial interest. The current study focuses on the preparation of polymeric blends of varying compositions of eudragit and chitosan and their miscibility studies. The preparation was carried out by using ethanol and 1% acetic acid in water. FT-IR spectra reveal the possibilities of chemical interactions between eudragit/chitosan. The miscibility of polymeric blend at different composition has been investigated by viscosity, ultrasonic velocity, density, refractive index and adiabatic compressibility values measured at two different temperatures 30 °C and 40 °C. The interaction parameters ΔB, μ and α, were determined from viscosity data. From the values observed, it is found that the blend is miscible in all compositions at 30 °C whereas at 40 °C, it seems to be immiscible in certain compositions. It is found that the blend is miscible, when the chitosan concentration is more than 70% (v/v) at both the temperatures and also observed that variation of temperature has no effect on the miscibility of eudragit/chitosan blend.

  9. Effect of gamma ray on optical characteristics of (PMMA/PS) polymer blends

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    Al-Kadhemy, Mahasin F. Hadi; Saeed, Asrar Abdulmunem; Khaleel, Rana Ismael; Al-Nuaimi, Farah Jawad Kadhum

    2017-07-01

    Gamma ray effect has been worked out on PMMA/PS blends at different concentrations. The optical constants such as the absorption coefficient, refractive index are calculated, and optical energy gap (direct/indirect) has been studied before and after irradiation. Transmittance, absorbance, and reflectance spectra of pure and blends polymers are investigated.

  10. Phase behavior of confined polymer blends and nanoparticle composites

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    Chung, Hyun-Joong

    We have investigated phase behavior in polymer blend films of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(styrene-ran-acrylonitrile) (SAN) with 33wt% AN content and their nanoparticle (NP) composites by using the combination of imaging techniques, including atomic force microscopy (AFM), focused-ion beam (FIB), transmission and scanning electron microscopy (TEM and SEM), as well as depth profiling techniques of Rutherford backscattering spectrometry (RBS) and elastic recoil detection (ERD). For neat PMMA:SAN films, we present a novel morphology map based on pattern development mechanisms. Six distinct mechanisms are found for thickness values (d) and bulk compositions between 50-1000 nm and φPMMA = 0.3 to 0.8, respectively. When PMMA is depleted from the mid-layer by preferential wetting at φ PMMA = 0.3 (A), stable PMMA/SAN/PMMA trilayer structure is obtained. With increasing φPMMA (0.4 to 0.7), pattern development is driven by phase separation in the mid-layer, which produces circular domains (B), irregular domains (C), and bicontinuous patterns (D). Here, the growth of circular domains can be explained by the coalescence mechanism, which predicts ξ˜(sigma/eta) 1/3d2/3t1/3 , where ξ, sigma, and eta are correlation length between domains, interfacial tension between phases, and viscosity, respectively. In bicontinuous patterns, hydrodynamic pumping mechanism is suppressed with thickness confinement. When SAN composition is lean, φPMMA = 0.8 (E), the SAN phase is minority component in the mid-layer and breaks up into droplets in smooth PMMA film. When film thickness is less than 80 nm at φPMMA = 0.4 or 0.5 (F), films initially display trilayer structure, which then ruptures upon dewetting of the SAN mid-layer. Building upon the understanding of the neat PMMA:SAN blend films, we have performed the first systematic on the effect of NPs in morphology evolution and stability of polymer blend films. Whereas the location of NP impacts morphology evolution, silica

  11. Equilibrium Dynamics in the Nondiffusive Regime of an Entangled Polymer Blend

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    Lumma, D.; Borthwick, M. A.; Falus, P.; Lurio, L. B.; Mochrie, S. G. J.

    2001-03-05

    The dynamics of compositional fluctuations in a miscible, entangled homopolymer blend of poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(methyl methacrylate) were studied on length scales smaller than the polymer radii of gyration, and for times comparable to the polymers' disentanglement time. The measured relaxation rates are consistent with predictions of the reptation model, as expressed via the dynamic random-phase approximation. Moreover, the observed mode amplitudes allow for an estimate of the entanglement length in the blend.

  12. Interfacial tension and nucleation in mixtures of colloids and long ideal polymer coils.

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    Sear, Richard P

    2002-06-01

    Mixtures of ideal polymers with hard spheres whose diameters are smaller than the radius of gyration of the polymer, exhibit extensive immiscibility. The interfacial tension between demixed phases of these mixtures is estimated, as is the barrier to nucleation. The barrier is found to scale linearly with the radius of the polymer, causing it to become large for large polymers. Thus for large polymers nucleation is suppressed and phase separation proceeds via spinodal decomposition, as it does in polymer blends.

  13. Tailoring nanoscale morphology of polymer: Fullerene blends using electrostatic field

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    Elshobaki, Moneim; Gebhardt, Ryan; Carr, John; Lindemann, William; Wang, Wenjie; Grieser, Eric; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Ngo, Evan; Bhattacharjee, Ujjal; Strzalka, Joseph; Jiang, Zhang; Qiao, Qiquan; Petrich, Jacob; Vaknin, David; Chaudhary, Sumit

    2016-12-05

    In this paper, to tailor the nanoscale phase separation in polymer/fullerene blends, we study the effect of electrostatic field (E-field) on the solidification of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2, 5-diyl) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) bulk heterojunction (BHJ). In addition to untreated sample (control); wet P3HT:PC60BM thin films were exposed to E-field of Van de Graaff (VDG) generator at three different directions – horizontal (H), tilted (T) and vertical (V) – relative to the plane of the substrate. Surface and bulk characterizations of field-treated BHJs affirm that fullerene molecules can easily penetrate the spaghetti-like P3HT and move up and down following the E-field. E-field treatment yields thin films with large P3HT- and PCBM-rich domains acting as continuous pathways for efficient charge separation, transport, and collection. We improve; (1) the hole mobility values up to 19.4 × 10-4 ± 1.6 × 10-4 cm2 V-1 s-1 (117% higher than the control), and (2) power conversion efficient (PCE) of conventional and inverted OPVs recording 2.58 ± 0.02% and 4.1 ± 0.4%. This E-field approach can serve as a new morphology-tuning technique, which is generally applicable to other polymer-fullerene systems.

  14. Osteoselection supported by phase separated polymer blend films.

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    Gulsuner, Hilal Unal; Gengec, Nevin Atalay; Kilinc, Murat; Erbil, H Yildirim; Tekinay, Ayse B

    2015-01-01

    The instability of implants after placement inside the body is one of the main obstacles to clinically succeed in periodontal and orthopedic applications. Adherence of fibroblasts instead of osteoblasts to implant surfaces usually results in formation of scar tissue and loss of the implant. Thus, selective bioadhesivity of osteoblasts is a desired characteristic for implant materials. In this study, we developed osteoselective and biofriendly polymeric thin films fabricated with a simple phase separation method using either homopolymers or various blends of homopolymers and copolymers. As adhesive and proliferative features of cells are highly dependent on the physicochemical properties of the surfaces, substrates with distinct chemical heterogeneity, wettability, and surface topography were developed and assessed for their osteoselective characteristics. Surface characterizations of the fabricated polymer thin films were performed with optical microscopy and SEM, their wettabilities were determined by contact angle measurements, and their surface roughness was measured by profilometry. Long-term adhesion behaviors of cells to polymer thin films were determined by F-actin staining of Saos-2 osteoblasts, and human gingival fibroblasts, HGFs, and their morphologies were observed by SEM imaging. The biocompatibility of the surfaces was also examined through cell viability assay. Our results showed that heterogeneous polypropylene polyethylene/polystyrene surfaces can govern Saos-2 and HGF attachment and organization. Selective adhesion of Saos-2 osteoblasts and inhibited adhesion of HGF cells were achieved on micro-structured and hydrophobic surfaces. This work paves the way for better control of cellular behaviors for adjustment of cell material interactions. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  15. Characterization of HPMC/PVP polymer blend films using WAXS technique

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    Prakash, Y.; Somashekarappa, H.; Parameswara, P.; Demappa, T.; Somashekar, R.

    2012-06-01

    Hydroxy propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) and Poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blend films were prepared and investigated using X-ray line profile analysis method. Here an attempt has been made to study the changes in the crystallite size and lattice strain in HPMC with the increase in concentration of PVP. Decrease in these microcrystalline parameters implies increase in the amorphous nature of the film giving more flexibility, degradability and good miscibility. Micro structural parameters reveals that the blend films have more amorphous nature than virgin HPMC. This further justified by SEM images which indicate better miscibility of the two polymers in the blend matrix.

  16. Biodegradable-Polymer-Blend-Based Surgical Sealant with Body-Temperature-Mediated Adhesion.

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    Behrens, Adam M; Lee, Nora G; Casey, Brendan J; Srinivasan, Priya; Sikorski, Michael J; Daristotle, John L; Sandler, Anthony D; Kofinas, Peter

    2015-12-22

    The development of practical and efficient surgical sealants has the propensity to improve operational outcomes. A biodegradable polymer blend is fabricated as a nonwoven fiber mat in situ. After direct deposition onto the tissue of interest, the material transitions from a fiber mat to a film. This transition promotes polymer-substrate interfacial interactions leading to improved adhesion and surgical sealant performance.

  17. Hydrophilic-hydrophobic polymer blend for modulation of crystalline changes and molecular interactions in solid dispersion.

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    Van Ngo, Hai; Nguyen, Phuc Kien; Van Vo, Toi; Duan, Wei; Tran, Van-Thanh; Tran, Phuong Ha-Lien; Tran, Thao Truong-Dinh

    2016-11-20

    This research study aimed to develop a new strategy for using a polymer blend in solid dispersion (SD) for dissolution enhancement of poorly water-soluble drugs. SDs with different blends of hydrophilic-hydrophobic polymers (zein/hydroxypropyl methylcellulose - zein/HPMC) were prepared using spray drying to modulate the drug crystal and polymer-drug interactions in SDs. Physicochemical characterizations, including power X-ray diffraction and Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, were performed to elucidate the roles of the blends in SDs. Although hydrophobic polymers played a key role in changing the model drug from a crystal to an amorphous state, the dissolution rate was limited due to the wetting property. Fortunately, the hydrophilic-hydrophobic blend not only reduced the drug crystallinity but also resulted in a hydrogen bonding interaction between the drugs and the polymer for a dissolution rate improvement. This work may contribute to a new generation of solid dispersion using a blend of hydrophilic-hydrophobic polymers for an effective dissolution enhancement of poorly water-soluble drugs.

  18. Preparation and characterization of chitosan - polystyrene polymer blends

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    Mascarenhas, N. P. Crasta, V.; Gonsalves, R. A.; Goveas, J. J.; Shetty, T. C. S.

    2016-05-23

    To enhance the physical and mechanical properties of Chitosan (CS) and to improve the functionality of CS towards some specific applications, we have blended CS with polystyrene (PS) to form blended films. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) has been performed on the prepared films to confirm functional groups and formation of the blends. Thermal analysis (TGA and DSC) is carried out to study thermal stability of the blended films. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, the material reveals amorphous nature and hence it may be used for adsorption process. The versatility of the blends, such as film-forming ability, hydrophilicity, biodegradability and biocompatibility are comparable with the existing blends.

  19. Preparation and characterization of chitosan - polystyrene polymer blends

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    Mascarenhas, N. P.; Gonsalves, R. A.; Goveas, J. J.; Shetty, T. C. S.; Crasta, V.

    2016-05-01

    To enhance the physical and mechanical properties of Chitosan (CS) and to improve the functionality of CS towards some specific applications, we have blended CS with polystyrene (PS) to form blended films. The Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) has been performed on the prepared films to confirm functional groups and formation of the blends. Thermal analysis (TGA and DSC) is carried out to study thermal stability of the blended films. From X-ray diffraction (XRD) studies, the material reveals amorphous nature and hence it may be used for adsorption process. The versatility of the blends, such as film-forming ability, hydrophilicity, biodegradability and biocompatibility are comparable with the existing blends.

  20. Improved electrical properties of free standing blend polymer for renewable energy resources

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    Arya, Anil; Sharma, Sweety; Sharma, A. L.

    2016-05-01

    Blend polymer electrolytes are prepared for salt concentration (Ö/Li = 4) with the constant ratio (0.5 gm) of PEO and PAN using solution casting technique. The prepared free standing solid polymeric film is characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) which confirms the homogeneous distribution of dissociated salt in blend polymer matrix. After addition of salt the ionic conductivity value is found to be of the order of 7.13 × 10-5 Scm-1 which is three orders higher when compared with pure blend polymer films. The microscopic interaction among the polymer-ion, ion-ion has been confirmed by the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. A very fine correlation has been built in the electrical conductivity and FTIR result. On the basis of above finding, a prepared free standing solid polymeric film appears to be appropriate for the energy storage/conversion device applications.

  1. Impedance studies of a green blend polymer electrolyte based on PVA and Aloe-vera

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    Selvalakshmi, S.; Mathavan, T.; Vijaya, N.; Selvasekarapandian, Premalatha, M.; Monisha, S.

    2016-05-01

    The development of polymer electrolyte materials for energy generating and energy storage devices is a challenge today. A new type of blended green electrolyte based on Poly-vinyl alcohol (PVA) and Aloe-vera has been prepared by solution casting technique. The blending of polymers may lead to the increase in stability due to one polymer portraying itself as a mechanical stiffener and the other as a gelled matrix supported by the other. The prepared blend electrolytes were subjected to Ac impedance studies. It has been found out that the polymer film in which 1 gm of PVA was dissolved in 40 ml of Aloe-vera extract exhibits highest conductivity and its value is 3.08 × 10-4 S cm-1.

  2. Improved electrical properties of free standing blend polymer for renewable energy resources

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    Arya, Anil; Sharma, Sweety; Sharma, A. L.

    2016-05-23

    Blend polymer electrolytes are prepared for salt concentration (Ö/Li = 4) with the constant ratio (0.5 gm) of PEO and PAN using solution casting technique. The prepared free standing solid polymeric film is characterized by Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscopy (FESEM) which confirms the homogeneous distribution of dissociated salt in blend polymer matrix. After addition of salt the ionic conductivity value is found to be of the order of 7.13 × 10{sup −5} Scm{sup −1} which is three orders higher when compared with pure blend polymer films. The microscopic interaction among the polymer-ion, ion-ion has been confirmed by the Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy. A very fine correlation has been built in the electrical conductivity and FTIR result. On the basis of above finding, a prepared free standing solid polymeric film appears to be appropriate for the energy storage/conversion device applications.

  3. Microscopy of thin polymer blend films of polystyrene and poly-n-butyl-methacrylate

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    Schmitt, T.; Guttmann, P.; Schmidt, O.; Müller-Buschbaum, P.; Stamm, M.; Schönhense, G.; Schmahl, G.

    2000-05-01

    The structure of thin polymer blend films of polystyrene (PS) and poly-n-butyl-methacrylate (PnBMA) was examined with Transmission X-ray Microscopy (TXM), Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM), X-Ray Photoemission Electron Microscopy (X-PEEM) and Optical Microscopy (OM). Thin films were prepared by spin casting of a toluene solution of the polymer mixture onto silicon wafers retaining the native oxide. Depending on blend composition and annealing conditions smooth films with and without holes or films with well pronounced surface features (ribbons or islands) were produced. By TXM measurements a high lateral resolution study of the as cast and the annealed polymer blend samples was performed. The contrast in TXM is due to different absorption of x-radiation of the used polymers and due to variation in thickness. With X-PEEM the lateral distribution of the two polymers near the surface was mapped by employing the characteristic Near Edge X-ray Absorption Fine Structure (NEXAFS) spectra of the polymers. The TXM technique is a microscopic method integrating over the total film thickness, whereas the X-PEEM technique is a highly surface sensitive method. TXM and X-PEEM are therefore complementary methods which provide important information on the structure of thin polymer blend films additional to the standard techniques SFM and OM.

  4. Electrochemical characterization of electrospun nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte fibrous membrane for lithium battery.

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    Padmaraj, O; Rao, B Nageswara; Venkateswarlu, M; Satyanarayana, N

    2015-04-23

    Novel hybrid (organic/inorganic) electrospun nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte fibrous membranes with the composition poly(vinylidene difluoride-co-hexafluoropropylene) [P(VdF-co-HFP)]/poly(methyl methacrylate) [P(MMA)]/magnesium aluminate (MgAl2O4)/LiPF6 were prepared by the electrospinning technique. All of the prepared electrospun P(VdF-co-HFP), PMMA blend [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA], and nanocomposite polymer blend [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA/x wt % MgAl2O4 (x = 2, 4, 6, and 8)] fibrous membranes were characterized by X-ray diffraction, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy. The fibrous nanocomposite separator-cum-polymer blend electrolyte membranes were obtained by soaking the nanocomposite polymer blend membranes in an electrolyte solution containing 1 M LiPF6 in ethylene carbonate (EC)/diethyl carbonate (DEC) (1:1, v/v). The newly developed fibrous nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA/6 wt % MgAl2O4/LiPF6] membrane showed a low crystallinity, low average fiber diameter, high thermal stability, high electrolyte uptake, high conductivity (2.60 × 10(-3) S cm(-1)) at room temperature, and good potential stability above 4.5 V. The best properties of the fibrous nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte (NCPBE) membrane with a 6 wt % MgAl2O4 filler content was used for the fabrication of a Li/NCPBE/LiCoO2 CR 2032 coin cell. The electrochemical performance of the fabricated CR 2032 cell was evaluated at a current density of 0.1 C-rate. The fabricated CR 2032 cell lithium battery using the newly developed NCPBE membrane delivered an initial discharge capacity of 166 mAh g(-1) and a stable cycle performance.

  5. Influence of film thickness on the phase separation mechanism in ultrathin conducting polymer blend films.

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    Meier, Robert; Ruderer, Matthias A; Diethert, Alexander; Kaune, Gunar; Körstgens, Volker; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2011-03-31

    The film morphology of thin polymer blend films based on poly[(1-methoxy)-4-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylenevinylene] (MEH-PPV) and poly(N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) is probed as a function of film thickness. Blend films are prepared with spin-coating of polymer solutions with different concentrations on top of solid supports. The blending ratio of both conducting polymers is kept constant. The film and surface morphology is probed with grazing incidence ultrasmall-angle X-ray scattering (GIUSAXS) and atomic force microscopy (AFM). A linear dependence between the film thickness and the averaged phase separation is found. In addition, X-ray reflectivity measurements show an enrichment of PVK at the substrate interface. UV/vis spectroscopy measurements indicate a linearly increasing amount of both homopolymers in the blend films for increasing film thicknesses. The generalized knowledge about the influence of the film thickness on the phase separation behavior in conducting polymer blend films is finally used to describe the phase separation formation during the spin-coating process, and the results are discussed in the framework of an adapted Flory-Huggins theory for rodlike polymers.

  6. Transmission electron microscopy of polymer blends and block copolymers

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    Gomez, Enrique Daniel

    Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) of soft matter is a field that warrants further investigation. Developments in sample preparation, imaging and spectroscopic techniques could lead to novel experiments that may further our understanding of the structure and the role structure plays in the functionality of various organic materials. Unlike most hard materials, TEM of organic molecules is limited by the amount of radiation damage the material can withstand without changing its structure. Despite this limitation, TEM has been and will be a powerful tool to study polymeric materials and other soft matter. In this dissertation, an introduction of TEM for polymer scientists is presented. The fundamentals of interactions of electrons with matter are described using the Schrodinger wave equation and scattering cross-sections to fully encompass coherent and incoherent scattering. The intensity, which is the product of the wave function and its complex conjugate, shows no perceptible change due to the sample. Instead, contrast is generated through the optical system of the microscope by removing scattered electrons or by generating interference due to material-induced phase changes. Perhaps the most challenging aspect of taking TEM images, however, is sample preparation, because TEM experiments require materials with approximately 50 nm thickness. Although ultramicrotomy is a well-established powerful tool for preparing biological and polymeric sections for TEM, the development of cryogenic Focused Ion Beam may enable unprecedented cross-sectional TEM studies of polymer thin films on arbitrary substrates with nanometer precision. Two examples of TEM experiments of polymeric materials are presented. The first involves quantifying the composition profile across a lamellar phase obtained in a multicomponent blend of saturated poly(butadiene) and poly(isobutylene), stabilized by a saturated poly(butadiene) copolymer serving as a surfactant, using TEM and self

  7. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte thin films by spin-coating method

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    Chapi, Sharanappa; Niranjana, M.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-05-23

    Solid Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs; Synthesized by Co-precipitation method) thin films have prepared at a different weight percent using the spin-coating method. The complexation of the NPs with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The variation in film morphology was examined by polarized optical micrographs (POMs). The thermal behavior of blends was investigated under non-isothermal conditions by differential thermal analyses (DTA). A single glass transition temperature for each blend was observed, which supports the existence of compatibility of such system. The obtained results represent that the ternary based thin films are prominent materials for battery and optoelectronic device applications.

  8. Synthesis and characterization of nanocomposite polymer blend electrolyte thin films by spin-coating method

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    Chapi, Sharanappa; Niranjana, M.; Devendrappa, H.

    2016-05-01

    Solid Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnO NPs; Synthesized by Co-precipitation method) thin films have prepared at a different weight percent using the spin-coating method. The complexation of the NPs with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR). The variation in film morphology was examined by polarized optical micrographs (POMs). The thermal behavior of blends was investigated under non-isothermal conditions by differential thermal analyses (DTA). A single glass transition temperature for each blend was observed, which supports the existence of compatibility of such system. The obtained results represent that the ternary based thin films are prominent materials for battery and optoelectronic device applications.

  9. Phase Relations and Miscibility in Polymer Blends Containing Copolymers.

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    1986-04-15

    Porter , R. S., Polymer Eng. Sci. 17, 534 (1977). 54. Roe, R. J., Fishkis, M., and Chang, J. C., Macromolecules 14, 1091 (1981). 55. Leibler, L...Kimura, M. and Porter , R. S., J. Polymer Sci.: Polymer Phys. Ed. 22, 1697 (1984). 113. Clas, S. D. and Eisenberg, A., J. Polymer Sci.: Polymer Phys. Ed... Diamant , J., Soong, D., and Williams, M. C., Polymer Eng. Sci. 22, 673 (1982). 147. Choi, G., Kaya, A., and Shen, M., Polymer Eng. Sci. 1_3, 231 (1973

  10. Directed ordering of phase separated domains and dewetting of thin polymer blend films on a topographically patterned substrate.

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    Bhandaru, Nandini; Karim, Alamgir; Mukherjee, Rabibrata

    2017-07-21

    Substrate pattern guided self-organization of ultrathin and confined polymeric films on a topographically patterned substrate is a useful approach for obtaining ordered meso and nano structures over large areas, particularly if the ordering is achieved during film preparation itself, eliminating any post-processing such as thermal or solvent vapor annealing. By casting a dilute solution of two immiscible polymers, polystyrene (PS) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), from a common solvent (toluene) on a topographically patterned substrate with a grating geometry, we show the formation of self-organized meso patterns with various degrees of ordering. The morphology depends on both the concentration of the dispensed solution (Cn) and the blend composition (RB). Depending on the extent of dewetting during spin coating, the final morphologies can be classified into three distinct categories. At a very low Cn the solution dewets fully, resulting in isolated polymer droplets aligned along substrate grooves (Type 1). Type 2 structures comprising isolated threads with aligned phase separated domains along each substrate groove are observed at intermediate Cn. A continuous film (Type 3) is obtained above a critical concentration (Cn*) that depends on RB. While the extent of ordering of the domains gradually diminishes with an increase in film thickness for Type 3 patterns, the size of the domains remains much smaller than that on a flat substrate, resulting in significant downsizing of the features due to the lateral confinement imposed on the phase separation process by the topographic patterns. Finally, we show that some of these structures exhibit excellent broadband anti-reflection (AR) properties.

  11. Fabrication and Optical Properties of Electrospun Conductive Polymer Nanofibers from Blended Polymer Solution

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    Chuangchote, Surawut; Sagawa, Takashi; Yoshikawa, Susumu

    2008-01-01

    Ultrafine poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene-vinylene] (MEH-PPV)/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) composite fibers with the average diameters ranging from 43 nm to 1.7 µm were prepared by electrospinning of blended polymer solutions in mixed solvent of chlorobenzene and methanol. The average diameter of the as-spun fibers was found to decrease into nanometer scale with decreasing the PVP concentration and/or addition of a volatile organic salt, pyridinium formate (PF). PVP was easily removed from MEH-PPV/PVP fibers by the Soxhlet extraction, and after the removal, pure MEH-PPV fibers were obtained as a ribbon-like structure aligned with wrinkled surface in fiber direction. Comparison with the cast film, as-spun fibers showed relatively higher crystallinity, higher conjugation length, and there was a remarkable blue shift of photoluminescence (PL) peak.

  12. A new high-performance ionic polymer-metal composite based on Nafion/polyimide blends

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    Nam, Jungsoo; Hwang, Taeseon; Kim, Kwang Jin; Lee, Dong-Chan

    2017-03-01

    For the first time, we report ion-exchange membranes based on Nafion and polyimide (PI, Kapton) blends to fabricate ionic polymer-metal composites (IPMCs). Polyamic acid [PAA, poly(pyromellitic dianhydride-co-4,4‧-oxydianiline), as a precursor of PI] solution was blended with Nafion solution using physical blending method to provide PAA-Nafion blend membrane. This work demonstrates that, by simple physical blending method, the thermal and mechanical properties of Nafion can be improved while maintaining the excellent actuating performance. After thermal imidization, PAA converted into PI, resulting in PI-Nafion blend membrane. Optimum conditions to cast PAA-Nafion blends and thermal imidization have been established, and blend membranes with PI wt% of 6, 12, 18, and 30 were prepared. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy confirmed the incorporation of PI in the Nafion matrix. Thermal decomposition unique to the PI became more noticeable as the content of PI increased, which was measured by thermogravimetric analysis. Dynamic mechanical analysis showed that the storage modulus (E‧) increased as a function of PI content while loss modulus (E″) exhibited only a minor change, which resulted in the decrease in the damping properties (tan δ). The blend membranes were fabricated into IPMCs by deposition of platinum electrode onto the membrane surface through electroless plating process. Among tested, NPI-18 IPMC actuator, which has 18 wt% of PI in Nafion, showed comparable electromechanical performance to the commercially available Nafion 117 IPMC actuator.

  13. Enhanced nanoscale imaging of polymer blends by temperature-controlled selective dissolution.

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    Friedel, Bettina; Ehrler, Bruno; Hüttner, Sven; Greenham, Neil C

    2012-01-23

    Nanoscale imaging on polymer blends is vital, especially in organic electronics. By using temperature-controlled selective dissolution, the 3D structure of a thin film becomes accessible without the expensive search for adequate orthogonal solvents. The method, which takes advantage of the temperature dependence of the solubility, is demonstrated to image P3HT:PCBM and P3HT:F8TBT photovoltaic blend films using atomic force and scanning electron microscopy.

  14. Property modification of nafion via polymer blending with polyimide (Conference Presentation)

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    Hwang, Taeseon; Nam, Jungsoo; Lee, Dong-Chan; Kim, Kwang Jin

    2017-04-01

    The blended ion exchange membrane between Nafion and Polyimide (PI) was used for fabrication of the ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) not only to redeem inherent drawbacks of Nafion such as high cost or environment-unfriendliness but also to enhance mechanical properties of Nafion. PI solution was blended in Nafion solution by a volume ratio and membranes were prepared through solution casting method. The prepared blended Nafion membranes can be fabricated IPMCs with electroless plating of platinum electrode onto its surface. The surface resistance of all prepared IPMCs is measured through 2-point probe. This study investigated the chemical structure and mechanical properties of prepared blended membranes. Moreover, we characterized the cross-section morphology and studied the electromechanical performances (displacement and blocking force) of prepared IPMC actuators. The prepared IPMC actuators with blended Nafion membranes were demonstrated comparable electromechanical performance by significantly reducing the content of Nafion.

  15. AC conductivity and electrochemical studies of PVA/PEG based polymer blend electrolyte films

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    Polu, Anji Reddy; Kumar, Ranveer; Dehariya, Harsha

    2012-06-01

    Polymer blend electrolyte films based on Polyvinyl alcohol(PVA)/Poly(ethylene glycol)(PEG) and magnesium nitrate (Mg(NO3)2) were prepared by solution casting technique. Conductivity in the temperature range 303-373 K and transference number measurements have been employed to investigate the charge transport in this polymer blend electrolyte system. The highest conductivity is found to be 9.63 × 10-5 S/cm at 30°C for sample with 30 weight percent of Mg(NO3)2 in PVA/PEG blend matrix. Transport number data shows that the charge transport in this polymer electrolyte system is predominantly due to ions. Using this electrolyte, an electrochemical cell with configuration Mg/(PVA+PEG+Mg(NO3)2)/(I2+C+electrolyte) was fabricated and its discharge characteristics profile has been studied.

  16. Investigations on Poly (ethylene oxide) (PEO) - blend based solid polymer electrolytes for sodium ion batteries

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    Koduru, H. K.; Iliev, M. T.; Kondamareddy, K. K.; Karashanova, D.; Vlakhov, T.; Zhao, X.-Z.; Scaramuzza, N.

    2016-10-01

    Polymer blend electrolytes based on Polyethylene oxide (PEO) and polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP), complexed with NaIO4 salt and Graphene oxide (GO) are investigated in the present report. The electrolytes are prepared by a facile solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) are employed to study the influence of ion-polymer interactions on the micro structural properties of blend electrolytes. Measurements of electrical conductivity of the blend polymer complexes have been performed by using complex impedance spectroscopy in the frequency range 1 Hz - 1 MHz and within the temperature range 303 K - 343 K.A study on electrical conductivity properties of GO doped ‘salt complexed electrolyte’ systems is presented.

  17. Influence of block copolymer compatibilizers on the morphologies of semiflexible polymer/solvent blends.

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    Kipp, Dylan; Ganesan, Venkat

    2014-04-24

    We study the influence of block copolymer (BCP) compatibilizers on the domain and interfacial characteristics of the equilibrium morphological structures of semiflexible polymer/solvent blends. Our study is motivated by the question of whether block copolymer compatibilizers can be used to influence the phase separation morphologies resulting in conjugated polymer/fullerene blends. Toward this objective, we use a single chain in mean field Monte Carlo simulations for the phase behavior of semiflexible polymer/solvent blends and study the influence of BCP compatibilizers on the morphologies. Our results reveal a range of blend compositions and molecular chemistries that result in equilibrium structures with domain sizes on the order of 5-20 nm. To elucidate the morphological characteristics of these structures, we first present a series of ternary phase diagrams and then present results demonstrating that the blend composition, semiflexible chain rigidity, BCP composition, and component miscibility each provide unique handles to control the phase separation morphologies and interfacial characteristics in such blends.

  18. Structural, Optical and Mechanical properties of PVC/PMMA Polymer Blend by Spectroscopic Techniques

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    Patel, Gaurang; Sureshkumar, M. B.; Patel, Purvi

    2011-10-01

    PVC/PMMA polymer blends were characterized by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), UV-VIS Spectroscopy and mechanical analysis. The changes in mechanical properties are reflected by the changes in the IR spectrum. The mechanical properties of such poly blends revealed a substantial increase in Young's modulus and ultimate tensile strength after initial drop at 10% of PMMA. Optical properties such as the absorption coefficient, optical (Direct/Indirect) energy gap were calculated. The effects of different blending percentage on these parameters have been discussed and their results are co-related with IR study.

  19. Nanoscale investigations on interchain organization in thin films of polymer-liquid crystal blend

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    Villeneuve-Faure, C.; Le Borgne, D.; Ventalon, V.; Seguy, I.; Moineau-Chane Ching, K. I.; Bedel-Pereira, E.

    2017-07-01

    Optimized nanomorphology in organic thin active layers is crucial for good performance in organic solar cells. However, the relation between morphology and electronic properties at nanoscale remains not completely understood. Here, we study the effect of film thickness and temperature annealing on the ordering of poly(3-hexylthiophene) chains when the polymer is blended with a columnar liquid crystalline molecule. Electronic absorption, atomic force microscopy measurements, and Raman spectroscopy show that morphology and chain ordering of the blend depend on the film thickness. We highlight the benefit of using a liquid crystal in organic blends, opening the way to use simple processing methods for the fabrication of organic electronic devices.

  20. Plasticized-starch/poly(ethylene oxide) blends prepared by extrusion.

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    Yu, Fang; Prashantha, Kalappa; Soulestin, Jeremie; Lacrampe, Marie-France; Krawczak, Patricia

    2013-01-02

    Blends based on plasticized-wheat starch (as matrix or rich phase) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) (as dispersed phase) were prepared by melt processing in a twin-screw extruder. The extrusion of the plasticized-starch is significantly facilitated by blending with PEO. Plasticized-starch and PEO are immiscible in the range of the investigated blend ratios (90/10-50/50). The phase inversion takes place when the PEO content is 50 wt.% in the blend. Both the thermal stability and the tensile properties of plasticized-starch are improved by blending with PEO. Also, a synergistic effect between plasticized-starch and PEO is noticed at 25-40 wt.% PEO content in the blend, the Young's modulus of the materials obtained being the highest and higher than both neat polymer components at those blending ratios. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Formation of ion clusters in the phase separated structures of neutral-charged polymer blends

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    Kwon, Ha-Kyung; Olvera de La Cruz, Monica

    2015-03-01

    Polyelectrolyte blends, consisting of at least one charged species, are promising candidate materials for fuel cell membranes, for their mechanical stability and high selectivity for proton conduction. The phase behavior of the blends is important to understand, as this can significantly affect the performance of the device. The phase behavior is controlled by χN, the Flory-Huggins parameter multiplied by the number of mers, as well as the electrostatic interactions between the charged backbone and the counterions. It has recently been shown that local ionic correlations, incorporated via liquid state (LS) theory, enhance phase separation of the blend, even in the absence of polymer interactions. In this study, we show phase diagrams of neutral-charged polymer blends including ionic correlations via LS theory. In addition to enhanced phase separation at low χN, the blends show liquid-liquid phase separation at high electrostatic interaction strengths. Above the critical strength, the charged polymer phase separates into ion-rich and ion-poor regions, resulting in the formation of ion clusters within the charged polymer phase. This can be shown by the appearance of multiple spinodal and critical points, indicating the coexistence of several charge separated phases. This work was performed under the following financial assistance award 70NANB14H012 from U.S. Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology as part of the Center for Hierarchical Materials Design (CHiMaD).

  2. Concentration fluctuations in miscible polymer blends: Influence of temperature and chain rigidity

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    Dudowicz, Jacek; Freed, Karl F.; Douglas, Jack F.

    2014-05-21

    In contrast to binary mixtures of small molecule fluids, homogeneous polymer blends exhibit relatively large concentration fluctuations that can strongly affect the transport properties of these complex fluids over wide ranges of temperatures and compositions. The spatial scale and intensity of these compositional fluctuations are studied by applying Kirkwood-Buff theory to model blends of linear semiflexible polymer chains with upper critical solution temperatures. The requisite quantities for determining the Kirkwood-Buff integrals are generated from the lattice cluster theory for the thermodynamics of the blend and from the generalization of the random phase approximation to compressible polymer mixtures. We explore how the scale and intensity of composition fluctuations in binary blends vary with the reduced temperature τ ≡ (T − T{sub c})/T (where T{sub c} is the critical temperature) and with the asymmetry in the rigidities of the components. Knowledge of these variations is crucial for understanding the dynamics of materials fabricated from polymer blends, and evidence supporting these expectations is briefly discussed.

  3. Synthesis and characterization of alkaline polyvinyl alcohol and poly(epichlorohydrin) blend polymer electrolytes and performance in electrochemical cells

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    Yang, Chun-Chen; Lin, Sheng-Jen; Hsu, Sung-Ting

    Alkaline SPE was obtained from a blend of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly(epichlorohydrin) (PECH), PVA-PECH, by a solution-cast technique. The PVA host polymer is blended with PECH polymer to provide a polymer electrolyte with improved chemical and mechanical properties. The ionic conductivity of the PVA-PECH polymer electrolytes is between 10 -2 and 10 -3 S cm -1 at room temperature when the blend ratio is varied from 1:0.2 to 1:1. The PVA-PECH polymer was characterized by means of scanning electron microscopy, X-ray diffraction, stress-strain test, cyclic voltammetry, and a.c. impedance spectroscopy. It is found that the polymer electrolytes exhibit good mechanical strength and excellent chemical stability. The electrochemical performance of solid-state Zn-air batteries with various types of the blended polymer electrolyte films is examined by a galvanostatic discharge method.

  4. Nanoparticle free polymer blends for light scattering films in liquid crystal displays

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    Takei, Satoshi; Mochiduki, Kazuhide; Kubo, Naoya; Yokoyama, Yoshiyuki

    2012-06-01

    This paper reports an approach using nanoparticle free polymer blends for light scattering films in liquid crystal displays. The ability to create the regularly structured circle of approximately 200 nm diameter in the light scattering film by blending two specified polymers with carboxylic acid groups and epoxy groups was demonstrated. The developed light scattering film based on thermosetting system indicated regularly structured nanomorphology, high light scattering rates of more than 3.9% at 300-600 nm of wavelength, and fast thermal cross-linking reaction at 150 °C and 60 s in thermosetting conditions for high productivity.

  5. Ab initio study of energy-level alignments in polymer-dye blends

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    Pasveer, W. F.; Bobbert, P. A.; Michels, M. A. J.; Langeveld-Voss, B. M. W.; Schoo, H. F. M.; Bastiaansen, J. J. A. M.

    2003-11-01

    Polymers with a small amount of dye blended in offer an attractive possibility to change the color of the emitted light by changing the dye. We present ab initio calculations within density-functional theory of the HOMO/LUMO energies for dipyrrolomethane dyes, polyphenylenevinylene and polyfluorene. Special attention is paid to the trends in these energies with variation of the sidegroups of the dyes as observed in cyclic-voltammetry measurements. From the energy-level alignments between dye and polymer we can understand and predict electron and hole trapping, crucial processes for the functioning of light-emitting devices based on these blends.

  6. Hot Hole Transfer Increasing Polaron Yields in Hybrid Conjugated Polymer/PbS Blends.

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    Strein, Elisabeth; deQuilettes, Dane W; Hsieh, Stephen T; Colbert, Adam E; Ginger, David S

    2014-01-02

    We use quasi-steady-state photoinduced absorption (PIA) to study charge generation in blends of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) with PbS nanocrystal quantum dots as a function of excitation energy. We find that, per photon absorbed, the yield of photogenerated holes present on the conjugated polymer increases with pump energy, even at wavelengths where only the quantum dots absorb. We interpret this result as direct evidence for transfer of hot holes in these conjugated polymer/quantum dot blends. These results help understand the operation of hybrid organic/inorganic photovoltaics.

  7. Surface and interfacial properties of polymer blends. Progress report, September 25, 1990--December 24, 1991

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    Rafailovich, M.; Sokolov, J.

    1991-11-01

    This is a summary of the research we have conducted since receiving our DOE grant and research plans for the coming year. As you will notice most of the research objectives of our original proposal were met, especially in regard to measuring surface segregation and interface formation in polymer blends. Our program has therefore expanded into other directions such as the study of the surface visco-elastic properties of polymer liquids and solutions, the conformations of polymer chains grafted onto silica surfaces, and the dynamics of cross linked polymer networks.

  8. Efficacy of Different Block Copolymers in Facilitating Microemulsion Phases in Polymer Blend Systems

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    Pandav, Gunja; Ganesan, Venkat

    2014-03-01

    Polymeric microemulsions are formed in a narrow range of phase diagram when a blend of immiscible homopolymers is compatibilized by copolymers. In this study, we consider the ternary blend system of A and B homopolymers mixed with block copolymers containing A and B segments, and probe the efficacy of different copolymer configurations in promoting the formation of microemulsion phases. Specifically, we consider: (a) Monodisperse diblock copolymers; (b) Diblock copolymers with bidisperse molecular weights (MW); (c) Block copolymers having MW polydispersity in one of the blocks; (d) Diblock copolymers having monodisperse MW but bidispersity in average composition; and (e) Gradient copolymers exhibiting a linear variation in the average composition. Using single chain in mean field simulations effected in two dimensions, we probe the onset of formation and the width of the bicontinuous microemulsion channel in the ternary phase diagram of homopolymer blended with compatibilizer. We rationalize our results by explicitly quantifying the interfacial activity and the influence of fluctuation effects in the respective copolymer systems.

  9. Unraveling Structure-Property Relationships in Polymer Blends for Intelligent Materials Design

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    Irwin, Matthew Tyler

    Block polymers provide an accessible route to structured, composite materials by combining two or more components with disparate mechanical, chemical, and electrical properties into a single bulk material with nanoscale domains. However, the characteristic lengthscale of these systems is limited, and the choice of components is restricted to those that are able to undergo microstructural ordering at accessible temperatures. This thesis details routes to overcoming these limitations through the addition of a lithium salt, a blend of homopolymers, or both. Chapter 2 describes a study wherein complex sphere phases such as the Frank-Kasper sigma phase can be observed in otherwise disordered asymmetric block polymers through the addition of a lithium salt. Chapter 3 discusses the development and characterization of a ternary polymer blend of an AB diblock copolymer and A and B homopolymers doped with a lithium salt. Detailed characterization showed that doping blends that are otherwise disordered with lithium salt induced microstructural ordering and largely recovers the phase behavior of traditional ternary polymer blends. A systematic study of the ionic conductivity of the blends at a fixed salt concentration demonstrates that, at a given composition, disordered, yet highly structured blends consistently exhibit better conductivity than polycrystalline morphologies with long range order. Chapter 4 extends the methodology of Chapter 3 and details a systematic study of the effects of cross-linker concentration on the performance of polymer electrolyte membranes produced via polymerization-induced microphase separation that exhibit a highly structured, globally disordered microstructure. Finally, Chapter 5 details efforts to develop a water filtration membrane using a polyethylene template derived from a polymeric bicontinuous microemulsion. Throughout all of this work, the goal is to better understand structure-property relationships at the molecular level in order to

  10. Surface-Induced First-Order Transition in Athermal Polymer-Nanoparticle Blends

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    McGarrity, E. S.; Frischknecht, A. L.; Frink, L. J. D.; Mackay, M. E.

    2007-12-01

    We investigate the phase behavior of athermal polymer-nanoparticle blends near a substrate. We apply a recent fluids density functional theory of Tripathi and Chapman to a simple model of the blend as a mixture of hard spheres and freely jointed hard chains, near a hard wall. We find that there is a first-order phase transition in which the nanoparticles expel the polymer from the surface to form a monolayer. The nanoparticle transition density depends on the length of the polymer and the overall bulk density of the system. The effect is due both to packing entropy effects related to size asymmetry between the components and to the polymer configurational entropy. The simplicity of the system allows us to understand the so-called “entropic-push” observed in experiments.

  11. Morphological analysis of Polyethersulfone/polyvinyl Acetate blend membrane synthesized at various polymer concentrations

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    Hadi, S. H. A. A.; Mannan, H. A.; Mukhtar, H.; Shaharun, M. S.; Murugesan, T.

    2016-06-01

    This paper reports the effect of varying polymer concentration i.e. solvent/polymer ratio on the morphology and gas transport behaviour of polyethersulfone/polyvinyl acetate blend membrane. The solvent used was dimethylformamide, while the manipulated variable was polymer concentration. The concentrations were varied from 75-90 weight % solvent. A homogeneous surface with dense cross-section structure membranes were successfully developed as deduced from FESEM images. The permeability of CO2 and CH4 gases increased with increasing polymer concentration and an improved CO2/CH4 selectivity was observed. These observation made from the characterization justified the applicability of the blend to be synthesized as membrane for gas separation.

  12. The Viscoelastic Behavior of Polymer/Oligomer Blends

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    Zheng, Wei; McKenna, Gregory; Simon, Sindee

    2009-03-01

    The dynamics in athermal blends of poly(α-methyl styrene) (PaMS) and its short chain oligomer are investigated using rheometry and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Master curves for the dynamic shear responses, G' and G", are successfully constructed for both the pure materials and the blends, indicating the validity of the time-temperature superposition principle. The temperature dependence of the shift factor follows the WLF (Williams-Landel-Ferry) behavior over the temperature range studied, and for the blends, the dependence is dominated by the high mobility oligomer. The discrete relaxation spectra of the materials are calculated and are found to be broader for the blends than for the pure materials. A similar domination of the dynamics by the oligomer is observed in DSC enthalpy recovery studies and in the broadened glass transition from DSC. The ability to predict the dynamic responses of the blends from the responses of the neat materials is examined, and whether this prediction needs to incorporate the self-concentration idea as described in Colmenero's model will be discussed.

  13. Ultra-flexible nonvolatile memory based on donor-acceptor diketopyrrolopyrrole polymer blends

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    Zhou, Ye; Han, Su-Ting; Yan, Yan; Zhou, Li; Huang, Long-Biao; Zhuang, Jiaqing; Sonar, Prashant; Roy, V. A. L.

    2015-01-01

    Flexible memory cell array based on high mobility donor-acceptor diketopyrrolopyrrole polymer has been demonstrated. The memory cell exhibits low read voltage, high cell-to-cell uniformity and good mechanical flexibility, and has reliable retention and endurance memory performance. The electrical properties of the memory devices are systematically investigated and modeled. Our results suggest that the polymer blends provide an important step towards high-density flexible nonvolatile memory devices. PMID:26029856

  14. Interface engineering for ternary blend polymer solar cells with a heterostructured near-IR dye.

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    Xu, Huajun; Ohkita, Hideo; Tamai, Yasunari; Benten, Hiroaki; Ito, Shinzaburo

    2015-10-21

    Ternary-blend polymer solar cells can be effectively improved by incorporating a heterostructured near-IR dye, which has a hexyl group compatible with the polymer and a benzyl group compatible with the fullerene. Because of the compatibility with both materials, the heterostructured dye can be loaded up to 15 wt% and hence can boost the photocurrent generation by 30%. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Fabrication and characterization of polymer blends and composites derived from biopolymers

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    Sharma, Suraj

    This research focuses on fabricating blends and composites from natural polymers especially from proteins and natural epoxy, and describing the properties of plastics made from them. Specifically, plastic samples from partially denatured feathermeal and bloodmeal proteins, derived from the animal co-products (rendering) industry, were successfully produced through a compression molding process. The modulus (stiffness) of the material obtained was found to be comparable with that of commercial synthetic materials, such as polystyrene, but was found to have lower toughness characteristics, which is a common phenomenon among plastics produced from animal and plant proteins. Therefore, this study explored blending methods for improving the toughness. Plastic forming conditions for undenatured animal proteins such as chicken egg whites albumin and whey, used as a model, were established to prepare plastics from their blends with animal co-product proteins. The resultant plastic samples from these biomacromolecular blends demonstrated improved mechanical properties that were also compared with the established theoretical models known for polymer blends and composites. Moreover, plastics from albumin of chicken egg whites and human serum have demonstrated their potential in medical applications that require antibacterial properties. Another natural polymer vegetable oil-based epoxy, especially epoxidized linseed oil, showed significant potential to replace petroleum-derived resins for use as a matrix for composites in structural applications. Moreover, the research showed the benefits of ultrasonic curing, which can help in preparing the out-of-autoclave composites.

  16. Stress relaxation behavior of polyolefin polymer blends based on PP/HDPE

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    Jahandideh, M.; Sararoudi, S. Shafiei; Barangi, L.

    2016-03-01

    The melt blending of polymers is an effective and practical way to produce new materials for specific application. Properties of polymer blends depend strongly on their morphology which can be controlled and quantified by rheological properties of the components. In the present work, rheological properties of PP/HDPE blend were investigated at linear and nonlinear viscoelastic range. Relaxation of the step shear strain and morphology were studied at various HDPE concentrations as disperse phase and EPR amounts as a compatibilizer. The blends showed three relaxation stages; a first fast relaxation which was attributed to the relaxation of the components, second one with slower rate, named plateau, which related to droplets relaxation, and the last one with higher relaxation rate. The results showed that the length of the plateau increased with increasing of HDPE concentration, while it decreased with increasing of the compatibilizer content. These behaviors are related to the droplets size, as the smaller droplets relax faster. In the plateau region, blends showed higher relaxation modulus than the components which is concerned to the droplets and it decreased with compatibilizer concentration. It can be concluded that smaller droplets not only relax faster but also cause lower relaxation modulus. The compatibilized blends showed higher relaxation rate at the third region that can be related to the smaller droplet and narrower droplets size distribution which is confirmed by SEM micrographs. This behavior has seen both in linear and nonlinear viscoelastic range.

  17. Polymer blends for LDB applications. [Long Duration Ballooning

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    Lichkus, Andrew M.; Harrison, Ian R.

    1991-01-01

    A series of LCP/PE blends have been studied to determine the potential of such systems to produce a high modulus balloon film material which retains the balloon fabrication and low temperature flight advantages of the current PE films. Blown films of blends of 5 and 15 percent LCP in PE have been produced which show a 28 percent enhancement in modulus over the neat PE matrix. These results are substantially lower than anticipated and are explained in terms of the LCP reinforcement aspect ratio and fibril diameter.

  18. The role of nanoparticle synergies in modifying the thermal properties of biodegradable polymer blends

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    Yang, Kai; He, Shan; Davis, Rachel; Rafailovich, Miriam; Kashiwagi, Takashi

    2012-02-01

    Most of thermoplastic polymers are brittle, when sufficient amounts are added to get flame retardant properties.Furthermore, melt-blending starch with other biodegradable polymers is difficult since very few polymers are compatible with starches.We have developed a new nanoparticles where resorcinol diphenyl phosphates (RDP) is used to modify the surface energy, allowing the particles to be dispersed within polymer.When multiple types of particles share the same coating,they can be melt blended simultaneously and synergies can be achieved, imparting properties to the nanocomposite, which cannot be achieved by any single additive. Here we show that RDP modified starch, can be extruded together with the biodegradable polymers,Ecoflex and polylactic acid,to produce flame retardant nanocomposites which can pass the UL-94-V0 test.TEM images of the blend show that the RDP-coated starch particles were well dispersed within the polymer matrix providing the flame retardant properties,while the RDP clays are reducing the interfacial tension and contributing to compatibilization. Nanomechanical measurements of the chars remaining after cone calorimetric measurements indicate that maintaining flexibility of the chars may be an additional factor in achieving good flame retardant properties.

  19. 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.

  20. Droplet size in flow: Theoretical model and application to polymer blends

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    Fortelný, Ivan; Jůza, Josef

    2017-05-01

    The paper is focused on prediction of the average droplet radius, R, in flowing polymer blends where the droplet size is determined by dynamic equilibrium between the droplet breakup and coalescence. Expressions for the droplet breakup frequency in systems with low and high contents of the dispersed phase are derived using available theoretical and experimental results for model blends. Dependences of the coalescence probability, Pc, on system parameters, following from recent theories, is considered and approximate equation for Pc in a system with a low polydispersity in the droplet size is proposed. Equations for R in systems with low and high contents of the dispersed phase are derived. Combination of these equations predicts realistic dependence of R on the volume fraction of dispersed droplets, φ. Theoretical prediction of the ratio of R to the critical droplet radius at breakup agrees fairly well with experimental values for steadily mixed polymer blends.

  1. Liquid carry-over in an injection moulded all-polymer chip system for immiscible phase magnetic bead-based solid-phase extraction

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    Kistrup, Kasper; Skotte Sørensen, Karen; Wolff, Anders; Fougt Hansen, Mikkel

    2015-04-01

    We present an all-polymer, single-use microfluidic chip system produced by injection moulding and bonded by ultrasonic welding. Both techniques are compatible with low-cost industrial mass-production. The chip is produced for magnetic bead-based solid-phase extraction facilitated by immiscible phase filtration and features passive liquid filling and magnetic bead manipulation using an external magnet. In this work, we determine the system compatibility with various surfactants. Moreover, we quantify the volume of liquid co-transported with magnetic bead clusters from Milli-Q water or a lysis-binding buffer for nucleic acid extraction (0.1 (v/v)% Triton X-100 in 5 M guanidine hydrochloride). A linear relationship was found between the liquid carry-over and mass of magnetic beads used. Interestingly, similar average carry-overs of 1.74(8) nL/μg and 1.72(14) nL/μg were found for Milli-Q water and lysis-binding buffer, respectively.

  2. Electrical conductivity studies on Ammonium bromide incorporated with Zwitterionic polymer blend electrolyte for battery application

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    Parameswaran, V.; Nallamuthu, N.; Devendran, P.; Nagarajan, E. R.; Manikandan, A.

    2017-06-01

    Solid polymer blend electrolytes are widely studied due to their extensive applications particularly in electrochemical devices. Blending polymer makes the thermal stability, higher mechanical strength and inorganic salt provide ionic charge carrier to enhance the conductivity. In these studies, 50% polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), 50% poly (N-vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) and 2.5% L-Asparagine mixed with different ratio of the Ammonium bromide (NH4Br), have been synthesized using solution casting technique. The prepared PVA/PVP/L-Asparagine/doped-NH4Br polymer blend electrolyte films have been characterized by various analytical methods such as FT-IR, XRD, impedance spectroscopy, TG-DSC and scanning electron microscopy. FT-IR, XRD and TG/DSC analysis revealed the structural and thermal behavior of the complex formation between PVA/PVP/L-Asparagine/doped-NH4Br. The ionic conductivity and the dielectric properties of PVA/PVP/L-Asparagine/doped-NH4Br polymer blend electrolyte films were examined using impedance analysis. The highest ionic conductivity was found to be 2.34×10-4 S cm-1 for the m.wt. composition of 50%PVA:50%PVP:2.5%L-Asparagine:doped 0.15 g NH4Br at ambient temperature. Solid state proton battery is fabricated and the observed open circuit voltage is 1.1 V and its performance has been studied.

  3. Correlating structure with fluorescence emission in phase-separated conjugated-polymer blends.

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    Chappell, John; Lidzey, David G; Jukes, Paul C; Higgins, Anthony M; Thompson, Richard L; O'Connor, Stephen; Grizzi, Ilaria; Fletcher, Robert; O'Brien, Jim; Geoghegan, Mark; Jones, Richard A L

    2003-09-01

    Blends of conjugated polymers are frequently used as the active semiconducting layer in light-emitting diodes and photovoltaic devices. Here we report the use of scanning near-field optical microscopy, scanning force microscopy and nuclear-reaction analysis to study the structure of a thin film of a phase-separated blend of two conjugated polymers prepared by spin-casting. We show that in addition to the well-known micrometre-scale phase-separated morphology of the blend, one of the polymers preferentially wets the surface and forms a 10-nm-thick, partially crystallized wetting layer. Using near-field microscopy we identify unexpected changes in the fluorescence emission from the blend that occurs in a 300-nm-wide band located at the interface between the different phase-separated domains. Our measurements provide an insight into the complex structure of phase-separated conjugated-polymer thin films. Characterizing and controlling the properties of the interfaces in such films will be critical in the further development of efficient optoelectronic devices.

  4. Conjugated Polymer Blend Microspheres for Efficient, Long-Range Light Energy Transfer.

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    Kushida, Soh; Braam, Daniel; Dao, Thang Duy; Saito, Hitoshi; Shibasaki, Kosuke; Ishii, Satoshi; Nagao, Tadaaki; Saeki, Akinori; Kuwabara, Junpei; Kanbara, Takaki; Kijima, Masashi; Lorke, Axel; Yamamoto, Yohei

    2016-05-24

    Highly luminescent π-conjugated polymeric microspheres were fabricated through self-assembly of energy-donating and energy-accepting polymers and their blends. To avoid macroscopic phase separation, the nucleation time and growth rate of each polymer in the solution were properly adjusted. Photoluminescence (PL) studies showed that efficient donor-to-acceptor energy transfer takes place inside the microspheres, revealing that two polymers are well-blended in the microspheres. Focused laser irradiation of a single microsphere excites whispering gallery modes (WGMs), where PL generated inside the sphere is confined and resonates. The wavelengths of the PL lines are finely tuned by changing the blending ratio, accompanying the systematic yellow-to-red color change. Furthermore, when several microspheres are coupled linearly, the confined PL propagates the microspheres through the contact point, and a cascade-like process converts the PL color while maintaining the WGM characteristics. The self-assembly strategy for the formation of polymeric nano- to microstructures with highly miscible polymer blends will be advantageous for optoelectronic and photonic device applications.

  5. Property modification of Nafion via polymer blending with ethylene vinyl alcohol "polyimide" (Conference Presentation)

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    Hwang, Taeseon; Nam, Jungsoo; Shen, Qi; Trabia, Sarah; Suhr, Jonghwan; Lee, Dong-Chan; Kim, Kwang Jin

    2016-04-01

    The blended ion exchange membrane between Nafion and ethylene vinyl alcohol (EVOH) was used for fabrication of the ionic polymer-metal composite (IPMC) to redeem inherent drawbacks of Nafion such as high cost or environment-unfriendliness. EVOH solution was blended in Nafion solution by a volume ratio of 15 and 30 % membranes were prepared through solution casting method. The prepared blended Nafion membranes can be fabricated IPMCs with deposition of platinum electrode onto its surface without crack or delamination. The surface resistance of all prepared IPMCs is measured through 2 point probe. This study investigated the chemical structure and thermal properties of prepared membranes. Moreover, we characterized the cross-section morphology and studied the electromechanical performances (displacement and blocking force) of prepared IPMC actuators. The IPMC actuators with proposed blended Nafion membranes were demonstrated comparable electromechanical performance by significantly reducing the content of Nafion.

  6. The Effects of Branching and Deuterium Labeling on Polymer Blend Miscibility

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    Defelice, Jeffrey; Higgins, Julia; Lipson, Jane

    Local structural or chemical changes made to one component of a polymer blend can have a significant impact on miscibility. In this talk we will focus on several blends involving linear and 4-arm star polystyrene (PS), both hydrogenous and deuterated, and poly(vinylmethylether) (PVME). We consider the effect of the structural change on the miscibility of PS/PVME, then turn to the added effect of deuterium labeling, both on this blend and for isotopic PS mixtures. Using our Locally Correlated Lattice (LCL) model we are able to identify trends in the physical properties of pure components, such as: free volume, thermal expansion coefficient, and cohesive energy density. We find that branching and labeling, both independently and cumulatively, affect pure component properties. Our ability to correlate structural and chemical changes with trends in physical properties leads to predictions about the compatibility of pure components, and thus their blend miscibility. The authors gratefully acknowledge support from NSF DMR-1403757 and GAANN.

  7. Photo-Induced Bending Behavior of Post-Crosslinked Liquid Crystalline Polymer/Polyurethane Blend Films.

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    Pang, Xinlei; Xu, Bo; Qing, Xin; Wei, Jia; Yu, Yanlei

    2017-06-30

    Photoresponsive blend films with post-crosslinked liquid crystalline polymer (CLCP) as a photosensitive component and flexible polyurethane (PU) as the matrix are successfully fabricated. After being uniaxially stretched, even at low concentration, the azobenzene-containing CLCP effectively transfers its photoresponsiveness to the photoinert PU matrix, resulting in the fast photo-induced bending behavior of whole blend film thanks to the effective dispersion of CLCP. Specifically, the blend film shows photo-induced deformations upon exposure to unpolarized UV light at ambient temperature. The film unbends after thermal treatment, and the randomly orientated mesogens in the film can be realigned by the mechanical stretching, which endows the film with a reversible deformation behavior. The photosensitive blend film possesses favorable mechanical property and good processability at low cost, and it is a promising candidate for a new generation of actuators. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. Controlling the Location of Bare Nanoparticles in Polymer-Nanoparticle Blend Films by Adding Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles.

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    Sriramoju, Kishore Kumar; Padmanabhan, Venkat

    2015-06-26

    We present molecular dynamics simulations of polymer-nanoparticle blends in films containing both grafted and ungrafted nanoparticles where the particle cores are identical and grafted chains are similar to a matrix polymer. Our results indicate that it is possible to control the location of bare nanoparticles in the film by adding small amounts of polymer-grafted nanoparticles. In the presence of a substrate, bare particles are entropically pushed to the surface. We observed that the introduction of grafted particles to the blend prevents the migration of bare particles to the surface. This unusual behavior is caused by the formation of binary aspherical clusters due to the presence of grafted particles. Hence, parameters including grafting density and the length of the grafted polymer play a significant role in dictating the spatial arrangement of bare particles in the blend film. At higher values of these parameters, the grafted particle core is shielded from depletion attractions causing the density of bare particles to increase back near the surface.

  9. Porous devices derived from co-continuous polymer blends as a route for controlled drug release.

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    Salehi, Pouneh; Sarazin, Pierre; Favis, Basil D

    2008-04-01

    In this study we examine the release profile of bovine serum albumin (BSA) from a porous polymer matrix derived from a co-continuous polymer blend. The porosity is generated through the selective extraction of one of the continuous phases. This is the first study to examine the approach of using morphologically tailored co-continuous polymer blends as a template for generating porous polymer materials for use in controlled release. A method for the preparation of polymeric capsules is introduced, and the effect of matrix pore size and surface area on the BSA release profile is investigated. Furthermore, the effect of surface charge on release is examined by surface modification of the porous substrate using layer-by-layer deposition techniques. Synthetic, nonerodible polymer, high-density polyethylene (HDPE), was used as a model substrate prepared by melt blending with two different styrene-ethylene-butylene copolymers. Blends with HDPE allow for the preparation of porous substrates with small pore sizes (300 and 600 nm). A blend of polylactide (PLA) and polystyrene was also used to prepare porous PLA with a larger pore size (1.5 microm). The extents of interconnectivity, surface area, and pore dimension of the prepared porous substrates were examined via gravimetric solvent extraction, BET nitrogen adsorption, mercury porosimetry, and image analysis of scanning electron microscopy micrographs. With a loading protocol into the porous HDPE and PLA involving the alternate application of pressure and vacuum, it is shown that virtually the entire porous network was accessible to BSA loading, and loading efficiencies of between 80% and 96% were obtained depending on the pore size of the carrier and the applied pressure. The release profile of BSA from the microporous structure was monitored by UV spectrophotometry. The influence of pore size, surface area, surface charge, and number of deposited layers is demonstrated. It is shown that an effective closed-cell structure

  10. Diode pumped distributed Bragg reflector lasers based on a dye-to-polymer energy transfer blend.

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    Vasdekis, A E; Tsiminis, G; Ribierre, J-C; O' Faolain, Liam; Krauss, T F; Turnbull, G A; Samuel, I D W

    2006-10-02

    We report the demonstration of a compact, all-solid-state polymer laser system comprising of a Gallium Nitride (GaN) semiconductor diode laser as the pump source. The polymer laser was configured as a surface emitting, distributed Bragg reflector laser (DBR), based on a novel energy transfer blend of Coumarin 102 and the conjugated polymer poly(2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene). In this configuration, diode pumping was possible both due to the improved quality of the resonators and the improved harvesting of the diode laser light.

  11. Linear correlation between rheological, mechanical and mucoadhesive properties of polycarbophil polymer blends for biomedical applications.

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    De Souza Ferreira, Sabrina Barbosa; Da Silva, Jéssica Bassi; Borghi-Pangoni, Fernanda Belincanta; Junqueira, Mariana Volpato; Bruschi, Marcos Luciano

    2017-02-14

    Polycarbophil is widely used in a variety of pharmaceutical formulations, mainly for their strong ability to adhere to the epithelial and mucous barriers (bio/mucoadhesion). On the other hand, its association with the thermoresponsive polymer (poloxamer 407) has been poorly explored. This work investigates the rheological, mechanical and mucoadhesive properties of polymer blends containing polycarbophil and poloxamer 407, in order to select the best formulations for biomedical and pharmaceutical applications. Mechanical (hardness, compressibility, adhesiveness, softness, and mucoadhesion) and rheological characteristics (consistency index, yield value and hysteresis area) showed that 20% (w/w) poloxamer 407- polymer blends exhibited higher values parameters. However, the rheological interaction parameter, which was more sensible than the mechanical interaction parameter, revealed higher synergism for systems comprising 15% (w/w) poloxamer 407, due to the system organization and polymers' properties. Furthermore, gelation temperatures were appropriated, suggesting that polymer blends can be used as biomedical materials, and displaying easy administration, enhanced retention and prolonged residence time at the site of application. Therefore, rheological, mechanical and mucoadhesive characterization provided a rational basis for selecting appropriated systems, useful for mucoadhesive drug delivery systems and biomedical applications.

  12. The effect of polymer blends on release profiles of diclofenac sodium from matrices.

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    Samani, Soliman Mohammadi; Montaseri, Hashem; Kazemi, Abdolghani

    2003-05-01

    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of polymer blends on the in vitro release profile of diclofenac sodium. Several controlled release matrices of diclofenac sodium with different proportions of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC; viscosity grade 60 and 500 mPa.s), carbopol 940 and lactose as a water soluble filler were prepared. The results showed that when HPMC (viscosity grade 60 mPa.s) alone was used as matrix former, diclofenac sodium was released fast but the release rate became slower with HPMC (viscosity grade 500 mPa.s) at higher polymer/drug ratios (more than 0.8:1). However in lower polymer/drug ratios (lower than 0.7:1) the release rate still was fast. The results showed that carbopol can extend the release time appreciably but the release profiles had considerable fluctuations, and drug release in first hours was slow but increased appreciably with time at the end of profiles. When an appropriate blend of HPMC (viscosity grade 60 or 500 mPa.s) and carbopol 940 was used, the drug release became more uniform and its kinetic approached to zero order and release fluctuations were diminished. The results with these polymer blends showed that it is possible to reduce the total amounts of polymer in each formulation. According to kinetic analysis data, drug release from these matrix tablets did not follow Fick's law of diffusion and the results were in agreement with the earlier reports.

  13. Preparation and characterization of novel PBAE/PLGA polymer blend microparticles for DNA vaccine delivery.

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    Balashanmugam, Meenashi Vanathi; Nagarethinam, Sivagurunathan; Jagani, Hitesh; Josyula, Venkata Rao; Alrohaimi, Abdulmohsen; Udupa, Nayanabhirama

    2014-01-01

    Poly(beta-amino ester) (PBAE) with its pH sensitiveness and Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with huge DNA cargo capacity in combination prove to be highly efficient as DNA delivery system. To study the effectiveness of novel synthesized PBAE polymer with PLGA blend at different ratios in DNA vaccine delivery. In the present study, multifunctional polymer blend microparticles using a combination of PLGA and novel PBAE polymers A1 (bis(3-(propionyloxy)propyl)3,3'-(propane-1,3-diyl-bis(methylazanediyl))dipropanoate) and A2 (bis(4-(propionyloxy)butyl)3,3'-(ethane-1,2-diyl-bis(isopropylazanediyl))dipropanoate) at different ratios (85:15, 75:25, and 50:50) were prepared by double emulsion solvent removal method. The microparticles were characterized for cytotoxicity, transfection efficiency, and DNA encapsulation efficiency. It was evident from results that among the microparticles prepared with PLGA/PBAE blend the PLGA:PBAE at 85:15 ratio was found to be more effective combination than the microparticles prepared with PLGA alone in terms of transfection efficiency and better DNA integrity. Microparticles made of PLGA and PBAE A1 at 85:15 ratio, respectively, were found to be less toxic when compared with microparticles prepared with A2 polymer. The results encourage the use of the synthesized PBAE polymer in combination with PLGA as an effective gene delivery system.

  14. Polyethylene-supported polyvinylidene fluoride-cellulose acetate butyrate blended polymer electrolyte for lithium ion battery

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    Liu, Jiansheng; Li, Weishan; Zuo, Xiaoxi; Liu, Shengqi; Li, Zhao

    2013-03-01

    The polyethylene (PE)-supported polymer membranes based on the blended polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) and cellulose acetate butyrate (CAB) are prepared for gel polymer electrolyte (GPE) of lithium ion battery. The performances of the prepared membranes and the resulting GPEs are investigated by scanning electron microscopy, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, linear potential sweep, and charge-discharge test. The effect of the ratio of PVDF to CAB on the performance of the prepared membranes is considered. It is found that the GPE based on the blended polymer with PVDF:CAB = 2:1 (in weight) has the largest ionic conductivity (2.48 × 10-3 S cm-1) and shows good compatibility with anode and cathode of lithium ion battery. The LiCoO2/graphite battery using this GPE exhibits superior cyclic stability at room temperature, storage performance at elevated temperature, and rate performance.

  15. Electron and Hole Contributions to the Terahertz Photoconductivity of a Conjugated Polymer:Fullerene Blend Identified.

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    Ponseca, Carlito S; Němec, Hynek; Vukmirović, Nenad; Fusco, Sandra; Wang, Ergang; Andersson, Mats R; Chabera, Pavel; Yartsev, Arkady; Sundström, Villy

    2012-09-06

    Time-resolved terahertz spectroscopy was employed for the investigation of charge-transport dynamics in benzothiadiazolo-dithiophene polyfluorene ([2,7-(9,9-dioctyl-fluorene)-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)]) (APFO-3) polymers with various chain lengths and in its monomer form, all blended with an electron acceptor ([6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM). Upon photoexcitation, charged polaron pairs are created, negative charges are transferred to fullerenes, while positive polarons remain on polymers/monomers. Vastly different hole mobility in polymer and monomer blends allows us to distinguish the hole and electron contributions to the carrier mobility.

  16. Compositional dependence of the open-circuit voltage in ternary blend bulk heterojunction solar cells based on two donor polymers.

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    Khlyabich, Petr P; Burkhart, Beate; Thompson, Barry C

    2012-06-06

    Ternary blend bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells containing as donor polymers two P3HT analogues, high-band-gap poly(3-hexylthiophene-co-3-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophene) (P3HT(75)-co-EHT(25)) and low-band-gap poly(3-hexylthiophene-thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole) (P3HTT-DPP-10%), with phenyl-C(61)-butyric acid methyl ester (PC(61)BM) as an acceptor were studied. When the ratio of the three components was varied, the open-circuit voltage (V(oc)) increased as the amount of P3HT(75)-co-EHT(25) increased. The dependence of V(oc) on the polymer composition for the ternary blend regime was linear when the overall polymer:fullerene ratio was optimized for each polymer:polymer ratio. Also, the short-circuit current densities (J(sc)) for the ternary blends were bettter than those of the binary blends because of complementary polymer absorption, as verified using external quantum efficiency measurements. High fill factors (FF) (>0.59) were achieved in all cases and are attributed to high charge-carrier mobilities in the ternary blends. As a result of the intermediate V(oc), increased J(sc) and high FF, the ternary blend BHJ solar cells showed power conversion efficiencies of up to 5.51%, exceeding those of the corresponding binary blends (3.16 and 5.07%). Importantly, this work shows that upon optimization of the overall polymer:fullerene ratio at each polymer:polymer ratio, high FF, regular variations in V(oc), and enhanced J(sc) are possible throughout the ternary blend composition regime. This adds to the growing evidence that the use of ternary blends is a general and effective strategy for producing efficient organic photovoltaics manufactured in a single active-layer processing step.

  17. Molecular Theory Studies of Polymer/Nanoparticle Blends Near Surfaces

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    McGarrity, Erin; Frischknecht, Amalie; Mackay, Michael

    2007-03-01

    Recent experimental results have shown that nanoparticles added to supported thin polymer films can inhibit dewetting by migrating to the substrate. To better understand this phenomenon, we use a classical density functional theory developed by Tripathi and Chapman. The effects of nanoparticle radius and density are examined. Preliminary results for hard-particle hard-chain systems indicate that regular layered structures emerge when a critical density is reached and the particles displace the polymers near the substrate. The effects of particle and polymer attractions and substrate potentials are currently being studied. We also compare our results to molecular simulations.

  18. Characterization of proton conducting blend polymer electrolyte using PVA-PAN doped with NH{sub 4}SCN

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    Premalatha, M.; Mathavan, T. E-mail: kingslin.genova20@gmail.com; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Genova, F. Kingslin Mary E-mail: kingslin.genova20@gmail.com; Umamaheswari, R.

    2016-05-23

    Polymer electrolytes with proton conductivity based on blend polymer using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly acrylo nitrile (PAN) doped with ammonium thiocyanate have been prepared by solution casting method using DMF as solvent. The complex formation between the blend polymer and the salt has been confirmed by FTIR Spectroscopy. The amorphous nature of the blend polymer electrolytes have been confirmed by XRD analysis. The highest conductivity at 303 K has been found to be 3.25 × 10{sup −3} S cm{sup −1} for 20 mol % NH{sub 4}SCN doped 92.5PVA:7.5PAN system. The increase in conductivity of the doped blend polymer electrolytes with increasing temperature suggests the Arrhenius type thermally activated process. The activation energy is found to be low (0.066 eV) for the highest conductivity sample.

  19. Pattern guided structure formation in polymer films of asymmetric blends

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    Raczkowska, J.; Bernasik, A.; Budkowski, A.; Cyganik, P.; Rysz, J.; Raptis, I.; Czuba, P.

    2006-03-01

    Two off-critical blends of poly(2-vinylpyridine) and polystyrene, 2:3 and 3:2 (w:w) PVP:PS, were spin-cast (with varied domain scale R) onto periodically ( λ = 4 μm) patterned substrate. The pattern consisted of two alternating symmetric stripes: Au attracting PVP and neutral self-assembled monolayer. The resulting droplet-type morphologies were recorded with Scanning Force Microscopy and examined with integral geometry approach. PVP-rich islands of the 2:3 PVP:PS films form, for a wide R/ λ range, strongly anisotropic morphologies. They show up, for R/ λ ˜ 0.5, a weak λ/2-substructure of smaller PVP droplets in addition to the domains periodic with λ. The 3:2 blend exhibits morphologies with dominant λ-structure of PVP ribbons, which encircle PS droplets. For R/ λ ˜ 0.5, smaller PS domains are also present but no λ/2-substructure is formed. The | χE|-values of droplet surface density are reduced, as compared to homogeneous substrate, for the 3:2 blend (with | χE| → 0 for R ˜ λ). This effect is absent for the 2:3 mixture.

  20. Long-Term Sustained Ciprofloxacin Release from PMMA and Hydrophilic Polymer Blended Nanofibers.

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    Zupančič, Špela; Sinha-Ray, Sumit; Sinha-Ray, Suman; Kristl, Julijana; Yarin, Alexander L

    2016-01-04

    Nanofibers represent an attractive novel drug delivery system for prolonged and controlled release. However, sustained release of hydrophilic drugs, like ciprofloxacin hydrochloride (CIP), from polymeric nanofibers is not an easy task. The present study investigates the effect of different hydrophobic polymers (PCL and PMMA) alone in monolithic nanofibers or with hydrophilic polymers (PVA, PEO, and chitosan) in blended nanofibers aiming to achieve sustained CIP release. CIP release from PCL nanofibers was 46% and from PMMA just 1.5% over 40 day period. Thus, PMMA holds great promise for modification of CIP release from blended nanofibers. PMMA blends with 10% PEO, PVA, or chitosan were used to electrospin nanofibers from solution in the mixture of acetic and formic acid. These nanofibers exhibited different drug-release profiles: PEO containing nanofiber mats demonstrated high burst effect, chitosan containing mats revealed very slow gradual release, and PVA containing mats yielded smaller burst effect with favorable sustained release. We have also shown that gradual sustain release of antibiotic like CIP can be additionally tuned over 18 days with various blend ratios of PMMA with PVA or chitosan reaching almost 100%. A mathematical model in agreement with the experimental observation revealed that the sustained CIP release from the blended nanofibers corresponded to the two-stage desorption process.

  1. Biodegradation test of SPS-LS blends as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Putri, Zufira E-mail: arcana@chem.itb.ac.id; Arcana, I Made E-mail: arcana@chem.itb.ac.id

    2014-03-24

    Sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) can be applied as a proton exchange membrane fuel cell due to its fairly good chemical stability. In order to be applied as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), membrane polymer should have a good ionic conductivity, high proton conductivity, and high mechanical strength. Lignosulfonate (LS) is a complex biopolymer which has crosslinks and sulfonate groups. SPS-LS blends with addition of SiO{sub 2} are used to increase the proton conductivity and to improve the mechanical properties and thermal stability. However, the biodegradation test of SPS-LS blends is required to determine whether the application of these membranes to be applied as an environmentally friendly membrane. In this study, had been done the synthesis of SPS, biodegradability test of SPS-LS blends with variations of LS and SiO{sub 2} compositions. The biodegradation test was carried out in solid medium of Luria Bertani (LB) with an activated sludge used as a source of microorganism at incubation temperature of 37°C. Based on the results obtained indicated that SPS-LS-SiO{sub 2} blends are more decomposed by microorganism than SPS-LS blends. This result is supported by analysis of weight reduction percentage, functional groups with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, and morphological surface with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM)

  2. Biodegradation test of SPS-LS blends as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells

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    Putri, Zufira; Arcana, I. Made

    2014-03-01

    Sulfonated polystyrene (SPS) can be applied as a proton exchange membrane fuel cell due to its fairly good chemical stability. In order to be applied as polymer electrolyte membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs), membrane polymer should have a good ionic conductivity, high proton conductivity, and high mechanical strength. Lignosulfonate (LS) is a complex biopolymer which has crosslinks and sulfonate groups. SPS-LS blends with addition of SiO2 are used to increase the proton conductivity and to improve the mechanical properties and thermal stability. However, the biodegradation test of SPS-LS blends is required to determine whether the application of these membranes to be applied as an environmentally friendly membrane. In this study, had been done the synthesis of SPS, biodegradability test of SPS-LS blends with variations of LS and SiO2 compositions. The biodegradation test was carried out in solid medium of Luria Bertani (LB) with an activated sludge used as a source of microorganism at incubation temperature of 37°C. Based on the results obtained indicated that SPS-LS-SiO2 blends are more decomposed by microorganism than SPS-LS blends. This result is supported by analysis of weight reduction percentage, functional groups with Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Spectroscopy, and morphological surface with Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM).

  3. Structure property relationships in polymer blends and composites. Part I. Polymer/POSS composites. Part II. Poly(ethylene terephthalate) ionomer/polyamide 6 blends. Part III. Elastomer/boron nitride composites

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    Iyer, Subramanian

    Multiphase polymer systems are an increasingly important technical area of polymer science. By definition, a multiphase system is one that has two or more distinct phases. From the standpoint of commercial applications and developments, polymer blending represents one of the easiest ways to achieve properties not available in individual materials. This work discusses the structure property relationships in polymer certain blends and composites. Polymer/polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSSRTM) blends and copolymers have gained significant attention in the last decade due the unique properties of the inorganic-organic hybrid structure of POSS. The majority of the research in polymer/POSS has been in the form of copolymers and thermosets. The criteria for the reinforcement of polymers using POSS as a filler material is not been discussed in literature. Part I of the thesis will highlight the effect of blending POSS with different polymers and discuss the rules for reinforcement of polymers when using POSS as a filler material. Part II of the thesis will discuss the structure property relationships in poly(ethylene terephthalate) ionomer/polyamide 6 blends. Part III will discuss the control of coefficient of thermal expansion of elastomers using boron nitride as a filler material.

  4. Mechanical properties of heterophase polymer blends of cryogenically fractured soy flour composite filler and poly(styrene-butadiene)

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    Reinforcement effect of cryogenically fractured soy Flour composite filler in soft polymer was investigated in this study. Polymer composites were prepared by melt-mixing polymer and soy flour composite fillers in an internal mixer. Soy flour composite fillers were prepared by blending aqueous dis...

  5. Bright and efficient blue light-emitting diodes based on conjugated polymer blends

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    Palilis, Leonidas C.; Lidzey, David G.; Redecker, Michael; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Inbasekaran, Michael; Woo, Edmund P.; Wu, Weishi W.

    1999-12-01

    We report on the fabrication and properties of single layer blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs) based on conjugated polymer blends. We have used poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene) (PFO) as the host and a hole transport triarylamine/fluorene copolymer as the guest. Despite the fact that the photoluminescence quantum efficiency of the blend is lower compared than that of the host and guest polymers on their own, an enhancement in both the electroluminescence quantum and power efficiency is seen for the blend. This observation indicates that the hole transport material leads to a significant improvement in hole injection and transport and a greatly improved charge carrier balance factor. A careful comparison of the photoluminescence and the electroluminescence spectra reveals that more emission originates from the guest polymer for electroluminescence than for photoluminescence. This can be rationalized by the expectation that both Forster transfer and charge transfer from the host to the guest occur under electrical operation of the device. Only Forster transfer is expected for optical excitation. A much higher brightness and a lower turn on and operating voltage is achieved for the blend. The emission from our optimized blue single layer LED reaches a maximum brightness of 1550 cd/m2 and has a maximum external quantum efficiency of .4% and a maximum power efficiency of 0.3 lm/W.

  6. Specular and Diffuse Reflectance of Phase-Separated Polymer Blend Films.

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    Nallapaneni, Asritha; Shawkey, Matthew D; Karim, Alamgir

    2017-06-01

    Diffuse reflectors have various applications in devices ranging from liquid crystal displays to light emitting diodes, to coatings. Herein, specular and diffuse reflectance from controlled phase separation of polymer blend films, a well-known self-organization process, are studied. Temperature-induced spinodal phase separation of polymer blend films in which one of the components is selectively extracted is shown to exhibit enhanced surface roughness as compared to unextracted films, leading to a notable increase of diffuse reflectance. Diffuse reflectance of UV-visible light from such selectively leached phase-separated blend films is determined by a synergy of varying lateral scale of phase separation (≈200 nm to 1 μm) and blend film surface roughness (0-40 nm). These critical parameters are controlled by tuning annealing time (0.5-3 h) and temperature (140, 150, 160 °C) of phase separation. Angle-resolved diffuse reflection studies show that the surface-roughened polymer films exhibit diffuse reflectance up to 40° from normal incident light in contrast to optically uniform as-cast films that exhibit largely specular reflectance. Furthermore, the intensity of the diffusively reflected light can be enhanced (300-700 nm) or reduced (220-300 nm) significantly by coating the leached phase-separated films with a thin silver over layer. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  7. Wetting in a phase separating polymer blend film: quench depth dependence

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    Geoghegan; Ermer; Jungst; Krausch; Brenn

    2000-07-01

    We have used 3He nuclear reaction analysis to measure the growth of the wetting layer as a function of immiscibility (quench depth) in blends of deuterated polystyrene and poly(alpha-methylstyrene) undergoing surface-directed spinodal decomposition. We are able to identify three different laws for the surface layer growth with time t. For the deepest quenches, the forces driving phase separation dominate (high thermal noise) and the surface layer grows with a t(1/3) coarsening behavior. For shallower quenches, a logarithmic behavior is observed, indicative of a low noise system. The crossover from logarithmic growth to t(1/3) behavior is close to where a wetting transition should occur. We also discuss the possibility of a "plating transition" extending complete wetting to deeper quenches by comparing the surface field with thermal noise. For the shallowest quench, a critical blend exhibits a t(1/2) behavior. We believe this surface layer growth is driven by the curvature of domains at the surface and shows how the wetting layer forms in the absence of thermal noise. This suggestion is reinforced by a slower growth at later times, indicating that the surface domains have coalesced. Atomic force microscopy measurements in each of the different regimes further support the above. The surface in the region of t(1/3) growth is initially somewhat rougher than that in the regime of logarithmic growth, indicating the existence of droplets at the surface.

  8. Tailoring the color of electrochromic polymer devices by stoichiometric control of blends and copolymers

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    Meeker, David Lloyd

    A systematic study of the color and optical properties of electrochromic devices using stoichiometric combinations of polymer blends and copolymers is presented. Monomers of N-phenyl-2-(5/sp /prime-vinyl-2/sp /prime- thienyl)-5-(2/prime'-thienyl)-pyrrole (SNPhS) and N-vinyl carbazole (NVC) are combined into two forms: homopolymer blends, and copolymers. The homopolymers poly N-phenyl-2-(5 /sp /prime-vinyl-2 /sp/prime-thienyl)- 5-(2 /prime'-thienyl)-pyrrole (PSNPhS) and poly (N-vinylcarbazole) (PVK) were blended together according to the stoichiometric mass ratios (1:4), (3:2) and (4:1) of (PSNPhS:PVK) respectively. Copolymers were prepared using feed stock ratios identical to the polymer blends, which produced the respective stoichiometric ratios (3:7), (3:2) and (7:3) of (PSNPhS:PVK). Photoluminescence (PL) and photoluminescence excitation spectroscopy (PLE) allowed the identification of excimer formation in dilute solutions of the blends and copolymers. Two excimer emission bands at 373 nm and 420 nm in were attributed to poly(N-vinyl carbazole), in the partial overlap and sandwich configuration. Analysis of the PL data indicated that the effects of these excimers on the color of the electrochromic devices was minimized by avoiding (1:1) stoichiometric combinations of PVK and PSNPhS. Films of the polymeric materials were characterized by optical absorption, and spectroelectrochemistry. Solid state devices were assembled and their spectrocolorimetery measurements correlated with the stoichiometric ratios of copolymers and polymer blends. Analysis using Commission International de l'Eclairage (CIE) L*a*b* color coordinates determined that stoichiometric adjustment of polymer blends and copolymers yields a strong correlation (R2 = 0.99) with the amount of SNPhS present in the device. It was found that blends access the widest range of color adjustments, while copolymers provide the most precise means of tailoring color over a narrow range.

  9. Photo-Curable Polymer Blend Dielectrics for Advancing Organic Field-Effect Transistor Applications

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    S Kim; K Hong; M Jang; J Jang; J Anthony; H Yang; C Park

    2011-12-31

    A solution method of photo-curable and -patternable polymer gate dielectrics was introduced by using blend solutions of poly(4-dimethylsilyl styrene) (PDMSS) and poly(melamine-co-formaldehyde) acrylate (PMFA). The fabrication was optimized to produce a smooth hydrophobic gate dielectric with good insulating and solvent-resistant properties. On the optimized PDMSS/PMFA blend gate dielectric, pentacene could grow into highly ordered structure, showing high electric performances for the resulting OFETs, as well as PTCDI-C13 and TES-ADT.

  10. Polymer ligand–induced autonomous sorting and reversible phase separation in binary particle blends

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    Schmitt, Michael; Zhang, Jianan; Lee, Jaejun; Lee, Bongjoon; Ning, Xin; Zhang, Ren; Karim, Alamgir; Davis, Robert F.; Matyjaszewski, Krzysztof; Bockstaller, Michael R.

    2016-01-01

    The tethering of ligands to nanoparticles has emerged as an important strategy to control interactions and organization in particle assembly structures. We demonstrate that ligand interactions in mixtures of polymer-tethered nanoparticles (which are modified with distinct types of polymer chains) can impart upper or lower critical solution temperature (UCST/LCST)–type phase behavior on binary particle mixtures in analogy to the phase behavior of the corresponding linear polymer blends. Therefore, cooling (or heating) of polymer-tethered particle blends with appropriate architecture to temperatures below (or above) the UCST (or LCST) results in the organization of the individual particle constituents into monotype microdomain structures. The shape (bicontinuous or island-type) and lengthscale of particle microdomains can be tuned by variation of the composition and thermal process conditions. Thermal cycling of LCST particle brush blends through the critical temperature enables the reversible growth and dissolution of monoparticle domain structures. The ability to autonomously and reversibly organize multicomponent particle mixtures into monotype microdomain structures could enable transformative advances in the high-throughput fabrication of solid films with tailored and mutable structures and properties that play an important role in a range of nanoparticle-based material technologies. PMID:28028538

  11. Characterization of Homopolymer and Polymer Blend Films by Phase Sensitive Acoustic Microscopy

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    Ngwa, Wilfred; Wannemacher, Reinhold; Grill, Wolfgang

    2003-03-01

    CHARACTERIZATION OF HOMOPOLYMER AND POLYMER BLEND FILMS BY PHASE SENSITIVE ACOUSTIC MICROSCOPY W Ngwa, R Wannemacher, W Grill Institute of Experimental Physics II, University of Leipzig, 04103 Leipzig, Germany Abstract We have used phase sensitive acoustic microscopy (PSAM) to study homopolymer thin films of polystyrene (PS) and poly (methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), as well as PS/PMMA blend films. We show from our results that PSAM can be used as a complementary and highly valuable technique for elucidating the three-dimensional (3D) morphology and micromechanical properties of thin films. Three-dimensional image acquisition with vector contrast provides the basis for: complex V(z) analysis (per image pixel), 3D image processing, height profiling, and subsurface image analysis of the polymer films. Results show good agreement with previous studies. In addition, important new information on the three dimensional structure and properties of polymer films is obtained. Homopolymer film structure analysis reveals (pseudo-) dewetting by retraction of droplets, resulting in a morphology that can serve as a starting point for the analysis of polymer blend thin films. The outcome of confocal laser scanning microscopy studies, performed on the same samples are correlated with the obtained results. Advantages and limitations of PSAM are discussed.

  12. Moderate doping leads to high performance of semiconductor/insulator polymer blend transistors.

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    Lu, Guanghao; Blakesley, James; Himmelberger, Scott; Pingel, Patrick; Frisch, Johannes; Lieberwirth, Ingo; Salzmann, Ingo; Oehzelt, Martin; Di Pietro, Riccardo; Salleo, Alberto; Koch, Norbert; Neher, Dieter

    2013-01-01

    Polymer transistors are being intensively developed for next-generation flexible electronics. Blends comprising a small amount of semiconducting polymer mixed into an insulating polymer matrix have simultaneously shown superior performance and environmental stability in organic field-effect transistors compared with the neat semiconductor. Here we show that such blends actually perform very poorly in the undoped state, and that mobility and on/off ratio are improved dramatically upon moderate doping. Structural investigations show that these blend layers feature nanometre-scale semiconductor domains and a vertical composition gradient. This particular morphology enables a quasi three-dimensional spatial distribution of semiconductor pathways within the insulating matrix, in which charge accumulation and depletion via a gate bias is substantially different from neat semiconductor, and where high on-current and low off-current are simultaneously realized in the stable doped state. Adding only 5 wt% of a semiconducting polymer to a polystyrene matrix, we realized an environmentally stable inverter with gain up to 60.

  13. Blends of polyester ionomers with polar polymers: Interactions, reactions, and compatibilization

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    Boykin, Timothy Lamar

    The compatibility of amorphous and semicrystalline polyester ionomers with various polar polymers (i.e., polyesters and polyamides) has been investigated for their potential use as minor component compatibilizers. The degree of compatibility (i.e., ranging from incompatible to miscible) between the polyester ionomers and the polar polymers was determined by evaluating the effect of blend composition on the melting behavior and phase behavior of binary blends. In addition, the origin of compatibility and/or incompatibility for each of the binary blends (i.e., polyamide/ionomer and polyester/ionomer) was determined by evaluating blends prepared by both solution and melt mixed methods. Subsequent to investigation of the binary blends, the effect of polyester ionomer addition on the compatibility of polyamide/polyester blends was investigated by evaluating the mechanical properties and phase morphology of ionomer compatibilized polyamide/polyester blends. Polyester ionomers (amorphous and semicrystalline) were shown to exhibit a high degree of compatibility (even miscibility) with polyamides, such as nylon 6,6 (N66). Compatibility was attributed to specific interactions between the metal counterion of the polyester ionomer and the amide groups of N66. The degree of compatibility (or miscibility) was shown to be dependent on the counterion type of the ionomer, with the highest degree exhibited by blends containing the divalent form of the polyester ionomers. Although polyester ionomers were shown to exhibit incompatibility with both poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) and poly(butylene terephthalate) (PBT), increasing the time of melt processing significantly enhanced the compatibility of the polyester ionomers with both PET and PBT. The observed enhancement in compatibility was attributed to ester-ester interchange between the polyester blend components, which was confirmed by NMR spectroscopy. The addition of polyester ionomers as a minor component compatibilizer (i

  14. Reversible Plastic Deformation of Polymer Blends as a Means to Achieve Stretchable Organic Transistors.

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    Sun, Tianlei; Scott, Joshua I; Wang, Ming; Kline, R Joseph; Bazan, Guillermo; O'Connor, Brendan T

    2017-01-01

    Intrinsically stretchable semiconductors will facilitate the realization of seamlessly integrated stretchable electronics. However, to date demonstrations of intrinsically stretchable semiconductors have been limited. In this study, a new approach to achieve intrinsically stretchable semiconductors is introduced by blending a rigid high-performance donor-acceptor polymer semiconductor poly[4(4,4dihexadecyl4Hcyclopenta [1,2b:5,4b' ] dithiopen2yl) alt [1,2,5] thiadiazolo [3,4c] pyridine] (PCDTPT) with a ductile polymer semiconductor poly(3hexylthiophene) (P3HT). Under large tensile strains of up to 75%, the polymers are shown to orient in the direction of strain, and when the strain is reduced, the polymers reversibly deform. During cyclic strain, the local packing order of the polymers is shown to be remarkably stable. The saturated field effect charge mobility is shown to be consistently above 0.04 cm(2) V(-1)s(-1) for up to 100 strain cycles with strain ranging from 10% to 75% when the film is printed onto a rigid test bed. At the 75% strain state, the charge mobility is consistently above 0.15 cm(2) V(-1)s(-1). Ultimately, the polymer blend process introduced here results in an excellent combination of device performance and stretchability providing an effective approach to achieve intrinsically stretchable semiconductors.

  15. Oral sustained release tablets of zidovudine using binary blends of natural and synthetic polymers.

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    Emeje, Martins; Olaleye, Olajide; Isimi, Christiana; Fortunak, Joseph; Byrn, Stephen; Kunle, Olobayo; Ofoefule, Sabinus

    2010-01-01

    Oral sustained release matrix tablets of zidovudine (ZDV) were prepared using different types, proportions and blends of carbopol 71G (C71) and a plant gum obtained from Abelmoschus esculentus (AEG). The effect of various formulation factors like polymer proportion, polymer type and pH of the dissolution medium on the in vitro release of the drug was studied, using the half change technique, in 900 ml of dissolution medium, at 100 rpm. Release kinetics were analyzed using Zero-order, Higuchi's square-root and Ritger-Peppas' empirical equations. In vitro release performance as revealed by the time taken for 70% of the drug to be released (t70%), showed that the release rate decreased with increase in polymer proportion. Matrix tablets containing 10 and 20% AEG were found to exhibit immediate-release characteristics. Matrix tablets containing 30% AEG showed t70% value of 204 min and extended the release up to 5 h, while matrix tablets containing 30% carbopol showed t70% value of 234 min and extended the release up to 6 h. Three blends of AEG and C71 at the ratio of 1:2, 2:1 and 1:3 showed t70% values of 132, 312 and 102 min respectively and extended the release up to 8 h. Mathematical analysis of the release kinetics indicated that the nature of drug release from the matrix tablets followed Fickian and anomalous release. Drug release from matrix tablets of zidovudine containing blends of AEG and C71 demonstrates the advantage of blending a natural and synthetic polymer over single polymer use.

  16. Correlation between free-volume parameters and physical properties of polyethylene-nitrile rubber blend

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    Gomaa, E.; Mostafa, N.; Mohsen, M.; Mohammed, M.

    2004-10-01

    Positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) was used to study the immiscibility of a polar nitrile rubber (NBR) that had been blended with pure and waste, low- and high-density polyethylene (PE). The effect of the weight percent of the rubber added to the PE was also investigated. It was found that a complicated variation (positive and negative) in both free-volume parameters (τ3 and I 3) from the values of the initial polymers forms an immiscible blend. These results are supported by a significant broadening in the free-volume hole size distributions. This has been interpreted in terms of interfacial spaces created between the boundaries of the two phases. Furthermore, a correlation was established between the free-volume parameters (τ3 and I 3) and the electrical and mechanical properties of the before mentioned polymer blends as a function of the weight percent of waste PE.

  17. Time-of-flight photoconductivity in polymer/graphene blends

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    Bratina, Gvido; Pavlica, Egon; Pathipati, Srinivasa Rao; Nawrocki, Robert; Penumala, Raveendra

    2015-03-01

    We have used time-of-flight (TOF) photoconductivity measurements to assess the electric charge transport parameters in thin layers of poly(3-hexyl thiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3HT) mixed with single and multiple-layer graphene nanoflakes. Thin layers were cast from a solution and two co-planar metal electrodes were deposited by vacuum evaporation on top. An electric field was set up between the electrodes A laser pulse was used to photogenerate charge carriers near the biased electrode, and time dependence of the photocurrent (I(t)) was measured at the opposite electrode. I(t) curves were confronted to I(t)s obtained by a Gaussian-disorder Monte Carlo simulations, adapted to thin-film geometry. The simulations included a position-dependent electric field between two coplanar electrodes, which importantly affects the charge carrier transport through the blend between the electrodes. Comparison between the simulated and measured I(t)s resulted in values for charge carrier mobility, average charge velocity and variation of charge velocity. Our results show that the hole mobility in blends is increased by more than an order of magnitude in comparison to the hole mobility of a neat layers of P3HT

  18. SN-38 loading capacity of hydrophobic polymer blend nanoparticles: formulation, optimization and efficacy evaluation.

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    Dimchevska, Simona; Geskovski, Nikola; Petruševski, Gjorgji; Chacorovska, Marina; Popeski-Dimovski, Riste; Ugarkovic, Sonja; Goracinova, Katerina

    2017-03-01

    One of the most important problems in nanoencapsulation of extremely hydrophobic drugs is poor drug loading due to rapid drug crystallization outside the polymer core. The effort to use nanoprecipitation, as a simple one-step procedure with good reproducibility and FDA approved polymers like Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and Polycaprolactone (PCL), will only potentiate this issue. Considering that drug loading is one of the key defining characteristics, in this study we attempted to examine whether the nanoparticle (NP) core composed of two hydrophobic polymers will provide increased drug loading for 7-Ethyl-10-hydroxy-camptothecin (SN-38), relative to NPs prepared using individual polymers. D-optimal design was applied to optimize PLGA/PCL ratio in the polymer blend and the mode of addition of the amphiphilic copolymer Lutrol(®)F127 in order to maximize SN-38 loading and obtain NPs with acceptable size for passive tumor targeting. Drug/polymer and polymer/polymer interaction analysis pointed to high degree of compatibility and miscibility among both hydrophobic polymers, providing core configuration with higher drug loading capacity. Toxicity studies outlined the biocompatibility of the blank NPs. Increased in vitro efficacy of drug-loaded NPs compared to the free drug was confirmed by growth inhibition studies using SW-480 cell line. Additionally, the optimized NP formulation showed very promising blood circulation profile with elimination half-time of 7.4 h.

  19. Blends of guayule natural rubber latex with commercial latex polymers

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    Guayule (Parthenium argentatum) is a woody desert shrub that produces natural rubber, cis-1,4 polyisoprene, by biosynthesis. It is currently cultivated in the southwestern United States as a source of latex and rubber for commercial development. Guayule latex is similar to Hevea latex in polymer mo...

  20. Laser Raman, XRD, DSC and Ac-Impedance Analysis of Polymer Blend Electrolyte Based on Eco-Friendly Pva-Pvp Blend with NH4NO3

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    Rajeswari, N.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Prabaharan, S. R. S.; Kawamura, J.; Iwai, Y.; Karthikeyan, S.

    2013-07-01

    Proton conducting polymer blend electrolytes have attractive interest because of their advantages such as processability, flexibility, electrochemical stability, easy handling and their applications to a variety of electrochemical devices such as fuel cells, chemical sensor and electrochemical displays. In the present work, the films of 50PVA-50PVP blend with different MWt% concentrations of NH4NO3 have been prepared by solution casting techniques using distilled water as a solvent. The prepared films have been investigated by different techniques such as XRD, DSC, Laser Raman and AC Impedance spectroscopy. XRD studies reveal the amorphous nature of the polymer blend-salt complexes. The glass transition temperature has been calculated from the DSC analysis. From the AC Impedance spectroscopy, the high conductivity of the 30MWt% of NH4NO3 doped 50PVA-50PVP polymer complex has been found to be the order of 1.41 × 10-3S cm-1 at room temperature.

  1. Mechanical properties of melt-processed polymer blend of amorphous corn flour composite filler and styrene-butadiene rubber

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    The corn flour composite fillers were prepared by blending corn flour with rubber latex, dried, and cryogenically ground into powders, which were then melt-blended with rubber polymers in an internal mixer to form composites with enhanced mechanical properties. The composites prepared with melt-blen...

  2. Conjugated polymer-fullerene blend with strong optical limiting in the near-infrared.

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    Chi, San-Hui; Hales, Joel M; Cozzuol, Matteo; Ochoa, Charles; Fitzpatrick, Madison; Perry, Joseph W

    2009-11-23

    Optical-quality, melt processable thick films of a conjugated polymer blend containing poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethyl-hexyloxy)-(phenylene vinylene)) (MEH-PPV), a C(60) derivative (PCBM) and a plasticizer (1,2-di-iso-octylphthalate) have been developed and their nonlinear absorption and optical limiting properties have been investigated. These blend materials exhibited strong optical limiting characteristics in the near infrared region (750-900 nm), with broad temporal dynamic range spanning femtosecond to nanosecond pulse widths. The dispersion of the optical limiting figure-of-merit of the MEH-PPV:PCBM:DOP blend shows a peak near the wavelength of the MEH-PPV cation, indicating an important role of one-photon and two-photon induced charge transfer in the nonlinear absorption response.

  3. A Solution-Doped Polymer Semiconductor:Insulator Blend for Thermoelectrics.

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    Kiefer, David; Yu, Liyang; Fransson, Erik; Gómez, Andrés; Primetzhofer, Daniel; Amassian, Aram; Campoy-Quiles, Mariano; Müller, Christian

    2017-01-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) is demonstrated to be a suitable matrix polymer for the solution-doped conjugated polymer poly(3-hexylthiophene). The polarity of the insulator combined with carefully chosen processing conditions permits the fabrication of tens of micrometer-thick films that feature a fine distribution of the F4TCNQ dopant:semiconductor complex. Changes in electrical conductivity from 0.1 to 0.3 S cm(-1) and Seebeck coefficient from 100 to 60 μV K(-1) upon addition of the insulator correlate with an increase in doping efficiency from 20% to 40% for heavily doped ternary blends. An invariant bulk thermal conductivity of about 0.3 W m(-1) K(-1) gives rise to a thermoelectric Figure of merit ZT ∼ 10(-4) that remains unaltered for an insulator content of more than 60 wt%. Free-standing, mechanically robust tapes illustrate the versatility of the developed dopant:semiconductor:insulator ternary blends.

  4. On the energetic dependence of charge separation in low-band-gap polymer/fullerene blends.

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    Dimitrov, Stoichko D; Bakulin, Artem A; Nielsen, Christian B; Schroeder, Bob C; Du, Junping; Bronstein, Hugo; McCulloch, Iain; Friend, Richard H; Durrant, James R

    2012-11-07

    The energetic driving force required to drive charge separation across donor/acceptor heterojunctions is a key consideration for organic optoelectronic devices. Herein we report a series of transient absorption and photocurrent experiments as a function of excitation wavelength and temperature for two low-band-gap polymer/fullerene blends to study the mechanism of charge separation at the donor/acceptor interface. For the blend that exhibits the smallest donor/acceptor LUMO energy level offset, the photocurrent quantum yield falls as the photon excitation energy is reduced toward the band gap, but the yield of bound, interfacial charge transfer states rises. This interplay between bound and free charge generation as a function of initial exciton energy provides key evidence for the role of excess energy in driving charge separation of direct relevance to the development of low-band-gap polymers for enhanced solar light harvesting.

  5. Nucleation in binary polymer blends: A self-consistent field study

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    Wood, Stephen M.; Wang, Zhen-Gang

    2002-02-01

    We study the structure and thermodynamics of the critical nuclei in metastable binary polymer blends using the self-consistent field method. At the mean-field level, our results are valid throughout the entire metastable region and provide a smooth crossover from the classical capillary-theory predictions near the coexistence curve to the density functional predictions of Cahn and Hilliard (properly transcribed into expressions involving the parameters of the binary polymer blends) near the spinodal. An estimate of the free energy barrier provides a quantitative criterion (the Ginzburg criterion) for the validity of the (mean-field) self-consistent approach. The region where mean-field theory is valid and where there can be a measurable nucleation rate is shown to be poorly described by the existing limiting theories; our predictions are therefore most relevant in this region. We discuss our results in connection with recent experimental observations by Balsara and co-workers.

  6. Ambipolar Small-Molecule:Polymer Blend Semiconductors for Solution-Processable Organic Field-Effect Transistors.

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    Kang, Minji; Hwang, Hansu; Park, Won-Tae; Khim, Dongyoon; Yeo, Jun-Seok; Kim, Yunseul; Kim, Yeon-Ju; Noh, Yong-Young; Kim, Dong-Yu

    2017-01-25

    We report on the fabrication of an organic thin-film semiconductor formed using a blend solution of soluble ambipolar small molecules and an insulating polymer binder that exhibits vertical phase separation and uniform film formation. The semiconductor thin films are produced in a single step from a mixture containing a small molecular semiconductor, namely, quinoidal biselenophene (QBS), and a binder polymer, namely, poly(2-vinylnaphthalene) (PVN). Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) based on QBS/PVN blend semiconductor are then assembled using top-gate/bottom-contact device configuration, which achieve almost four times higher mobility than the neat QBS semiconductor. Depth profile via secondary ion mass spectrometry and atomic force microscopy images indicate that the QBS domains in the films made from the blend are evenly distributed with a smooth morphology at the bottom of the PVN layer. Bias stress test and variable-temperature measurements on QBS-based OFETs reveal that the QBS/PVN blend semiconductor remarkably reduces the number of trap sites at the gate dielectric/semiconductor interface and the activation energy in the transistor channel. This work provides a one-step solution processing technique, which makes use of soluble ambipolar small molecules to form a thin-film semiconductor for application in high-performance OFETs.

  7. Control of miscibility and aggregation via the material design and coating process for high-performance polymer blend solar cells.

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    Zhou, Erjun; Cong, Junzi; Hashimoto, Kazuhito; Tajima, Keisuke

    2013-12-23

    A power conversion efficiency of 3.6% for an all-polymer solar cell, which is the highest ever reported, is achieved by introducing a conjugated side chain into a p-type polymer to improve the miscibility of the polymer blend and by adding small amounts of 1,8-diiodooctane to increase the aggregation of n-type polymer. © 2013 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. High-performance all-polymer solar cells via side-chain engineering of the polymer acceptor: the importance of the polymer packing structure and the nanoscale blend morphology.

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    Lee, Changyeon; Kang, Hyunbum; Lee, Wonho; Kim, Taesu; Kim, Ki-Hyun; Woo, Han Young; Wang, Cheng; Kim, Bumjoon J

    2015-04-17

    The effectiveness of side-chain engineering is demonstrated to produce highly efficient all-polymer solar cells (efficiency of 5.96%) using a series of naphthalene diimide-based polymer acceptors with controlled side chains. The dramatic changes in the polymer packing, blend morphology, and electron mobility of all-polymer solar cells elucidate clear trends in the photovoltaic performances.

  9. Novel polymer blends for the preparation of membranes for biohybrid liver systems.

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    Kostadinova, Aneliya; Seifert, Barbara; Albrecht, Wolfgang; Malsch, Guenter; Groth, Thomas; Lendlein, Andreas; Altankov, George

    2009-01-01

    It was found previously that membranes based on co-polymers of acrylonitrile (AN) and 2-acrylamido-2-methyl-propansulfonic acid (AMPS) greatly stimulated the functionality and survival of primary hepatocytes. In those studies, however, the pure AN-AMPS co-polymer had poor membrane-forming properties, resulting in quite dense rubber-like membranes. Hence, membranes with required permeability and optimal biocompatibility were obtained by blending the AN-AMPS co-polymer with poly(acrylonitrile) homopolymer (PAN). The amount of PAN (P) and AN-AMPS (A) in the blend was varied from pure PAN (P/A-100/0) over P/A-75/25 and P/A-50/50 to pure AN-AMPS co-polymer (P/A-0/100). A gradual decrease of molecular cut-off of membranes with increase of AMPS concentration was found, which allows tailoring membrane permeability as necessary. C3A hepatoblastoma cells were applied as a widely accepted cellular model for assessment of hepatocyte behaviour by attachment, viability, growth and metabolic activity. It was found that the blend P/A-50/50, which possessed an optimal permeability for biohybrid liver systems, supported also the attachment, growth and function of C3A cells in terms of fibronectin synthesis and P-450 isoenzyme activity. Hence, blend membranes based on a one to one mixture of PAN and AN-AMPS combine sufficient permeability with the desired cellular compatibility for application in bioreactors for liver replacement.

  10. The Effect of Difunctional Oligomer Concentration and Processing Temperature on the Reactive Processing of Polymer Blends

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    O'Brien, Charles; Rice, Kevin; Dadmun, Mark

    2001-03-01

    Reactive processing is an interesting method to form compatibilizers for polymer blends in-situ. A model blend composed of poly(bisphenol A-co-epichlorohydrin) and poly(ethylene oxide) that is compatibilized with difunctional oligomers that are the same structure as the homopolymers is currently under investigation. It is expected that blocky copolymers will form at the bipahasic interface during processing as the difunctional oligomers undergo an addition copolymerization. Previous results have shown that the addition of the reactive oligomers improves the properties of the blend and thus this reactive process scheme is feasible. Additionally, these results indicate that the difunctioanal oligomers may act as plasticizers and continue to polymerize at room temperature after the blend is removed from the melt mixer. In this presentation, we will discuss our research that is focused on optimizing the reactive compatibilization process by controlling the amount of reactive oligomer added and the processing temperature and evaluating the effect of these parameters on the ultimate properties of the blend.

  11. Direct Creation of Highly Conductive Laser-Induced Graphene Nanocomposites from Polymer Blends.

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    Yazdi, Alireza Zehtab; Navas, Ivonne Otero; Abouelmagd, Ahmed; Sundararaj, Uttandaraman

    2017-09-01

    The current state-of-the-art mixing strategies of nanoparticles with insulating polymeric components have only partially utilized the unique electrical conductivity of graphene in nanocomposite systems. Herein, this paper reports a nonmixing method of direct creation of polymer/graphene nanocomposites from polymer blends via laser irradiation. Polycarbonate-laser-induced graphene (PC-LIG) nanocomposite is produced from a PC/polyetherimide (PC/PEI) blend after exposure to commercially available laser scribing with a power of ≈6 W and a speed of ≈2 cm s(-1) . Extremely high electrical conductivities are obtained for the PC-LIG nanocomposites, ranging from 26 to 400 S m(-1) , depending on the vol% of the starting PEI phase in the blend. To the authors' knowledge, these conductivity values are at least one order of magnitude higher than the values that are previously reported for conductive polymer/graphene nanocomposites prepared via mixing strategies. The comprehensive microscopy and spectroscopy characterizations reveal a complete graphitization of the PEI phase with columnar microstructure embedded in the PC phase. © 2017 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  12. Influence of annealing and blending of photoactive polymers on their crystalline structure.

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    Ruderer, Matthias A; Prams, Stefan M; Rawolle, Monika; Zhong, Qi; Perlich, Jan; Roth, Stephan V; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter

    2010-12-02

    Thin photoactive polymer films of poly(3-octylthiophene-2,5-diyl) (P3OT) and poly(2,5-di(hexyloxy)cyanoterephthalylidene) (CN-PPV) are investigated. With X-ray reflectivity measurements, a linear concentration-thickness dependence is found for both polymers and the molecular weight of CN-PPV is determined from this concentration-thickness dependence. Based on the molecular weights, the critical blending ratio is determined. Grazing incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS) is used to probe the crystallinity of thin films and to determine characteristic length scales of the crystalline structure. Moreover, the orientation of the crystalline parts regarding the substrate of both the homopolymer and the blended films is probed with GIWAXS. Temperature annealing is found to improve the crystallization for both homopolymers. In addition, reorientation of the predominant crystalline structures takes place. Blending both polymers reduces or even suppresses the crystallization during spin coating as well as temperature annealing. Absorption measurements complement the structural investigations.

  13. The reactive compatibilization of HDPE/PET blends

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    Yao, G.L.; Beatty, C.L.

    1996-12-31

    The polymer mixture of PET and HDPE constitute a significant portion of post-consumer waste. The two polymers, however, are immiscible and need to be compatibilized in order to be used in commercial applications. In this study, GMA(glycidyl methacrylate) grafted HDPE (HDPE-g-epoxy) by melt grafting was used as reactive compatibilizer for the blends. Compared with currently used functional polymers, HDPE-g-epoxy by melt grafting has the advantages of low synthesizing cost, no expensive and toxic solvent which is necessary for the traditional solution grafting, and continuous process. When this kind of functionalized polymer is used to compatibilize polymer blends, the melt grafting and postgrafting compatibilization could be finished in single processing or, more practically, in sequential extrusion.

  14. Polymer blend particles with defined compositions for targeting antigen to both class I and II antigen presentation pathways.

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    Tran, Kenny K; Zhan, Xi; Shen, Hong

    2014-05-01

    Defense against many persistent and difficult-to-treat diseases requires a combination of humoral, CD4(+) , and CD8(+) T-cell responses, which necessitates targeting antigens to both class I and II antigen presentation pathways. In this study, polymer blend particles are developed by mixing two functionally unique polymers, poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and a pH-responsive polymer, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate-co-propylacrylic acid-co-butyl methacrylate) (DMAEMA-co-PAA-co-BMA). Polymer blend particles are shown to enable the delivery of antigens into both class I and II antigen presentation pathways in vitro. Increasing the ratio of the pH-responsive polymer in blend particles increases the degree of class I antigen presentation, while maintaining high levels of class II antigen presentation. In a mouse model, it is demonstrated that a significantly higher and sustained level of CD4(+) and CD8(+) T-cell responses, and comparable antibody responses, are elicited with polymer blend particles than PLGA particles and a conventional vaccine, Alum. The polymer blend particles offer a potential vaccine delivery platform to generate a combination of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses that insure robust and long-lasting immunity against many infectious diseases and cancers.

  15. Polymer blend particles with defined compositions for targeting antigen to both class I and II antigen presentation pathways

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    Tran, Kenny K.; Zhan, Xi; Shen, Hong

    2013-01-01

    Defense against many persistent and difficult-to-treat diseases requires a combination of humoral, CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses, which necessitates targeting antigens to both class I and II antigen presentation pathways. In this study, we developed polymer blend particles by mixing two functionally unique polymers, poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and a pH-responsive polymer, poly(dimethylaminoethyl methacrylate-co-propylacrylic acid-co-butyl methacrylate) (DMAEMA-co-PAA-co-BMA). We showed polymer blend particles enabled the delivery of antigens into both class I and II antigen presentation pathways in vitro. Increasing the ratio of the pH-responsive polymer in blend particles increased the degree of class I antigen presentation, while maintaining high levels of class II antigen presentation. In a mouse model, we demonstrated that a significantly higher and sustained level of CD4+ and CD8+ T cell responses, and comparable antibody responses, were elicited with polymer blend particles than PLGA particles and a conventional vaccine, Alum. The polymer blend particles offer a potential vaccine delivery platform to generate a combination of humoral and cell-mediated immune responses that insure robust and long-lasting immunity against many infectious diseases and cancers. PMID:24124123

  16. Mode-of-Action of Self-Extinguishing Polymer Blends Containing Organoclays

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    Pack, S.; Si, M; Koo, J; Sokolov, J; Koga, T; Kashiwagi, T; Rafailovich, M

    2009-01-01

    We have shown that the addition of nanoclays is an effective means for enhancing the flame retardant properties of polymer blends. Polymer blends are difficult to render flame retardant even with the addition of flame retardant agents due to dispersion and phase segregation during the heating process. We show that the addition of 5% functionalized Cloisite 20A clays in combination with 15% decabromodiphenyl ether and 4% antimony trioxide to a polystyrene/poly(methyl methacrylate) blend can render the compound flame resistant within the UL-94-V0 standard. Using a variety of micro-characterization methods, we show that the clays are concentrated at the interfaces between the polymers in this blend and completely suppress phase segregation. The flame retardant (FR) is absorbed onto the clay surfaces, and the exfoliation of the clays also distributes the FR agent uniformly within the matrix. TGA of the nanocomposite indicates that prior to the addition of clay, the dissociation times of the individual components varied by more than 20 C, which complicated the gas-phase kinetics. Addition of the clays causes all the components to have a single dissociation temperature, which enhanced the efficacy of the FR formula in the gas phase. Cone calorimetry also indicated that the clays decreased the heat release rate (HRR) and the mass loss rate (MLR), due to the formation of a robust char. In contrast, minimal charring occurred in blends containing just the FR. SEM examination of the chars showed that the clay platelets were curved and in some cases tightly folded into nanotube-like structures. These features were only apparent in blends, indicating that they might be associated with thermal gradients across the polymer phase interface. SEM and SAXS examinations of the nanocomposites after partial exposure to the flame indicated that the clays aggregated into ribbon-like structures, approximately microns in length, after the surfactant thermally decomposed. Thermal modeling

  17. Preparation and Characterization of Novel PBAE/PLGA Polymer Blend Microparticles for DNA Vaccine Delivery

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    Balashanmugam, Meenashi Vanathi; Nagarethinam, Sivagurunathan; Jagani, Hitesh; Josyula, Venkata Rao; Alrohaimi, Abdulmohsen; Udupa, Nayanabhirama

    2014-01-01

    Context. Poly(beta-amino ester) (PBAE) with its pH sensitiveness and Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) with huge DNA cargo capacity in combination prove to be highly efficient as DNA delivery system. Objective. To study the effectiveness of novel synthesized PBAE polymer with PLGA blend at different ratios in DNA vaccine delivery. Methods. In the present study, multifunctional polymer blend microparticles using a combination of PLGA and novel PBAE polymers A1 (bis(3-(propionyloxy)propyl)3,3′-(propane-1,3-diyl-bis(methylazanediyl))dipropanoate) and A2 (bis(4-(propionyloxy)butyl)3,3′-(ethane-1,2-diyl-bis(isopropylazanediyl))dipropanoate) at different ratios (85 : 15, 75 : 25, and 50 : 50) were prepared by double emulsion solvent removal method. The microparticles were characterized for cytotoxicity, transfection efficiency, and DNA encapsulation efficiency. Result. It was evident from results that among the microparticles prepared with PLGA/PBAE blend the PLGA : PBAE at 85 : 15 ratio was found to be more effective combination than the microparticles prepared with PLGA alone in terms of transfection efficiency and better DNA integrity. Microparticles made of PLGA and PBAE A1 at 85 : 15 ratio, respectively, were found to be less toxic when compared with microparticles prepared with A2 polymer. Conclusion. The results encourage the use of the synthesized PBAE polymer in combination with PLGA as an effective gene delivery system. PMID:25401137

  18. Substrats poreux biodegradables prepares a partir de phases co-continues dans les melanges de polymeres immiscibles

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    Sarazin, Pierre

    2003-06-01

    In this thesis a novel approach to preparing biodegradable materials with highly structured and interconnected porosity is proposed. The method involves the controlled preparation of immiscible co-continuous polymer blends using melt-processing technology followed by a bulk solvent extraction step of one of the phases (the porogen phase). A co-continuous structure is defined as the state when each phase of the blend is fully interconnected through a continuous pathway. This method allows for the preparation of porous materials with highly controlled pore size, pore volume and pore shape which can then be transformed and shaped in various forms useful for biomedical applications. Various properties of the skin of the polymeric articles (closed-cell, open-cell, modification of the pore size) can be controlled. Initially, the study on the immiscible binary and compatibilized poly(L-lactide)/polystyrene blends (PLLA/PS) after extraction of the PS phase demonstrated that highly percolated blends exist from 40--75%PS and 40--60%PS for the binary and compatibilized blends, respectively. It is demonstrated that both the pore size and extent of co-continuity can be controlled through composition and interfacial modification. The subsequent part of our work treats of the preparation of porous PLLA from a blend of two biodegradable polymers and the performance of such porous materials. This portion of the work uses only polymer materials which have been medically approved for internal use. In this case, small amounts of the porogen phase can be tolerated in the final porous substrate. Co-continuous blends comprised of poly(L-lactide)/Poly(epsilon-caprolactone) PLLA/PCL, were prepared via melt processing. A wide range of phase sizes for the co-continuous blend is generated through a combination of concentration control and quiescent annealing. As the PLLA phase can not be dissolved selectively in PLLA/PS blends, the co-continuity range was evaluated indirectly. To precisely

  19. Influence of an acrylic polymer blend on the physical stability of film-coated theophylline pellets.

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    Kucera, Shawn; Shah, Navnit H; Malick, A Waseem; Infeld, Martin H; McGinity, James W

    2009-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the physical stability of a coating system consisting of a blend of two sustained release acrylic polymers and its influence on the drug release rate of theophylline from coated pellets. The properties of both free films and theophylline pellets coated with the polymer blend were investigated, and the miscibility was determined via differential scanning calorimetry. Eudragit RS 30 D was plasticized by the addition of Eudragit NE 30 D, and the predicted glass transition temperature (T(g)) of the blend was similar to the experimental values. Sprayed films composed of a blend of Eudragit NE 30 D/Eudragit RS 30 D (1:1) showed a water vapor permeability six times greater than films containing only Eudragit NE 30 D. The presence of quaternary ammonium functional groups from the RS 30 D polymer increased the swellability of the films. The films prepared from the blend exhibited stable permeability values when stored for 1 month at both 25 degrees C and 40 degrees C, while the films which were composed of only Eudragit NE 30 D showed a statistically significant decrease in this parameter when stored under the same conditions. Eudragit NE 30 D/Eudragit RS 30 D (1:1)-sprayed films decreased in elongation from 180% to 40% after storage at 40 degrees C for 1 month, while those stored at 25 degrees C showed no change in elongation. In coated pellets, the addition of Eudragit RS 30 D to the Eudragit NE 30 D increased the theophylline release rate, and the pellets were stable when stored at 25 degrees C for a period of up to 3 months due to maintenance of the physico-mechanical properties of the film. Pellets stored at 40 degrees C exhibited a decrease in drug release rate over time as a result of changes in film physico-mechanical properties which were attributed to further coalescence and densification of the polymer. When the storage temperature was above the T(g) of the composite, instabilities in both drug release rate and

  20. Exciton diffusion and dissociation in conjugated polymer/fullerene blends and heterostructures

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    Haugeneder, A.; Neges, M.; Kallinger, C.; Spirkl, W.; Lemmer, U.; Feldmann, J.; Scherf, U.; Harth, E.; Gügel, A.; Müllen, K.

    1999-06-01

    We investigate the exciton dynamics in composite systems of conjugated polymers and fullerene molecules by photoluminescence (PL) and femtosecond transient absorption experiments. In solid mixtures (blends) we find a strong concentration-dependent quenching of the polymer PL. This is attributed to an efficient electron transfer (ET) from the photoexcited conjugated polymer to the fullerene. The ET dynamics is directly monitored by measuring the transient stimulated emission of the conjugated polymer. The transfer rate depends linearly on the C60 concentration and ranges between (66 ps)-1 and (5 ps)-1 for concentrations from 0.5% to 5%. This dependence is in accordance with an exciton diffusion process occurring prior to the ET. The exciton diffusion length in the conjugated polymer is directly determined by measuring the PL quenching in well-defined heterostructures comprising a self-assembled fullerene monolayer and a thin spin-coated polymer layer of variable thickness. From these measurements we infer a value of 14 nm for the exciton diffusion length in ladder-type poly (p-phenylene). Our results are of direct relevance for further optimization of polymer photovoltaic devices.

  1. Renormalized one-loop theory of correlations in polymer blends

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    Qin, Jian; Morse, David C.

    2009-06-01

    The renormalized one-loop theory is a coarse-grained theory of corrections to the random phase approximation (RPA) theory of composition fluctuations. We present predictions of corrections to the RPA for the structure function S(k ) and to the random walk model of single-chain statics in binary homopolymer blends. We consider an apparent interaction parameter χa that is defined by applying the RPA to the small k limit of S(k ). The predicted deviation of χa from its long chain limit is proportional to N-1/2, where N is the chain length. This deviation is positive (i.e., destabilizing) for weakly nonideal mixtures, with χaN≲1, but negative (stabilizing) near the critical point. The positive correction to χa for low values of χaN is a result of the fact that monomers in mixtures of shorter chains are slightly less strongly shielded from intermolecular contacts. The predicted depression in χa near the critical point is a result of long-wavelength composition fluctuations. The one-loop theory predicts a shift in the critical temperature of O(N-1/2), which is much greater than the predicted O(N-1) width of the Ginzburg region. Chain dimensions are found to deviate slightly from those of a random walk even in a one-component melt and contract slightly as thermodynamic repulsion is increased. Predictions for S(k ) and single-chain properties are compared to published lattice Monte Carlo simulations.

  2. Renormalized one-loop theory of correlations in polymer blends.

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    Qin, Jian; Morse, David C

    2009-06-14

    The renormalized one-loop theory is a coarse-grained theory of corrections to the random phase approximation (RPA) theory of composition fluctuations. We present predictions of corrections to the RPA for the structure function S(k) and to the random walk model of single-chain statics in binary homopolymer blends. We consider an apparent interaction parameter chi(a) that is defined by applying the RPA to the small k limit of S(k). The predicted deviation of chi(a) from its long chain limit is proportional to N(-1/2), where N is the chain length. This deviation is positive (i.e., destabilizing) for weakly nonideal mixtures, with chi(a)N less than or approximately 1, but negative (stabilizing) near the critical point. The positive correction to chi(a) for low values of chi(a)N is a result of the fact that monomers in mixtures of shorter chains are slightly less strongly shielded from intermolecular contacts. The predicted depression in chi(a) near the critical point is a result of long-wavelength composition fluctuations. The one-loop theory predicts a shift in the critical temperature of O(N(-1/2)), which is much greater than the predicted O(N(-1)) width of the Ginzburg region. Chain dimensions are found to deviate slightly from those of a random walk even in a one-component melt and contract slightly as thermodynamic repulsion is increased. Predictions for S(k) and single-chain properties are compared to published lattice Monte Carlo simulations.

  3. Influence on Thermal Diffusivity through a Transformation of Nanotube-like Clay Platelets in Polymer Blends

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    Pack, Seongchan; Kashiwagi, Takashi; Koga, Tadanori; Sokolov, Jonathan; Rafailovich, Miriam

    2009-03-01

    We have previously demonstrated that large aspect ratio nanoparticles such as clays or nanotubes can form in-situ grafts which become universal compatiblizing agents for polymer blends. Here we show how the same mechanism could be applied to producing flame retardant materials in the polymer matrix. In particular, the large aspect nanoclays prevent thermally induced phase segregation and disperse the flame retardants, which greatly decrease flammability and increase efficiency of the flame retardants during combustion due to a formation of ribbons-like structures. These structures could produce a lager thermal differential gradient between the two polymer phases, which could change a heat specific of the system during combustion. Therefore, a small addition of the nanoclays affects the huge reduction on heat release rate and the mass loss rates. Furthermore, using a small angle X-ray scattering (SAXS), a transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and a scanning electron microscopy (SEM) shows that the clay platelets could be transformed into tubular-like rods during combustion, which would increase of the thermal diffusivity in the polymer blend.

  4. Formation of anisotropic polymer blend by photopolymerization of lyotropic LC-phase

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    Wojciechowski, Piotr; Ulanski, J.; Kryszewski, Marian; Okrasa, Lidia; Czajkowski, Wojciech

    1995-08-01

    The structural characteristics are given for the polymer blend (PB) prepared by photopolymerization of the uniaxially oriented liquid crystal (LC)-phase of the hydroxypropylcellulose-acrylic acid (HPC-AA) system. The uniaxially oriented films of HPC- AA mesophase show a so-called banded structure under cross polarizers, characteristic for uniaxially oriented LC-polymer films. The state of order of HPC-AA mesophase was investigated by effect of dye orientation in LC-media. The influence of the length of the cholesteric pitch of HPC-AA on the order parameter of dye was found. The polymer blend as a product of the photopolymerization of AA in the lyotropic and uniaxially oriented medium HPC-AA is a birefringent solid system, was strongly affected by crosslinking processes. The PB has a LC-organization up to thermal decomposition at 230 degrees C, as shown by TOA and microscopic observations. The PB can be regarded as a new kind of the thermally resistant LC-polymer network.

  5. High ionic conductivity P(VDF-TrFE)/PEO blended polymer electrolytes for solid electrochromic devices.

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    Nguyen, Chien A; Xiong, Shanxin; Ma, Jan; Lu, Xuehong; Lee, Pooi See

    2011-08-07

    Solid polymer electrolytes with excellent ionic conductivity (above 10(-4) S cm(-1)), which result in high optical modulation for solid electrochromic (EC) devices are presented. The combination of a polar host matrix poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) P(VDF-TrFE) and a solid plasticized of a low molecular weight poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) (M(w)≤ 20,000) blended polymer electrolyte serves to enhance both the dissolution of lithium salt and the ionic transport. Calorimetric measurement shows a reduced crystallization due to a better intermixing of the polymers with small molecular weight PEO. Vibrational spectroscopy identifies the presence of free ions and ion pairs in the electrolytes with PEO of M(w)≤ 8000. The ionic dissolution is improved using PEO as a plasticizer when compared to liquid propylene carbonate, evidently shown in the transference number analysis. Ionic transport follows the Arrhenius equation with a low activation energy (0.16-0.2 eV), leading to high ionic conductivities. Solid electrochromic devices fabricated with the blended P(VDF-TrFE)/PEO electrolytes and polyaniline show good spectroelectrochemical performance in the visible (300-800 nm) and near-infrared (0.9-2.4 μm) regions with a modulation up to 60% and fast switching speed of below 20 seconds. The successful introduction of the solid polymer electrolytes with its best harnessed qualities helps to expedite the application of various electrochemical devices. This journal is © the Owner Societies 2011

  6. Charge mobility and recombination in a new hole transporting polymer and its photovoltaic blend.

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    Tan, Mein Jin; Goh, Wei-Peng; Li, Jun; Pundir, Gaurav; Chellappan, Vijila; Chen, Zhi-Kuan

    2010-05-01

    The charge mobility in a new hole transporting polymer, poly(2,6-bis(thiophene-2-yl)-3,5-dipentadecyldithieno[3,2-b;2',3'-d]thiophene) (PBTDTT-15), and its blend with (6,6)-phenyl-C(70)-butyric acid methyl ester (PC(70)BM) in a weight ratio of 1:3 at ambient atmosphere condition was investigated using time-of-flight (TOF) photoconductivity and photoinduced charge extraction by linearly increasing voltage (PhotoCELIV) techniques. The bulk heterojunction based photovoltaic (PV) blend (PBTDTT-15:PC(70)BM (1:3)) exhibited a promising power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 3.23% under air mass 1.5 global (AM 1.5G) illumination of 100mW/cm(2). The charge mobility and recombination properties of the best performing cells were investigated. The hole mobility in the pure PBTDTT-15 was in the range of 4 x 10(-4) cm(2)/(V s), which was reduced almost 5 times in the PBTDTT-15:PC(70)BM (1:3) blend. The PhotoCELIV transient observed for the photovoltaic (PV) blend was dominated by electrons, with the charge mobility of the order of 10(-3) cm(2)/(V s), and a weak shoulder at a long time scale due to holes. The effective bimolecular recombination coefficient (beta) obtained for the PV blend deviated significantly from the Langevin recombination coefficient (beta(L)) indicating a phase-separated morphology. The obtained results indicate that the PBTDTT-15:PC(70)BM blend can be potential for organic solar cell applications.

  7. Switching phase separation mode by varying the hydrophobicity of polymer additives in solution-processed semiconducting small-molecule/polymer blends

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    He, Zhengran; Li, Dawen; Hensley, Dale K.; Rondinone, Adam J.; Chen, Jihua

    2013-09-01

    Lateral and vertical phase separations play critical roles in the performance of the next-generation organic and hybrid electronic devices. A method is demonstrated here to switch between lateral and vertical phase separations in semiconducting 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl) pentacene (TIPSE pentacene)/polymer blend films by simply varying the alkyl length of the polyacrylate polymer component. The phase separation modes depend on intermolecular interactions between small molecule TIPSE pentancene and polymer additives. The blend film with a dominant vertical phase separation exhibits a significant enhancement in average mobility and performance consistency of organic thin-film transistors.

  8. High loading fragrance encapsulation based on a polymer-blend: preparation and release behavior.

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    Sansukcharearnpon, Aurapan; Wanichwecharungruang, Supason; Leepipatpaiboon, Natchanun; Kerdcharoen, Teerakiat; Arayachukeat, Sunatda

    2010-05-31

    The six fragrances, camphor, citronellal, eucalyptol, limonene, menthol and 4-tert-butylcyclohexyl acetate, which represent different chemical functionalities, were encapsulated with a polymer-blend of ethylcellulose (EC), hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) and poly(vinyl alcohol) (PV(OH)) using solvent displacement (ethanol displaced by water). The process gave >or=40% fragrance loading capacity with >or=80% encapsulation efficiency at the fragrance to polymer weight ratio of 1:1 and at initial polymer concentrations of 2000-16,000 ppm and the obtained fragrance-encapsulated spheres showed hydrodynamic diameters of less than 450 nm. The release profile of the encapsulated fragrances, evaluated by both thermal gravimetric and electronic nose techniques, indicated different release characteristics amongst the six encapsulated fragrances. Limonene showed the fastest release with essentially no retention by the nanoparticles, while eucalyptol and menthol showed the slowest release.

  9. In situ imaging and height reconstruction of phase separation processes in polymer blends during spin coating.

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    Ebbens, Stephen; Hodgkinson, Richard; Parnell, Andrew J; Dunbar, Alan; Martin, Simon J; Topham, Paul D; Clarke, Nigel; Howse, Jonathan R

    2011-06-28

    Spin coating polymer blend thin films provides a method to produce multiphase functional layers of high uniformity covering large surface areas. Applications for such layers include photovoltaics and light-emitting diodes where performance relies upon the nanoscale phase separation morphology of the spun film. Furthermore, at micrometer scales, phase separation provides a route to produce self-organized structures for templating applications. Understanding the factors that determine the final phase-separated morphology in these systems is consequently an important goal. However, it has to date proved problematic to fully test theoretical models for phase separation during spin coating, due to the high spin speeds, which has limited the spatial resolution of experimental data obtained during the coating process. Without this fundamental understanding, production of optimized micro- and nanoscale structures is hampered. Here, we have employed synchronized stroboscopic illumination together with the high light gathering sensitivity of an electron-multiplying charge-coupled device camera to optically observe structure evolution in such blends during spin coating. Furthermore the use of monochromatic illumination has allowed interference reconstruction of three-dimensional topographies of the spin-coated film as it dries and phase separates with nanometer precision. We have used this new method to directly observe the phase separation process during spinning for a polymer blend (PS-PI) for the first time, providing new insights into the spin-coating process and opening up a route to understand and control phase separation structures.

  10. RELEASE AND MUCOADHESION PROPERTIES OF DICLOFENAC MATRIX TABLETS FROM NATURAL AND SYNTHETIC POLYMER BLENDS.

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    Odeniyi, Michael A; Khan, Nasir H; Peh, Kok K

    2015-01-01

    The delayed release and mucoadhesive properties of Cedrela gum and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose blend in diclofenac sodium tablet formulations were evaluated. Tablets were prepared by direct compression and the crushing strength and detachment force were found to increase from 74.49 ± 1.22 to 147.25 ± 2.57 N and 0.302 ± 0.36 to 1.141 ± 0.05 N from low to high level of polymers, respectively. The release kinetics followed Korsmeyer-Peppas release and the n varied between 0.834 and 1.273, indicating that the release mechanism shifts from Fickian to super case I (anomalous release). The drug release profile fits a pulsatile-release pattern characterized by a lag time followed by a more or less rapid and complete drug release. The Cedrela gum-hydroxypropylmethylcelluse blend tablets delayed diclofenac release for 2 h and sustained the release for 12 h. The polymer blend delayed drug release in the 0.1 M HCl simulating gastric environment and subsequent release pH 6.8 phosphate buffer.

  11. Formulation and evaluation of atenolol floating bioadhesive system using optimized polymer blends

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    Siddam, Haritha; Kotla, Niranjan G.; Maddiboyina, Balaji; Singh, Sima; Sunnapu, Omprakash; Kumar, Anil; Sharma, Dinesh

    2016-01-01

    Introduction: Oral sustained release gastro retentive dosage forms offer several advantages for drugs having absorption from the upper gastrointestinal tract to improve the bioavailability of medications which have narrow absorption window. The aim of the study was to develop a floating bioadhesive drug delivery system exhibiting a unique combination of floatation and bioadhesion to prolong the residence in the stomach using atenolol as a model drug. Methods: Prior to compression, polymeric blend(s) were evaluated for flow properties. The tablets were prepared by direct compression method using bioadhesive polymer like Carbopol 934P and hydrophilic polymers like HPMC K4M, HPMC K15M, and HPMC K100M. The prepared tablets were evaluated for physical characteristics, bioadhesive strength, buoyancy lag time, swelling index and in vitro drug release studies. Results: The mean bioadhesive strength was found to be in the range of 16.2 to 52.1 gm. The optimized blend (F11) showed 92.3% drug releases after 24 hrs. Whilst, increase in concentration of carbopol 934P, bioadhesive strength and swelling index was increased with slow release. The n values of optimized formulations were found in the range of 0.631-0.719 indicating non-fickian anomalous type transport mechanism. Conclusion: The study aided in developing an ideal once-a-day gastro retentive floating drug delivery system with improved floating, swelling and bioadhesive characteristics with better bioavailability. PMID:27051631

  12. Ultrafast charge- and energy-transfer dynamics in conjugated polymer: cadmium selenide nanocrystal blends.

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    Morgenstern, Frederik S F; Rao, Akshay; Böhm, Marcus L; Kist, René J P; Vaynzof, Yana; Greenham, Neil C

    2014-02-25

    Hybrid nanocrystal-polymer systems are promising candidates for photovoltaic applications, but the processes controlling charge generation are poorly understood. Here, we disentangle the energy- and charge-transfer processes occurring in a model system based on blends of cadmium selenide nanocrystals (CdSe-NC) with poly[2-methoxy-5-(3',7'-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MDMO-PPV) using a combination of time-resolved absorption and luminescence measurements. The use of different capping ligands (n-butylamine, oleic acid) as well as thermal annealing allows tuning of the polymer-nanocrystal interaction. We demonstrate that energy transfer from MDMO-PPV to CdSe-NCs is the dominant exciton quenching mechanism in nonannealed blends and occurs on ultrafast time scales (<1 ps). Upon thermal annealing electron transfer becomes competitive with energy transfer, with a transfer rate of 800 fs independent of the choice of the ligand. Interestingly, we find hole transfer to be much less efficient than electron transfer and to extend over several nanoseconds. Our results emphasize the importance of tuning the organic-nanocrystal interaction to achieve efficient charge separation and highlight the unfavorable hole-transfer dynamics in these blends.

  13. Development of a Chemiresistor Sensor Based on Polymers-Dye Blend for Detection of Ethanol Vapor

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    dos Reis, Marcos A. L.; Thomazi, Fabiano; Nero, Jordan Del; Roman, Lucimara S.

    2010-01-01

    The conductive blend of the poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) and polystyrene sulfonated acid (PEDOT-PSS) polymers were doped with Methyl Red (MR) dye in the acid form and were used as the basis for a chemiresistor sensor for detection of ethanol vapor. This Au | Polymers-dye blend | Au device was manufactured by chemical vapor deposition and spin-coating, the first for deposition of the metal electrodes onto a glass substrate, and the second for preparation of the organic thin film forming ∼1.0 mm2 of active area. The results obtained are the following: (i) electrical resistance dependence with atmospheres containing ethanol vapor carried by nitrogen gas and humidity; (ii) sensitivity at 1.15 for limit detection of 26.25 ppm analyte and an operating temperature of 25 °C; and (iii) the sensing process is quickly reversible and shows very a low power consumption of 20 μW. The thin film morphology of ∼200 nm thickness was analyzed by Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), where it was observed to have a peculiarly granulometric surface favorable to adsorption. This work indicates that PEDOT-PSS doped with MR dye to compose blend film shows good performance like resistive sensor. PMID:22319273

  14. Liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption 6: separation of a four-component polymer blend.

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    Berek, Dušan; Macová, Eva

    2015-02-01

    Baseline separation was achieved of a model four-component polymer blend of polystyrene-poly(methyl methacrylate)-poly(ethylene oxide)-poly(2-vinyl pyridine) in a single chromatographic run with help of the unconventional method of liquid chromatography under limiting conditions of desorption. Narrow barriers of liquids were employed, which selectively decelerated elution of particular kinds of macromolecules. Bare silica gel was the column packing, and the eluent was a mixture of dimethylformamide/tetrahydrofuran/toluene 30:50:20 w/w/w. Barrier compositions were neat toluene, B#1, neat tetrahydrofuran, B#2, and dimethylformamide/tetrahydrofuran/toluene 15:55:30, B#3. Minor blend constituents (∼1%) could be identified, as well. The result represents a step toward the separation and molecular characterization of triblock-copolymers, many of which are expected to contain besides both parent homopolymers also the diblock chains and thus they are in fact four-component polymer blends. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  15. Formulation and evaluation of atenolol floating bioadhesive system using optimized polymer blends.

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    Siddam, Haritha; Kotla, Niranjan G; Maddiboyina, Balaji; Singh, Sima; Sunnapu, Omprakash; Kumar, Anil; Sharma, Dinesh

    2016-01-01

    Oral sustained release gastro retentive dosage forms offer several advantages for drugs having absorption from the upper gastrointestinal tract to improve the bioavailability of medications which have narrow absorption window. The aim of the study was to develop a floating bioadhesive drug delivery system exhibiting a unique combination of floatation and bioadhesion to prolong the residence in the stomach using atenolol as a model drug. Prior to compression, polymeric blend(s) were evaluated for flow properties. The tablets were prepared by direct compression method using bioadhesive polymer like Carbopol 934P and hydrophilic polymers like HPMC K4M, HPMC K15M, and HPMC K100M. The prepared tablets were evaluated for physical characteristics, bioadhesive strength, buoyancy lag time, swelling index and in vitro drug release studies. The mean bioadhesive strength was found to be in the range of 16.2 to 52.1 gm. The optimized blend (F11) showed 92.3% drug releases after 24 hrs. Whilst, increase in concentration of carbopol 934P, bioadhesive strength and swelling index was increased with slow release. The n values of optimized formulations were found in the range of 0.631-0.719 indicating non-fickian anomalous type transport mechanism. The study aided in developing an ideal once-a-day gastro retentive floating drug delivery system with improved floating, swelling and bioadhesive characteristics with better bioavailability.

  16. Kinetics of Microphase Separation in Crosslinked Polymer Blend

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    Bettachy, A.; Benhamou, M.; Derouiche, A.; Fazni, A.

    2009-04-19

    The solvent effect on the early kinetics of the microphase separation (MPS) in binary crosslinked polymer was studied. In the presence of a good solvent, calculations were done using first the random phase approximation method and second an extended blob model, where a crosslinked chain is viewed as a sequence having blobs as new units. Kinetics were studied through the variation of the relaxation rate, {tau}{sub q}, upon the wave number, q, in the region around the spinodal temperature. When the temperature is changed from an initial value, T{sub i}, toward the final value, T{sub f}, very close to the critical point, the only motion allowed to the crosslinked chains is of Rouse type because of the presence of the crosslinks. The swelling effect on the MPS leads to a multiplicative renormalization of critical parameters of the molten state by factors as power of the overall monomer volume fraction, {phi}. The characteristic frequency, {omega}{sub (q)}, inverse of {tau}{sub q}, scales as {omega}(q) congruent with q{sup 6}{epsilon}{sup 3}, where {epsilon} stands for the traditional screening length. The study of kinetics of MPS is then extended in the presence of a theta solvent.

  17. A blended polymer electret-based micro-electronic power generator

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    Ko, Wen-Ching; Lee, Bor-Shiun; Chen, Jia-Lun; Lin, Shun-Chi; Wu, Wen-Jong; Lee, Chih-Kung

    2008-03-01

    Recently, power harvesting technologies for low-power electronic devices have attracted much interest. In this paper, the design and fabrication methods of a micro-electrostatic power generator is presented. This power generator comprises a stator developed using an electret film for charge storage and a rotor covered by an interdigital electrode for electric power generation. The newly developed electret material is made from mixing two solutions. The first solution was made by blending polystyrene (PS) and cycloolefin copolymer (COC). The second solution was obtained by an additive process as polar molecule was added into COC. This unique two solution electret method can easily be integrated and adopted to the micro fabrication process. The charge storage capability of this new electret material was investigated and results showed that low concentration of polystyrene in the blended material will not only have more stable but also higher electrostatic charge than that of pure COC. In addition, the polar molecular additives also improve the electret properties of COC due to micro-cavities formation and the interactions between molecules and polymer. Our newly developed blended electret material has excellent mechanical properties and is easy to use when compared to using Teflon Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene (FEP) and polypropylene (PP). A feasibility study of a micro electrostatic power generator based on our blended electret material was performed. Experimental results demonstrate the feasibility and effectiveness of this new type of micro electrostatic power generator.

  18. Cellulose acetate hollow fiber membranes blended with phospholipid polymer and their performance for hemopurification.

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    Ye, Sang Ho; Watanabe, Junji; Ishihara, Kazuhiko

    2004-01-01

    Commercially available hollow fiber membranes (HFMs) made from synthetic polymers, including cellulose acetate (CA) HFMs, used as hemopurification membranes, need to improve in hemocompatibility, by suppressing protein adsorption and clot formation. In this study, CA HFMs blended with 2-methacryloyloxyethyl phosphorylcholine (MPC) copolymer (PMB30 composed of MPC and n-butyl methacrylate (BMA)) were prepared by a dry-jet wet spinning process. Their performances were evaluated by characterizing their properties such as structure, permeability and protein adsorption. CA/PMB30-blend HFMs showed structure changes such as increase of porosity, development of large pores and decreasing of the thickness of the active layer. And the structure and permeability of CA/PMB30-blend HFMs were controllable by changing preparation conditions. Also, the CA/PMB30-blend HFMs had good permeability, low protein adsorption and low fouling property during the permeability experiment in comparison with CA HFMs, because the hydrophilic and hemocompatible MPC copolymer (PMB30) existed on the surface of the HFM.

  19. Chain conformation-dependent thermal conductivity of amorphous polymer blends: the impact of inter- and intra-chain interactions.

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    Wei, Xingfei; Zhang, Teng; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-11-30

    Polymers with high thermal conductivities are of great interest for both scientific research and industrial applications. In this study, model amorphous polymer blends are studied using molecular dynamics simulations. We have examined the effects of inter- and intra-chain interactions on the molecular-level conformations of the blends, which in turn impact their thermal conductivity. It is found that the thermal conductivity of polymer blends is strongly related to the molecular conformation, especially the spatial extent of the molecular chains indicated by their radius of gyration. Tuning the intra-chain van der Waals (vdW) interaction leads to different molecular structures of the minor component in the binary blend, but the thermal conductivity is not changed. However, increasing the inter-chain vdW interactions between the major and the minor components will increase the thermal conductivity of the blend, which is due to the conformation change in the major component that leads to enhanced thermal transport along the chain backbone through the intra-chain bonding interactions. The fundamental structure-property relationship from this study may provide useful guidance for designing and synthesizing polymer blends with desirable thermal conductivity.

  20. Microstructural and electrical properties of PVA/PVP polymer blend films doped with cupric sulphate

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    Hemalatha, K.; Mahadevaiah, Gowtham, G. K.; Urs, G. Thejas; Somashekarappa, H.; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-01

    A series of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blends added with different concentrations of cupric sulphate (CuSO4) were prepared by solution casting method and were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Ac conductance measurements. An attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in PVA/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of CuSO4. Results show that decrease in micro crystalline parameter values is accompanied with increase in the amorphous content in the film which is the reason for film to have more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductance measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of CuSO4 increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  1. Phase separation dynamics in polymer blends close to Tg: aging and rejuvenating

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    Julien, Gregoire

    2013-03-01

    We extend the Percolation of Free Volume Distribution (PFVD) model developed by Long and co-workers to deal with polymer blends dynamics close to the glass transition. The dynamical model incorporates an extension of the Flory Huggins model to the case of compressible blends for calculating the driving forces. Spatial dynamics follows then from an Onsager like description. The model is solved on a 2D lattice corresponding to spatial scales of about a few tens to 100 nm and a resolution corresponding to the scale of dynamical heterogeneities, allowing to study phase separation close to Tg. We study also the reverse process, after the temperature is increased again in the totally miscible range. We observe a temporal asymmetry between the aging and the rejuvenation dynamics: the slow domains melt much faster than the elapsed time required to built them during the separation process and total miscibility is recovered after a much shorter time.

  2. Microstructural and electrical properties of PVA/PVP polymer blend films doped with cupric sulphate

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    Hemalatha, K.; Gowtham, G. K.; Somashekarappa, H.; Mahadevaiah,; Urs, G. Thejas; Somashekar, R.

    2016-05-23

    A series of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA)/polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blends added with different concentrations of cupric sulphate (CuSO{sub 4}) were prepared by solution casting method and were subjected to X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Ac conductance measurements. An attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in PVA/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of CuSO{sub 4}. Results show that decrease in micro crystalline parameter values is accompanied with increase in the amorphous content in the film which is the reason for film to have more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductance measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of CuSO{sub 4} increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  3. Effects of attractive colloids on the phase separation behaviors of binary polymer blends

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    Zhang, Xinghua; Chen, Yunlin; Qu, Lijian; Yan, Dadong

    2013-08-01

    The attractive colloids are added as fillers to control the phase behaviors of binary polymer blends. Because the colloids attract both components in the blends, aggregates are formed by the colloids coated with both kinds of polymer brushes. The aggregation results in two contradictory effects on the phase separation. First, the formation of aggregate decreases the translational entropy, which promotes the phase separation. On the other hand, the phase separation causes the extra free energy penalty due to the stretch of the chains attaching on the colloids, which prevents the phase separation. Furthermore, as the concentration or adsorbability of the colloids increases the local fluctuations within the aggregates become important. This results in a transition from the macro-phase separation to the micro-phase separation and the existence of the Lifshitz point. All of these effects lead to diverse phase behaviors in the polymer nanocomposites system. In present work, these behaviors are studied theoretically by the random phase approximation in a model system.

  4. Temperature and composition-dependent density of states in organic small-molecule/polymer blend transistors

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    Hunter, Simon; Mottram, Alexander D.; Anthopoulos, Thomas D.

    2016-07-01

    The density of trap states (DOS) in organic p-type transistors based on the small-molecule 2,8-difluoro-5,11-bis(triethylsilylethynyl) anthradithiophene (diF-TES ADT), the polymer poly(triarylamine) and blends thereof are investigated. The DOS in these devices are measured as a function of semiconductor composition and operating temperature. We show that increasing operating temperature causes a broadening of the DOS below 250 K. Characteristic trap depths of ˜15 meV are measured at 100 K, increasing to between 20 and 50 meV at room-temperature, dependent on the semiconductor composition. Semiconductor films with high concentrations of diF-TES ADT exhibit both a greater density of trap states as well as broader DOS distributions when measured at room-temperature. These results shed light on the underlying charge transport mechanisms in organic blend semiconductors and the apparent freezing-out of hole conduction through the polymer and mixed polymer/small molecule phases at temperatures below 225 K.

  5. Light-scattering thermal cross-linking material using morphology of nanoparticle free polymer blends

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    Takei, Satoshi

    2015-03-01

    A newly light-scattering thermal cross-linking material based on self-assembly for forming the morphology of nanoparticle free polymer blends was reported. The material design concept to use light-scattering thermal cross-linking material with high uniformity of light on display panel from LED for high quality such as brightness and evenness, mechanical properties, and gas and water barrier properties. The high light scattering rate of 8 % at 350-450 nm of wavelength, fast cure film at 140 ºC and 120 s, and thermal stability at 190 ºC in bake condition for high productivity were indicated in the light-scattering thermal cross-linking material using the nanoparticle free polymers with carboxylic acid functional groups. These novel system using morphology of nanoparticle free polymer blends in light-scattering package material for a LCD using LED was a valuable approach to the design of material formulations for newly light-scattering thermal cross-linking material.

  6. Broadband ultrafast photoluminescence spectroscopy resolves charge photogeneration via delocalized hot excitons in polymer:fullerene photovoltaic blends.

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    Chen, Kai; Barker, Alex J; Reish, Matthew E; Gordon, Keith C; Hodgkiss, Justin M

    2013-12-11

    Conventional descriptions of excitons in semiconducting polymers do not account for several important observations in polymer:fullerene photovoltaic blends, including the ultrafast time scale of charge photogeneration in phase separated blends and the intermediate role of delocalized charge transfer states. We investigate the nature of excitons in thin films of polymers and polymer:fullerene blends by using broadband ultrafast photoluminescence spectroscopy. Our technique enables us to resolve energetic relaxation, as well as the volume of excitons and population dynamics on ultrafast time scales. We resolve substantial high-energy emission from hot excitons prior to energetic relaxation, which occurs predominantly on a subpicosecond time scale. Consistent with quantum chemical calculations, ultrafast annihilation measurements show that excitons initially extend along a substantial chain length prior to localization induced by structural relaxation. Moreover, we see that hot excitons are initially highly mobile and the subsequent rapid decay in mobility is correlated with energetic relaxation. The relevance of these measurements to charge photogeneration is confirmed by our measurements in blends. We find that charge photogeneration occurs predominately via these delocalized hot exciton states in competition with relaxation and independently of temperature. As well as accounting for the ultrafast time scale of charge generation across large polymer phases, delocalized hot excitons may also account for the crucial requirement that primary charge pairs are well separated in efficient organic photovoltaic blends.

  7. Dispersion states and surface characteristics of physically blended polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane/polymer hybrid nanocomposites

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    Misra, Rahul

    Control of dispersion and segregation states of nanostructured additives is one of the biggest challenges in realizing the optimum potential of high performance hybrid polymer nanocomposites. Polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxane (POSS) nanostructured chemicals, with their hybrid organic-inorganic nature and flexible functionalization with a variety of organic substituents, yield possibilities to control dispersion and tune compatibility in a wide range of polymer systems. The overall goal of this research is to investigate the fundamental parameters that influence the dispersion and segregation states of POSS nanostructured chemicals, and to understand chain dynamics and conformations in physically blended POSS hybrid polymer nanocomposites (HPNC's). Multiple structural and mechanical factors influencing macro to nano scale surface and bulk properties were successfully investigated and correlated. A strategy based on thermodynamic principles for selective control of POSS dispersion states in a given polymer matrix is developed and discussed. This dissertation consists of eight chapters. Chapter 1 provides a detailed introduction about the development and current research interest in POSS/polymer nanocomposites. This chapter also discusses limitations of current advanced nanoprobe techniques. Chapter 2 establishes the overall goal of this research and specific research ii objectives. Chapter 3 establishes the preferential surface migration behavior of physically dispersed, non-reactive, closed cage octaisobutyl POSS (Oib-POSS) in a non-polar polypropylene matrix. Furthermore, influence of POSS surface segregation on the surface properties, especially nano-tribomechanical behavior is also discussed. Chapter 4 expands the studies by melt blending two different types of POSS molecules, a non-reactive, closed cage Oib-POSS and an open cage trisilanolphenyl POSS (Tsp-POSS), in a nylon 6 matrix. This chapter discusses the morphology, nano-dispersion and macro- to

  8. Optoelectronic characteristics of MEH-PPV + BT blend thin films in polymer light emitting diodes

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    Massah Bidgoli, M.; Mohsennia, M.; Akbari Boroumand, F.; Mohsen Nia, A.

    2015-06-01

    Due to the unique optical and electronic properties of conjugated polymers, much research has been conducted to study the effect of the incorporation of electron-transporting materials on the polymer blends’ compatibility and their capability for use in optoelectronic devices. In this work, to characterize the optoelectronic properties of blend thin films of poly [2-methoxy-5-(2’-ethyl-hexyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MEH-PPV) with benzothiadiazole (BT), polymer light- emitting diodes (PLEDs) with single-emission layers of MEH-PPV + BT blends have been fabricated. The influence of MEH-PPV + BT blend weight ratios over ITO/PEDOT:PSS/MEH-PPV + BT/Al PLEDs performances, e.g., lifetime, turn-on voltage, and current density-voltage (J-V) characteristics, has been studied. According to the obtained results, the turn-on voltage of the devices successfully decreased with the addition of the BT as an electronic transportation material. At an optimum condition, we obtained a turn-on voltage as low as 5 V and a lifetime of about 190 h for a device incorporating 65% BT. The logarithmic plots of the J-V characteristics of the fabricated devices showed a power law behavior (J ∝ Vk+1) with three distinct regions. The J-V characteristics have been explained by the Fowler-Nordheim (FN) tunneling model. It was found that the hole-injection barrier height decreases with increasing BT content in the range of 0-65%. According to the obtained results, in all of our investigations, the electroluminescence (EL) originated exclusively from the MEH-PPV material, even for the high BT contents.

  9. Electrospun Polymer Blend Nanofibers for Tunable Drug Delivery: The Role of Transformative Phase Separation on Controlling the Release Rate.

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    Tipduangta, Pratchaya; Belton, Peter; Fábián, László; Wang, Li Ying; Tang, Huiru; Eddleston, Mark; Qi, Sheng

    2016-01-04

    Electrospun fibrous materials have a wide range of biomedical applications, many of them involving the use of polymers as matrices for incorporation of therapeutic agents. The use of polymer blends improves the tuneability of the physicochemical and mechanical properties of the drug loaded fibers. This also benefits the development of controlled drug release formulations, for which the release rate can be modified by altering the ratio of the polymers in the blend. However, to realize these benefits, a clear understanding of the phase behavior of the processed polymer blend is essential. This study reports an in depth investigation of the impact of the electrospinning process on the phase separation of a model partially miscible polymer blend, PVP K90 and HPMCAS, in comparison to other conventional solvent evaporation based processes including film casting and spin coating. The nanoscale stretching and ultrafast solvent removal of electrospinning lead to an enhanced apparent miscibility between the polymers, with the same blends showing micronscale phase separation when processed using film casting and spin coating. Nanoscale phase separation in electrospun blend fibers was confirmed in the dry state. Rapid, layered, macroscale phase separation of the two polymers occurred during the wetting of the fibers. This led to a biphasic drug release profile from the fibers, with a burst release from PVP-rich phases and a slower, more continuous release from HPMCAS-rich phases. It was noted that the model drug, paracetamol, had more favorable partitioning into the PVP-rich phase, which is likely to be a result of greater hydrogen bonding between PVP and paracetamol. This led to higher drug contents in the PVP-rich phases than the HPMCAS-rich phases. By alternating the proportions of the PVP and HPMCAS, the drug release rate can be modulated.

  10. Functionalized soft nanoporous materials through supramolecular assembly of end-functionalized polymer blends.

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    Song, Giyoung; Cho, Suk Man; Jung, Hee Joon; Kim, Richard Hahnkee; Bae, Insung; Ahn, Hyungju; Ryu, Du Yeol; Huh, June; Park, Cheolmin

    2012-12-03

    Supramolecular assembly through complementary interaction between molecular subgroups belonging to phase-separating polymer species offers a great opportunity, not only for constructing nanoscale soft templates reminiscent of conventional block copolymer morphologies, but also for tailoring surface properties by facile removal of one of the structure components by cleaving complementary interactions. Herein we report the fabrication of a novel, organic, nanoporous film through supramolecular assembly of two complementarily, end-interacting, mono-end-functionalized polymers under solvent annealing. The film of end-functionalized polymer blends under solvent annealing yielded phase-separated nanodomains that resemble nanoscopically ordered structures of block copolymers, but that are more advantageous due to easily cleavable and exchangeable links between the phase-separated domains. The removal of one of the components of the precursor structure formed from the end-functionalized polymers through cleavage of complementary interactions allowed us to fabricate mono- or multilayered nanoporous structures in which the chemically useful end-functionalities of the remnant polymers are rich on the surface of the pores. The resultant, organic, nanoporous films with tailored surface functionality offer a useful platform for various chemical and biological applications. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  11. Charge transfer state versus hot exciton dissociation in polymer-fullerene blended solar cells.

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    Lee, Jiye; Vandewal, Koen; Yost, Shane R; Bahlke, Matthias E; Goris, Ludwig; Baldo, Marc A; Manca, Jean V; Van Voorhis, Troy

    2010-09-01

    We examine the significance of hot exciton dissociation in two archetypical polymer-fullerene blend solar cells. Rather than evolving through a bound charge transfer state, hot processes are proposed to convert excitons directly into free charges. But we find that the internal quantum yields of carrier photogeneration are similar for both excitons and direct excitation of charge transfer states. The internal quantum yield, together with the temperature dependence of the current-voltage characteristics, is consistent with negligible impact from hot exciton dissociation.

  12. Domain Coalescence-Induced Nucleation and Anomalous Growth of Holes in Thin Polymer Blend Film

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    Bi, Wuguo; Yeow, Edwin K. L.

    2011-02-01

    The phase evolution of a thin polymer blend film of polystyrene (PS) and poly(2-vinyl pyridine) (P2VP) triggered by solvent annealing is examined at both the bulk and single-(macro)molecule levels using wide-field microscopy (WFM). The transitions between different evolutionary stages in the nucleation and growth process are clearly visualized in real time and without intermittent breaks. The nucleation of PS holes arises from the coalescence and growth of P2VP domains and the holes expand in a complex manner involving the dewetting of PS and the absorption of P2VP domains into the holes.

  13. Biodegradable polymer blends based on corn starch and thermoplastic chitosan processed by extrusion.

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    Mendes, J F; Paschoalin, R T; Carmona, V B; Sena Neto, Alfredo R; Marques, A C P; Marconcini, J M; Mattoso, L H C; Medeiros, E S; Oliveira, J E

    2016-02-10

    Blends of thermoplastic cornstarch (TPS) and chitosan (TPC) were obtained by melt extrusion. The effect of TPC incorporation in TPS matrix and polymer interaction on morphology and thermal and mechanical properties were investigated. Possible interactions between the starch molecules and thermoplastic chitosan were assessed by XRD and FTIR techniques. Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM) analyses showed a homogeneous fracture surface without the presence of starch granules or chitosan aggregates. Although the incorporation of thermoplastic chitosan caused a decrease in both tensile strength and stiffness, films with better extensibility and thermal stability were produced.

  14. Structure-Property Relations in Polymer:Fullerene Blends for Organic Solar Cells.

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    Banerji, Natalie

    Organic solar cells consist of thin films combining an electron donor (often a conjugated polymer) with an electron acceptor (often a fullerene derivative), in a blend commonly referred to as bulk heterojunction material. Charge separation between the donor and the acceptor leads to the generation of carriers, which can be extracted from photovoltaic devices in the form of photocurrent. The generation mechanism of free, extractable charges has caused a lot of controversial discussion in literature. Our research has shown that all the steps involved in charge generation are strongly dependent on the arrangement of the donor and the acceptor (i.e. the structure) of the bulk heterojunction.

  15. Miscibility of poly(lactic acid) and poly(ethylene oxide) solvent polymer blends and nanofibers made by solution blow spinning

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    The miscibility of blends of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) was studied in polymer solutions by dilute solution viscometry and in solution blow spun nanofibers by microscopy (SEM, TEM) and by thermal and spectral analysis. Three blends of PLA and PEO were solution blended in...

  16. Ion conducting polymers and polymer blends for alkali metal ion batteries

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    DeSimone, Joseph M.; Pandya, Ashish; Wong, Dominica; Vitale, Alessandra

    2017-08-29

    Electrolyte compositions for batteries such as lithium ion and lithium air batteries are described. In some embodiments the compositions are liquid compositions comprising (a) a homogeneous solvent system, said solvent system comprising a perfluropolyether (PFPE) and polyethylene oxide (PEO); and (b) an alkali metal salt dissolved in said solvent system. In other embodiments the compositions are solid electrolyte compositions comprising: (a) a solid polymer, said polymer comprising a crosslinked product of a crosslinkable perfluropolyether (PFPE) and a crosslinkable polyethylene oxide (PEO); and (b) an alkali metal ion salt dissolved in said polymer. Batteries containing such compositions as electrolytes are also described.

  17. A review on synthesis, properties and applications of natural polymer based carrageenan blends and composites.

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    Zia, Khalid Mahmood; Tabasum, Shazia; Nasif, Muhammad; Sultan, Neelam; Aslam, Nosheen; Noreen, Aqdas; Zuber, Mohammad

    2017-03-01

    Carrageenan is a natural polysaccharide extracted from edible red seaweeds of Rhodophycea class. It has been used as a viscosity increasing or gelling agent for prolonged and controlled drug release, food, pharmaceuticals and other industries. However, in spite of wide range of applications, carrageenan has some drawbacks and adverse effects on the biological systems, so its modifications with natural and synthetic polymers are carried out. This review article presents different sources and properties of carrageenans with special emphasis on natural polymer based carrageenan blends and composites and their applications in controlled drug delivery system, wound dressing and tissue engineering because of their biodegradability and biocompatibility, food industry as thickening/gelling materials, cosmeceuticals and making polyelectrolyte complexes. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  18. Shape Memory Polymers from Blends of Elastomers and Crystalline Small Molecules

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    Cavicchi, Kevin; Brostowitz, Nicole; Hukill, Brent; Fairbairn, Heather

    2015-03-01

    This talk will present work on the fabrication of shape memory polymers (SMPs) by swelling natural with molten fatty acids. By this method a SMPs with excellent shape fixity and recovery can be obtained during free recovery after uniaxial deformation to 100% strain. Experiments to measure the shape memory properties under both stress and strain controlled conditions will be reported and compared. This fabrication method offers a number of advantages for preparing SMPs. First, it utilizes natural rubber as the base material for the SMP, which capitalizes on a high performance, commodity elastomer. Second, by blending a commercial polymer with a small molecule additive no additional chemistry is needed for the preparation of the SMP. Third, this route inverts the typically processing steps by crosslinking the permanent network prior to formation of the physically crosslinked reversible network. This offers a means to potentially generate a SMP from any preformed elastomeric article.

  19. Nanoscale mid-infrared imaging of phase separation in a drug-polymer blend.

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    Van Eerdenbrugh, Bernard; Lo, Michael; Kjoller, Kevin; Marcott, Curtis; Taylor, Lynne S

    2012-06-01

    The applicability of nanoscale mid-infrared (mid-IR) spectroscopy for the study of the micro- and nanostructure of pharmaceutical drug-polymer systems was explored. Felodipine-poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) blends were used as model systems. Standard atomic force microscopy evaluation as a function of drug-polymer composition suggested limited miscibility, in line with previous findings. Localized spectra on a 50:50 (w/w) felodipine-PAA dispersion revealed that the discrete submicrometer domains formed corresponded to an amorphous felodipine-rich phase while the continuous phase tended to be rich in PAA. Further, spectroscopic imaging at selected wavenumbers, enabling discrimination between both constituents, confirmed this finding and made it possible to chemically image differences in composition between each phase with submicrometer resolution. Copyright © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  20. Surface-induced phase behavior of polymer/nanoparticle blends with attractions.

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    Frischknecht, Amalie L; Padmanabhan, Venkat; Mackay, Michael E

    2012-04-28

    In an athermal blend of nanoparticles and homopolymer near a hard wall, there is a first order phase transition in which the nanoparticles segregate to the wall and form a densely packed monolayer above a certain nanoparticle density. Previous investigations of this phase transition employed a fluids density functional theory (DFT) at constant packing fraction. Here we report further DFT calculations to probe the robustness of this phase transition. We find that the phase transition also occurs in athermal systems at constant pressure, the more natural experimental condition than constant packing fraction. Adding nanoparticle-polymer attractions increases the nanoparticle transition density, while sufficiently strong attractions suppress the first-order transition entirely. In this case the systems display a continuous transition to a bulk layered state. Adding attractions between the polymers and the wall has a similar effect of delaying and then suppressing the first-order nanoparticle segregation transition, but does not lead to any continuous phase transitions.

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. Ultrafast Charge- and Energy-Transfer Dynamics in Conjugated Polymer: Cadmium Selenide Nanocrystal Blends

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    2014-01-01

    Hybrid nanocrystal–polymer systems are promising candidates for photovoltaic applications, but the processes controlling charge generation are poorly understood. Here, we disentangle the energy- and charge-transfer processes occurring in a model system based on blends of cadmium selenide nanocrystals (CdSe-NC) with poly[2-methoxy-5-(3′,7′-dimethyloctyloxy)-1,4-phenylene vinylene] (MDMO-PPV) using a combination of time-resolved absorption and luminescence measurements. The use of different capping ligands (n-butylamine, oleic acid) as well as thermal annealing allows tuning of the polymer–nanocrystal interaction. We demonstrate that energy transfer from MDMO-PPV to CdSe-NCs is the dominant exciton quenching mechanism in nonannealed blends and occurs on ultrafast time scales (<1 ps). Upon thermal annealing electron transfer becomes competitive with energy transfer, with a transfer rate of 800 fs independent of the choice of the ligand. Interestingly, we find hole transfer to be much less efficient than electron transfer and to extend over several nanoseconds. Our results emphasize the importance of tuning the organic–nanocrystal interaction to achieve efficient charge separation and highlight the unfavorable hole-transfer dynamics in these blends. PMID:24490650

  4. Four shades of brown: tuning of electrochromic polymer blends toward high-contrast eyewear.

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    Österholm, Anna M; Shen, D Eric; Kerszulis, Justin A; Bulloch, Rayford H; Kuepfert, Michael; Dyer, Aubrey L; Reynolds, John R

    2015-01-28

    We report a straightforward strategy of accessing a wide variety of colors through simple predictive color mixing of electrochromic polymers (ECPs). We have created a set of brown ECP blends that can be incorporated as the active material in user-controlled electrochromic eyewear. Color mixing of ECPs proceeds in a subtractive fashion, and we acquire various hues of brown through the mixing of cyan and yellow primaries in combination with orange and periwinkle-blue secondary colors. Upon oxidation, all of the created blends exhibit a change in transmittance from ca. 10 to 70% in a few seconds. We demonstrate the attractiveness of these ECP blends as active materials in electrochromic eyewear by assembling user-controlled, high-contrast, fast-switching, and fully solution-processable electrochromic lenses with colorless transmissive states and colored states that correspond to commercially available sunglasses. The lenses were fabricated using a combination of inkjet printing and blade-coating to illustrate the feasibility of using soluble ECPs for high-throughput and large-scale processing.

  5. Physical properties of whey protein--hydroxypropylmethylcellulose blend edible films.

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    Brindle, L P; Krochta, J M

    2008-11-01

    The formations of glycerol (Gly)-plasticized whey protein isolate (WPI)-hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) films, blended using different combinations and at different conditions, were investigated. The resulting WPI: Gly-HPMC films were analyzed for mechanical properties, oxygen permeability (OP), and water solubility. Differences due to HPMC quantity and blend method were determined via SAS software. While WPI: Gly and HPMC films were transparent, blend films were translucent, indicating some degree of immiscibility and/or WPI-HPMC aggregated domains in the blend films. WPI: Gly-HPMC films were stronger than WPI: Gly films and more flexible and stretchable than HPMC films, with films becoming stiffer, stronger, and less stretchable as the concentration of HPMC increased. However, WPI: Gly-HPMC blended films maintained the same low OP of WPI: Gly films, significantly lower than the OP of HPMC films. Comparison of mechanical properties and OP of films made by heat-denaturing WPI before and after blending with HPMC did not indicate any difference in degree of cross-linking between the methods, while solubility data indicated otherwise. Overall, while adding HPMC to WPI: Gly films had a large effect on the flexibility, strength, stretchability, and water solubility of the film polymeric network, results indicated that HPMC had no effect on OP through the polymer network. WPI-HPMC blend films had a desirable combination of mechanical and oxygen barrier properties, reflecting the combination of hydrogen-bonding, hydrophobic interactions, and disulfide bond cross-linking in the blended polymer network.

  6. Thin films of polymer blends for controlled drug delivery deposited by matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation

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    Paun, Irina Alexandra; Ion, Valentin; Moldovan, Antoniu; Dinescu, Maria

    2010-06-01

    We demonstrate the use of matrix-assisted pulsed laser evaporation technique for incorporating drugs (indomethacin) within thin films of polymer blends, to be used as biodegradable implants that deliver drugs in a controlled manner. For irradiation at fluences up to 1 J/cm2, the films show excellent surface morphology and the chemical structure of all constituent polymers within the blend is well preserved. The optical characteristics of the films are assessed by spectroscopic ellipsometry. The presence of the drug within the polymeric films is confirmed by its specific absorption at 319 nm.

  7. Tuning the microwave absorption through engineered nanostructures in co-continuous polymer blends

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    Prasanna Kar, Goutam; Biswas, Sourav; Bose, Suryasarathi

    2016-06-01

    Herein, we report tailor-made properties by dispersing nanostructured materials in a co-continuous polymer blend (PVDF/ABS) that is capable of shielding electromagnetic (EM) radiation. To accomplish this, lossy materials were employed like multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWNTs), and barium titanate (BT), (which exhibit relaxation losses in the microwave frequency domain) and ferrites (like Fe3O4). To improve the state of dispersion, the MWNTs were non-covalently modified using 3,4,9,10-perylenetetracarboxylic dianhydride (PTCD) via π-π stacking, and for effective shielding the MWNTs were conjugated with either BT or Fe3O4 nanoparticles through suitable modifications. The hybrid nanoparticles were selectively localized in the PVDF phase, governed by its polarity, and exhibited excellent microwave attenuation. In order to gain insight into the dielectric and magnetic attributes, the microwave parameters were assessed systematically. Taken together, our results uncover polymer blend as a promising candidate for designing lightweight, thermally stable microwave absorber materials.

  8. Characterization of origami shape memory metamaterials (SMMM) made of bio-polymer blends

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    Kshad, Mohamed Ali E.; Naguib, Hani E.

    2016-04-01

    Shape memory materials (SMMs) are materials that can return to their virgin state and release mechanically induced strains by external stimuli. Shape memory polymers (SMPs) are a class of SMMs that show a high shape recoverability and which have attractive potential for structural applications. In this paper, we experimentally study the shape memory effect of origami based metamaterials. The main focus is on the Muira origami metamaterials. The fabrication technique used to produce origami structure is direct molding where all the geometrical features are molded from thermally virgin polymers without post folding of flat sheets. The study shows experimental investigations of shape memory metamaterials (SMMMs) made of SMPs that can be used in different applications such as medicine, robotics, and lightweight structures. The origami structure made from SMP blends, activated with uniform heating. The effect of blend composition on the shape memory behavior was studied. Also the influence of the thermomechanical and the viscoelastic properties of origami unit cell on the activation process have been discussed, and stress relaxation and shape recovery were investigated. Activation process of the unit cell has been demonstrated.

  9. The self-organization of diblock copolymers at polymer blend interafaces

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    Schnell, R.; Stamm, M.

    1997-02-01

    Diblock copolymers can be used as emulsifiers to optimize the mechanical properties of polymer blends. We investigate the interface in thin polyparamethylstyrene(PMS)/polystyrene(PS) bilayer films with and without the presence of diblock copolymer P(S-b-PMS). Components are incompatible, but close to miscibility. Neutron reflectivity (NR) measurements were first carried out with PMS/PS bilayers at varying molecular weights and temperatures. The fits of the data reveal interface widths in the range between 9.4 and 19.6 nm. This corresponds in the framework of mean field theory to segment interaction parameters (χ) between 0.0033 and 0.0058 and a mean segment length ( b) of 0.8 nm and is in good agreement to SANS investigations. For higher molecular weights the presence of diblock copolymer in homopolymer blends results in the segregation of the diblock copolymers to the interfaces and to an increase of the interface width between the two layers, which is in good agreement to other polymer systems. In nearly compatible systems, on the other hand, no significant segregation of the copolymer to the interface was observed.

  10. A Solution‐Doped Polymer Semiconductor:Insulator Blend for Thermoelectrics

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    Kiefer, David; Yu, Liyang; Fransson, Erik; Gómez, Andrés; Primetzhofer, Daniel; Amassian, Aram; Campoy‐Quiles, Mariano

    2016-01-01

    Poly(ethylene oxide) is demonstrated to be a suitable matrix polymer for the solution‐doped conjugated polymer poly(3‐hexylthiophene). The polarity of the insulator combined with carefully chosen processing conditions permits the fabrication of tens of micrometer‐thick films that feature a fine distribution of the F4TCNQ dopant:semiconductor complex. Changes in electrical conductivity from 0.1 to 0.3 S cm−1 and Seebeck coefficient from 100 to 60 μV K−1 upon addition of the insulator correlate with an increase in doping efficiency from 20% to 40% for heavily doped ternary blends. An invariant bulk thermal conductivity of about 0.3 W m−1 K−1 gives rise to a thermoelectric Figure of merit ZT ∼ 10−4 that remains unaltered for an insulator content of more than 60 wt%. Free‐standing, mechanically robust tapes illustrate the versatility of the developed dopant:semiconductor:insulator ternary blends. PMID:28105396

  11. Thin-film solid-state proton NMR measurements using a synthetic mica substrate: Polymer blends

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    VanderHart, David L.; Prabhu, Vivek M.; Lavery, Kristopher A.; Dennis, Cindi L.; Rao, Ashwin B.; Lin, Eric K.

    2009-11-01

    Solid-state proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements are performed successfully on polymer blend thin films through the use of synthetic mica as a substrate. When used as a substrate, synthetic fluorophlogopite mica with its proton-free, diamagnetic character, allows for adequate measurement sensitivity while minimally perturbing the proton thin-film spectra, especially relative to more commonly available natural micas. Specifically, we use multiple-pulse techniques in the presence of magic-angle spinning to measure the degree of mixing in two different polymer blend thin films, polystyrene/poly(xylylene ether) and poly(1-methyladamantyl methacrylate) (PMAdMA)/triphenylsulfonium perfluorobutanesulfonate (TPS-PFBS), spin-coated onto mica substrates. Our earlier studies had focused on bulk systems where NMR signals are stronger, but may not be representative of thin films of the same systems that are relevant to many applications such as photoresist formulations in the electronics industry. The superiority of synthetic over natural paramagnetic mica is demonstrated by the maintenance of resolution and spinning sideband intensities (relative to bulk samples) for the synthetic mica samples. In contrast, degraded resolution and large spinning sidebands are shown to typify spectra of the natural mica samples. This approach can be applied to many other proton measurements of solid thin films, thereby greatly extending the types of systems to be investigated. Magnetic susceptibility measurements are also reported for all micas used.

  12. Thin-film solid-state proton NMR measurements using a synthetic mica substrate: polymer blends.

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    VanderHart, David L; Prabhu, Vivek M; Lavery, Kristopher A; Dennis, Cindi L; Rao, Ashwin B; Lin, Eric K

    2009-11-01

    Solid-state proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) measurements are performed successfully on polymer blend thin films through the use of synthetic mica as a substrate. When used as a substrate, synthetic fluorophlogopite mica with its proton-free, diamagnetic character, allows for adequate measurement sensitivity while minimally perturbing the proton thin-film spectra, especially relative to more commonly available natural micas. Specifically, we use multiple-pulse techniques in the presence of magic-angle spinning to measure the degree of mixing in two different polymer blend thin films, polystyrene/poly(xylylene ether) and poly(1-methyladamantyl methacrylate) (PMAdMA)/triphenylsulfonium perfluorobutanesulfonate (TPS-PFBS), spin-coated onto mica substrates. Our earlier studies had focused on bulk systems where NMR signals are stronger, but may not be representative of thin films of the same systems that are relevant to many applications such as photoresist formulations in the electronics industry. The superiority of synthetic over natural paramagnetic mica is demonstrated by the maintenance of resolution and spinning sideband intensities (relative to bulk samples) for the synthetic mica samples. In contrast, degraded resolution and large spinning sidebands are shown to typify spectra of the natural mica samples. This approach can be applied to many other proton measurements of solid thin films, thereby greatly extending the types of systems to be investigated. Magnetic susceptibility measurements are also reported for all micas used.

  13. Magnetic field effects in a polymer/fullerene blend photovoltaic cell

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    Jang, Hyuk-Jae; Basham, James I.; Gundlach, David J.; Richter, Curt A.

    Organic photovoltaic (OPV) systems based on blends of conjugated polymers and fullerene derivatives have shown great promise for low-cost and efficient photovoltaic applications. Recent findings suggest that a weak external magnetic field can disturb the spin configuration of excited states and subsequently change properties of OPV cells such as photocurrent. These changes are referred to as magnetic field effects (MFEs). In order to have a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms responsible for the MFEs in polymer/fullerene blend photovoltaic systems, we fabricated poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT):phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) cells and carried out photovoltaic device performance and impedance spectroscopy measurements with and without an externally applied magnetic field. A significant reduction in short circuit current (JSC) as well as open circuit voltage (VOC) was observed with an applied magnetic field of a 0.1 tesla compared to those measured without a magnetic field under the same intensity of illumination. Impedance spectroscopy data gives insights into the influence of an external magnetic field on charge generation and recombination near normal photovoltaic operating conditions.

  14. Uniform "Patchy" Platelets by Seeded Heteroepitaxial Growth of Crystallizable Polymer Blends in Two Dimensions.

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    Nazemi, Ali; He, Xiaoming; MacFarlane, Liam R; Harniman, Robert L; Hsiao, Ming-Siao; Winnik, Mitchell A; Faul, Charl F J; Manners, Ian

    2017-03-29

    Rectangular platelets formed by the self-assembly of block copolymers in selective solvents are of interest for a range of applications. Recently, we showed that the seeded growth of crystallizable blends of a block copolymer and homopolymer yields well-defined, low area dispersity examples of these two-dimensional (2D) structures. The key feature was the use of the same crystallizable polymer segment in the seed and blend components to enable an efficient homoepitaxial growth process. Herein we demonstrate that this 2D crystallization-driven self-assembly approach can be extended to heteroepitaxial growth by the use of different crystallizable polymers with compatible crystal structures. This allows the formation of well-defined "patchy" rectangular platelets and platelet block comicelles with different core chemistries. The use of scanning transmission electron microscopy-energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy provided key information on the spatial location of the components in the resulting assemblies and thereby valuable insight into the 2D heteroepitaxial growth process.

  15. Correlations in polymer blends: Simulations, perturbation theory, and coarse-grained theory

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    Chung, Jun Kyung

    A thermodynamic perturbation theory of symmetric polymer blends is developed that properly accounts for the correlation in the spatial arrangement of monomers. By expanding the free energy of mixing in powers of a small parameter alpha which controls the incompatibility of two monomer species, we show that the perturbation theory has the form of the original Flory-Huggins theory, to first order in alpha. However, the lattice coordination number in the original theory is replaced by an effective coordination number. A random walk model for the effective coordination number is found to describe Monte Carlo simulation data very well. We also propose a way to estimate Flory-Huggins chi parameter by extrapolating the perturbation theory to the limit of a hypothetical system of infinitely long chains. The first order perturbation theory yields an accurate estimation of chi to first order in alpha. Going to second order, however, turns out to be more involved and an unambiguous determination of the coefficient of alpha2 term is not possible at the moment. Lastly, we test the predictions of a renormalized one-loop theory of fluctuations using two coarse-grained models of symmetric polymer blends at the critical composition. It is found that the theory accurately describes the correlation effect for relatively small values of chiN. In addition, the universality assumption of coarse-grained models is examined and we find results that are supportive of it.

  16. Internal structure-mediated ultrafast energy transfer in self-assembled polymer-blend dots.

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    Wang, Lei; Wu, Chang-Feng; Wang, Hai-Yu; Wang, Ya-Feng; Chen, Qi-Dai; Han, Wei; Qin, Wei-Ping; McNeill, Jason; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2013-08-21

    Applications of polymeric semiconductors in organic electronics and biosensors depend critically on the nature of energy transfer in these materials. Important questions arise as to how this long-range transport degrades in amorphous condensed solids which are most amenable to low-cost optoelectronic devices and how fast energy transfer could occur. Here, we address these in disordered, densely packed nanoparticles made from green-light-harvesting host polymers (PFBT) and deep-red-emitting dopant polymers (PF-DBT5). By femtosecond selective excitation of donor (BT) units, we study in detail the internal structure-mediated energy transfer to uniformly distributed, seldom acceptor (DBT) units. It has been unambiguously demonstrated that the creation of interchain species is responsible for the limitation of bulk exciton diffusion length in polymer materials. This interchain Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) becomes a preferred and dominant channel, and near 100% energy transfer efficiency could be achieved at high acceptor concentrations (>10 wt%). Side-chain carboxylic acid groups in functionalized polymer-blend dots slightly slow down the FRET rate, but it could not affect the Förster radius and FRET efficiency. These findings imply that a greater understanding of the role of interchain species could be an efficient approach to improve the cell efficiency.

  17. Programming the composition of polymer blend particles for controlled immunity towards individual protein antigens.

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    Zhan, Xi; Shen, Hong

    2015-05-28

    In order for a more precise control over the quality and quantity of immune responses stimulated by synthetic particle-based vaccines, it is critical to control the colloidal stability of particles and the release of protein antigens in both extracellular space and intracellular compartments. Different proteins exhibit different sizes, charges and solubilities. This study focused on modulating the release and colloidal stability of proteins with varied isoelectric points. A polymer particle delivery platform made from the blend of three polymers, poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and two random pH-sensitive copolymers, were developed. Our study demonstrated its programmability with respective to individual proteins. We showed the colloidal stability of particles at neutral environment and the release of each individual protein at different pH environments were dependent on the ratio of two charge polymers. Subsequently, two antigenic proteins, ovalbumin (OVA) and Type 2 Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV-2) glycoprotein D (gD) protein, were incorporated into particles with systematically varied compositions. We demonstrated that the level of in vitro CD8(+) T cell and in vivo immune responses were dependent on the ratio of two charged polymers, which correlated well with the release of proteins. This study provided a promising design framework of pH-responsive synthetic vaccines for protein antigens of interest. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  18. A close look at charge generation in polymer:fullerene blends with microstructure control.

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    Scarongella, Mariateresa; De Jonghe-Risse, Jelissa; Buchaca-Domingo, Ester; Causa', Martina; Fei, Zhuping; Heeney, Martin; Moser, Jacques-E; Stingelin, Natalie; Banerji, Natalie

    2015-03-04

    We reveal some of the key mechanisms during charge generation in polymer:fullerene blends exploiting our well-defined understanding of the microstructures obtained in pBTTT:PCBM systems via processing with fatty acid methyl ester additives. Based on ultrafast transient absorption, electro-absorption, and fluorescence up-conversion spectroscopy, we find that exciton diffusion through relatively phase-pure polymer or fullerene domains limits the rate of electron and hole transfer, while prompt charge separation occurs in regions where the polymer and fullerene are molecularly intermixed (such as the co-crystal phase where fullerenes intercalate between polymer chains in pBTTT:PCBM). We moreover confirm the importance of neat domains, which are essential to prevent geminate recombination of bound electron-hole pairs. Most interestingly, using an electro-absorption (Stark effect) signature, we directly visualize the migration of holes from intermixed to neat regions, which occurs on the subpicosecond time scale. This ultrafast transport is likely sustained by high local mobility (possibly along chains extending from the co-crystal phase to neat regions) and by an energy cascade driving the holes toward the neat domains.

  19. Structural and ionic conductivity studies of electrospun polymer blend P(VdF-co-HFP)/PMMA electrolyte membrane for lithium battery application

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    Padmaraj, O.; Satyanarayana, N.; Venkateswarlu, M.

    2015-06-24

    A novel fibrous polymer blend [(100-x) % P(VdF-co-HFP)/x % PMMA, x = 10, 20, 30, 40, 50] electrolyte membranes were prepared by electrospinning technique. Structural, thermal and surface morphology of all the compositions of electrospun polymer blend membranes were studied by using XRD, DSC & SEM. The newly developed five different compositions of polymer blend fibrous electrolyte membranes were obtained by soaking in an electrolyte solution contains 1M LiPF{sub 6} in EC: DEC (1:1,v/v). The wet-ability and conductivity of all the compositions of polymer blend electrolyte membranes are evaluated through electrolyte uptake and impedance measurements. The polymer blend [90% P(VdF-co-HFP)/10% PMMA] electrolyte membrane showed good wet-ability and high conductivity (1.788 × 10{sup −3} Scm{sup −1}) at room temperature.

  20. Synthesis and fuel cell characterization of blend membranes from phenyl phosphine oxide containing flourinated novel polymers

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    Gürtekin Seden, Merve; Baştürk, Emre; Inan, Tülay Y.; Kayaman Apohan, Nilhan; Güngör, Atilla

    2014-12-01

    Novel fluorinated poly(arylene ether)'s are synthesized from polycondensation of bis (p-hydroxy-tetrafluoro) phenyl) phenyl phosphine oxide (PFPPO-OH) with 4,4‧-dichlorodiphenyl sulfone (DCDPS) and 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl)propane (Bisfenol A) (Copolymer 1a) or 2,2-bis(4-hydroxyphenyl) hexafluoropropane (Bisphenol AF) (Copolymer 1b). The fluorinated copolymers have been blended with sulphonated poly(ether ether ketone)-SPEEK by solvent casting method. The water uptake and proton conductivity of the blend membranes decreases with the increase of copolymer content as expected, but proton conductivity values are still comparable to that of Nafion117® membrane. Addition of hydrophobic copolymer 1b to the SPEEK caused increase in water vapor transmission. Methanol permeability of the membranes is decreased to 8.2 × 10-8 cm2 s-1 and 1.3 × 10-9 cm2 s-1 by addition of Copolymer 1a and 1b, respectively and they are much lower than that of Nafion® 117 (1.21E-06 (cm2 s-1). The blend membranes endure up to 6.5 h before it starts to dissolve. Hydrogen and oxygen permeability of the blend membranes is one-hundredth of the Nafion®. Fluorinated polymer improved chemical, mechanical, and hydrolytic stability and also phenyl phosphine oxide structure in the ionomer increased the thermal stability, gas and methanol permeability and overcomed the drawbacks of the Nafion® type membranes.

  1. Adsorption of polymers, polymer blends and a diblock copolymer onto conducting polypyrrole. A study by surface analytical techniques

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    Chehimi, M. M.; Abel, M.-L.; Fricker, F.; Delamar, M.; Jada, A.; Brown, A. M.; Watts, J. F.

    1998-06-01

    Adsorption of PMMA and PVC, PMMA and PVC blends, and a diblock copolymer P(S/EO), onto polypyrrole (PPy) was monitored by XPS, ToF-SSIMS and inverse gas chromatography (IGC). It is shown that the solvent nature influences adsorption rate and the morphology of the coating. There is also evidence for PVC and PEO block-enrichment at the PPy-blend and PPy-P(S/EO) interfaces, respectively. L'adsorption de PMMA et PVC, de leurs mélanges (PMMA+PVC) et d'un copolymère à blocs (poly(styrène-b-oxyde d'éthylène), P(S/EO)) sur le polypyrrole (PPy) a été suivie par XPS, ToF-SSIMS et chromatographie inverse en phase gazeuse. Il est démontré que la nature du solvant influence la quantité de polymère adsorbé et la morphologie des revêtements. En outre, les interfaces PPy-(PMMA+PVC) et PPy-P(S/EO) sont riches respectivement en PVC et en blocs PEO.

  2. Synthesis and characterization of phosphonate ester and phosphonic acid containing polymers and blends

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    Tamber, Harinder Singh

    1997-12-01

    TGA to estimate the thermal stability of iodinated polymers. Incorporation of 13 wt% of either monomer in MMA or VBP results in radiopacity equivalent to 2 mm of aluminum a standard used in dentistry. Finally the dimethyl vinylphosphonate ester was homopolymerized and copolymerized with VBP. The aliphatic phosphonate ester was blended with cellulose acetate and cellulose acetate butyrate. The crystallinity of CA was completely impeded when 5 wt% of PDMVP was added, and the Flory interaction parameter chi obtained for PDMVP/CA was large and negative indicating a strong interaction between this pair of polymers.

  3. Small angle neutron scattering (SANS) and small angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) analysis of polyaniline salts and blends

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    Hopkins, A.R.; Rasmussen, P.G.; Basheer, R.A.; Annis, B.K.; Wignall, G.D.

    1996-06-01

    Doped polyaniline emeraldine salts (PANI-ES) exhibit good environmental stability with a high level of conductivity (1 to 300 S/cm). However, they suffer from the fact that they have poor mechanical properties and must be blended with an insulating host polymer to be useful in industrial applications. Polyaniline blends are a new type of conducting material that typically show very low onsets of conductivity unlike that of metal filled blends. This is primarily due to the unique cellular geometry of the PANI-ES that is formed within the insulating host polymer. The formation of this immiscible polymer network may be due in part to structural and conformational differences in the blend components.

  4. Microstructure and Crystal-Amorphous Interphases in Melt-Miscible Semicrystalline Polymer Blends. Ph.D. Thesis

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    Barron, C.A.

    1994-01-01

    Small-angle x ray scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, dielectric spectroscopy and dynamic mechanical thermal analysis were performed to study the microstructure of the semicrystalline polymers poly(etylene oxide) (PEO) and poly (epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) as well as several melt miscible blends. Four amorphous polymers were blended with PEO: two which interact weakly with PEO poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and two which are considered strongly interacting due to the formation of hydrogen bonds with PEO (two random copolymers, one containing 50% styrene and 50% hydroxystyrene (50/50 ScHS) and another of ethylene with 55% methacrylic acid (EMA55)). Further, one of the weakly interacting amorphous polymers and one of the strongly interacting polymers was selected based on its relatively high T(sub g)s. The other amorphous polymers have relatively low T(sub g)s (i.e., at or below the crystallization temperature). The solid state microstructure of miscible blends containing a semicrystalline and an amorphous polymer is shown to be critically dependent on two factors: (1) the strength of interactions between the two copolymers; and (2) the mobility of the amorphous material at the crystallization temperature. The influence of interaction strength on the region of partial order at the crystal surface (the crystal-amorphous interphase) is demonstrated. The results are consistent with theoretical predictions that this region changes from pure crystallizable material to a mixture containing both the crystalizable and the amorphous components as chi becomes more favorable. In the blends which contain a high T(sub g) amorphous polymer and in those with strong intermolecular interactions, there were no observed changes in the microstructure with crystallization temperature. Apparently, in the high T(sub g) systems, the amorphous polymer is unable to escape the interlamellar zone since it has insufficient mobility.

  5. Controllable growth of porous structures from co-continuous polymer blend

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    Zhang, Wei

    To enable controllable generation of porous structures, a set of new fabrication techniques utilizing the annealing kinetics of co-continuous polymer blends were proposed and investigated. As the first step towards the creation of an organized porous material, a new technique based on regulating the thermal boundary conditions to controllably grow gradient porous structures was developed. In this technique, specially designed thermal boundaries were used to generate a well-defined temperature field inside a co-continuous polymer blend with fine phase structure. Because of the temperature dependency of zero-shear viscosity and its influence on phase coarsening rate, a graded phase size distribution was generated by this temperature field. After one component was selectively dissolved, a gradient porous structure was produced. To demonstrate the versatility of this technique, three different gradient porous structures were created. After the effectiveness of thermal boundary condition in developing organized porous materials was verified, the possibility of utilizing kinematic and dynamic boundary conditions to obtain extra controllability was investigated. Two types of kinematic boundary conditions, no-slip wall and 1D hard wall confinement were tested separately. It was found that no-slip wall could greatly slow down the phase coarsening rate of the nearby polymer blend. When a no-slip wall and a fully slip wall were applied at each side of a molten co-continuous blend, a pore size gradient was generated in the direction perpendicular to the wall surface with smaller pores near the no-slip wall. One directional hard wall confinement formed by a pair of fully slip parallel walls led to the formation of an aligned phase structure oriented in the vertical direction to the walls. Experiments regarding the effect of dynamic boundary condition were conducted by imposing different chemical potentials at the surface of molten blend. Fully dense surface and completely open

  6. Thermodynamics and Phase Behavior of Miscible Polymer Blends in the Presence of Supercritical Carbon Dioxide

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    Young, Nicholas Philip

    The design of environmentally-benign polymer processing techniques is an area of growing interest, motivated by the desire to reduce the emission of volatile organic compounds. Recently, supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO 2) has gained traction as a viable candidate to process polymers both as a solvent and diluent. The focus of this work was to elucidate the nature of the interactions between scCO2 and polymers in order to provide rational insight into the molecular interactions which result in the unexpected mixing thermodynamics in one such system. The work also provides insight into the nature of pairwise thermodynamic interactions in multicomponent polymer-polymer-diluent blends, and the effect of these interactions on the phase behavior of the mixture. In order to quantify the strength of interactions in the multicomponent system, the binary mixtures were characterized individually in addition to the ternary blend. Quantitative analysis of was made tractable through the use of a model miscible polymer blend containing styrene-acrylonitrile copolymer (SAN) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (dPMMA), a mixture which has been considered for a variety of practical applications. In the case of both individual polymers, scCO2 is known to behave as a diluent, wherein the extent of polymer swelling depends on both temperature and pressure. The solubility of scCO 2 in each polymer as a function of temperature and pressure was characterized elsewhere. The SAN-dPMMA blend clearly exhibited lower critical solution temperature behavior, forming homogeneous mixtures at low temperatures and phase separating at elevated temperature. These measurements allowed the determination of the Flory-Huggins interaction parameter chi23 for SAN (species 2) and dPMMA (species 3) as a function of temperature at ambient pressure, in the absence of scCO2 (species 1). Characterization of the phase behavior of the multicomponent (ternary) mixture was also carried out by SANS. An in situ SANS

  7. Understanding the relationship between molecular order and charge transport properties in conjugated polymer based organic blend photovoltaic devices.

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    Wood, Sebastian; Kim, Jong Soo; James, David T; Tsoi, Wing C; Murphy, Craig E; Kim, Ji-Seon

    2013-08-14

    We report a detailed characterization of the thin film morphology of all-polymer blend devices by applying a combined analysis of physical, chemical, optical, and charge transport properties. This is exemplified by considering a model system comprising poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT). We show that the interactions between the two conjugated polymer components can be controlled by pre-forming the P3HT into highly ordered nanowire structures prior to blending with F8BT, and by varying the molecular weight of the F8BT. As a result, it is possible to produce films containing highly ordered P3HT with hole mobilities enhanced by three orders of magnitude over the pristine blends. Raman spectroscopy under resonant excitation conditions is used to probe the molecular order of both P3HT and F8BT phases within the blend films and these morphological studies are complemented by measurements of photocurrent generation. The resultant increase in photocurrent is associated with the enhanced charge carrier mobilities. The complementary analytical method demonstrated here is applicable to a wide range of polymer blend systems for all applications where the relationships between morphology and device performance are of interest.

  8. Polymer blend effects on fundamental properties of mesogenic phthalocyanine films fabricated by heated spin-coating method

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    Higashi, Takuya; Fiderana Ramananarivo, Mihary; Ohmori, Masashi; Yoshida, Hiroyuki; Fujii, Akihiko; Ozaki, Masanori

    2015-04-01

    Polymer blending effects on the properties of the mesogenic phthalocyanine thin films fabricated by heated spin-coating method were demonstrated. The spin-coated films of 1,4,8,11,15,18,22,25-octahexylphthalocyanine (C6PcH2) blended with poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) were prepared by controlling the temperatures of substrates and solutions with the mixed material, and the morphology and optical property of the fabricated film were studied. In the case of the low composite ratio of P3HT, the wide crack lines found in pure C6PcH2 films disappeared while maintaining the uniaxial aligned optic axis direction in the large-area with the diameters of exceeding 1 mm. The polymer blend effects were discussed by taking the anisotropic optical absorption and molecular stacking structure in the films into consideration.

  9. Breakup of a transient wetting layer in polymer blend thin films: unification with 1D phase equilibria.

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    Coveney, Sam; Clarke, Nigel

    2013-09-20

    We show that lateral phase separation in polymer blend thin films can proceed via the formation of a transient wetting layer which breaks up to give a laterally segregated film. We show that the growth of lateral inhomogeneities at the walls in turn causes the distortion of the interface in the transient wetting layer. By addressing the 1D phase equilibria of a polymer blend thin film confined between selectively attracting walls, we show that the breakup of a transient wetting layer is due to wall-blend interactions; there are multiple values of the volume fraction at the walls which solve equilibrium boundary conditions. This mechanism of lateral phase separation should be general.

  10. Self-tracking, solvent-free low-dimensional polymer electrolyte blends with lithium salts

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    Zheng, Y.; Chia, F.; Ungar, G.; Wright, P. V.

    Solvent-free polymer electrolyte blends of the amphiphilic polyethoxide ( I) and the polytetrahydrofuran copolymer ( II) with LiClO 4 or LiClO 4/LiBF 4 mixture have been prepared. In II A is either CH 2 ( IIC1) or CH 2C(CH 2)CH 2 ( IID4), dc measurements using Li electrodes on the cells (Li | I/ II-Li salt | Li) demonstrate a 'self-tracking' process over ca. 24 h during which time conductivities increase from ca. 10 -6 to 10 -3 S cm -1 at 25 and 30°C. The dc results are supported by ac impedance measurements using indium tin oxide (ITO) electrodes in which the complexes undergo transitions at ca. 90°C to give a conductivity after cooling of 6×10 -4 S cm -1 at 20°C with low temperature dependence. Structural analysis and molecular dynamics modelling indicate that the cations occupy unimpeded helices of I and anions are located in the interhelical spaces. Mechanisms of 'tracking' involving shear-induced orientation of polymer I by polymer II and the redistribution of ions between I and II following imposition of the field are proposed.

  11. Flexural properties of ethyl or methyl methacrylate-UDMA blend polymers.

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    Kanie, Takahito; Kadokawa, Akihiko; Arikawa, Hiroyuki; Fujii, Koichi; Ban, Seiji

    2010-10-01

    Light-curing polyethyl methacrylate (PEMA)-urethane dimethacrylate (UDMA) resins and polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)-UDMA resins were prepared by two processes. For first step, PEMA or PMMA powders were fully dissolved in ethyl methacrylate (EMA) or methyl methacrylate (MMA) and then the PEMA-EMA/PMMA-MMA mixtures were mixed with UDMA. The flexural properties of cured PEMA-UDMA and PMMA-UDMA polymers were measured using two PEMA (Mw: 300,000-400,000 and 650,000-1,000,000) and three PMMA (Mw: 30,000-60,000, 350,000 and 650,000-1,000,000) powders with different molecular weight, four mixing ratios of PMMA-MMA, and three mixing ratios of PMMA-MMA mixture and UDMA oligomer. Polymers with PMMA(Mw: 350,000) MMA=25/50, and with PMMA(Mw: 350,000)-MMA/UDMA=1/2 and =1/1, showed no-fracture in a flexural test at 1 mm/min and flexural strength and flexural modulus showed no significant difference compared with those of commercially available heat- and self-curing acrylic resins (p>0.01). Within limitation of this investigation, methyl methacrylate-UDMA blend polymer of this composition is available for denture base resin.

  12. Molecular Interactions and Ordering in Electrically Doped Polymers: Blends of PBTTT and F4TCNQ

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    Cochran, Justin E; Junk, Matthias J. N.; Glaudell, Anne M.; Miller, P. L.; Cowart, John S.; Toney, Michael F.; Hawker, Craig J.; Chmelka, Bradley F.; Chabinyc, Michael L.

    2014-09-12

    Identifying how small molecular acceptors pack with polymer donors in thin and thick (bulk) films is critical to understanding the nature of electrical doping by charge transfer. In this study, the packing structure of the molecular acceptor tetrafluorotetracyanoquinodimethane (F4TCNQ) with the semiconducting polymer poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecylthiophen-2-yl)thieno-[3,2-b]thiophene) (PBTTT-C14) is examined. A combination of solid-state NMR, synchrotron X-ray scattering, and optical spectroscopy was used to determine the packing motif for blends of PBTTT-C14 and F4TCNQ in thin and bulk films. These results indicate that F4TCNQ and PBTTT-C14 order in a cofacial arrangement where charge transfer is near 100% efficient in the solid state. These results provide crucial insights into the structures and compositions of ordered domains in doped semiconducting polymers and suggest a model for the microstructure where the location of the molecular acceptors are correlated rather than randomly dispersed.

  13. Improved surface properties of polyaniline films by blending with Pluronic polymers without the modification of the other characteristics.

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    Li, Z F; Ruckenstein, E

    2003-08-15

    Films of conductive polyaniline and amphiphilic Pluronic (P105) copolymer blends were prepared by dissolving the two polymers in N-methylpyrrolidinone (NMP) followed by a slow solvent evaporation at 55 degrees C. The characteristics of both doped and undoped films were determined by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM), water droplet contact angles, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermal gravimetry analysis (TG), wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD), and tensile strength measurements. The surface of the blends became more hydrophilic than that of the hydrophobic PANI film, but the other properties of the blends did not change appreciably for Pluronic content lower than 50 wt%. Compared to PANI films, the more hydrophilic surfaces decreased the amount of bovine serum albumin protein adsorbed. By preventing biofouling, the polyaniline-Pluronic blends can become more useful as biosensors than the polyaniline films.

  14. Biodegradability of PP/HMSPP and natural and synthetic polymers blends in function of gamma irradiation degradation

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    Cardoso, Elisabeth C. L.; Scagliusi, Sandra R.; Lima, Luis F. C. P.; Bueno, Nelson R.; Brant, Antonio J. C.; Parra, Duclerc F.; Lugão, Ademar B.

    2014-01-01

    Polymers are used for numerous applications in different industrial segments, generating enormous quantities of discarding in the environment. Polymeric materials composites account for an estimated from 20 to 30% total volume of solid waste. Polypropylene (PP) undergoes crosslinking and extensive main chain scissions when submitted to ionizing irradiation; as one of the most widely used linear hydrocarbon polymers, PP, made from cheap petrochemical feed stocks, shows easy processing leading it to a comprehensive list of finished products. Consequently, there is accumulation in the environment, at 25 million tons per year rate, since polymeric products are not easily consumed by microorganisms. PP polymers are very bio-resistant due to involvement of only carbon atoms in main chain with no hydrolysable functional group. Several possibilities have been considered to minimize the environmental impact caused by non-degradable plastics, subjecting them to: physical, chemical and biological degradation or combination of all these due to the presence of moisture, air, temperature, light, high energy radiation or microorganisms. There are three main classes of biodegradable polymers: synthetic polymers, natural polymers and blends of polymers in which one or more components are readily consumed by microorganisms. This work aims to biodegradability investigation of a PP/HMSPP (high melt strength polypropylene) blended with sugarcane bagasse, PHB (poly-hydroxy-butyrate) and PLA (poly-lactic acid), both synthetic polymers, at a 10% level, subjected to gamma radiation at 50, 100, 150 and 200 kGy doses. Characterization will comprise IR, DSC, TGA, OIT and Laboratory Soil Burial Test (LSBT).

  15. High density polyethylene (HDPE)/poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) polymer blend studies related to recycling co-mingled plastics

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    Tsai, Pang-Yen

    Polymer blends of virgin high density polyethylene (HDPE) and poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) were studied as an attempt to relate the microstructure to the mechanical properties of the blends. The virgin blends were prepared by extrusion and then injection molded into specimens for characterization. Two of the virgin blends were tested for possible compatibilization using a styrene-ethylene-butylene-styrene (SEBS) block copolymer. In addition, six blends of post-consumer resins (PCRs) of HDPE and PET were included in this work for comparison. The moduli of the virgin blends showed positive deviation from those expected from the rule of mixtures. The synergism of the composite moduli can be explained partly by a Poisson's effect. Yield strengths of the blends molded at low injection chamber temperatures (200sp°, 230sp°, and 250sp°C) followed the rule of mixtures well, because PET filaments found in the composites had very high length to diameter ratios. When the injection chamber temperature was above the PET melting point (˜254sp°C), PET filaments were found to break down into particles, and the yield strengths of the blends coincided with the values expected from the inverse rule of mixtures. Impact strengths of the virgin blends were much less than that of a HDPE homopolymer due to poor interfacial bonding between HDPE and PET. Compatibilization appeared to be advantageous since it dramatically improved the impact strength of the virgin blends. SEM micrographs of impact fractured surfaces revealed that the improved adhesion from compatibilization and the presence of numerous uniaxially aligned PET filaments in the HDPE substrate can account for the significant increases in fracture resistance of the compatibilized blends. Mechanical performance of the PCRs was inferior to that of the virgin blends. Aside from polymer degradation and contamination due to repeated processing and handling, absence of PET filaments and interfacial bonding could be

  16. Diffusion in Immiscible Melts

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    Pond, R. B.

    1985-01-01

    The objective of this program is to measure the diffusion coefficients for molten Pb in Zn in the immiscible liquid-phase region. Diffusion couples of pure Pb and Zn were prepared using a shear cell. These have been placed in graphite crucibles and encapsulated in stainless steel cartridges and are awaiting the next Materials Experiment Assembly (MEA) flight opportunity. In flight, one couple will be soaked for 40 minutes at 440 deg C (just above the monotectic temperature) and the second couple will be soaked for 40 minutes 820 deg C (just above the consolute temperature). After the soak both samples will be rapidly quenched by flowing He to minimize redistribution of the immiscible phases. Post flight compositional analysis will be accomplished using X-ray fluorescence in the scanning electron microscopy.

  17. Correlation between Photovoltaic Performance and Interchain Ordering Induced Delocalization of Electronics States in Conjugated Polymer Blends.

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    Chandrasekaran, Naresh; Gann, Eliot; Jain, Nakul; Kumar, Anshu; Gopinathan, Sreelekha; Sadhanala, Aditya; Friend, Richard H; Kumar, Anil; McNeill, Christopher R; Kabra, Dinesh

    2016-08-10

    In this paper we correlate the solar cell performance with bimolecular packing of donor:acceptor bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs), where interchain ordering of the donor molecule and its influence on morphology, optical properties, and charge carrier dynamics of BHJ solar cells are studied in detail. Solar cells that are fabricated using more ordered defect free 100% regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (DF-P3HT) as the donor polymer show ca. 10% increase in the average power conversion efficiency (PCE) when compared to that of the solar cell fabricated using 92% regioregularity P3HT, referred to as rr-P3HT. EQE and UV-vis absorption spectrum show a clear increase in the 607 nm vibronic shoulder of the DF-P3HT blend suggesting better interchain ordering which was also reflected in the less Urbach energy (Eu) value for this system. The increase in ordering inside the blend has enhanced the hole-mobility which is calculated from the single carrier device J-V characteristics. Electroluminance (EL) studies on the DF-P3HT system showed a red-shifted peak when compared to rr-P3HT-based devices suggesting low CT energy states in DF-P3HT. The morphologies of the blend films are studied using AFM and grazing-incidence wide-angle X-ray scattering (GIWAXS) suggesting increase in the roughness and phase segregation which could enhance the internal scattering of the light inside the device and improvement in the crystallinity along alkyl and π-stacking direction. Hence, higher PCE, lower Eu, red-shifted EL emission, high hole-mobility, and better crystallinity suggest improved interchain ordering has facilitated a more delocalized HOMO state in DF-P3HT-based BHJ solar cells.

  18. Dynamic-Mechanical and Impact Properties of Conductive Polymer Blends Based on Polypropylene

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    Acierno, Domenico; Russo, Pietro

    2007-04-01

    Plastic materials with significant electrical properties are getting more and more interest as witnessed by the wide spectra of industrial applications such as high performance textiles, fabrics for military, electronics and display technologies, automotive field (fuel delivery lines, exterior body panels) and so on. In this context, in the last decade an increasing interest has been devoted to the use of intrinsically conductive polymers such as polyaniline (PANI). In this work melt blended formulations based on polypropylene, containing 5% and 10% by weight of PANI, were investigated in terms of dynamic-mechanical and impact properties. Preliminary results indicate that, besides the processing conditions, inclusions of PANI make a general worsening of the dumping behaviour, especially in the rubbery region. Anyway, it is evident a clear improvement of the impact resistance with respect to the matrix, processed under the same conditions and taken as a reference, for the 5wt % system.

  19. The effect of nanosize ZnO on the properties of the selected polymer blend composites

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    Grigalovica, A.; Bochkov, I.; Merijs Meri, R.; Zicans, J.; Grabis, J.; Kotsilkova, R.; Borovanska, I.

    2012-08-01

    In the current research the effect of ZnO nanoparticles on the structure and properties of common thermoplastic polymers (polyoxymethylene (POM), polypropylene (PP), ethylene-α-octene copolymers (EOC)) and their binary blends is investigated. EOC content in the composites varies from 0 to 50 wt. %. The amount of nanostructured ZnO filler in the composites is changed in the interval from 0 to 5 wt. %. Tensile and frictional properties of ZnO modified nanocomposites are investigated. Results of the investigation show that ZnO additions cause increment in stiffness and strength as well as coefficient of friction of the investigated nanocomposites. The effect of ZnO modifier is the highest at low EOC content. The effect of ZnO is strongly dependent on the compatibility and crystallinity of the investigated nanocomposites.

  20. Lateral phase separation in polymer-blend thin films: surface bifurcation.

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    Coveney, Sam; Clarke, Nigel

    2014-06-01

    We use simulations of a binary polymer blend confined between selectively attracting walls to identify and explain the mechanism of lateral phase separation via a transient wetting layer. We first show that equilibrium phases in the film are described by one-dimensional phase equilibria in the vertical (depth) dimension, and demonstrate that effective boundary conditions imposed by the film walls pin the film profile at the walls. We then show that, prior to lateral phase separation, distortion of the interface in a transient wetting layer is coupled to lateral phase separation at the walls. Using Hamiltonian phase portraits, we explain a "surface bifurcation mechanism" whereby the volume fraction at the walls evolves and controls the dynamics of the phase separation. We suggest how solvent evaporation may assist our mechanism.

  1. Direct detection of photoinduced charge transfer complexes in polymer fullerene blends

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    Behrends, Jan; Sperlich, Andreas; Schnegg, Alexander; Biskup, Till; Teutloff, Christian; Lips, Klaus; Dyakonov, Vladimir; Bittl, Robert

    2012-03-01

    We report transient electron paramagnetic resonance (trEPR) measurements with submicrosecond time resolution performed on a polymer:fullerene blend consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) at low temperatures. The trEPR spectrum immediately following photoexcitation reveals signatures of spin-correlated polaron pairs. The pair partners (positive polarons in P3HT and negative polarons in PCBM) can be identified by their characteristic g values. The fact that the polaron pair states exhibit strong non-Boltzmann population unambiguously shows that the constituents of each pair are geminate, i.e., originate from one exciton. We demonstrate that coupled polaron pairs are present even several microseconds after charge transfer and suggest that they embody the intermediate charge transfer complexes that form at the donor/acceptor interface and mediate the conversion from excitons into free charge carriers.

  2. Ion Transport and Discharge Characteristics of Polymer Blend (PVP/PVA) Electrolyte Films Doped with Potassium Iodide

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    Umadevi, C.; Mohan, K. R.; Achari, V. B. S.; Sharma, A. K.; Rao, V. V. R. N.

    2010-12-01

    Solid polymer blend electrolyte films based on PVP/PVA complexed with KI were prepared by the solution cast technique. Various experimental techniques such as electrical conductivity and transport number measurement were used to characterize the polymer electrolyte films. Electrochemical cells with the polymer electrolytes (PVP+PVA+KI) were fabricated in the configuration K/(PVP+PVA+KI)/ (I2+C+electrode). The discharge characteristics of the cells were studied under a constant load of 100 KΩ. The open-circuit voltage, short-circuit current and discharge time for the plateau region are measured. Several other cell parameters were evaluated and are reported.

  3. In vitro and in vivo performance of dexamethasone loaded PLGA microspheres prepared using polymer blends.

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    Gu, Bing; Wang, Yan; Burgess, Diane J

    2015-12-30

    The foreign body reaction is the major cause of the dysfunction and relatively short lifetime associated with implanted glucose biosensors. An effective strategy to maintain sensor functionality is to apply biocompatible coatings that elute drug to counter the negative tissue reactions. This has been achieved using dexamethasone releasing poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres embedded in a polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) hydrogel coating. Accordingly, the biosensor lifetime relies on the duration and dose of drug release from the coating. To achieve long-term drug release mixed populations of microspheres have been used. In the current study, microspheres were prepared by blending low (25KDa) and high (113KDa) molecular weight PLGA at different mass ratios to overcome problems associated with mixing multiple populations of microspheres. "Real-time" in vitro studies demonstrated dexamethasone release for approximately 5 months. An accelerated method with discriminatory ability was developed to shorten drug release to less than 2 weeks. An in vivo pharmacodynamics study demonstrated efficacy against the foreign body reaction for 4.5 months. Such composite coatings composed of PLGA microspheres prepared using polymer blends could potentially be used to ensure long-term performance of glucose sensors.

  4. Degradation behavior of polymer blend of isotactic polypropylenes with and without unsaturated chain end group

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    Nakatani, Hisayuki; Kurniawan, Dodik; Taniike, Toshiaki; Terano, Minoru

    2008-01-01

    In this work, the relationship between the unsaturated chain end group content and the thermal oxidative degradation rate was systematically studied with binary polymer blends of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) with and without the unsaturated chain end group. The iPPs with and without the unsaturated chain end group were synthesized by a metallocene catalyst in the absence of hydrogen and by a Ziegler catalyst in the presence of one, respectively. The thermal oxidative degradation rate of the binary iPP blends was estimated from the molecular weight and the apparent activation energy (ΔE), which were obtained through size exclusion chromatography (SEC) and thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) measurements, respectively. These values exhibited a negative correlation against the mole content of the unsaturated chain end group. The thermal oxidative degradation rate apparently depends on the content of the unsaturated chain end group. This tendency suggests that the unsaturated chain end acts as a radical initiator of the iPP degradation reaction. PMID:27877968

  5. Internal structure-mediated ultrafast energy transfer in self-assembled polymer-blend dots

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    Wang, Lei; Wu, Chang-Feng; Wang, Hai-Yu; Wang, Ya-Feng; Chen, Qi-Dai; Han, Wei; Qin, Wei-Ping; McNeill, Jason; Sun, Hong-Bo

    2013-07-01

    Applications of polymeric semiconductors in organic electronics and biosensors depend critically on the nature of energy transfer in these materials. Important questions arise as to how this long-range transport degrades in amorphous condensed solids which are most amenable to low-cost optoelectronic devices and how fast energy transfer could occur. Here, we address these in disordered, densely packed nanoparticles made from green-light-harvesting host polymers (PFBT) and deep-red-emitting dopant polymers (PF-DBT5). By femtosecond selective excitation of donor (BT) units, we study in detail the internal structure-mediated energy transfer to uniformly distributed, seldom acceptor (DBT) units. It has been unambiguously demonstrated that the creation of interchain species is responsible for the limitation of bulk exciton diffusion length in polymer materials. This interchain Förster resonance energy transfer (FRET) becomes a preferred and dominant channel, and near 100% energy transfer efficiency could be achieved at high acceptor concentrations (>10 wt%). Side-chain carboxylic acid groups in functionalized polymer-blend dots slightly slow down the FRET rate, but it could not affect the Förster radius and FRET efficiency. These findings imply that a greater understanding of the role of interchain species could be an efficient approach to improve the cell efficiency.Applications of polymeric semiconductors in organic electronics and biosensors depend critically on the nature of energy transfer in these materials. Important questions arise as to how this long-range transport degrades in amorphous condensed solids which are most amenable to low-cost optoelectronic devices and how fast energy transfer could occur. Here, we address these in disordered, densely packed nanoparticles made from green-light-harvesting host polymers (PFBT) and deep-red-emitting dopant polymers (PF-DBT5). By femtosecond selective excitation of donor (BT) units, we study in detail the internal

  6. Polymer/polymer blend solar cells with 2.0% efficiency developed by thermal purification of nanoscale-phase-separated morphology.

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    Mori, Daisuke; Benten, Hiroaki; Kosaka, Junya; Ohkita, Hideo; Ito, Shinzaburo; Miyake, Kunihito

    2011-08-01

    We have fabricated polymer/polymer blend solar cells consisting of poly(3-hexylthiophene) as the electron donor and poly{2,7-(9,9-didodecylfluorene)-alt-5,5-[4',7'-bis(2-thienyl)-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole]} as the acceptor. The power conversion efficiency (PCE) was strongly dependent on solvents employed for spin coating. The best PCE of 2.0% was obtained for thermally annealed devices prepared from a chloroform solution, in contrast to devices fabricated from chlorobenzene and o-dichlorobenzene solutions. On the basis of the morphology-performance relationship in the polymer blends examined by atomic force microscopy and the photoluminescence quenching measurements, we conclude that the highly efficient performance is achieved by thermal purification of nanoscale-phase-separated domains formed by spin coating from chloroform.

  7. Influence of polymer compatibility on the open-circuit voltage in ternary blend bulk heterojunction solar cells.

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    Khlyabich, Petr P; Rudenko, Andrey E; Street, Robert A; Thompson, Barry C

    2014-07-09

    The evolution of the open-circuit voltage (Voc) with composition in ternary blend bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is correlated with the miscibility of the polymers. Ternary blends based on poly[N-9'-heptadecanyl-2,7-carbazole-alt-5,5-(4',7'-di-2-thienyl-2',1',3'-benzothiadiazole)] (PCDTBT) and poly(3-hexylthiophene-thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole) (P3HTT-DPP-10%) with phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) acceptor were investigated. The Voc is pinned to the lower value of the P3HTT-DPP-10%:PC61BM binary blend even up to 95% PCDTBT in the polymer fraction. This is in stark contrast to the previously investigated system based on P3HTT-DPP-10%, poly(3-hexylthiophene-co-3-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophene) (P3HT75-co-EHT25), and PC61BM, where the Voc varied regularly across the full composition range, as explained by an organic alloy model, implying strong physical and electronic interaction between the polymers. Photocurrent spectral response (PSR) and external quantum efficiency (EQE) measurements indicate that the present system does not exhibit the hallmarks of alloy formation. Measured values of the surface energies of the polymers support miscibility of P3HTT-DPP-10% with P3HT75-co-EHT25 but not with PCDTBT. Surface energy is proposed as a figure of merit for predicting alloy formation and compositional dependence of the Voc in ternary blend solar cells and miscibility between polymers is proposed as a necessary attribute for polymer pairs that will display alloy behavior.

  8. Blends of enteric and GIT-insoluble polymers used for film coating: physicochemical characterization and drug release patterns.

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    Lecomte, F; Siepmann, J; Walther, M; MacRae, R J; Bodmeier, R

    2003-05-20

    THE OBJECTIVES OF THIS STUDY WERE: (i). to use blends of gastrointestinal tract (GIT)-insoluble and enteric polymers (ethyl cellulose and Eudragit L) as coating materials for multiparticulate controlled release dosage forms; (ii). to investigate the effects of the polymer blend ratio and coating level on the resulting drug release patterns; and (iii). to explain the observed phenomena based on the physicochemical properties of the systems. Propranolol HCl-loaded pellets were coated in a fluidized bed coater with organic polymer solutions; thin, drug-containing and drug-free, polymeric films were prepared using a casting knife. In vitro drug release, water uptake and dry weight loss studies were performed in 0.1 M HCl and phosphate buffer pH 7.4, respectively. The apparent drug diffusion coefficients within the polymeric systems were determined using different experimental and theoretical techniques (side-by-side diffusion cells, in vitro drug release from thin films; exact and approximate solutions of Fick's second law of diffusion). A broad range of drug release patterns from coated pellets could be achieved by varying the GIT-insoluble:enteric polymer blend ratio. With increasing relative amounts of Eudragit L, the release rates in both media significantly increased. The increase at low pH could be attributed to an increase in water uptake, as observed with thin films. Interestingly, only partial Eudragit L leaching occurred in phosphate buffer pH 7.4 even at high enteric polymer contents, indicating that the GIT-insoluble polymer effectively hindered the dissolution of the entrapped Eudragit L. At high pH, both polymer leaching and polymer swelling contributed to the control of drug release. The determined apparent drug diffusion coefficients take the two effects adequately into account.

  9. Conductivity studies of LiCF3SO3 doped PVA: PVdF blend polymer electrolyte

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    Tamilselvi, P.; Hema, M.

    2014-03-01

    Different composition of lithium ion conducting PVA: PVdF: Lithium triflate (LiCF3SO3) polymer electrolytes have been prepared by solution casting technique. Dielectric and conductivity studies have been carried out for the prepared samples. The addition of salt into the polymer matrix increases the ionic conductivity of blend polymer electrolytes. The conductivity analysis reveals 80PVA: 20PVdF: 15LiCF3SO3 polymer electrolyte exhibits the maximum ionic conductivity of 2.7×10-3 S cm-1 at 303 K. The temperature dependence of ionic conductivity for all the composition of PVA: PVdF: LiCF3SO3 polymer films obey Arrhenius relation. Low activation energy has been obtained for highest conducting sample. The dielectric spectra show absolute β-relaxation peak.

  10. Compressible or incompressible blend of interacting monodisperse star and linear polymers near a surface.

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    Batman, Richard; Gujrati, P D

    2008-03-28

    We consider a lattice model of a mixture of repulsive, attractive, or neutral monodisperse star (species A) and linear (species B) polymers with a third monomeric species C, which may represent free volume. The mixture is next to a hard, infinite plate whose interactions with A and C can be attractive, repulsive, or neutral. These two interactions are the only parameters necessary to specify the effect of the surface on all three components. We numerically study monomer density profiles using the method of Gujrati and Chhajer that has already been previously applied to study polydisperse and monodisperse linear-linear blends next to surfaces. The resulting density profiles always show an enrichment of linear polymers in the immediate vicinity of the surface due to entropic repulsion of the star core. However, the integrated surface excess of star monomers is sometimes positive, indicating an overall enrichment of stars. This excess increases with the number of star arms only up to a certain critical number and decreases thereafter. The critical arm number increases with compressibility (bulk concentration of C). The method of Gujrati and Chhajer is computationally ultrafast and can be carried out on a personal computer (PC), even in the incompressible case, when simulations are unfeasible. Calculations of density profiles usually take less than 20 min on PCs.

  11. Tailoring Nanoscale Morphology of Polymer:Fullerene Blends Using Electrostatic Field.

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    Elshobaki, Moneim; Gebhardt, Ryan; Carr, John; Lindemann, William; Wang, Wenjie; Grieser, Eric; Venkatesan, Swaminathan; Ngo, Evan; Bhattacharjee, Ujjal; Strzalka, Joseph; Jiang, Zhang; Qiao, Qiquan; Petrich, Jacob; Vaknin, David; Chaudhary, Sumit

    2017-01-25

    To tailor the nanomorphology in polymer/fullerene blends, we study the effect of electrostatic field (E-field) on the solidification of poly(3-hexylthiophene-2, 5-diyl) (P3HT):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC60BM) bulk heterojunction (BHJ). In addition to control; wet P3HT:PC60BM thin films were exposed to E-field of Van de Graaff (VDG) generator at three different directions-horizontal (H), tilted (T), and vertical (V)-relative to the plane of the substrate. Surface and bulk characterizations of the field-treated BHJs affirmed that fullerene molecules can easily penetrate the spaghetti-like P3HT and move up and down following the E-field. Using E-field treatment, we achieved favorable morphologies with efficient charge separation, transport, and collection. We improve; (1) the hole mobility values up to 19.4 × 10(-4) ± 1.6 × 10(-4) cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) and (2) the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of conventional and inverted OPVs up to 2.58 ± 0.02% and 4.1 ± 0.40%, respectively. This E-field approach can serve as a new morphology-tuning technique, which is generally applicable to other polymer-fullerene systems.

  12. Triple shape memory effects of cross-linked polyethylene/polypropylene blends with cocontinuous architecture.

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    Zhao, Jun; Chen, Min; Wang, Xiaoyan; Zhao, Xiaodong; Wang, Zhenwen; Dang, Zhi-Min; Ma, Lan; Hu, Guo-Hua; Chen, Fenghua

    2013-06-26

    In this paper, the triple shape memory effects (SMEs) observed in chemically cross-linked polyethylene (PE)/polypropylene (PP) blends with cocontinuous architecture are systematically investigated. The cocontinuous window of typical immiscible PE/PP blends is the volume fraction of PE (v(PE)) of ca. 30-70 vol %. This architecture can be stabilized by chemical cross-linking. Different initiators, 2,5-dimethyl-2,5-di(tert-butylperoxy)-hexane (DHBP), dicumylperoxide (DCP) coupled with divinylbenzene (DVB) (DCP-DVB), and their mixture (DHBP/DCP-DVB), are used for the cross-linking. According to the differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) measurements and gel fraction calculations, DHBP produces the best cross-linking and DCP-DVB the worst, and the mixture, DHBP/DCP-DVB, is in between. The chemical cross-linking causes lower melting temperature (Tm) and smaller melting enthalpy (ΔHm). The prepared triple shape memory polymers (SMPs) by cocontinuous immiscible PE/PP blends with v(PE) of 50 vol % show pronounced triple SMEs in the dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) and visual observation. This new strategy of chemically cross-linked immiscible blends with cocontinuous architecture can be used to design and prepare new SMPs with triple SMEs.

  13. Illustration of Electrical and Optical Properties of Some Conducting Polymers Blends

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    Bhadra, Jolly

    Conductive polymers (CP) are gaining interest day by day due to their growing fields of sophisticated uses. Conventional polymers are generally known to be insulators with their limited use as electrical insulators in any device making purpose. But these have high degree of mechanical strength and mold procesability to facilitate them constructing desirable materials. CPs on the other hand can attain near metallic electrical conductivity at their highest doped state. So they can be thought as good replacement for metals in many aspects. But the problem is not so simple, as the CPs at highest doped state are not at all processable, have very low mechanical strength and mostly not stable also. CPs have characteristic feature of tunable electrical and optical properties, which make them suitable for various device applications. In fact, retaining the electrical and optical properties, If some strength and processability property can be incorporated, CPs can play havoc. That is no wonder why CPs demand in US is rising by 5.8 percent annually. Polyaniline (PANI) and polypyrrole (PPY) are particularly attractive materials amongst CPs due to their excellent environmental stability along with other features such as, low cost, high conductivity upon doping, and ease of synthesis. In spite of all these advantages, their device applications are limited due to their unprocessable nature. These can neither be solution processable (as they are not soluble in any solvent) nor melt processable (as they decompose before reaching a softening or melting temperature). There are various methods to overcome these problems, one of them, which has been adopted by us is to blend the CPs with some conventional polymers, like polyvinyl alcohol (PVA), polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), poly-methyl-methacrylate (PMMA) etc. The resulting blend will obviously have improved mechanical property of the latter and electrical conductivity of the former. However it is seen that in this process one has to

  14. Efficient, Color-Tunable Electroluminescent Devices from Doped Polymers and Polymer Blends

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    Wu, C. C.; Sturm, J. C.; Tian, J.; Register, R. A.; Dana, E. P.; Thompson, M. E.

    1998-03-01

    We have prepared electroluminescent materials with a wide color tunability and fabricated them into relatively efficient (>1% front-facing emission) light-emitting devices. The materials are based on poly(N-vinylcarbazole), PVK, a good hole conductor; the efficiency is obtained by adding substantial levels of electron-transporting oxadiazoles or quinolates. Color tunability (from blue to green to red) is achieved by doping with fluorescent molecules, both small-molecule laser dyes and a polymer, poly(3-phn-butylpyridylvinylene). In photoluminescence (PL), very efficient transfer of energy to the smaller-gap dopants occurs even at doping levels on the order of 1wt%. However, the predominant mechanism of electroluminescence (EL) at low doping levels appears to be the formation of excitons at the dopant emission centers, rather than transfer from the PVK matrix. Luminances of 100 cd/m^2 (television brightness) can be obtained at driving voltages below 10V, and the devices can produce luminances of 5000 cd/m^2 (comparable to fluorescent lamps). We have also demonstrated the integration of red, green, and blue devices onto a single substrate, thus forming the basic element of a full-color display.

  15. Influence of selenophene on the properties of semi-random polymers and their blends with PC61BM

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    Rudenko, Andrey E.; Noh, Sangtaik; Thompson, Barry C.

    2013-12-01

    In an effort to broaden the absorption of conjugated polymers, atomistic bandgap control was applied to the semi-random polymer architecture. Here, we report the physical properties of semi-random polyselenophenes as compared to analogous polythiophenes. In order to examine the effect of the selenium heteroatom on the optical properties of the polymers, UV-vis spectra were studied and it was found that all polyselenophenes exhibit lower bandgaps and higher absorption coefficients in thin films. Further, differential scanning calorimetry and grazing incidence x-ray diffraction results indicate that semi-random polyselenophenes are semicrystalline polymers and their (100) interchain distances are shorter than in the case of semi-random polythiophenes, which may be responsible for higher absorption coefficients. To probe the effect of the selenium heteroatom on the nano-organization of these polymers and their blends with PC61BM, thin films were studied by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The TEM images show a segregation between more densely packed areas from less densely packed areas in the pristine polymer films, which is more pronounced for polyselenophenes than for polythiophenes. The blends of polyselenophenes with PC61BM do not show the well-defined segregation observed for the polythiophene analogues. However, the broadened and extended absorption of semi-random polyselenophenes translates into an extended photocurrent response in the photovoltaic devices, as evidenced by external quantum efficiency measurements.

  16. 2.5D constructs for characterizing phase separated polymer blend surface morphology in tissue engineering scaffolds.

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    Marszalek, Jolanta E; Simon, Carl G; Thodeti, Charles; Adapala, Ravi Kumar; Murthy, Ananth; Karim, Alamgir

    2013-05-01

    Previously, we used 2D films to identify an annealed PCL-PDLLA phase-separated blend morphology which provided nanoscale surface texture and patterning that stimulated osteoblast differentiation. In order to translate these 2D surface nanopatterning effects to the walls of 3D salt-leached scaffolds, the blend phase morphology of scaffold walls must be characterized. For salt-leached scaffolds, NaCl is used as a porogen, which may affect phase separation in PCL-PDLLA blends. However, it is not possible to characterize the surface blend morphology of 3D scaffold walls using standard approaches such as AFM or optical microscopy, since scaffolds are too rough for AFM and do not transmit light for optical microscopy. We introduce a 2.5D approach that mimics the processing conditions of 3D salt-leached scaffolds, but has a geometry amenable to surface characterization by AFM and optical microscopy. For the 2.5D approach, PCL-PDLLA blend films were covered with NaCl crystals prior to annealing. The presence of NaCl significantly influenced blend morphology in PCL-PDLLA 2.5D constructs causing increased surface roughness, higher percent PCL area on the surface and a smaller PCL domain size. During cell culture on 2.5D constructs, osteoblast (MC3T3-E1) and dermal endothelial cell (MDEC) adhesion were enhanced on PCL-PDLLA blends that were annealed with NaCl while chondrogenic cell (ATDC5) adhesion was diminished. This work introduces a 2.5D approach that mimicked 3D salt-leached scaffold processing, but enabled characterization of scaffold surface properties by AFM and light microscopy, to demonstrate that the presence of NaCl during annealing strongly influenced polymer blend surface morphology and cell adhesion. Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Ionic conductivity studies in crystalline PVA/NaAlg polymer blend electrolyte doped with alkali salt KCl

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    Sheela, T.; Bhajantri, R. F.; Ravindrachary, V.; Pujari, P. K.; Rathod, Sunil G.; Naik, Jagadish

    2014-04-01

    Potassium Chloride (KCl) doped poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA)/sodium alginate (NaAlg) in 60:40 wt% polymer blend electrolytes were prepared by solution casting method. The complexation of KCl with host PVA/NaAlg blend is confirmed by FTIR and UV-Vis spectra. The XRD studies show that the crystallinity of the prepared blends increases with increase in doping. The dc conductivity increases with increase in dopant concentration. Temperature dependent dc conductivity shows an Arrhenius behavior. The dielectric properties show that both the dielectric constant and dielectric loss increases with increase in KCl doping concentration and decreases with frequency. The cole-cole plots show a decrease in bulk resistance, indicates the increase in ac conductivity, due to increase in charge carrier mobility. The doping of KCl enhances the mechanical properties of PVA/NaAlg, such as Young's modulus, tensile strength, stiffness.

  18. Transient absorption spectroscopy studies on polythiophene-fullerene bulk heterojunction organic blend films sensitized with a low-bandgap polymer.

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    Löslein, Heiko; Ameri, Tayebeh; Matt, Gebhard J; Koppe, Markus; Egelhaaf, Hans J; Troeger, Anna; Sgobba, Vito; Guldi, Dirk M; Brabec, Christoph J

    2013-07-12

    Recently, the concept of near-infrared sensitization is successfully employed to increase the light harvesting in large-bandgap polymer-based solar cells. To gain deeper insights into the operation mechanism of ternary organic solar cells, a comprehensive understanding of charge transfer-charge transport in ternary blends is a necessity. Herein, P3HT:PCPDTBT:PCBM ternary blend films are investigated by transient absorption spectroscopy. Hole transfer from PCPDTBT-positive polarons to P3HT in the P3HT:PCPDTBT:PCBM 0.9:0.1:1 blend film can be visualized. This process evolves within 140 ps and is discussed with respect to the proposed charge-generation mechanisms.

  19. Solution-processed small molecule-polymer blend organic thin-film transistors with hole mobility greater than 5 cm2/Vs.

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    Smith, Jeremy; Zhang, Weimin; Sougrat, Rachid; Zhao, Kui; Li, Ruipeng; Cha, Dongkyu; Amassian, Aram; Heeney, Martin; McCulloch, Iain; Anthopoulos, Thomas D

    2012-05-08

    Using phase-separated organic semiconducting blends containing a small molecule, as the hole transporting material, and a conjugated amorphous polymer, as the binder material, we demonstrate solution-processed organic thin-film transistors with superior performance characteristics that include; hole mobility >5 cm(2) /Vs, current on/off ratio ≥10(6) and narrow transistor parameter spread. These exceptional characteristics are attributed to the electronic properties of the binder polymer and the advantageous nanomorphology of the blend film.

  20. Study on micro structural and electrical properties of FeCl3 doped HPMC/PVP polymer blend films

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    Somashekarappa, H.; Prakash, Y.; Urs, R. Gopal Krishne; Somashekar, R.

    2015-06-01

    Solid polymer electrolyte (SPE) based on Hydroxypropylemethylcellulose (HPMC) and Polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) polymer blend films complexed with different weight ratio of FeCl3 were prepared using solution casting method and investigated using X-ray line profile analysis. Here an attempt has been made to study the changes in crystal imperfection parameters in HPMC/PVP blend films with the increase in concentration of FeCl3. The obtained results shows that decrease in micro crystalline parameters results in increase in the amorphous nature of the film yields more flexibility, biodegradability and good ionic conductivity. AC conductivity measurements in these films show that the conductivity increases as the concentration of FeCl3 increases. These films were suitable for electro chemical applications.

  1. Periodic porous stripe patterning in a polymer blend film induced by phase separation during spin-casting.

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    Kim, Jae-Kyung; Taki, Kentaro; Nagamine, Shinsuke; Ohshima, Masahiro

    2008-08-19

    A periodic striping pattern with microscale pore size is observed on the surface of thin films prepared by spin-casting from a polystyrene (PS) and polyethylene glycol (PEG) blend solution. The pattern is created by the convection generated by thermal gradients in the solution between the substrate and film solution during solvent evaporation, the radial flow of the spin-coated solution, and the primary and secondary phase separation of the PS and PEG solutions. The formation mechanism of the periodic porous stripe pattern is discussed, wherein the effects of the polymer blend weight ratio, polymer concentration, and drying rate on the formation of the periodic porous striping pattern are investigated using scanning electron and atomic force microscopy.

  2. Combining polyethylene and polypropylene: Enhanced performance with PE/iPP multiblock polymers.

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    Eagan, James M; Xu, Jun; Di Girolamo, Rocco; Thurber, Christopher M; Macosko, Christopher W; LaPointe, Anne M; Bates, Frank S; Coates, Geoffrey W

    2017-02-24

    Polyethylene (PE) and isotactic polypropylene (iPP) constitute nearly two-thirds of the world's plastic. Despite their similar hydrocarbon makeup, the polymers are immiscible with one another. Thus, common grades of PE and iPP do not adhere or blend, creating challenges for recycling these materials. We synthesized PE/iPP multiblock copolymers using an isoselective alkene polymerization initiator. These polymers can weld common grades of commercial PE and iPP together, depending on the molecular weights and architecture of the block copolymers. Interfacial compatibilization of phase-separated PE and iPP with tetrablock copolymers enables morphological control, transforming brittle materials into mechanically tough blends.

  3. Influencing dielectric properties of relaxor polymer system by blending vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-based terpolymer with a ferroelectric copolymer

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    Casar, G.; Li, X.; Zhang, Q. M.; Bobnar, V.

    2014-03-01

    We report the influence of blending the poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene) terpolymer [P(VDF-TrFE-CFE), a member of the relaxor polymer family that exhibits fast response speeds, giant electrostriction, high electric energy density, and large electrocaloric effect] with the ferroelectric poly(vinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene) copolymer [P(VDF-TrFE)] on its dielectric response. Although both components form separate crystalline phases, at low copolymer content, the P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)/P(VDF-TrFE) blends entirely exhibit a relaxorlike linear dielectric response, since the interfacial couplings to the bulky defects in the terpolymer convert the normal ferroelectric copolymer into a relaxor. On the other hand, the linear and particularly nonlinear dielectric experiments, i.e., temperature dependences of the second and the third harmonic dielectric response, clearly evidence that in blends with 20-50 wt. % of P(VDF-TrFE), the ferroelectric and relaxor states coexist. The nonlinear dielectric response further reveals the onset of ferroelectric behavior also in blends with low copolymer amount, due to a high VDF content in the terpolymer, which increases the ferroelectric interactions: While in relaxor polymers with lower VDF content, the third order nonlinear dielectric constant, in accordance with the theoretical predictions, exhibits solely positive values, here it changes sign even in the pure P(VDF-TrFE-CFE).

  4. Highly Porous 3D Fibrous Nanostructured Bioplolymer Films with Stimuli-Responsive Porosity via Phase Separation in Polymer Blend.

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    Tokarev, Igor; Gopishetty, Venkateshwarlu; Minko, Sergiy

    2015-06-17

    The article describes a novel polymer blend system that yields thin films with unique porous nanoscale morphologies and environmentally responsive properties. The blend consists of sodium alginate and amine end-terminated PEG, which undergoes phase separation during film deposition. The blend films can be readily converted into highly porous membranes using facile treatment with a solution containing divalent ions. The resulting membranes are primarily comprised of alginate hydrogel, whereas the PEG phase is removed from the films during exposure to the saline solution, yielding nanometer-sized pores. The alginate gel phase forms a three-dimensional nanostructure which can be best described as a filament or fibrous network. Because such network geometry is untypical of polymer blends in thin films, possible reasons for the observed phase morphology are discussed. Because of ionizable carboxyl groups, the hydrogel membranes demonstrate responsive behavior, in particular a drastic change in their porosity between a highly porous state and a state with completely closed pores in response to changes in the solution pH. The pore-size tunability can be explored in multiple applications where the regulation of material's permeability is needed.

  5. Highly efficient exciton harvesting and charge transport in ternary blend solar cells based on wide- and low-bandgap polymers.

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    Wang, Yanbin; Ohkita, Hideo; Benten, Hiroaki; Ito, Shinzaburo

    2015-10-28

    We have designed highly efficient ternary blend solar cells based on a wide-bandgap crystalline polymer, poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), and a low-bandgap polymer, poly[(4,4'-bis(2-ethylhexyl)dithieno[3,2-b:2'3'-d]silole)-2,6-diyl-alt-(2,1,3-benzothiadiazole)-4,7-diyl] (PSBTBT), and a fullerene derivative (PCBM). By using highly crystalline P3HT, high fill factors were obtained even for ternary blend solar cells, suggesting efficient charge transport due to large P3HT crystalline domains. In such large crystalline domains, some P3HT excitons could not diffuse into the interface with PCBM but can be collected in PSBTBT domains by efficient energy transfer because of large spectral overlap between the P3HT fluorescence and the PSBTBT absorption. Consequently, all the P3HT excitons can contribute to the photocurrent generation at the P3HT/PCBM interface and/or PSBTBT domains mixed with PCBM in the ternary blends. As a result, P3HT/PSBTBT/PCBM ternary blend solar cells exhibit a power conversion efficiency of 5.6%, which is even higher than those of both individual binary devices of P3HT/PCBM and PSBTBT/PCBM.

  6. Characterization of poly(butylene succinate)/glycerol co-plasticized thermoplastic gelatin prepared by melt blending

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    Oliviero, Maria; Sorrentino, Andrea; Iannace, Salvatore

    2015-12-01

    Biodegradable thermoplastic poly(butylene succinate)/gelatin (PBS/TPG) blends with various blending ratios were prepared by melt mixing technique. The main goal of these blends is to improve the water sensitivity of thermoplastic gelatin by blending it with a hydrophobic biodegradable polymer obtained also from renewable resources. The incorporation of PBS yielded a decrease in absorbed moisture. Under the relative humidity 50 and 100%, the absorbed moisture obtained values were 19 and 229% for pure TPG, 12.3 and 127% for TPG/PBS(80/20), and 1.7 and 37% for TPG/PBS(20/80), respectively. The water resistance increased only for the samples containing a high value of PBS (>40%wt). Furthermore, mechanical properties and morphological analyses revealed that PBS/TPG blends were immiscible.

  7. Structural and transport properties of PVC blend PEG doped with Mg(ClO4)2 solid polymer electrolyte

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    Ramesh, C. H.; Reddy, M. Jaipal; Kumar, J. Siva; Reddy, K. Narasimha

    2014-04-01

    An attempt was made to investigate the effect of Mg(ClO4)2 concentration in PVC-PEG blend polymer electrolyte system. Solid polymer electrolyte films of PVC-PEG-Mg(ClO4)2 have been prepared by using solution - casting process. Structural and transport properties have been studied by employing experimental tools like XRD, FT-IR and DC electrical conductivity. The XRD, FTIR studies were confirmed the formation of a polymer-salt complex. The conductivity results indicated that the incorporation of Mg(ClO4)2 salt into PVC-PEG polymer; at low concentrations the increase in the conductivity is large, but at higher concentrations the increase in conductivity is modest. Using this electrolyte, an electrochemical cells have been fabricated with the configuration Mg/ (PVC-PEG-Mg(ClO4)2) electrolyte / (I2 + C + electrolyte) and its discharge characteristics were determined.

  8. Improving CO2 permeation and separation performance of CO2-philic polymer membrane by blending CO2 absorbents

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    Cheng, Jun; Hu, Leiqing; Li, Yannan; Liu, Jianzhong; Zhou, Junhu; Cen, Kefa

    2017-07-01

    To research effects of CO2 absorption capacity and type of CO2 absorbent on the CO2 separation and free-volume properties of facilitated transport membranes, two types of CO2 absorbents, namely monoethanolamine (MEA) and ionic liquids (ILs:[P66614][Triz] and [P66614][2-Op]), were adopted. The CO2 absorption capacities of MEA, [P66614][Triz] and [P66614][2-Op] were about 0.561 mol CO2 per mol, 0.95 mol CO2 per mol and 1.60 mol CO2 per mol, respectively. All mean free-volume hole radiuses of membranes decreased after blending CO2 absorbents. After polymer membrane blended with two ILs, number of free-volume hole increased, resulting in modest increase of the fractional free volume. Both CO2 permeability and selectivity increased after blending MEA and ILs. The increasing range of CO2 permeability corresponded with CO2 absorption capacity of CO2 absorbents, and membrane blending with [P66614][2-Op] showed the highest CO2 permeability of 672.1 Barrers at 25 °C. Pebax/PEGDME membrane blending with MEA obtained the highest CO2/H2 and CO2/CH4 selectivity at 17.8 and 20.5, respectively.

  9. Zidovudine-loaded PLA and PLA-PEG blend nanoparticles: influence of polymer type on phagocytic uptake by polymorphonuclear cells.

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    Mainardes, Rubiana Mara; Gremião, Maria Palmira Daflon; Brunetti, Iguatemy Lourenço; da Fonseca, Luiz Marcos; Khalil, Najeh Maissar

    2009-01-01

    Mononuclear (macrophages) and polymorphonuclear leucocytes cells play an important role in the immunopathogenesis of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. Zidovudine is a broad-spectrum drug used in current antiretroviral therapy. The development of controlled drug delivery systems for the treatment of chronic diseases is of great interest since these systems can act as vectors, carrying the drug only to the target, and the adverse effects can be reduced. In this study, PLA and PLA/PEG blend nanoparticles containing zidovudine were developed and their uptake by polymorphonuclear leucocytes were studied in vitro. The influence of polymer type on particle size, Zeta potential and particle uptake by polymorphonuclear leucocytes was investigated. The cells were isolated from rat peritoneal exudate and their activation by nanoparticles was measured by luminol-dependent chemiluminescence and microscopical analysis. The PEG in the blend modified the Zeta potential suggested the formation of a PEG coat on the particle surface. The phagocytosis depended on the PEG and its ratio in the blend, the results showed that the PLA nanoparticles were more efficiently phagocytosed than PLA/PEG blends. The blend with the highest PEG proportion did not prevent phagocytosis, indicating that the steric effect of PEG was concentration dependent. (c) 2008 Wiley-Liss, Inc. and the American Pharmacists Association

  10. Nanodomain formation in a liquid polymer blend: The initial stages of phase separation

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    Marcus, A.H.; Hussey, D.M.; Diachun, N.A.; Fayer, M.D.

    1995-11-08

    The morphology of nanodomain structures in binary polymer blends of a random copolymer and a homopolymer is determined using electronic excitation transport (EET) studies. The experimental system employed is a copolymer, 6.5% atactic poly(methyl methacrylate-{ital co}-2-vinyl naphthalene) [P(MMA-2VN)], in atactic poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc). The naphthalene groups serve as chromophores in the EET experiments. The mixtures are prepared such that initially the P(MMA-2VN) chains are randomly distributed in the PVAc matrix. The nanodomains are formed while low-concentration mixtures of the P(MMA-2VN) in PVAc are held at constant temperature in the melt state ({ital T}{gt}{ital T}{sub {ital g}}), above the temperature at which phase separation occurs. In the melt the chains diffuse, and P(MMA-2VN) chains aggregate until the temperature is quenched below {ital T}{sub {ital g}}. The structures of the resulting domains are examined with time-resolved fluorescence depolarization measurements, and the data are analyzed using an analytical theory to model EET among interacting polymer chains. The agreement between theory and data is very good. The results of the analysis indicate that the nanodomains correspond to aggregates with a characteristic size equal to the radius of gyration of the copolymer, {ital R}{sub {ital g}}. The number of P(MMA-2VN) chains in aggregates prepared under different conditions is determined. {copyright} {ital 1995} {ital American} {ital Institute} {ital of} {ital Physics}.

  11. The use of rheology to elucidate the granulation mechanisms of a miscible and immiscible system during continuous twin-screw melt granulation.

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    Monteyne, Tinne; Heeze, Liza; Mortier, Séverine Thérèse F C; Oldörp, Klaus; Nopens, Ingmar; Remon, Jean-Paul; Vervaet, Chris; De Beer, Thomas

    2016-08-20

    Twin-screw hot melt granulation (TS HMG) is a valuable, but still unexplored alternative to granulate temperature and moisture sensitive drugs in a continuous way. Recently, the material behavior of an immiscible drug-binder blend during TS HMG was unraveled by using a rheometer and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Additionally, vibrational spectroscopic techniques proved the link between TS HMG and rheology since equal interactions at molecular level did occur in both processes. This allowed to use a rheometer to gain knowledge of the material behavior during hot melt processing of an immiscible drug-binder blend. However, miscibility of a drug-binder formulation and drug-binder interactions appear to influence the rheological properties and, hence conceivably also the granulation mechanism. The aim of this research was to examine if the TS HMG process of a miscible formulation system is comparable with the mechanism of an immiscible system and to evaluate whether rheology still serves as a useful tool to understand and optimize the hot melt granulation (HMG) process. The executed research (thermal analysis, rheological parameters and spectroscopic data) demonstrated the occurrence of a high and broad tan(δ) curve without a loss peak during the rheological temperature ramp which implies a higher material deformability without movement of the softened single polymer chains. Spectroscopic analysis revealed drug-polymer interactions which constrain the polymer to flow independently. As a result, the binder distribution step, which generally follows the immersion step, was hindered. This insight assisted the understanding of the granule properties. Inhomogeneous granules were produced due to large initial nuclei or adhesion of multiple smaller nuclei. Consequently, a higher granulation temperature was required in order to get the binder more homogeneously distributed within the granules.

  12. Characterization of CH3SO3H-doped PMMA/PVP blend-based proton-conducting polymer electrolytes and its application in primary battery

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    Ambika, C.; Hirankumar, G.

    2016-02-01

    Various compositions of solid blend polymer electrolytes based on poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA)/poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) complexed with methanesulfonic acid (MSA) as proton donor were prepared by solution casting technique. The complex nature of polymer blend with MSA was confirmed by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Good thermal stability of PMMA/PVP blend polymer electrolyte was identified by thermogravimetric analysis. The surface morphology of the prepared electrolytes was studied through optical microscopy. Ion transport number was determined in the range of 0.93-0.97 for proton-conducting blend polymer electrolytes. The maximum conductivity value was calculated as 2.51 × 10-5 S/cm at 303 K for 14.04 mol% MSA-doped polymer electrolytes. Dielectric studies were also carried out. The electrochemical stability window of blend polymer electrolyte was found to be 1.82 V. Primary proton battery was fabricated with Zn + ZnSO4·7H2O/solid polymer electrolytes/MnO2. The discharge characteristics were studied at constant current drain of 5, 20 and 50 μA. The energy and power density were calculated as 0.27 W h kg-1 and 269.23 mW kg-1 for 20 μA of discharge, respectively.

  13. Long-lived photoexcitations in intercalated, partially and predominantly non-intercalated polymer:fullerene blends

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    Dou, Fei; Buchaca-Domingo, Ester; Sakowicz, Maciej; Zhang, Xinping; Stingelin, Natalie; Silva, Carlos

    2013-09-01

    In this work, we study the nature of long-lived photoexcitations in intercalated, partially and predominantly non-intercalated semicrystalline poly(2,5-bis(3-tetradecyl-thiophen-2-yl)thieno [3,2,-b]thiophene) (pBTTT):phenyl-C61 -butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) blend films by quasi-steady-state photoinduced absorption (PIA) spectroscopy. We find that polarons are generated in these microstructures. However, the polarons generated in partially and predominantly non-intercalated films (1.7 eV) are at higher energy than in intercalated film (1.4 eV). After comparing with the polaron generation in neat pBTTT polymer film, we propose that the polarons generated in partially and predominantly non-intercalated film are delocalized charges, and the polarons generated in intercalated film are localized charges. Furthermore, we also find that the polarons generated in the partially non-intercalated film have the longest lifetime.

  14. Assessing the Strength Enhancement of Heterogeneous Networks of Miscible Polymer Blends

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    Giller, Carl; Roland, Mike

    2013-03-01

    At the typical crosslink densities of elastomers, the failure properties vary inversely with mechanical stiffness, so that compounding entails a compromise between stiffness and strength. Our approach to circumvent this conventional limitation is by forming networks of two polymers that: (i) are thermodynamically miscible, whereby the chemical composition is uniform on the segmental level; and (ii) have markedly different reactivities for network formation. The resulting elastomer consists of one highly crosslinked component and one that is lightly or uncrosslinked. This disparity in crosslinking causes their respective contributions to the network mechanical response to differ diametrically. Earlier results showed some success with this approach for thermally crosslinked blends of 1,2-polybutadiene (PVE) and polyisoprene (PI), as well as ethylene-propylene copolymer (EPM) and ethylene-propylene-diene random terpolymer (EPDM), taking advantage of their differing reactivities to sulfur. In this work we demonstrate the miscibility of polyisobutylene (PIB) with butyl rubber (BR) (a copolymer of PIB and polyisoprene) and show that networks in which only the BR is crosslinked possess greater tensile strengths than neat BR over the same range of moduli. Office of Naval Research

  15. Compressible or incompressible blend of interacting monodisperse linear polymers near a surface.

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    Batman, Richard; Gujrati, P D

    2007-08-28

    We consider a lattice model of a mixture of repulsive, attractive, or neutral monodisperse linear polymers of two species, A and B, with a third monomeric species C, which may be taken to represent free volume. The mixture is confined between two hard, parallel plates of variable separation whose interactions with A and C may be attractive, repulsive, or neutral, and may be different from each other. The interactions with A and C are all that are required to completely specify the effect of each surface on all three components. We numerically study various density profiles as we move away from the surface, by using the recursive method of Gujrati and Chhajer [J. Chem. Phys. 106, 5599 (1997)] that has already been previously applied to study polydisperse solutions and blends next to surfaces. The resulting density profiles show the oscillations that are seen in Monte Carlo simulations and the enrichment of the smaller species at a neutral surface. The method is computationally ultrafast and can be carried out on a personal computer (PC), even in the incompressible case, when Monte Carlo simulations are not feasible. The calculations of density profiles usually take less than 20 min on a PC.

  16. Preparation and characterization of PVP-PVA–ZnO blend polymer nano composite films

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    Divya, S. Saipriya, G.; Hemalatha, J.

    2016-05-23

    Flexible self-standing films of PVP-PVA blend composites are prepared by using ZnO as a nano filler at different concentrations. The structural, compositional, morphological and optical studies made with the help of X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier Transform Infra-Red spectroscopy (FTIR), Scanning electron microscope (SEM), Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), Ultraviolet-visible spectroscopy (UV-vis) and Photoluminescence (PL) spectra are presented in this paper. The results of XRD indicate that ZnO nanoparticles are formed with hexagonal phase in the polymeric matrix. SEM images show the dispersion of ZnO nano filler in the polymer matrix. UV–vis spectra reveal that the absorption peak is centered around 235 nm and 370 nm for the nano composite films. The blue shift is observed with decrease in the concentration of the nano filler. PL spectra shows the excitation wavelength is given at 320 nm.The emission peaks were observed at 383 nm ascribing to the electronic transitions between valence band and conduction band and the peak at 430 nm.

  17. Ternary blend polymer solar cells with self-assembled structure for enhancing power conversion efficiency

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    Yang, Zhenhua; Li, Hongfei; Nam, Chang-Yong; Kisslinger, Kim; Satija, Sushil; Rafailovich, Miriam

    Bulk heterojunction (BHJ) polymer solar cells are an area of intense interest due to their advantages such as mechanical flexibility. The active layer is typically spin coated from the solution of polythiophene derivatives (donor) and fullerenes (acceptor) and interconnected domains are formed because of phase separation. However, the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of BHJ solar cell is restricted by the disordered inner structures in the active layer, donor or acceptor domains isolated from electrodes. Here we report a self-assembled columnar structure formed by phase separation between (PCDTBT) and polystyrene (PS) for the active layer morphology optimization. The BHJ solar cell device based on this structure is promising for exhibiting higher performance due to the shorter carrier transportation pathway and larger interfacial area between donor and acceptor. The surface morphology is investigated with atomic force microscopy (AFM) and the columnar structure is studied by investigation of cross-section of the blend thin film of PCDTBT and PS under the transmission electron microscopy (TEM). The different morphological structures formed via phase segregation are correlated with the performance of the BHJ solar cells.

  18. n-Type semiconducting naphthalene diimide-perylene diimide copolymers: controlling crystallinity, blend morphology, and compatibility toward high-performance all-polymer solar cells.

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    Hwang, Ye-Jin; Earmme, Taeshik; Courtright, Brett A E; Eberle, Frank N; Jenekhe, Samson A

    2015-04-08

    Knowledge of the critical factors that determine compatibility, blend morphology, and performance of bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells composed of an electron-accepting polymer and an electron-donating polymer remains limited. To test the idea that bulk crystallinity is such a critical factor, we have designed a series of new semiconducting naphthalene diimide (NDI)-selenophene/perylene diimide (PDI)-selenophene random copolymers, xPDI (10PDI, 30PDI, 50PDI), whose crystallinity varies with composition, and investigated them as electron acceptors in BHJ solar cells. Pairing of the reference crystalline (crystalline domain size Lc = 10.22 nm) NDI-selenophene copolymer (PNDIS-HD) with crystalline (Lc = 9.15 nm) benzodithiophene-thieno[3,4-b]thiophene copolymer (PBDTTT-CT) donor yields incompatible blends, whose BHJ solar cells have a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 1.4%. However, pairing of the new 30PDI with optimal crystallinity (Lc = 5.11 nm) as acceptor with the same PBDTTT-CT donor yields compatible blends and all-polymer solar cells with enhanced performance (PCE = 6.3%, Jsc = 18.6 mA/cm(2), external quantum efficiency = 91%). These photovoltaic parameters observed in 30PDI:PBDTTT-CT devices are the best so far for all-polymer solar cells, while the short-circuit current (Jsc) and external quantum efficiency are even higher than reported values for [70]-fullerene:PBDTTT-CT solar cells. The morphology and bulk carrier mobilities of the polymer/polymer blends varied substantially with crystallinity of the acceptor polymer component and thus with the NDI/PDI copolymer composition. These results demonstrate that the crystallinity of a polymer component and thus compatibility, blend morphology, and efficiency of polymer/polymer blend solar cells can be controlled by molecular design.

  19. Confined Pattern-Directed Assembly of Polymer-Grafted Nanoparticles in a Phase Separating Blend with a Homopolymer Matrix.

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    Zhang, Ren; Lee, Bongjoon; Bockstaller, Michael R; Douglas, Jack F; Stafford, Christopher M; Kumar, Sanat K; Raghavan, Dharmaraj; Karim, Alamgir

    The controlled organization of nanoparticle (NP) constituents into superstructures of well-defined shape, composition and connectivity represents a continuing challenge in the development of novel hybrid materials for many technological applications. We show that the phase separation of polymer-tethered nanoparticles immersed in a chemically different polymer matrix provides an effective and scalable method for fabricating defined submicron-sized amorphous NP domains in melt polymer thin films. We investigate this phenomenon with a view towards understanding and controlling the phase separation process through directed nanoparticle assembly. In particular, we consider isothermally annealed thin films of polystyrene-grafted gold nanoparticles (AuPS) dispersed in a poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrix. Classic binary polymer blend phase separation related morphology transitions, from discrete AuPS domains to bicontinuous to inverse domain structure with increasing nanoparticle composition is observed, yet the kinetics of the AuPS/PMMA polymer blends system exhibit unique features compared to the parent PS/PMMA homopolymer blend. We further illustrate how to pattern-align the phase-separated AuPS nanoparticle domain shape, size and location through the imposition of a simple and novel external symmetry-breaking perturbation via soft-lithography. Specifically, submicron-sized topographically patterned elastomer confinement is introduced to direct the nanoparticles into kinetically controlled long-range ordered domains, having a dense yet well-dispersed distribution of non-crystallizing nanoparticles. The simplicity, versatility and roll-to-roll adaptability of this novel method for controlled nanoparticle assembly should make it useful in creating desirable patterned nanoparticle domains for a variety of functional materials and applications.

  20. Studies on immiscible alloys

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    Otto, G.

    1976-01-01

    To illustrate the behavior of immiscible liquids of different densities in zero-gravity and to determine the rate of coalescence like droplets, a demonstration experiment was performed on the Skylab 4 mission. Dispersions of oil-in-water and of water-in-oil were prepared by the astronauts and their appearance photographed over a time span of 10 hours. The experiment indicated that all emulsions were stable over this period and that the coalescent rate was at least 3 times 10 to the 5th power times smaller on Skylab than on earth. The recorded melting of a cylindrical piece of ice on Skylab 3 is used to study the mode of heat transfer for the latent heat of melting in low-gravity.

  1. Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxane-Functionalized Perfluorocyclobutyl Aryl Ether Polymers: An Overview of the Synthesis and Properties of Polyhedral Oligomeric Silsesquioxanes (POSS) Functionalized with Perfluorocyclobutyl (PFCB) Aryl Ether Polymer Blends and Copolymers (Preprint)

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    2007-10-17

    Polymer Blends Fluorinated POSS (F-POSS) compounds were blended into PFCB polymer poly5 (Man = 22000 , PDI = 2.2; GPC in CHCl3 using PS as standard) by...transition temperature (Tg) with POSS copolymers. The decrease was most noticeable for copolymers with iso -butyl groups (R = i-Bu) and further...Surface Analysis. Copolymers with up to 20 wt% iso -butyl functionalized POSS produced solution processable, optically transparent, semi-flexible films

  2. High brightness and efficiency green light-emitting diodes based on fluorene-containing conjugated polymers and associated blends

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    Palilis, Leonidas C.; Wilkinson, Chris I.; Lidzey, David G.; Bradley, Donal D. C.; Inbasekaran, Michael; Wu, Weishi W.

    2001-02-01

    We report on the fabrication and properties of single layer green light-emitting diodes (LEDs) based on fluorene- containing conjugated polymers and associated blends. We have used a new green fluorene based conjugated polymer (namely 5BTF8) as the emissive material as well as the host in blends with a guest hole transport triarylamine/fluorene copolymer (namely BFB) to fabricate bright and efficient single layer green polymer light-emitting diodes (PLEDs). An enhancement in both the electroluminescence quantum and power efficiency is seen for the blend. This observation indicates that the hole transport material leads to a significant improvement in hole injection and transport and thus to an improved charge carrier balance factor. A higher brightness and a lower turn on as well as operating voltage are also achieved for the blend. The emission from a green single layer LED with 5BTF8/BFB (4/1) as the emissive layer reaches a maximum brightness of 35000 cd/m2 with a maximum external quantum efficiency of 1.3% or 4.2 cd/A and a maximum power efficiency of 2.5 lm/W. Novel small area LEDs were also fabricated using a SiN insulating layer on top of the ITO that allowed much higher brightnesses to be achieved compared to the standard area LEDs due to the reduced heating and therefor to a better thermal management of the device. The emission from a PEDOT/5BTF8 small area LED reached a maximum brightness of 155,000 and 6,500,000 cd/m2 in DC and pulsed mode, respectively.

  3. Poly vinyl acetate and ammonio methacrylate copolymer as unconventional polymer blends increase the mechanical robustness of HPMC matrix tablets.

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    Ali, R; Dashevsky, A; Bodmeier, R

    2017-01-10

    The objective was to investigate poly vinyl acetate (Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D) and ammonio methacrylate copolymer (Eudragit(®) RL 30 D) blends as coatings to increase the mechanical robustness of hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) matrix tablets. Poly vinyl acetate (Kollicoat(®) SR 30 D - KSR) was selected for its flexibility and ammonio methacrylate copolymer (Eudragit(®) RL 30 D - ERL) because of its high permeability. Films based on KSR:ERL blends were prepared by casting or spraying aqueous dispersions of these polymers and were characterized by water uptake, dry mass loss and mechanical properties. KSR:ERL blends were investigated as coating materials to improve the robustness, mechanical strength and drug release from the HPMC matrix tablets containing propranolol HCl, caffeine and carbamazepine as model drugs. Both HPMC and the polymer coating affected the propranolol release. The release and the mechanical properties could be easily adjusted by varying the polymer blend ratio. The flexibility increased with increasing KSR content. At an 8% w/w coating level, a force of 3.2N was required to rupture the coating of the swollen tablet after 16h in the release medium; the coated tablets were thus robust to withstand gastrointestinal forces. The coating level (6%-10%, w/w) and dissolution agitation rate (50rpm to 150rpm) had no effect on the drug release. The water-insoluble carbamazepine was not released from the coated tablets as HPMC erosion, which is necessary for the release of a poorly water-soluble drug was hindered by the coating. The release of the water-soluble propranolol increased with increasing drug content and decreased with increasing HPMC content.

  4. Moving through the phase diagram: morphology formation in solution cast polymer-fullerene blend films for organic solar cells.

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    Schmidt-Hansberg, Benjamin; Sanyal, Monamie; Klein, Michael F G; Pfaff, Marina; Schnabel, Natalie; Jaiser, Stefan; Vorobiev, Alexei; Müller, Erich; Colsmann, Alexander; Scharfer, Philip; Gerthsen, Dagmar; Lemmer, Uli; Barrena, Esther; Schabel, Wilhelm

    2011-11-22

    The efficiency of organic bulk heterojunction solar cells strongly depends on the multiscale morphology of the interpenetrating polymer-fullerene network. Understanding the molecular assembly and the identification of influencing parameters is essential for a systematic optimization of such devices. Here, we investigate the molecular ordering during the drying of doctor-bladed polymer-fullerene blends on PEDOT:PSS-coated substrates simultaneously using in situ grazing incidence X-ray diffraction (GIXD) and laser reflectometry. In the process of blend crystallization, we observe the nucleation of well-aligned P3HT crystallites in edge-on orientation at the interface at the instant when P3HT solubility is crossed. A comparison of the real-time GIXD study at ternary blends with the binary phase diagrams of the drying blend film gives evidence of strong polymer-fullerene interactions that impede the crystal growth of PCBM, resulting in the aggregation of PCBM in the final drying stage. A systematic dependence of the film roughness on the drying time after crossing P3HT solubility has been shown. The highest efficiencies have been observed for slow drying at low temperatures which showed the strongest P3HT interchain π-π-ordering along the substrate surface. By adding the "unfriendly" solvent cyclohexanone to a chlorobenzene solution of P3HT:PCBM, the solubility can be crossed prior to the drying process. Such solutions exhibit randomly orientated crystalline structures in the freshly cast film which results in a large crystalline orientation distribution in the dry film that has been shown to be beneficial for solar cell performance.

  5. Polymer blends of polylactic acid (PLA) and polybutylene succinate-adipate

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    Ma, Wenguang

    A series of blends consisting of polylactic acid (PLA) and aliphatic succinate polyester (BionolleRTM #3000) had been prepared and investigated. The results of mechanical property investigations showed that using 20 wt% Bionolle#3000 can significantly increase the toughness of PLA. BionolleRTM #3000 also reduces the physical aging rate of PLA so blends remain tough longer. Conversely, the stiffness of BionolleRTM #3000 can be significantly increased by blending in PLA. DMA and DSC results show that PLA/BionolleRTM 3000 blends are not thermodynamically miscible, but are compatible blends. Studies have also been performed to determine the amount and rate of aerobic biodegradation of PLA/aliphatic succinate polyester blends in biologically active composting, enzymatic, and soil environments. The changes in molecular weight, molecular structure and thermal properties in the composting environment were also studied by GPC, NMR and DSC analyses. The research results showed BionolleRTM #3000 had a high degradation rate, while PLA had a low degradation rate. PLA/BionolleRTM #3000 blends had moderate degradation rates that increased with BionolleRTM #3000 content. The melt flow behavior of PLA/BionolleRTM #3000 blends has been studied by capillary rheometry. The relationship of the blends' viscosity with their composition, shear stress, shear rate, and temperature has been investigated. Power law index and activation energy of PLA, BionolleRTM #3000 and their blends have been calculated. The experimental and theoretical data can let us understand the processability of PLA/BionolleRTM #3000 blends. A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used to investigate the morphological structure of the PLA/BionolleRTM #3000 blends. Micrographs of the samples made from different methods (blown film, extrudate and compression molding sheet) were taken; their differences in morphology were compared. For comparison, the micrographs of blend PLA/BionolleRTM #6000 was also studied. The

  6. Residual solvent content in conducting polymer-blend films mapped with scanning transmission x-ray microscopy

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    Meier, Robert; Schindler, Markus; Müller-Buschbaum, Peter; Watts, Benjamin

    2011-11-01

    Near-edge x-ray absorption fine-structure spectra prove the presence of solvent molecules in conducting polymer films and are used to calculate the absolute solvent uptake of, e.g., 5 vol.% in poly(vinylcarbazole) (PVK) films, which were prepared by solution casting with cyclohexanone as solvent. Nanoscale scanning transmission x-ray microscopy (STXM) reveals a thickness-independent solvent content in a PVK gradient sample due to the formation of an enrichment layer of residual solvent. In polymer-blend films of PVK and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), STXM probes a lateral residual solvent uptake, which depends on the composition of the phase-separation domains. For all measurements, oxygen-containing solvent molecules in oxygen-free conducting polymer films are used as marker material, and a significant amount of residual solvent is found in all types of investigated samples.

  7. Polymer blends used for the aqueous coating of solid dosage forms: importance of the type of plasticizer.

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    Lecomte, F; Siepmann, J; Walther, M; MacRae, R J; Bodmeier, R

    2004-09-14

    The aim of this study was to investigate the importance of the type of plasticizer in polymer blends used for the coating of solid dosage forms, comparing a lipophilic and a hydrophilic plasticizer (dibutyl sebacate (DBS) and triethyl citrate (TEC)). In vitro drug release from propranolol hydrochloride (propranolol HCl)-loaded pellets coated with blends of ethyl cellulose (EC) and Eudragit L (100:0, 75:25, 50:50, 25:75 and 0:100 w/w) was investigated at low as well as at high pH. To better understand the underlying mass transport mechanisms, the physicochemical properties of the film coatings (e.g. mechanical resistance, water uptake and dry weight loss behavior) were determined. Interestingly, drug release strongly depended on the type of plasticizer. Importantly, not only the slope but also the shape of the release curves was affected, indicating that the chemical nature of the plasticizer plays a major role for the underlying drug release mechanisms. Diffusion through the intact polymer coatings and/or through water-filled cracks was found to be dominating for the control of drug release. The relative importance of these pathways strongly depended on the polymer blend ratio and type of plasticizer. In contrast to DBS, TEC rapidly leached out of the coatings, resulting in decreasing mechanical resistances of the films and, thus, facilitated crack formation. In addition, the hydrophilicity of the plasticizer significantly affected the water uptake behavior of the film coatings and, hence, changes in the coatings' toughness and drug permeability. Also the relative affinity of the plasticizer to the different polymers was found to be of significance. In contrast to TEC, DBS has a higher affinity to EC than to Eudragit L, resulting in potential redistributions of this plasticizer within the polymeric systems and changes in the release profiles during storage. Importantly, these effects could be avoided with appropriate curing conditions and preparation techniques for

  8. Solid state double layer capacitor based on a polyether polymer electrolyte blend and nanostructured carbon black electrode composites

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    Lavall, Rodrigo L.; Borges, Raquel S.; Calado, Hállen D. R.; Welter, Cezar; Trigueiro, João P. C.; Rieumont, Jacques; Neves, Bernardo R. A.; Silva, Glaura G.

    An all solid double layer capacitor was assembled by using poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(propylene glycol)- b-poly(ethylene glycol)- b-poly(propylene glycol)-bis(2-aminopropyl ether) blend (PEO-NPPP) and LiClO 4 as polymer electrolyte layer and PEO-NPPP-carbon black (CB) as electrode film. High molecular weight PEO and the block copolymer NPPP with molecular mass of 2000 Da were employed, which means that the design is safe from the point of view of solvent or plasticizer leakage and thus, a separator is not necessary. Highly conductive with large surface area nanostructured carbon black was dispersed in the polymer blend to produce the electrode composite. The electrolyte and electrode multilayers prepared by spray were studied by differential scanning calorimetry, atomic force microscopy (AFM) and impedance spectroscopy. The ionic conductivity as a function of temperature was fitted with the Williams-Landel-Ferry equation, which indicates a conductivity mechanism typical of solid polymer electrolyte. AFM images of the nanocomposite electrode showed carbon black particles of approximately 60 nm in size well distributed in a semicrystalline and porous polymer blend coating. The solid double layer capacitor with 10 wt.% CB was designed with final thickness of approximately 130 μm and delivered a capacitance of 17 F g -1 with a cyclability of more than 1000 cycles. These characteristics make possible the construction of a miniature device in complete solid state which will avoid electrolyte leakage and present a performance superior to other similar electric double layer capacitors (EDLCs) presented in literature, as assessed in specific capacitance by total carbon mass.

  9. Large animal in vivo evaluation of a binary blend polymer scaffold for skeletal tissue-engineering strategies; translational issues.

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    Smith, James O; Tayton, Edward R; Khan, Ferdous; Aarvold, Alexander; Cook, Richard B; Goodship, Allen; Bradley, Mark; Oreffo, Richard O C

    2017-04-01

    Binary blend polymers offer the opportunity to combine different desirable properties into a single scaffold, to enhance function within the field of tissue engineering. Previous in vitro and murine in vivo analysis identified a polymer blend of poly(l-lactic acid)-poly(ε-caprolactone) (PLLA:PCL 20:80) to have characteristics desirable for bone regeneration. Polymer scaffolds in combination with marrow-derived skeletal stem cells (SSCs) were implanted into mid-shaft ovine 3.5 cm tibial defects, and indices of bone regeneration were compared to groups implanted with scaffolds alone and with empty defects after 12 weeks, including micro-CT, mechanical testing and histological analysis. The critical nature of the defect was confirmed via all modalities. Both the scaffold and scaffold/SSC groups showed enhanced quantitative bone regeneration; however, this was only found to be significant in the scaffold/SSCs group (p = 0.04) and complete defect bridging was not achieved in any group. The mechanical strength was significantly less than that of contralateral control tibiae (p < 0.01) and would not be appropriate for full functional loading in a clinical setting. This study explored the hypothesis that cell therapy would enhance bone formation in a critical-sized defect compared to scaffold alone, using an external fixation construct, to bridge the scale-up gap between small animal studies and potential clinical translation. The model has proved a successful critical defect and analytical techniques have been found to be both valid and reproducible. Further work is required with both scaffold production techniques and cellular protocols in order to successfully scale-up this stem cell/binary blend polymer scaffold. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. © 2015 The Authors. Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  10. Impact of Polymer-bound Iodine on Fibronectin Adsorption and Osteoblast Cell Morphology Radiopaque Medical Polymers: Tyrosine-derived Polycarbonate Blends as a Model System

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    Aamer, Khaled A.; Genson, Kirsten L.; Kohn, Joachim; Becker, Matthew L.

    2012-01-01

    Imaging of polymer implants during surgical implantations is challenging in that most materials lack sufficient X-ray contrast. Synthetic derivatization with iodine serves to increase the scattering contrast but results in distinct physico-chemical properties in the material which influence subsequent protein adsorption and cell morphology behavior. Herein we report the impact of increasing iodine inclusion on the cell morphology (cell area and shape) of MC3T3-E1 osteoblasts on a series of homopolymers and discrete blend thin films of poly(desaminotyrosyl tyrosine ethyl ester carbonate), poly(DTE carbonate) and an iodinated analogue poly(I2-DTE carbonate). Cell morphology is correlated to film chemical composition via measuring Fibronectin (FN) adhesion protein adsorption profile on these films. FN exhibits up to 2 fold greater adsorption affinity for poly(I2-DTE carbonate) than (poly(DTE carbonate)). A correlation was established between cell area, roundness and the measured FN adsorption profile on the blend films up to 75 % by mass poly(I2-DTE carbonate). Data suggest that incorporation of iodine within the polymer backbone has a distinct impact on the way FN proteins adsorb to the surface and within the studied blend systems; the effect is composition dependent. PMID:19645443

  11. Preferential interactions in pigmented, polymer blends - C.I. Pigment Blue 15:4 and C.I. Pigment Red 122 - as used in a poly(carbonate)-poly(butylene terephthalate) polymer blend.

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    Fagelman, K E; Guthrie, J T

    2005-11-18

    Some important characteristics of selected pigments have been evaluated, using the inverse gas chromatography (IGC) technique, that indicate the occurrence of preferential interactions in pigmented polymer blends. Attention has been given to copper phthalocyanine pigments and to quinacridone pigments incorporated in polycarbonate-poly(butylene terephthalate) blends. Selected supporting techniques were used to provide supplementary information concerning the pigments of interest, C.I. Pigment Blue 15:4 and C.I. Pigment Red 122. For C.I. Pigment Red 122 and for C.I. Pigment Blue, the dispersive component of the surface free energy decreases as the temperature increases, indicating the relative ease with which the molecules can be removed from the surface.

  12. Comment on ``Unified explanation of the anomalous dynamic properties of highly asymmetric polymer blends'' [J. Chem. Phys. 138, 054903 (2013)

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    Colmenero, J.

    2013-05-01

    In a recent paper by Ngai and Capaccioli ["Unified explanation of the anomalous dynamic properties of highly asymmetric polymer blends," J. Chem. Phys. 138, 054903 (2013), 10.1063/1.4789585] the authors claimed that the so-called coupling model (CM) provides a unified explanation of all dynamical anomalies that have been reported for dynamically asymmetric blends over last ten years. Approximately half of the paper is devoted to chain-dynamic properties involving un-entangled polymers. According to the authors, the application of the CM to these results is based on the existence of a crossover at a time tc ≈ 1-2 ns of the magnitudes describing chain-dynamics. Ngai and Capaccioli claimed that the existence of such a crossover is supported by the neutron scattering and MD-simulation results, corresponding to the blend poly(methyl methacrylate)/poly(ethylene oxide), by Niedzwiedz et al. [Phys. Rev. Lett. 98, 168301 (2007), 10.1103/PhysRevLett.98.168301] and Brodeck et al. [Macromolecules 43, 3036 (2010), 10.1021/ma902820a], respectively. Being one of the authors of these two papers, I will demonstrate here that there is no evidence supporting such a crossover in the data reported in these papers.

  13. Development and Experimental Validation of Morphology Predictive Model for Compatibilized Ternary Polymer Blends I. Effect of Interfacial Tension

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    Shokoohi, Shirin; Naderi, Ghasem

    2016-01-01

    To evaluate the prediction reliability of conventional morphology predicting models, polypropylene (PP)/polyamide6 (PA6)/ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) (70/15/15) ternary polymer blends compatibilized with Maleic-anhydride grafted EPDM (EPDM-g-MA) were prepared through melt blending using a twin screw extruder (TSE). Different EPDM/EPDM-g-MA ratios i.e. 100/0, 75/25, 50/50, 25/75 and 0/100 were used to prepare the ternery blend PP/(EPDM-g-MA + EPDM)/PA6 samples. The effects of compatibilizer content on the microstructures and consequently mechanical properties of prepared ternary blends were studied. Direct microstructural observations were compared to the predictions of conventional phenomenological models including spreading coefficient, minimum relative free energy, and dynamic interfacial energy. A comparison depicted the relative inaccuracy of the existing models in predicting the morphology of the present ternary system due to the ignorance of some effective parameters and/or discomfit of model assumptions. A novel predictive model was developed considering parameters ignored in conventional models. A thorough investigation of the model's validation results showed a reasonable agreement between model predictions and direct microstructural observations.

  14. Morphology evolution via self-organization and lateral and vertical diffusion in polymer:fullerene solar cell blends.

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    Campoy-Quiles, Mariano; Ferenczi, Toby; Agostinelli, Tiziano; Etchegoin, Pablo G; Kim, Youngkyoo; Anthopoulos, Thomas D; Stavrinou, Paul N; Bradley, Donal D C; Nelson, Jenny

    2008-02-01

    Control of blend morphology at the microscopic scale is critical for optimizing the power conversion efficiency of plastic solar cells based on blends of conjugated polymer with fullerene derivatives. In the case of bulk heterojunctions of regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and a soluble fullerene derivative ([6,6]-phenyl C61-butyric acid methyl ester, PCBM), both blend morphology and photovoltaic device performance are influenced by various treatments, including choice of solvent, rate of drying, thermal annealing and vapour annealing. Although the protocols differ significantly, the maximum power conversion efficiency values reported for the various techniques are comparable (4-5%). In this paper, we demonstrate that these techniques all lead to a common arrangement of the components, which consists of a vertically and laterally phase-separated blend of crystalline P3HT and PCBM. We propose a morphology evolution that consists of an initial crystallization of P3HT chains, followed by diffusion of PCBM molecules to nucleation sites, at which aggregates of PCBM then grow.

  15. Improved electrical properties of Fe nanofiller impregnated PEO + PVP:Li+ blended polymer electrolytes for lithium battery applications

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    Naveen Kumar, K.; Saijyothi, K.; Kang, Misook; Ratnakaram, Y. C.; Hari Krishna, K.; Jin, Dahee; Lee, Yong Min

    2016-07-01

    Solid polymer-blended electrolyte films of polyethylene oxide (PEO) + polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP)/lithium perchlorate embedded with iron (Fe) nanofiller in different concentrations have been synthesized by a solution casting method. The semicrystalline nature of these polymer electrolyte films has been confirmed from their XRD profiles. Polymer complex formation and ion-polymer interactions are systematically studied by FTIR and laser Raman spectral analysis. Surface morphological studies are carried out from SEM analysis. Dispersed Fe nanofiller size evaluation study has been carried out using transmission electron microscopy (TEM). In order to evaluate the thermal stability, decomposition temperature, and thermogravimetric dynamics, we carried out the TG/DTA measurement. Upon addition of Fe nanofiller to the PEO + PVP/Li+ electrolyte system, it was found to result in the enhancement of ionic conductivity. The maximum ionic conductivity has been set up to be 1.14 × 10-4 Scm-1 at the optimized concentration of 4 wt% Fe nanofiller-embedded PEO + PVP/Li+ polymer electrolyte nanocomposite at an ambient temperature. PEO + PVP/Li+ + Fe nanofiller (4 wt%) cell exhibited better performance in terms of cell parameters. Based on the cell parameters, the 4 wt% Fe nanofiller-dispersed PEO + PVP/Li+ polymer electrolyte system could be suggested as a perspective candidate for solid-state battery applications.

  16. Single-Junction Binary-Blend Nonfullerene Polymer Solar Cells with 12.1% Efficiency.

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    Zhao, Fuwen; Dai, Shuixing; Wu, Yang; Zhang, Qianqian; Wang, Jiayu; Jiang, Li; Ling, Qidan; Wei, Zhixiang; Ma, Wei; You, Wei; Wang, Chunru; Zhan, Xiaowei

    2017-03-10

    A new fluorinated nonfullerene acceptor, ITIC-Th1, has been designed and synthesized by introducing fluorine (F) atoms onto the end-capping group 1,1-dicyanomethylene-3-indanone (IC). On the one hand, incorporation of F would improve intramolecular interaction, enhance the push-pull effect between the donor unit indacenodithieno[3,2-b]thiophene and the acceptor unit IC due to electron-withdrawing effect of F, and finally adjust energy levels and reduce bandgap, which is beneficial to light harvesting and enhancing short-circuit current density (JSC ). On the other hand, incorporation of F would improve intermolecular interactions through CF···S, CF···H, and CF···π noncovalent interactions and enhance electron mobility, which is beneficial to enhancing JSC and fill factor. Indeed, the results show that fluorinated ITIC-Th1 exhibits redshifted absorption, smaller optical bandgap, and higher electron mobility than the nonfluorinated ITIC-Th. Furthermore, nonfullerene organic solar cells (OSCs) based on fluorinated ITIC-Th1 electron acceptor and a wide-bandgap polymer donor FTAZ based on benzodithiophene and benzotriazole exhibit power conversion efficiency (PCE) as high as 12.1%, significantly higher than that of nonfluorinated ITIC-Th (8.88%). The PCE of 12.1% is the highest in fullerene and nonfullerene-based single-junction binary-blend OSCs. Moreover, the OSCs based on FTAZ:ITIC-Th1 show much better efficiency and better stability than the control devices based on FTAZ:PC71 BM (PCE = 5.22%).

  17. Field-theoretical Renormalization-Group approach to critical dynamics of crosslinked polymer blends

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    Benhamou, M.; Chahid, M.

    2008-09-01

    We consider a crosslinked polymer blend that may undergo a microphase separation. When the temperature is changed from an initial value towards a final one very close to the spinodal point, the mixture is out equilibrium. The aim is the study of dynamics at a given time t , before the system reaches its final equilibrium state. The dynamics is investigated through the structure factor, S(q, t) , which is a function of the wave vector q , temperature T , time t , and reticulation dose D . To determine the phase behavior of this dynamic structure factor, we start from a generalized Langevin equation (model C) solved by the time composition fluctuation. Beside the standard de Gennes Hamiltonian, this equation incorporates a Gaussian local noise, ζ . First, by averaging over ζ , we get an effective Hamiltonian. Second, we renormalize this dynamic field theory and write a Renormalization-Group equation for the dynamic structure factor. Third, solving this equation yields the behavior of S(q, t) , in space of relevant parameters. As result, S(q, t) depends on three kinds of lengths, which are the wavelength q-1, a time length scale R(t) thicksim t1/z , and the mesh size ξ* . The scale R(t) is interpreted as the size of growing microdomains at time t . When R(t) becomes of the order of ξ* , the dynamics is stopped. The final time, t * , then scales as t * thicksim ξ{ast z} , with the dynamic exponent z = 6 - η . Here, η is the usual Ising critical exponent. Since the final size of microdomains ξ* is very small (few nanometers), the dynamics is of short time. Finally, all these results we obtained from renormalization theory are compared to those we stated in some recent work using a scaling argument.

  18. Hydrogenation with monolith reactor under conditions of immiscible liquid phases

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    Nordquist, Andrew Francis; Wilhelm, Frederick Carl; Waller, Francis Joseph; Machado, Reinaldo Mario

    2002-01-01

    The present invention relates to an improved for the hydrogenation of an immiscible mixture of an organic reactant in water. The immiscible mixture can result from the generation of water by the hydrogenation reaction itself or, by the addition of, water to the reactant prior to contact with the catalyst. The improvement resides in effecting the hydrogenation reaction in a monolith catalytic reactor from 100 to 800 cpi, at a superficial velocity of from 0.1 to 2 m/second in the absence of a cosolvent for the immiscible mixture. In a preferred embodiment, the hydrogenation is carried out using a monolith support which has a polymer network/carbon coating onto which a transition metal is deposited.

  19. Investigation of miscibility of p(3hydroxybutyrate-co-3hydroxyhexanoate) and epoxidized natural rubber blends

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    Akram, Faridah; Chan, Chin Han; Natarajan, Valliyappan David

    2015-08-28

    Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate [P(3HB-co-3HHx)] produced by C. necator PHB{sup −}4 harboring phaC{sub cs} from crude palm kernel oil with 21 mol% of 3-hydroxyhexanoate and epoxidized natural rubber with 25 mol% of epoxy content (ENR-25) were used to study the miscibility of the blends by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The polymers used were purified and the blends were prepared by solution casting method. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra confirm the purity and molecular structures of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25. FTIR spectra for different compositions of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25 blends show absorbance change of the absorbance bands but with no significant shifting of the absorbance bands as the P(3HB-co-3HHx) content decreases, which shows that there is no intermolecular interaction between the parent polymer blends. On top of that, there are two T{sub g}s present for the blends and both remain constant for different compositions which corresponds to the T{sub g}s of the parent polymers. This indicates that the blends are immiscible.

  20. Investigation of miscibility of p(3hydroxybutyrate-co-3hydroxyhexanoate) and epoxidized natural rubber blends

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    Akram, Faridah; Chan, Chin Han; Natarajan, Valliyappan David

    2015-08-01

    Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyhexanoate [P(3HB-co-3HHx)] produced by C. necator PHB-4 harboring phaCcs from crude palm kernel oil with 21 mol% of 3-hydroxyhexanoate and epoxidized natural rubber with 25 mol% of epoxy content (ENR-25) were used to study the miscibility of the blends by attenuated total reflection-Fourier transform infrared (ATR-FTIR) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The polymers used were purified and the blends were prepared by solution casting method. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectra confirm the purity and molecular structures of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25. FTIR spectra for different compositions of P(3HB-co-3HHx) and ENR-25 blends show absorbance change of the absorbance bands but with no significant shifting of the absorbance bands as the P(3HB-co-3HHx) content decreases, which shows that there is no intermolecular interaction between the parent polymer blends. On top of that, there are two Tgs present for the blends and both remain constant for different compositions which corresponds to the Tgs of the parent polymers. This indicates that the blends are immiscible.

  1. Spectroscopic analysis and mechanical properties of electron beam irradiated polypropylene/epoxidized natural rubber (PP/ENR) polymer blends

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    Senna, Magdy M. H.; Abdel-Fattah, Atef A.; Abdel-Monem, Y. K.

    2008-06-01

    Polymer blends based on different ratios of polypropylene (PP) and epoxidized natural rubber (ENR) were prepared by melt extrusion into sheets. The PP/ENR blends were exposed to various dose of accelerated electrons. The formation of free radicals during and after electron beam irradiation was illustrated by electron spin resonance (ESR). Also, the effect of electron beam irradiation on the mechanical and structural morphology was investigated by stress-strain behavior and scanning electron microscope (SEM). The ESR spectra indicated the formation of alkyl and allyl radicals during electron beam irradiation and peroxyl radicals during the post effect. The rate of radical decay was found to be second-order kinetics. The improvement in mechanical properties and structural morphology was confirmed to be due to the effect of electron beam irradiation.

  2. Crystalline-amorphous interaction in relation to the phase diagrams of binary polymer blends containing a crystalline constituent.

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    Rathi, Pankaj; Huang, Tsang-Min; Dayal, Pratyush; Kyu, Thein

    2008-05-22

    The present article describes an equilibrium theory for determining binary phase diagrams of various crystalline-amorphous polymer blends by taking into account the contributions from both liquid-liquid phase separation between the constituents and solid-liquid phase transition of the crystalline component. An analytical expression for determining a crystal-amorphous interaction parameter is deduced based on the solid-liquid transition, involving the solidus and liquidus lines in conjunction with the coexistence curve of an upper critical solution temperature type. Of particular importance is that the crystalline-amorphous interaction parameter can be determined directly from the melting point depression data. The present analysis is therefore different from the conventional Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, which is associated with the liquid-liquid phase separation. The validity of the present theory is tested with the experimental phase diagrams of blends of poly(ethylene oxide)/diacrylate and poly(vinyl alcohol)/cellulose.

  3. Microwave irradiation induced modifications on the interfaces in SAN/EVA/PVC and PVAc/BPA/PVP ternary polymer blends: Positron lifetime study

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    Dinesh, Meghala; Chikkakuntappa, Ranganathaiah

    2013-09-01

    Ternary polymer blends of poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile)/poly(ethylene-co-vinylacetate)/poly(vinyl chloride) (SAN/EVA/PVC) and poly(vinyl acetate)/bisphenol A/polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVAc/BPA/PVP) with different compositions have been prepared by solvent casting method and characterized by positron lifetime spectroscopy and differential scanning calorimetry DSC. Phase modifications have been induced by irradiating the blends with microwave radiation. These changes have been monitored by measuring the free-volume content in the blends. The results clearly show improved interactions between the constituent polymers of the blends upon microwave irradiation. However, the free-volume data and DSC measurements are found to be inadequate to reveal the changes at the interfaces and the interfaces determine the final properties of the blend. For this we have used hydrodynamic interaction (αij) approach developed by us to measure strength of hydrodynamic interaction at the interfaces. These results show that microwave irradiation stabilizes the interfaces if the blend contains strong polar groups. SAN/EVA/PVC blend shows an increased effective hydrodynamic interaction from -3.18 to -4.85 at composition 50/35/15 upon microwave irradiation and PVAc/BPA/PVP blend shows an increased effective hydrodynamic interaction from -3.81 to -7.57 at composition 20/50/30 after irradiation.

  4. Study of biodegradable polylactide/poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) blends.

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    Jiang, Long; Wolcott, Michael P; Zhang, Jinwen

    2006-01-01

    Both polylactide (PLA) and poly(butylene adipate-co-terephthalate) (PBAT) are biodegradable polymers. They are thermoplastics which can be processed using most conventional polymer processing methods. PLA is high in strength and modulus (63 MPa and 3.4 GPa, respectively) but brittle (strain at break 3.8%) while PBAT is flexible and tough (strain at break approximately 710%). In view of their complementary properties, blending PLA with PBAT becomes a natural choice to improve PLA properties without compromising its biodegradability. In this study, PLA and PBAT were melt blended using a twin screw extruder. Melt elasticity and viscosity of the blends increased with the concentration of PBAT. Crystallization of the PLA component, phase morphology of the blend, mechanical properties, and toughening mechanism were investigated. The blend comprised an immiscible, two-phase system with the PBAT evenly dispersed in the form of approximately 300 nm domains within the PLA matrix. The PBAT component accelerated the crystallization rate of PLA but had little effect on its final degree of crystallinity. With the increase in PBAT content (5-20 wt %), the blend showed decreased tensile strength and modulus; however, elongation and toughness were dramatically increased. With the addition of PBAT, the failure mode changed from brittle fracture of the neat PLA to ductile fracture of the blend as demonstrated by tensile test and scanning electron microcopy (SEM) micrographs. Debonding between the PLA and PBAT domains induced large plastic deformation in PLA matrix ligaments.

  5. Achieving High Energy Density in PVDF-Based Polymer Blends: Suppression of Early Polarization Saturation and Enhancement of Breakdown Strength.

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    Zhang, Xin; Shen, Yang; Shen, Zhonghui; Jiang, Jianyong; Chen, Longqing; Nan, Ce-Wen

    2016-10-03

    Polymers with high dielectric strength and favorable flexibility have been considered promising materials for dielectrics and energy storage applications, while the achievable energy density (Ue) of polymer is rather limited by the intrinsic low dielectric constant and ferroelectric hysteresis. Polyvinylidene fluoride-trifluoroethylene-chlorofluoroethylene (P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)) with ultrahigh εr of >50 is considered promising in achieving high Ue of polymer dielectrics. However, P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) only exhibits moderate Ue due to the early saturation of electrical polarization at low electric field. In this contribution, we show that, by blending P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), the early saturation of P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) is substantially suppressed, giving rise to concomitant enhancement of dielectric permittivity and breakdown strength. An ultrahigh energy density of 19.6 J/cm(3) is thus achieved at ∼640 kV/mm, which is 1600% greater than Ue of the benchmark biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP, 1.2 J/cm(3) at 640 kV/mm). Results of phase field simulations reveal that the interfaces between PVDF and P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) play a critical role by not only suppressing early saturation of electrical polarization in P(VDF-TrFE-CFE) but also inducing additional interfacial polarization. Binary phase diagram of P(VDF-TrFE-CFE)/PVDF blends is also systematically explored with their dielectric and energy storage behavior studied.

  6. Tissue response to poly(L-lactic acid)-based blend with phospholipid polymer for biodegradable cardiovascular stents.

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    Kim, Hyung Il; Ishihara, Kazuhiko; Lee, Seungbok; Seo, Ji-Hun; Kim, Hye Young; Suh, Dongwhan; Kim, Min Uk; Konno, Tomohiro; Takai, Madoka; Seo, Jeong-Sun

    2011-03-01

    A temporary cardiovascular stent device by bioabsorbable materials might reduce late stent thrombosis. A water-soluble amphiphilic phospholipid polymer bearing phosphorylcholine groups (PMB30W) was blended with a high-molecular-weight poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) to reduce unfavorable tissue responses at the surface. The PLLA implants and the polymer blend (PLLA/PMB30W) implants were inserted into subcutaneous tissues of rats, the infrarenal aorta of rats, and the internal carotid arteries of rabbits. After 6 months subcutaneous implantation, the PLLA/PMB30W maintained high density of phosphorylcholine groups on the surface without a significant bioabsorption. After intravascular implantation, the cross-sectional areas of polymer tubing with diameters less than 1.6 mm were histomorphometrically measured. Compared to the PLLA tubing, the PLLA/PMB30W tubing significantly reduced the thrombus formation during 30 d of implantation. Human peripheral blood mononuclear cells were cultured on the PLLA and the PLLA/PMB30W to compare inflammatory reactions. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay quantified substantially decreased proinflammatory cytokines in the case of the PLLA/PMB30W. They were almost the same level as the negative controls. Thus, we conclude that the phosphorylcholine groups could reduce tissue responses significantly both in vivo and in vitro, and the PLLA/PMB30W is a promising material for preparing temporary cardiovascular stent devices. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. Blended nanoparticle system based on miscible structurally similar polymers: a safe, simple, targeted, and surprisingly high efficiency vehicle for cancer therapy.

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    Tao, Wei; Zhang, Jinxie; Zeng, Xiaowei; Liu, Danny; Liu, Gan; Zhu, Xi; Liu, Yanlan; Yu, Qingtong; Huang, Laiqiang; Mei, Lin

    2015-06-03

    A novel blended nanoparticle (NP) system for the delivery of anticancer drugs and its surprisingly high efficacy for cancer chemotherapy by blending a targeting polymer folic acid-poly(ethylene glycol)-b-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (FA-PEG-b-PLGA) and a miscible structurally similar polymer D-α-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate-poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (TPGS-PLGA) is reported. This blended NP system can be achieved through a simple and effective nanoprecipitation technique, and possesses unique properties: i) improved long-term compatibility brought by PEG-based polymers; ii) reduced multidrug resistance mediated by P-glycoprotein (P-gp) in tumor cells and increased bioavailability of anticancer drugs by incorporation of TPGS; iii) the regulation of controlled release through polymer ratios and active targeting by FA. Both in vitro cell experiments and in vivo antitumor assays demonstrated the reported blended NP system can achieve the best therapeutic efficiency in an extremely safe, simple and highly efficient process for cancer therapy. Moreover, this NP system is highly efficient in forming NPs with multiple functions, without repeated chemical modification of polymers, which is sometimes complex, inefficient and high cost. Therefore, the development of this novel blended NP concept is extremely meaningful for the application of pharmaceutical nanotechnology in recent studies.

  8. Biodistribution and pharmacokinetic analysis of Paclitaxel and ceramide administered in multifunctional polymer-blend nanoparticles in drug resistant breast cancer model.

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    van Vlerken, Lilian E; Duan, Zhenfeng; Little, Steven R; Seiden, Michael V; Amiji, Mansoor M

    2008-01-01

    In this study, we have investigated the biodistribution and pharmacokinetic analysis of paclitaxel (PTX) and the apoptotic signaling molecule, C6-ceramide (CER), when administered in a multifunctional polymer-blend nanoparticle formulation to female nude mice bearing an orthotopic drug sensitive MCF7 and multidrug resistant MCF7 TR (MDR-1 positive) human breast adenocarcinoma. A polymer-blend nanoparticle system was engineered to incorporate temporally controlled sequential release of the combination drug payload. Hereby, PTX was encapsulated in the pH-responsive rapid releasing polymer, poly(beta-amino ester) (PbAE), while CER was present in the slow releasing polymer, poly(D,L-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) within these blend nanoparticles. When particle formulations were administered intravenously to MCF7 and MCF7 TR tumor bearing mice, higher concentrations of PTX were found in the blood due to longer retention time and an enhanced tumor accumulation relative to administration of free drug. In addition, the PLGA/PbAE blend nanoparticles were effective in enhancing the residence time of both drugs at the tumor site by reducing systemic clearance. Overall, these results are highly encouraging for development of multifunctional polymer-blend nanoparticle formulations that can be used for temporal-controlled administration of two drugs from a single formulation.

  9. Performance of polymer electrolyte based on chitosan blended with poly(ethylene oxide) for plasmonic dye-sensitized solar cell

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    Buraidah, M. H.; Teo, L. P.; Au Yong, C. M.; Shah, Shahan; Arof, A. K.

    2016-07-01

    Chitosan and poly(ethylene oxide) powders have been mixed in different weight ratios. To each mixture, a fixed amount of ammonium iodide has been added. All mixtures have been dissolved in 1% acetic acid solution to form polymer blend electrolyte films by the solution cast technique. X-ray diffraction indicates that the polymer blend electrolytes are amorphous. Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy shows shifting of the amine, carboxamide and Csbnd Osbnd C bands to lower wavenumbers indicating the occurrence of complexation. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy has been used to study the electrical properties of the samples. The ionic conductivity for 55 wt.% chitosan-45 wt.% NH4I electrolyte system is 3.73 × 10-7 S cm-1 at room temperature and is increased to 3.66 × 10-6 S cm-1 for the blended film (16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I film. Dye-sensitized solar cells (DSSCs) have been fabricated by sandwiching the polymer electrolyte between the TiO2/dye photoelectrode and Pt counter electrode. DSSCs fabricated exhibits short-circuit current density (Jsc) of 2.71 mA cm-2, open circuit voltage (Voc) of 0.58 V and efficiency of 0.78% with configuration ITO/TiO2/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO and Jsc of 2.84 mA cm-2, Voc of 0.58 V and efficiency of 1.13% with configuration ITO/TiO2 + Ag nanoparticles/N3 dye/(16.5 wt.% chitosan-38.5 wt.% PEO)-45 wt.% NH4I(+I2)/Pt/ITO.

  10. Influence of Surface Energy on Organic Alloy Formation in Ternary Blend Solar Cells Based on Two Donor Polymers.

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    Gobalasingham, Nemal S; Noh, Sangtaik; Howard, Jenna B; Thompson, Barry C

    2016-10-05

    The compositional dependence of the open-circuit voltage (Voc) in ternary blend bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cells is correlated with the miscibility of polymers, which may be influenced by a number of attributes, including crystallinity, the random copolymer effect, or surface energy. Four ternary blend systems featuring poly(3-hexylthiophene-co-3-(2-ethylhexyl)thiophene) (P3HT75-co-EHT25), poly(3-hexylthiophene-co-(hexyl-3-carboxylate)), herein referred to as poly(3-hexylthiophene-co-3-hexylesterthiophene) (P3HT50-co-3HET50), poly(3-hexylthiophene-thiophene-diketopyrrolopyrrole) (P3HTT-DPP-10%), and an analog of P3HTT-DPP-10% with 40% of 3-hexylthiophene exchanged for 2-(2-methoxyethoxy)ethylthiophen-2-yl (3MEO-T) (featuring an electronically decoupled oligoether side-chain), referred to as P3HTTDPP-MEO40%, are explored in this work. All four polymers are semicrystalline and rich in rr-P3HT content and perform well in binary devices with PC61BM. Except for P3HTTDPP-MEO40%, all polymers exhibit similar surface energies (∼21-22 mN/m). P3HTTDPP-MEO40% exhibits an elevated surface energy of around 26 mN/m. As a result, despite the similar optoelectronic properties and binary solar cell performance of P3HTTDPP-MEO40% compared to P3HTT-DPP-10%, the former exhibits a pinned Voc in two different sets of ternary blend devices. This is a stark contrast to previous rr-P3HT-based systems and demonstrates that surface energy, and its influence on miscibility, plays a critical role in the formation of organic alloys and can supersede the influence of crystallinity, the random copolymer effect, similar backbone structures, and HOMO/LUMO considerations. Therefore, we confirm surface energy compatibility as a figure-of-merit for predicting the compositional dependence of the Voc in ternary blend solar cells and highlight the importance of polymer miscibility in organic alloy formation.

  11. Ultra-Flexible, Invisible Thin-Film Transistors Enabled by Amorphous Metal Oxide/Polymer Channel Layer Blends

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    2015-02-25

    2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim2390 wileyonlinelibrary.com C O M M U N IC A TI O N Ultra-Flexible, “ Invisible ” Thin-Film...enable fully trans- parent thin-fi lm transistors (TFTs), which are essential for the fabrication of “ invisible ” circuits and to increase the...4. TITLE AND SUBTITLE Ultra-Flexible, ’ Invisible ’ Thin-Film Transistors Enabled by Amorphous Metal Oxide/Polymer Channel Layer Blends 5a. CONTRACT

  12. Small Molecule/Polymer Blend Organic Transistors with Hole Mobility Exceeding 13 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1).

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    Paterson, Alexandra F; Treat, Neil D; Zhang, Weimin; Fei, Zhuping; Wyatt-Moon, Gwenhivir; Faber, Hendrik; Vourlias, George; Patsalas, Panos A; Solomeshch, Olga; Tessler, Nir; Heeney, Martin; Anthopoulos, Thomas D

    2016-09-01

    A ternary organic semiconducting blend composed of a small-molecule, a conjugated polymer, and a molecular p-dopant is developed and used in solution-processed organic transistors with hole mobility exceeding 13 cm(2) V(-1) s(-1) (see the Figure). It is shown that key to this development is the incorporation of the p-dopant and the formation of a vertically phase-separated film microstructure. © 2016 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  13. Monitoring the dynamics of phase separation in a polymer blend by confocal imaging and fluorescence correlation spectroscopy.

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    Doroshenko, Mikheil; Gonzales, Maria; Best, Andreas; Butt, Hans-Jürgen; Koynov, Kaloian; Floudas, George

    2012-09-26

    The phase separation of the polymer blend polystyrene/poly(methyl phenyl siloxane) (PS/PMPS) is studied in situ by laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) and by fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) at macroscopic and microscopic length scales, respectively. It is shown for the first time that FCS when combined with LSCM can provide independent information on the local concentration within the phase-separated domains as well as the interfacial width. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  14. Ultrasonic studies on polystyrene/styrene butadiene rubber polymer blends filled with glass fiber and talc.

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    Higazy, A A; Afifi, H; Khafagy, A H; El-Shahawy, M A; Mansour, A M

    2006-12-22

    The compatibility of solid blends: PS/SBR, PS/SBR filled with glass fiber and PS/SBR filled with talc were studied using ultrasonic pulse echo technique. Measurements were carried out at room temperature (298 K) and a frequency of 3 MHz. The ultrasonic velocity for the compressional wave and that for shear wave have been measured to obtain the elastic moduli data by knowing of density. The variation of ultrasonic wave velocities and elastic moduli with weight percent of the blend was found to be linear in PS/SBR blend, indicating some degree of compatibility but the drawback of elastic moduli indicate incompatibility of the system blend, while it deviates from linearity in blends of PS/SBR filled with glass fiber and talc but the increase in elastic moduli indicates that there is an increase in degree of compatibility between PS and SBR due to adding of glass fiber or talc. The ultrasonic absorptions for longitudinal wave in the temperature range from 298 to 423 K in the studied system were measured using ultrasonic pulse echo technique. Typical results showing the temperature dependence of the ultrasonic absorption at frequencies of 1, 2, 3 and 5 MHz are illustrated for all samples of the different compositions. The study of compositional and temperature dependence of the ultrasonic absorption in the present studied blends reveals the same behavior of the compatibility degree of the blends. Density data of the blends confirmed the ultrasonic results. Also the correlation between hardness and elastic moduli for the present blend systems has been studied.

  15. Effect of Complexation of NaCl Salt with Polymer Blend (PEO/PVP) Electrolytes on Ionic Conductivity and Optical Energy Band Gaps

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    Kumar, K. Kiran; Pavani, Y.; Ravi, M.; Bhavani, S.; Sharma, A. K.; Rao, V. V. R. Narasimha

    2011-10-01

    Sodium ion conducting polymer blend electrolyte films, based on polyethylene oxide (PEO) and poly vinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) complexed with NaCl salt, were prepared using solution casting technique. The complexation of the salt with the polymer blend was confirmed by X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and UV-vis spectroscopy. Frequency and temperature dependence of electrical conductivity of the films was studied with impedance analyzer in the frequency range of 1 Hz to 1 MHz and in the temperature range of 303-348 K. UV-vis absorption spectra in wavelength region 200-800 nm, were used to evaluate the optical properties like direct and indirect optical energy band gaps, optical absorption edge. The optical band gaps decreased with the increase of Na+ ion concentration. This suggests that NaCl, as dopant, is a good choice to improve the electrical and optical properties of PEO/PVP polymer blend electrolytes.

  16. Enhanced light out-coupling of OLEDs with low haze by inserting randomly dispersed nanopillar arrays formed by lateral phase separation of polymer blends.

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    Lee, Cholho; Kim, Jang-Joo

    2013-11-25

    A simple and efficient method to fabricate light extraction layers is demonstrated by utilizing the phase separation of two polymer blends to enhance the light out-coupling efficiency of OLEDs with low haze. Polystyrene and poly(methyl methacrylate) dissolved in tetrahydrofuran are mixed and spin-coated over ITO-coated glass substrates. Nanopores and nanopillar arrays are formed through lateral phase separation of the polymer blend. The shape, size, and distribution of the patterns can be controlled through changes in the composition and thickness of the coated polymer blends. Phosphorescent OLEDs are fabricated using randomly dispersed nanopillar arrays as light extraction layers and they show a 24% enhancement in external quantum efficiency with a Lambertian emission pattern, no spectrum dependence on viewing angles, and only a small increment in the haze. With these advantages, this newly developed method can be adapted to be used for large-area, flexible substrates for lighting and display applications.

  17. Organic Thin-Film Transistors with Phase Separation of Polymer-Blend Small-Molecule Semiconductors: Dependence on Molecular Weight and Types of Polymer

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    Ohe, Takahiro; Kuribayashi, Miki; Tsuboi, Ami; Satori, Kotaro; Itabashi, Masao; Nomoto, Kazumasa

    2009-12-01

    We have investigated effect of polymer on solution-processed organic thin-film transistors (TFTs) with polymer-blend semiconductors. Organic TFTs made from a solution of 6,13-bis(triisopropylsilylethynyl)-pentacene with a poly(α-methylstyrene) (PaMS) molecular weight of 20 k or above, exhibited mobility around 0.1 cm2/(V.s). On the other hand, the organic TFTs with a PaMS molecular weight of 2 k or with a poly(isobutyl methacrylate), exhibited much lower mobility. This can be explained in terms of the structure and crystallinity of the films. The results of film structure can be explained by applying the Flory-Huggins theory.

  18. Influence of Al2O3 on the ionic conductivity of plasticized PVC-PEG blend polymer electrolytes

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    Ravindran, D.; Vickraman, P.

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes with PVC-PEG blend as host matrix and LiClO4 as dopant salt was prepared through conventional solution casting method. To enhance the conductivity propylene carbonate (PC) was used as plasticizer. The influence of ceramic filler Al2O3 on the conductivity of the electrolyte films were studied by varying the (PVC: Al2O3) ratio. The films were subjected to XRD, complex impedance analysis and SEM analysis. The XRD studies reveal a marginal increase in the amorphous phase of the electrolyte films due to the incorporation of filler. The AC impedance analysis shows the dependency of ionic conductivity on the content (wt %) of filler and exhibit a maximum at 4 wt% filler. The SEM analysis depicts the occurrence of phase separation in electrolyte which is attributed to the poor solubility of polymer PVC in the liquid electrolyte.

  19. Aesthetically pleasing conjugated polymer:fullerene blends for blue-green solar cells via roll-to-roll processing.

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    Amb, Chad M; Craig, Michael R; Koldemir, Unsal; Subbiah, Jegadesan; Choudhury, Kaushik Roy; Gevorgyan, Suren A; Jørgensen, Mikkel; Krebs, Frederik C; So, Franky; Reynolds, John R

    2012-03-01

    The practical application of organic photovoltaic (OPV) cells requires high throughput printing techniques in order to attain cells with an area large enough to provide useful amounts of power. However, in the laboratory screening of new materials for OPVs, spin-coating is used almost exclusively as a thin-film deposition technique due its convenience. We report on the significant differences between the spin-coating of laboratory solar cells and slot-die coating of a blue-green colored, low bandgap polymer (PGREEN). This is one of the first demonstrations of slot-die-coated polymer solar cells OPVs not utilizing poly(3-hexylthiophene):(6,6)-phenyl-C(61)-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) blends as a light absorbing layer. Through synthetic optimization, we show that strict protocols are necessary to yield polymers which achieve consistent photovoltaic behavior. We fabricated spin-coated laboratory scale OPV devices with PGREEN: PCBM blends as active light absorbing layers, and compare performance to slot die-coated individual solar cells, and slot-die-coated solar modules consisting of many cells connected in series. We find that the optimum ratio of polymer to PCBM varies significantly when changing from spin-coating of thinner active layer films to slot-die coating, which requires somewhat thicker films. We also demonstrate the detrimental impacts on power conversion efficiency of high series resistance imparted by large electrodes, illustrating the need for higher conductivity contacts, transparent electrodes, and high mobility active layer materials for large-area solar cell modules.

  20. Prediction of dexamethasone release from PLGA microspheres prepared with polymer blends using a design of experiment approach.

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    Gu, Bing; Burgess, Diane J

    2015-11-10

    Hydrophobic drug release from poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) microspheres typically exhibits a tri-phasic profile with a burst release phase followed by a lag phase and a secondary release phase. High burst release can be associated with adverse effects and the efficacy of the formulation cannot be ensured during a long lag phase. Accordingly, the development of a long-acting microsphere product requires optimization of all drug release phases. The purpose of the current study was to investigate whether a blend of low and high molecular weight polymers can be used to reduce the burst release and eliminate/minimize the lag phase. A single emulsion solvent evaporation method was used to prepare microspheres using blends of two PLGA polymers (PLGA5050 (25 kDa) and PLGA9010 (113 kDa)). A central composite design approach was applied to investigate the effect of formulation composition on dexamethasone release from these microspheres. Mathematical models obtained from this design of experiments study were utilized to generate a design space with maximized microsphere drug loading and reduced burst release. Specifically, a drug loading close to 15% can be achieved and a burst release less than 10% when a composition of 80% PLGA9010 and 90 mg of dexamethasone is used. In order to better describe the lag phase, a heat map was generated based on dexamethasone release from the PLGA microsphere/PVA hydrogel composite coatings. Using the heat map an optimized formulation with minimum lag phase was selected. The microspheres were also characterized for particle size/size distribution, thermal properties and morphology. The particle size was demonstrated to be related to the polymer concentration and the ratio of the two polymers but not to the dexamethasone concentration.

  1. Morphological characterization of bicontinuous structures in polymer blends and microemulsions by the inverse-clipping method in the context of the clipped-random-wave model.

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    Jinnai, H; Nishikawa, Y; Chen, S H; Koizumi, S; Hashimoto, T

    2000-06-01

    A method is proposed to determine the spectral function of the clipped-random-wave (CRW) model directly from scattering data. The spectral function f(k) (k is a wave number) gives the distribution of the magnitude of wave vectors of the sinusoidal waves that describes the essential features of the two-phase morphology. The proposed method involves "inverse clipping" of a correlation function to obtain f(k) and does not require any a priori assumptions for f(k). A critical test of the applicability of the inverse-clipping method was carried out by using three-component bicontinuous microemulsions. The method was then used to determine f(k) of the bicontinuous structure of a phase-separating polymer blend. f(k) for the polymer blend turned out to be a multipeaked function, while f(k) for the microemulsions exhibits a single broad maximum representing periodicity of the morphology. These results indicate the presence of the long-range regularity in the morphology of the polymer blend. Three-dimensional (3D) morphology corresponding to the scattering data of the polymer blend was generated using the CRW model together with the multipeaked f(k). Interface curvatures of the 3D morphology calculated from f(k) were measured and compared with those experimentally determined directly from the laser scanning confocal microscopy in the same blend.

  2. Morphological characterization of bicontinuous structures in polymer blends and microemulsions by the inverse-clipping method in the context of the clipped-random-wave model

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    Jinnai, Hiroshi; Nishikawa, Yukihiro; Chen, Sow-Hsin; Koizumi, Satoshi; Hashimoto, Takeji

    2000-06-01

    A method is proposed to determine the spectral function of the clipped-random-wave (CRW) model directly from scattering data. The spectral function f(k) (k is a wave number) gives the distribution of the magnitude of wave vectors of the sinusoidal waves that describes the essential features of the two-phase morphology. The proposed method involves ``inverse clipping'' of a correlation function to obtain f(k) and does not require any a priori assumptions for f(k). A critical test of the applicability of the inverse-clipping method was carried out by using three-component bicontinuous microemulsions. The method was then used to determine f(k) of the bicontinuous structure of a phase-separating polymer blend. f(k) for the polymer blend turned out to be a multipeaked function, while f(k) for the microemulsions exhibits a single broad maximum representing periodicity of the morphology. These results indicate the presence of the long-range regularity in the morphology of the polymer blend. Three-dimensional (3D) morphology corresponding to the scattering data of the polymer blend was generated using the CRW model together with the multipeaked f(k). Interface curvatures of the 3D morphology calculated from f(k) were measured and compared with those experimentally determined directly from the laser scanning confocal microscopy in the same blend.

  3. Mechanical characterization and modelling of the temperature-dependent impact behaviour of a biocompatible poly(L-lactide)/poly(ε-caprolactone) polymer blend.

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    Gustafsson, Gustaf; Nishida, Masahiro; Ito, Yoshitaka; Häggblad, Hans-Åke; Jonsén, Pär; Takayama, Tetsuo; Todo, Mitsugu

    2015-11-01

    Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) is a ductile, bioabsorbable polymer that has been employed as a blend partner for poly(L-lactic acid) (PLLA). An improvement of the material strength and impact resistance of PLLA/PCL polymer blends compared to pure PLLA has been shown previously. To use numerical simulations in the design process of new components composed of the PLLA/PCL blend, a constitutive model for the material has to be established. In this work, a constitutive model for a PLLA/PCL polymer blend is established from the results of compressive tests at high and low strain rates at three different temperatures, including the body temperature. Finite element simulations of the split Hopkinson pressure bar test using the established constitutive model are carried out under the same condition as the experiments. During the experiments, the changes in the diameter and thickness of the specimens are captured by a high-speed video camera. The accuracy of the numerical model is tested by comparing the simulation results, such as the stress, strain, thickness and diameter histories of the specimens, with those measured in the experiments. The numerical model is also validated against an impact test of non-homogenous strains and strain rates. The results of this study provide a validated numerical model for a PLLA/PCL polymer blend at strain rates of up to 1800 s(-1) in the temperature range between 22°C and 50°C.

  4. SOLUTION RHEOLOGY OF HYPERBRANCHED POLYESTERS AND THEIR BLENDS WITH LINEAR POLYMERS

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    In this study, the rheological properties of different generations of hyperbranched polyesters in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone solvent and their blends with poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) have ben investigated. All the hyperbranched polyester solutions exhibited Newtonian behavior...

  5. SOLUTION RHEOLOGY OF HYPERBRANCHED POLYESTERS AND THEIR BLENDS WITH LINEAR POLYMERS

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    In this study, the rheological properties of different generations of hyperbranched polyesters in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone solvent and their blends with poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) have ben investigated. All the hyperbranched polyester solutions exhibited Newtonian behavior...

  6. Synthetic polymers blend used in the production of high activated carbon for pesticides removals from liquid phase.

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    Belo, Cristóvão Ramiro; Cansado, Isabel Pestana da Paixão; Mourão, Paulo Alexandre Mira

    2017-02-01

    For the activated carbon (AC) production, we used the most common industrial and consumer solid waste, namely polyethyleneterephthalate (PET), alone or blended with other synthetic polymer such polyacrylonitrile (PAN). By mixing PET, with PAN, an improvement in the yield of the AC production was found and the basic character and some textural and chemical properties were enhanced. The PET-PAN mixture was subjected to carbonisation, with a pyrolysis yield of 31.9%, between that obtained with PET (16.9%) or PAN (42.6%) separately. The AC revealed a high surface area (1400, 1230 and 1117 m(2) g(-1)) and pore volume (0.46, 0.56 and 0.50 cm(3) g(-1)), respectively, for PET, PAN and PET-PAN precursors. Selected ACs were successfully tested for 4-chloro-2-methylphenoxyacetic acid (MCPA) and diuron removal from the liquid phase, showing a higher adsorption capacity (1.7 and 1.2 mmol g(-1), respectively, for MCPA and diuron) and good fits with the Langmuir (PET) and Freundlich equation (PAN and PET-PAN blend). With MCPA, the controlling factor to the adsorption capacity was the porous volume and the average pore size. Concerning diuron, the adsorption was controlled essentially by the external diffusion. A remarkable result is the use of different synthetic polymers wastes, as precursors for the production of carbon materials, with high potential application on the pesticides removals from the liquid phase.

  7. Anomalous negative electrocaloric effect in a relaxor/normal ferroelectric polymer blend with controlled nano- and meso-dipolar couplings

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    Qian, Xiaoshi; Yang, Tiannan; Zhang, Tian; Chen, Long-Qing; Zhang, Q. M.

    2016-04-01

    In general, a dielectric material will eject (or absorb) heat when an electric field is applied and absorb (or eject) heat when the field is removed, under isothermal condition, which is known as the normal (or negative) electrocaloric (EC) effect. For some applications, it is highly desired that an EC material will absorb heat (cooling the surrounding) without subsequent heating under an electric pulse. Here, we show that such an EC material can be realized in a properly designed hybrid normal ferroelectric/relaxor ferroelectric polymer blend in which the normal ferroelectric component induces dipole ordering in the relaxor polymer in the poled state, which can be switched to a de-poled state by an external field. More importantly, the de-poled state can be maintained by the relaxor component when the de-poling field is removed. Consequently, the hybrid blend exhibits a large cooling (an isothermal entropy change ΔS = 11.5 J kg-1 K-1) without the subsequent heating upon the application of an electric pulse.

  8. Enhanced thermal stability of a polymer solar cell blend induced by electron beam irradiation in the transmission electron microscope.

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    Bäcke, Olof; Lindqvist, Camilla; de Zerio Mendaza, Amaia Diaz; Gustafsson, Stefan; Wang, Ergang; Andersson, Mats R; Müller, Christian; Kristiansen, Per Magnus; Olsson, Eva

    2017-05-01

    We show by in situ microscopy that the effects of electron beam irradiation during transmission electron microscopy can be used to lock microstructural features and enhance the structural thermal stability of a nanostructured polymer:fullerene blend. Polymer:fullerene bulk-heterojunction thin films show great promise for use as active layers in organic solar cells but their low thermal stability is a hindrance. Lack of thermal stability complicates manufacturing and influences the lifetime of devices. To investigate how electron irradiation affects the thermal stability of polymer:fullerene films, a model bulk-heterojunction film based on a thiophene-quinoxaline copolymer and a fullerene derivative was heat-treated in-situ in a transmission electron microscope. In areas of the film that exposed to the electron beam the nanostructure of the film remained stable, while the nanostructure in areas not exposed to the electron beam underwent large phase separation and nucleation of fullerene crystals. UV-vis spectroscopy shows that the polymer:fullerene films are stable for electron doses up to 2000kGy. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  9. Enhanced thermal stability of a polymer solar cell blend induced by electron beam irradiation in the transmission electron microscope.

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    Bäcke, Olof; Lindqvist, Camilla; de Zerio Mendaza, Amaia Diaz; Gustafsson, Stefan; Wang, Ergang; Andersson, Mats R; Müller, Christian; Kristiansen, Per Magnus; Olsson, Eva

    2017-02-01

    We show by in situ microscopy that the effects of electron beam irradiation during transmission electron microscopy can be used to lock microstructural features and enhance the structural thermal stability of a nanostructured polymer:fullerene blend. Polymer:fullerene bulk-heterojunction thin films show great promise for use as active layers in organic solar cells but their low thermal stability is a hindrance. Lack of thermal stability complicates manufacturing and influences the lifetime of devices. To investigate how electron irradiation affects the thermal stability of polymer:fullerene films, a model bulk-heterojunction film based on a thiophene-quinoxaline copolymer and a fullerene derivative was heat-treated in-situ in a transmission electron microscope. In areas of the film that exposed to the electron beam the nanostructure of the film remained stable, while the nanostructure in areas not exposed to the electron beam underwent large phase separation and nucleation of fullerene crystals. UV-vis spectroscopy shows that the polymer:fullerene films are stable for electron doses up to 2000kGy. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Characterization of Mechanical Properties of PP/HMSPP Blends with Natural and Synthetic Polymers Subjected to Gamma-Irradiation

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    Cardoso, E. C. L.; Scagliusi, S. R.; Lugão, A. B.

    Hydrocarbon polymers, as PP, made from cheap petrochemical feedstock are important in many branches of industry. However, they have an undesirable influence on the environment and cause problems due to waste deposition and utilization. Polymeric materials composites account for an estimated from 20 to 30% of total volume of solid waste disposed. Thus, there is a tendency to substitute such polymers by those ones that undergo biodegradable processes. Polypropylene (PP) is a commodity, with high melting point, high chemical resistance, low density, with a balance between physical and mechanical properties and easy processing at low cost. Nevertheless, PP shows limitations for some special applications in automotive industry and civil construction. In order to minimize this deficiency, related to rheological behavior of polymer melt, especially referring to viscosity in processing temperature, a 50% mixture with HMSPP (High melt Strength Polypropylene) was used. PP/HMSPP was blended with 10, 15, 30 and 50% of natural (sugarcane bagasse) and synthetic polymers (PHB and PLA) aiming to partially biodegradable materials. The admixtures were subjected to gamma-irradiation at 50, 100, 150 and 200 kGy and then further assessed by mechanical tests in order to evaluate their degradability.

  11. Continuous-wave photoinduced absorption studies in long lived photoexcitation of π-conjugated polymer and fullerene blended films

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    Yang, X.; Li, H.; Wang, Y. C.; Wang, R. Z.; Sheng, C.-X.

    2014-09-01

    The long lived phtoexcitation (polarons) dynamics that range from microseconds to milliseconds in a typical organic photovoltaic (OPV) material, the blends of regio-regular poly (3-hexylthiophene) (RR-P3HT) and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM), have been investigated using continuous-wave photoinduced absorption (cw-PIA) spectroscopy. In this time regime, whether above-gap (AG) or below-gap (BG) excitation, the delocalized polarons (DP) and localized polarons (LP) all exhibit dispersive bimolecular recombination process which is limited by multi-trap states; however, compared to AG, BG excitation presented the narrower distribution profile in trap polaron states. Furthermore, the recombination in RR-P3HT/PCBM films was weak temperature dependence with small thermal activation energy, the value Δ for DPs and LPs of 25 meV (45 meV) and 13 meV (42 meV) using AG (BG) excitation, respectively. We considered that polarons from BG excitation are not intrinsically different with polarons from AG one in millisecond time regime, therefore may contribute to the power conversion efficiency using appropriate materials and device structures. For completeness, cw-PIA spectroscopy of poly[2-methoxy, 5-(2'-ethyl-hexyloxy)-p-phenylene-vinylene] (MEH-PPV) and PCBM blended films with amorphous morphology were also studied. It is found that polarons also exhibited multi-trap limited bimolecular recombination, but Δ for polarons in amorphous MEH-PPV/PCBM was up to ~160 meV. We concluded that polarons in RR-P3HT/PCBM blend are basically transport by tunneling, but the recombination in MEH-PPV/PCBM blend near room temperature is mainly thermal activated process. Overall, it is demonstrated that cw-PIA spectroscopy with thermal-activated-recombination analysis can be applied to evaluate polymer (dis)order in bulk heterojunction films.

  12. Processing and characterization of solid and microcellular biobased and biodegradable PHBV-based polymer blends and composites

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    Javadi, Alireza

    Petroleum-based polymers have made a significant contribution to human society due to their extraordinary adaptability and processability. However, due to the wide-spread application of plastics over the past few decades, there are growing concerns over depleting fossil resources and the undesirable environmental impact of plastics. Most of the petroleum-based plastics are non-biodegradable and thus will be disposed in landfills. Inappropriate disposal of plastics may also become a potential threat to the environment. Many approaches, such as efficient plastics waste management and replacing petroleum-based plastics with biodegradable materials obtained from renewable resources, have been put forth to overcome these problems. Plastics waste management is at its beginning stages of development which is also more expensive than expected. Thus, there is a growing interest in developing sustainable biobased and biodegradable materials produced from renewable resources such as plants and crops, which can offer comparable performance with additional advantages, such as biodegradability, biocompatibility, and reducing the carbon footprint. Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) is one of the most promising biobased and biodegradable polymers, In fact many petroleum based polymers such as poly(propylene) (PP) can be potentially replaced by PHBV because of the similarity in their properties. Despite PHBV's attractive properties, there are many drawbacks such as high cost, brittleness, and thermal instability, which hamper the widespread usage of this specific polymer. The goals of this study are to investigate various strategies to address these drawbacks, including blending with other biodegradable polymers such as poly (butylene adipate-coterephthalate) (PBAT) or fillers (e.g., coir fiber, recycled wood fiber, and nanofillers) and use of novel processing technologies such as microcellular injection molding technique. Microcellular injection molding technique

  13. Reprint of "Characterisation and modelling of the thermorheological properties of pharmaceutical polymers and their blends using capillary rheometry: Implications for hot melt processing of dosage forms".

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    Jones, David S; Margetson, Daniel N; McAllister, Mark S; Andrews, Gavin P

    2015-12-30

    Given the growing interest in thermal processing methods, this study describes the use of an advanced rheological technique, capillary rheometry, to accurately determine the thermorheological properties of two pharmaceutical polymers, Eudragit E100 (E100) and hydroxypropylcellulose JF (HPC) and their blends, both in the presence and absence of a model therapeutic agent (quinine, as the base and hydrochloride salt). Furthermore, the glass transition temperatures (Tg) of the cooled extrudates produced using capillary rheometry were characterised using Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA) thereby enabling correlations to be drawn between the information derived from capillary rheometry and the glass transition properties of the extrudates. The shear viscosities of E100 and HPC (and their blends) decreased as functions of increasing temperature and shear rates, with the shear viscosity of E100 being significantly greater than that of HPC at all temperatures and shear rates. All platforms were readily processed at shear rates relevant to extrusion (approximately 200-300s(-1)) and injection moulding (approximately 900s(-1)). Quinine base was observed to lower the shear viscosities of E100 and E100/HPC blends during processing and the Tg of extrudates, indicative of plasticisation at processing temperatures and when cooled (i.e. in the solid state). Quinine hydrochloride (20% w/w) increased the shear viscosities of E100 and HPC and their blends during processing and did not affect the Tg of the parent polymer. However, the shear viscosities of these systems were not prohibitive to processing at shear rates relevant to extrusion and injection moulding. As the ratio of E100:HPC increased within the polymer blends the effects of quinine base on the lowering of both shear viscosity and Tg of the polymer blends increased, reflecting the greater solubility of quinine within E100. In conclusion, this study has highlighted the importance of capillary rheometry in

  14. Structural, Vibrational, Thermal And Electrical Characterization Of Gamma Radiation-Crosslinked Poly (Vinyl Alcohol)-Based Solid Polymer Electrolytes Blended With LiOHṡH2O Salt

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    Khafagy, Rasha M.; Madani, M.; Badr, Y. A.

    2008-09-01

    Solid polymer electrolytes based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) blended with different concentrations of LiOHṡH2O salt were prepared using casting and γ-irradiation techniques. The structure and blending of the poly-electrolytes were studied by X-ray diffraction (XRD) and Fourier transform Raman spectroscopy. The thermal properties of these solid polymer electrolytes were examined by thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The XRD spectra for the electrolytes indicated that the crystalline ratio of PVA decreases with the concentration of Lithium salt. Crystallinity, isotacticity and syndiotacticity percentages were also determined from Raman spectra at different salt concentrations revealing that the crystallinity and the Isotactic regularity of PVA molecule is reduced with salt addition, while the syndiotacticity increases linearly. DSC thermograms showed good accordance with these facts by detecting two melting temperatures corresponding to the two regularities, and these melting points change with the salt content. All characterizing techniques revealed the blend formation between LiOHṡH2O salt and the polymer matrix. To account for the performance of the prepared solid polymer electrolytes, thermally stimulated depolarization current (TSDC) studies of the prepared blends were done. Short circuit TSDC at a polarizing temperature 353 K with a polarizing field of 3 kV cm-1 have been analyzed in the temperature range 300-410 K. Two peaks are evident from the global TSDC measurements on the pure PVA homopolymer. Meanwhile, in all blended samples; there is only one broad peak with a shoulder on the high temperature side due to the relaxation of the poly-blend system. The prepared solid polymer electrolytes showed good charge storage capacity, and moderate current density values near the ambient.

  15. Characterisation and modelling of the thermorheological properties of pharmaceutical polymers and their blends using capillary rheometry: Implications for hot melt processing of dosage forms.

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    Jones, David S; Margetson, Daniel N; McAllister, Mark S; Andrews, Gavin P

    2015-09-30

    Given the growing interest in thermal processing methods, this study describes the use of an advanced rheological technique, capillary rheometry, to accurately determine the thermorheological properties of two pharmaceutical polymers, Eudragit E100 (E100) and hydroxypropylcellulose JF (HPC) and their blends, both in the presence and absence of a model therapeutic agent (quinine, as the base and hydrochloride salt). Furthermore, the glass transition temperatures (Tg) of the cooled extrudates produced using capillary rheometry were characterised using Dynamic Mechanical Thermal Analysis (DMTA) thereby enabling correlations to be drawn between the information derived from capillary rheometry and the glass transition properties of the extrudates. The shear viscosities of E100 and HPC (and their blends) decreased as functions of increasing temperature and shear rates, with the shear viscosity of E100 being significantly greater than that of HPC at all temperatures and shear rates. All platforms were readily processed at shear rates relevant to extrusion (approximately 200-300 s(-1)) and injection moulding (approximately 900 s(-1)). Quinine base was observed to lower the shear viscosities of E100 and E100/HPC blends during processing and the Tg of extrudates, indicative of plasticisation at processing temperatures and when cooled (i.e. in the solid state). Quinine hydrochloride (20% w/w) increased the shear viscosities of E100 and HPC and their blends during processing and did not affect the Tg of the parent polymer. However, the shear viscosities of these systems were not prohibitive to processing at shear rates relevant to extrusion and injection moulding. As the ratio of E100:HPC increased within the polymer blends the effects of quinine base on the lowering of both shear viscosity and Tg of the polymer blends increased, reflecting the greater solubility of quinine within E100. In conclusion, this study has highlighted the importance of capillary rheometry in

  16. Effect of carboxylic acids as compatibilizer agent on mechanical properties of thermoplastic starch and polypropylene blends.

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    Martins, Andréa Bercini; Santana, Ruth Marlene Campomanes

    2016-01-01

    In this work, polypropylene/thermoplastic starch (PP/TPS) blends were prepared as an alternative material to use in disposable packaging, reducing the negative polymeric environmental impact. Unfortunately, this material displays morphological characteristics typical of immiscible polymer blends and a compatibilizer agent is needed. Three different carboxyl acids: myristic (C14), palmitic (C16) and stearic acids (C18) were used as natural compatibilizer agent (NCA). The effects of NCA on the mechanical, physical, thermal and morphological properties of PP/TPS blends were investigated and compared against PP/TPS with and without PP-grafted maleic anhydride (PPgMA). When compared to PP/TPS, blends with C18, PPgMA and C14 presented an improvement of 25, 22 and 17% in tensile strength at break and of 180, 194 and 259% in elongation at break, respectively. The highest increase, 54%, in the impact strength was achieved with C14 incorporation. Improvements could be seen, through scanning electron microscopy (SEM) images, in the compatibility between the immiscible components by acids incorporation. These results showed that carboxylic acids, specifically C14, could be used as compatibilizer agent and could substitute PPgMA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. Controlled endolysosomal release of agents by pH-responsive polymer blend particles

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    Zhan, Xi; Tran, Kenny K.; Wang, Liguo; Shen, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Purpose A key step of delivering extracellular agents to its intracellular target is to escape from endosomal/lysosomal compartments, while minimizing the release of digestive enzymes that may compromise cellular functions. In this study, we examined the intracellular distribution of both fluorecent cargoes and enzymes by a particle delivery platform made from the controlled blending of poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and a random pH-sensitive copolymer. Methods We utilized both microscopic and biochemical methods to semi-quantitatively assess how the composition of blend particles affects the level of endosomal escape of cargos of various sizes and enzymes into the cytosolic space. Results We demonstrated that these polymeric particles enabled the controlled delivery of cargos into the cytosolic space that was more dependent on the cargo size and less on the composition of blend particles. Blend particles did not induce the rupture of endosomal/lysosomal compartments and released less than 20% of endosomal/lysosomal enzymes. Conclusions This study provides insight into understanding the efficacy and safety of a delivery system for intracellular delivery of biologics and drugs. Blend particles offer a potential platform to target intracellular compartments while potentially minimizing cellular toxicity. PMID:25592550

  18. Controlled Endolysosomal Release of Agents by pH-responsive Polymer Blend Particles.

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    Zhan, Xi; Tran, Kenny K; Wang, Liguo; Shen, Hong

    2015-07-01

    A key step of delivering extracellular agents to its intracellular target is to escape from endosomal/lysosomal compartments, while minimizing the release of digestive enzymes that may compromise cellular functions. In this study, we examined the intracellular distribution of both fluorecent cargoes and enzymes by a particle delivery platform made from the controlled blending of poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) and a random pH-sensitive copolymer. We utilized both microscopic and biochemical methods to semi-quantitatively assess how the composition of blend particles affects the level of endosomal escape of cargos of various sizes and enzymes into the cytosolic space. We demonstrated that these polymeric particles enabled the controlled delivery of cargos into the cytosolic space that was more dependent on the cargo size and less on the composition of blend particles. Blend particles did not induce the rupture of endosomal/lysosomal compartments and released less than 20% of endosomal/lysosomal enzymes. This study provides insight into understanding the efficacy and safety of a delivery system for intracellular delivery of biologics and drugs. Blend particles offer a potential platform to target intracellular compartments while potentially minimizing cellular toxicity.

  19. Visualization of two-dimensional single chain conformations solubilized in a miscible polymer blend monolayer by atomic force microscopy.

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    Sugihara, Kouki; Kumaki, Jiro

    2012-06-07

    by direct observation of polymer chains in 2D blend films should improve our understanding of polymer 2D films.

  20. Effect of peroxide and chain extender on mechanical properties and morphology of poly (butylene succinate)/poly (lactic acid) blends

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    Cherykhunthod, W.; Seadan, M.; Suttiruengwong, S.

    2015-07-01

    Poly (butylene succinate) (PBS) and poly (lactic acid) (PLA) are biodegradable polymers with high potential to replace commodity fossil-based polymers in a wide range of applications. However, these two polymers are immiscible in most ratios, but partially miscible when one of the two is a major phase. In this study, a one-step process in a twin-screw extruder was used to prepare the blends between poly (butylene succinate) (PBS) as a matrix and poly (lactic acid) (PLA) as a dispersed phase. To improve mechanical properties and morphology of blends, two reactive agents, peroxide (Perkadox) and multifunctional epoxide chain extender (Joncryl) were selected and compared. All samples were characterized for melt flow index (MFI), morphology, tensile, and impact properties. The results showed that the mechanical properties and morphology of PBS/PLA blends were improved when using both reactive agents. It was demonstrated that the increased mechanical properties resulted from good interfacial adhesion between PBS and finely dispersed PLA particles. The addition of 0.075 phr Perkadox to PBS/PLA (75:25 and 80:20) blends increased elongation at break by 7.2% and 38.4%, respectively compared with the blends without reactive agents. The results from gel content also revealed the graft copolymer existed at the interface when reactive agents were added. In the case of using multifunctional epoxide chain extender, the impact strength of the blends increased.

  1. Study of mechanical properties of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene (PS) polymers and their blends

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    Agarwal, Shalini; Saxena, N. S.; Agrawal, R.; Saraswat, Vibhav K.

    2013-06-01

    Presented work is an effort to observe the variation in mechanical properties of two thermoplastic materials PVC, PS and their blends. PVC and PS are taken in the ratio of 100:0, 70:30, 50:50, and 0:100. Mixing of PVC and PS is carried out by solution casting method using tetra hydro furan as solvent. Dynamical mechanical analyzer (DMA) is used to study mechanical properties. The storage modulus, loss modulus and mechanical loss factor (tan δ) are determined with temperature. The pallets of pure PS, PVC and their blends are scanned over a temperature range from room to 140 °C. The variation of modulus, tan δ of pure PVC & pure PS and their blends with temperature were studied. The observed variation in modulus and tan δ could be accounted for their thermal behavior and compositions.

  2. High-performance ternary blend polymer solar cells involving both energy transfer and hole relay processes

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    Lu, Luyao; Chen, Wei; Xu, Tao; Yu, Luping

    2015-06-04

    The integration of multiple materials with complementary absorptions into a single junction device is regarded as an efficient way to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic solar cells (OSCs). However, because of increased complexity with one more component, only limited high-performance ternary systems have been demonstrated previously. Here we report an efficient ternary blend OSC with a PCE of 9.2%. We show that the third component can reduce surface trap densities in the ternary blend. Detailed studies unravel that the improved performance results from synergistic effects of enlarged open circuit voltage, suppressed trap-assisted recombination, enhanced light absorption, increased hole extraction, efficient energy transfer and better morphology. The working mechanism and high device performance demonstrate new insights and design guidelines for high-performance ternary blend solar cells and suggest that ternary structure is a promising platform to boost the efficiency of OSCs.

  3. High-performance ternary blend polymer solar cells involving both energy transfer and hole relay processes

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    Lu, Luyao; Chen, Wei; Xu, Tao; ...

    2015-06-04

    The integration of multiple materials with complementary absorptions into a single junction device is regarded as an efficient way to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic solar cells (OSCs). However, because of increased complexity with one more component, only limited high-performance ternary systems have been demonstrated previously. Here we report an efficient ternary blend OSC with a PCE of 9.2%. We show that the third component can reduce surface trap densities in the ternary blend. Detailed studies unravel that the improved performance results from synergistic effects of enlarged open circuit voltage, suppressed trap-assisted recombination, enhanced light absorption, increasedmore » hole extraction, efficient energy transfer and better morphology. As a result, the working mechanism and high device performance demonstrate new insights and design guidelines for high-performance ternary blend solar cells and suggest that ternary structure is a promising platform to boost the efficiency of OSCs.« less

  4. High-performance ternary blend polymer solar cells involving both energy transfer and hole relay processes

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    Lu, Luyao; Chen, Wei; Xu, Tao; Yu, Luping

    2015-01-01

    The integration of multiple materials with complementary absorptions into a single junction device is regarded as an efficient way to enhance the power conversion efficiency (PCE) of organic solar cells (OSCs). However, because of increased complexity with one more component, only limited high-performance ternary systems have been demonstrated previously. Here we report an efficient ternary blend OSC with a PCE of 9.2%. We show that the third component can reduce surface trap densities in the ternary blend. Detailed studies unravel that the improved performance results from synergistic effects of enlarged open circuit voltage, suppressed trap-assisted recombination, enhanced light absorption, increased hole extraction, efficient energy transfer and better morphology. The working mechanism and high device performance demonstrate new insights and design guidelines for high-performance ternary blend solar cells and suggest that ternary structure is a promising platform to boost the efficiency of OSCs. PMID:26041586

  5. Biodegradable polymer based ternary blends for removal of trace metals from simulated industrial wastewater.

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    Prakash, N; Arungalai Vendan, S

    2016-02-01

    The ternary blends consisting of Chitosan (CS), Nylon 6 (Ny 6) and Montmorillonite clay (MM clay) were prepared by the solution blending method with glutaraldehyde. The prepared ternary blends were characterization by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Thermo gravimetric analysis (TGA), Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and Scanning electron microscope (SEM). The FTIR results showed that the strong intermolecular hydrogen bondings were established between chitosan, nylon 6 and montmorillonite clay. TGA showed the thermal stability of the blend is enhanced by glutaraldehyde as Crosslink agent. Results of XRD indicated that the relative crystalline of the pure chitosan film was reduced when the polymeric network was reticulated by glutaraldehyde. Finally, the results of scanning electron microscopy (SEM) indicated that the morphology of the blend was rough and heterogenous. Further, it confirms the interaction between the functional groups of the blend components. The extent of removal of the trace metals was found to be almost the same. The removal of these metals at different pH was also done and the maximum removal of the metals was observed at pH 4.5 for both trace metals. Adsorption studies and kinetic analysis have also been made. Moreover, the protonation of amine groups is induced an electrostatic repulsion of cations. When the pH of the solution was more than 5.5, the sorption rate began to decrease. Besides, the quantity of adsorbate on absorbent was fitted as a function in Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm. The sorption kinetics was tested for pseudo first order and pseudo second order reaction. The kinetic experimental data correlated with the second order kinetic model and rate constants of sorption for kinetic models were calculated and accordingly, the correlation coefficients were obtained.

  6. Experimental and Theoretical Study of Ionic Pair Dissociation in a Lithium Ion-Linear Polyethylenimine-Polyacrylonitrile Blend for Solid Polymer Electrolytes.

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    Pignanelli, Fernando; Romero, Mariano; Faccio, Ricardo; Mombrú, Álvaro W

    2017-07-13

    Herein, we report the preparation and characterization of a novel polymeric blend between linear polyethylene imine (PEI) and polyacrylonitrile (PAN), with the purpose of facilitating the dissociation of lithium perchlorate salt (LiClO4) and thus to enhance Li ion transport. It is a joint theoretical and experimental procedure for evaluating and thus demonstrating the lithium salt dissociation. The procedure implies the correlation between the theoretical pair distribution function (PDF) and conventional X-ray diffraction (XRD) by means of a molecular dynamics (MD) approach. Additionally, we correlated the experimental and theoretical Raman and infrared spectroscopy for vibrational characterization of the lithium salt after dissociation in the polymeric blend. We also performed confocal Raman microscopy analysis to evidence the homogeneity on the distribution of all components and the LiClO4 dissociation in the polymer blend. The electrochemical impedance analysis confirmed that the Li-PAN-PEI blend presents a slightly better lithium conductivity of ∼8 × 10(-7) S cm(-1). These results suggest that this polymer blend material is promising for the development of novel fluorine-free solid polymer lithium ion electrolytes, and the methodology is suitable for characterizing similar polymeric systems.

  7. Influence of zinc chloride addition on the chemical structure of bio-oil obtained during co-pyrolysis of wood/synthetic polymer blends.

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    Rutkowski, Piotr

    2009-12-01

    The chemical structure of liquid products of the pinewood sawdust (W) co-pyrolysis with polystyrene (PS) and polypropylene (PP) with and without the zinc chloride as an additive was investigated. The pyrolysis process was carried out at 450 degrees C with the heating rate of 5 degrees C/min. The yield of liquid products of pyrolysis was in the range of 37-91 wt% and their form was liquid or semi-solid depending on the composition of the wood/polymer blend. The zinc chloride addition to wood/polymer blends has influenced the range of samples decomposition as well as the chemical structure of resulted bio-oils. All bio-oils from wood/polypropylene blends were two-phase (liquid and solid). Contrarily, all bio-oils obtained from biopolymer/polypropylene blends with zinc chloride added were yellow liquids. All analyses proved that the structure and the quality of bio-oil strongly depend on both the composition of the blend and the presence of ZnCl(2) as an additive. The FT-IR analyses of oils showed that oxygen-containing groups and hydrocarbons content highly depend on the composition of biomass/synthetic polymer mixture. The fractionation of bio-oils by column chromatography with four different solvents was followed by GC-MS analysis. Results confirmed the significant removal and/or transformation of oxygen-containing organic co