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Title: Phase transformations in aqueous low molar mass poly(vinyl methyl ether) solutions: theoretical prediction and experimental validation of the peculiar solvent melting line, bimodal LCST, and (adjacent) UCST miscibility gaps
Authors: Van Durme, Kurt ×
Van Assche, Guy
Nies, Eric
Van Mele, Bruno #
Issue Date: 17-Feb-2007
Publisher: Amer chemical soc
Series Title: The journal of physical chemistry. B vol:111 issue:6 pages:1288-95
Abstract: Supported by theoretical predictions based on the Wertheim Lattice Thermodynamic Perturbation Theory, modulated temperature differential scanning calorimetry (MTDSC) was used to further the knowledge of the phase behavior of aqueous poly(vinyl methyl ether) (PVME) solutions. Using a narrowly dispersed low molar mass PVME, we determined the following phase boundaries: (i) a bimodal lower critical solution temperature (LCST) miscibility gap at physiological temperature (around 37 degrees C), (ii) an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) two-phase area at sub-zero temperatures and high polymer concentration, and (iii) the melting line of the solvent across the entire concentration range, showing a peculiar stepwise decrease with composition. The location of the glass transition region and its influence on the crystallization/melting behavior of the solvent is discussed.
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ISSN: 1520-6106
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Imaging and Photonics
Polymer Chemistry and Materials
× corresponding author
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