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Title: Phase behavior of N-(isopropyl)propionamide in aqueous solution and changes in hydration observed by FTIR Spectroscopy
Authors: Geukens, Barbara
Meersman, Filip ×
Nies, Erik #
Issue Date: Apr-2008
Publisher: Amer chemical soc
Series Title: Journal of physical chemistry b vol:112 issue:15 pages:4474-4477
Abstract: The phase behavior of N-(isopropyl)propionamide (NiPPA), which is the repeat unit of poly(N-isopropyl-acrylamide) (PNiPA), in deuterated aqueous solution was investigated. Temperature induces a phase separation of NiPPA in aqueous solution above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST), as shown by optical microscopy. The phase behavior of NiPPA resembles that of PNiPA, but the demixing domain is much narrower. Monitoring the liquid-liquid phase separation by Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy reveals that a fraction of the NiPPA molecules becomes dehydrated above the LCST. Our findings therefore shed new light on the results of a recent dielectric relaxation experiment in which the behavior of NiPPA was found to be "completely contrary" to that of PNiPA. It is argued that the differences in the spectroscopic results of polymer and repeat unit solutions can be easily understood from the phase behavior of NiPPA and PNiPA.
ISSN: 1520-6106
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Molecular Imaging and Photonics
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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