Journal of applied polymer science vol:44 issue:2 pages:225-232
The miscibility behaviour of bisphenol-A polycarbonate (PC) and poly(para-chlorostyrene) (PpClS) has been investigated. Special attention has been paid to the influence of the molar mass of PpClS. Molar masses varying from 10 to > 1,000 kg/mol were used. The blends were studied by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), and scanning and transmission electron microscopy (SEM and TEM). It was concluded that the blends of all three PpClS grades and PC phase separate. In the low concentration region, some intermixing was found, especially for the blend with the molar mass PpClS. The most important effect of lowering the molar mass of PpClS was an acceleration of the phase separation. The combination of SEM with electron probe X-ray microanalysis (EPMA) gave qualitative information on the miscibility behaviour and was found to be a useful extension of routine microscopy techniques used in blend studies.