TY - JOUR

T1 - Conformation of cyclic and linear polydimethylsiloxane in the melt

T2 - A small-angle neutron-scattering study

AU - Gagliardi, Simona

AU - Arrighi, Valeria

AU - Dagger, A.

AU - Semlyen, A. J.

PY - 2002/12

Y1 - 2002/12

N2 - In this study we report small-angle neutron-scattering measurements of cyclic and linear polydimethyl-siloxane (PDMS) in the melt. It has been suggested that due to the presence of topological constraints, rings in the melt may be more compact than Gaussian chains. We show that the cyclic chains are partially collapsed and do not follow Gaussian statistics: the weight-average radius of gyration Rg,w is found to be proportional to Mw0.53 and Mw0.40 in the case of linear and cyclic PDMS, respectively. The results are in agreement with recent computer simulations, which predict Rg to be proportional to N2/5, where N is the degree of polymerisation.

AB - In this study we report small-angle neutron-scattering measurements of cyclic and linear polydimethyl-siloxane (PDMS) in the melt. It has been suggested that due to the presence of topological constraints, rings in the melt may be more compact than Gaussian chains. We show that the cyclic chains are partially collapsed and do not follow Gaussian statistics: the weight-average radius of gyration Rg,w is found to be proportional to Mw0.53 and Mw0.40 in the case of linear and cyclic PDMS, respectively. The results are in agreement with recent computer simulations, which predict Rg to be proportional to N2/5, where N is the degree of polymerisation.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=0037002038&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1007/s003390101110

DO - 10.1007/s003390101110

M3 - Article

VL - 74

SP - S469-S471

JO - Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing

JF - Applied Physics A: Materials Science and Processing

SN - 0947-8396

IS - Supplement 1

ER -