Kinetics of phase separation of poly(styrene-co-methyl methacrylate) and poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) blends

P. Tang, V. Arrighi, J. S. Higgins, G. X. Li

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Abstract

The phase behavior and kinetics of phase separation for blends of the random copolymer poly(styrene-co-methyl methacrylate) (SMMA) and poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) were studied by using small-angle laser light scattering. The partially miscible SMMA/SAN blends undergo spinodal decomposition (SD) and subsequent domain coarsening when quenched inside the unstable region. For blends of SMMA and SAN, the early stages of the phase separation process could be observed, unlike a number of other blends where the earliest stages are not visible by light scattering. The process was described in terms of the Cahn-Hilliard linear theory. Subsequently, a coarsening process was detected and the time evolution of qm at the beginning of the late stages of phase separation followed the relationship qm oc t-1/3, corresponding to an evaporation-condensation mechanism. Self-similar growth of the phase-separated structures at different timescales was observed for the late stage. © 2004 Society of Chemical Industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1686-1692
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer International
Volume53
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004

Keywords

  • Copolymers
  • Light scattering
  • Polymer blends
  • Spinodal phase decomposition

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