Temperature dependence of the conformational relaxation time of polymer molecules in elongational flow: Invariance of the molecular weight exponent

Kwabena Narh, J. A. Odell, A. Keller

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Abstract

Using an elongational flow technique, we have investigated the relationship between the molecular conformational relaxation time and the molecular weight for a solvent whose quality was altered thermally from near θ to a good solvent state. The materials used were closely monodisperse samples of atactic polystyrene. The results show that the relaxation time τ varies with the molecular weight M as τ ∝ M1.5, independent of the solvent quality, a result which apparently is at variance with the observed molecular weight dependence of intrinsic viscosity. Despite this invariance of the molecular weight exponent with solvent quality, our results also show that the coils do expand when the solvent quality was increased in agreement with the mean‐field theory of Flory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Volume30
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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