Unusual coarsening during phase separation in polymer systems

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We introduce a kinetic model of coarsening of transient polymer networks during the intermediate stages of phase separation in polymer systems. The model explicitly takes into account the effect of the connectivity of polymer chains. We show that during the intermediate stages the size of the droplet grows according to an unusual coarsening law R∼t1/(d+3). When the network structure breaks up, the coarsening law may cross over to R∼lnt−1, until only at very late stages the Lifshitz-Slyozov coarsening law R∼t1/3 is recovered.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3699-3702
Number of pages4
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Oct 26 1998
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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