Comparison of the kinetics of chain aggregation and chain collapse in dilute polymer solutions

Yasuyuki Maki, Toshiaki Dobashi, Mitsuo Nakata

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The rates of chain aggregation of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) in acetonitrile (AcN) and in the mixed solvent of AcN+water (10 vol %) were determined by static light scattering and compared with the rates of chain collapse. Dilute solutions of PMMA with the molecular weight mw =6.4× 106 and in the concentration range of (0.8-5) × 10-4 0.3em g/cm3 were quenched below the cloud point, and the weight-average molecular weight Mw and z -average square radius of gyration S2 z for clusters of PMMA chains were measured as a function of the time t after the quench and the concentration c. The measurement of chain aggregation was carried out up to the cluster size of Mw mw ∼30, which required time periods of hours to several days depending on the concentration and solvent. The chain aggregation in AcN+water occurred much faster than that in AcN. The growth of clusters in both the solvents was represented by the exponential function as Mw ∼ egct and S2 z ∼ ehct, where g and h represent the intrinsic rate of chain aggregation. The ratio σ of the intrinsic rate in AcN+water to that in AcN was estimated to be 9 by taking a rough average of the ratios 9.4 obtained from g and 8.8 from h. This value is comparable to the ratio 11 of the rate of chain collapse of PMMA in AcN+water (10 vol %) to that in AcN. This close value of the ratios indicates that the nature of solvent would affect the rates of chain collapse and chain aggregation through a similar mechanism.

Original languageEnglish
Article number041802
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 27 2008
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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