Stabilization of dispersed domains in polymer blends by addition of low molecular weight diblock copolymer

Yoshiaki Takahashi, Akiko Yoshida, Atsushi Takano, Yushu Matsushita

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About 5 wt% of low molecular weight poly(isoprene-block-dimethylsiloxane) was added into a poly-isoprene/polydimethylsiloxane 3:7 blend and a polydimethylsiloxane/polyisobutylene 3:7 blend and tested as a surfactant. Samples were sheared at a constant shear rate (16 sec-1) by a rheometer using cone-plate geometry. Viscoelastic properties of blends with and without diblock copolymers (bcp) after the pre-shear measured by dynamic measurements were almost the same. After the pre-shear, small amounts of samples were carefully removed from the cone-plate and the variation of domain size was observed by a microscope. After several hours, the domain size of blends without bcp became 4 to 6 times as large as that observed after the cessation of pre-shear, while that of blends with bcp was stable for a long time. Under the successive shear flow with lower shear rate than the pre-shear, it was observed that the dispersed domains of polyisoprene/polydimethylsiloxane/bcp system first coalesced till the size became twice as large as the original size. Then the domains became stable for a long time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-233
Number of pages5
JournalMaterials Science Research International
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2001

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Materials Science


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