Swelling structure of thin poly(methyl methacrylate) films in various alkyl length alcohols

Hironori Atarashi, Hiroshi Morita, Dai Yamazaki, Masahiro Hino, Toshihiko Nagamura, Keiji Tanaka

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    Thin films of a typical glassy polymer in alcohol nonsolvents were structurally characterized by specular neutron reflectivity (NR) and were found to be discernibly swollen. The extent of penetration by the nonsolvent was determined by the chain length of the alcohol. Treating this situation as one of a macroscopic phase separation, the interaction Χ parameters for the polymer and nonsolvents combinations were extracted. This observation leads us to investigate the factors that control the nonsolvent/polymer interface, being an unusual example of a liquid/liquid interface. The fractional amount of nonsolvents at the substrate interface was higher than that in the internal region of the film. This segregation of a component in a phase-separated domain was explained in terms of an entropic factor.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)881-885
    Number of pages5
    JournalJournal of Physical Chemistry Letters
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 4 2010

    All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

    • Materials Science(all)
    • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry


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