Closed-loop immiscibility in a ternary mixture of homopolymers

M. Rabeony*, D. B. Siano, D. G. Peiffer, E. Siakah-Kioulafa, Nikolaos Hadjichristidis

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Abstract

Light scattering and calorimetric techniques were used to investigate the isothermal phase behaviour of a ternary polymer blend consisting of three pairwise miscible homopolymers. These homopolymers, polystyrene (PS), poly(2-chlorostyrene) (P2CIS) and polycyclohexylacrylate (PCHA), are apparently the first known examples of homopolymers that form a closed loop in the ternary isothermal phase diagram. The phase diagram of the ternary blend was determined by light scattering at 433 K, where all three pairs are below their respective lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The miscible compositions exhibit a single glass transition temperature (Tg) which follow a simple volume additivity relationship. Inside the immiscible closed-loop region, single Tgs are also observed, but these are shown to be consistent with the presence of two phases. Two binary interaction parameters (for the pairs PS-P2CIS and PS-PCHA) were determined from the locations of LCSTs. The interaction parameter between P2CIS-PCHA was determined by approximating the observed closed-loop region of immiscibility by the Flory-Huggins lattice model. In analogy with systems comprised of a mixture of two polymers and a solvent, the closed-loop immiscibility gap results from an asymmetry in the interaction parameters between the three pairs (a 'Δχ' effect). The following ordering was observed: χPCHA-P2CIS < χPCHA-PS ≈ χPS-P2C1S. This trend is consistent with the curvatures of the composition-dependent glass transition Tg(φ) plots.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1033-1037
Number of pages5
JournalPolymer
Volume35
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

Keywords

  • closed loop
  • phase diagram
  • ternary blends

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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