Poly(styrene-b-2-vinylpyridine-1-oxide) and poly(dimethyl-siloxane-b-2-vinylpyridine-1-oxide) diblock copolymers 2. Micellar solutions in water/propan-2-ol mixtures

Simon Biggs, Brian Vincent

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Abstract

Dynamic light scattering and viscometry measurements have been carried out on three AB diblock copolymers in water/propan-2-ol mixtures. The A moieties in each case were poly(2-vinylpyridine-1-oxide) for which both water and propan-2-ol are good solvents. The B Moieties were either polystyrene or polydimethylsiloxane, for which both water and propan-2-ol are poor solvents, but water is the worse solvent. In all cases, the hydrodynamic size of the micelles (assumed spherical) was found to increase with increasing water content in the solvent mixture; the aggregation number was also found to increase. The former finding is in agreement with the theoretical predictions of Munch and Gast, but not the latter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)511-517
Number of pages7
JournalColloid & Polymer Science
Volume270
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 1992

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