The effect of solid content on latex coalescence and film formation: Steady-state energy transfer study with fluorescence labeled polymers

Canpolat M., Pekcan O.

JOURNAL OF APPLIED POLYMER SCIENCE, vol.59, no.11, pp.1699-1707, 1996 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 59 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 1996
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1699-1707
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


The steady-state fluorescence technique was used to examine the healing and interdiffusion of polymer molecules as a function of solid content during annealing of latex films above the glass transition (T-g). Films were prepared from a mixture of naphthalene (N)- and pyrene (P)-labeled poly (methy methacrylate) (PMMA) latex particles. Above T-g, interdiffusion of polymer chains was observed by detecting the steady-state energy transfer from excited naphthalene to pyrene molecules. Various latex films with different latex content were used to measure the critical occupation percent for the reliable steady-state fluorescence measurements. Diffusion activation energies in these latex films were measured and found to be around 30 kcal/mol, which was attributed to the backbone motion of PMMA chains. (C) 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.