Volume phase transition of polymer networks in polymeric solvents

Okay O., Gundogan N.

MACROMOLECULAR THEORY AND SIMULATIONS, vol.11, no.3, pp.287-292, 2002 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier


A strong concentration dependence of the solvent-polymer interaction parameter chi is known to be a requirement for the first-order volume phase transition in uncharged polymer networks in solvents. Another possibility for the observation of phase transition in nonpolar networks is to increase the number of lattice sizes occupied by a solvent molecule. This possibility has been indicated earlier and is worked out in detail in this paper. Using the theory of swelling equilibrium, we examine the polymer network systems immersed in a polymer melt. The critical conditions for the phase transition in both uncharged and ionic networks are described.