Nonradiative energy transfer method was used to study latex film formation induced by organic solvent vapor. Seven different films with the same latex content were prepared separately from poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles and exposed to ethyl benzene, toluene, chloroform, dichloromethane, tetrahydrofuran, and acetone vapor in seven different experiments. Energy-transfer experiments Were carried out between PMMA-bound naphthalene (N) and pyrene (P) during vapor-induced film formation. Latex films were prepared from equal amounts of N- and P-labeled latex particles, and steady state spectra of N and P were monitored during film formation. It was observed that the P to N intensity ratio, I-P/I-N, increased as the vapor exposure time increased. The Prager-Tirrell (PT) model was employed to obtain back-and-forth frequencies, v, of the reptating PMMA chains during latex film formation induced by solvent vapor. v values were obtained and found to be correlated with the solubility parameter, delta. Polymer interdiffusion obeyed the t(1/2) law during film formation. (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Inc.