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Morphology of physical polymer gels as observed by SAXS and SANS
Author(s): N. Mischenko; K. Reynders; H. Reynaers
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Paper Abstract

The morphology of the triblock copolymer gels ABA type, where A constitutes a thermoplastic material (e.g. PS) and B an elastomer (e.g. PB), are presented. The triblock copolymer gels can be described as follows: PS endblocks form spherical domains with small polydispersity of radius in a homogeneous of dissolved midblock and solvent. The conformation of the midblock can be close to that of statistical coil in good solvents or a bit compressed and stretched. These elastic links between the PS domains define the short-range order and through the densepaching principle finally influence the morphology of the gel. The order is liquid-like with a mean interdomain distance that is 2 - 3 times larger than the mean diameter of the domains. The results of stretching experiments are consistent with a model of a polymer network exhibiting local coordination (short-range) order.

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Date Published: 18 February 1997
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 3095, X-Ray Investigations of Polymer Structures, (18 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.267197
Show Author Affiliations
N. Mischenko, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
K. Reynders, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)
H. Reynaers, Katholieke Univ. Leuven (Belgium)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3095:
X-Ray Investigations of Polymer Structures
Andrzej Wlochowicz; Jaroslaw Janicki; Czeslaw Slusarczyk, Editor(s)

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