Rare upper critical solution temperature (UCST) behavior was found and experimentally demonstrated in the blend comprising poly(2,6-dimethyl p-phenylene oxide) with poly(4-methyl styrene) (PPO/P4MS). Complexity of phase behavior in the PPO/P4MS system has caused puzzling analyses in the past years. This study re-investigated and clarified past mis-interpretations related to this interesting blend system. This study concluded that the PPO/P4MS blend is an immiscible system at ambient, which, however, turns into a miscible phase with UCST behavior at higher temperatures. With the finding of UCST in the PPO/P4MS blend, a critical contribution of this work was to resolve the conflicting arguments that have gone on for a long time in determination and interpretation of the thermodynamic phase behavior of PPO/ P4MS. Phase behavior with UCST in the PPO/P4MS blend system and its interpretation were supported with clear experimental evidence.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Organic Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Materials Chemistry