Interactions and prediction of phase diagrams in ternary blends comprising poly(vinyl acetate), poly(vinyl p-phenol), and poly(methyl methacrylate)

Hung Ling Liu, Shu Hsien Li, Eamor M. Woo

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Abstract

This study investigated and discovered a new miscible ternary blend system comprising three amorphous polymers: poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc), poly(vinyl p-phenol) (PVPh), and polydnethyl methacrylate) (PMMA) using thermal analysis and optical and scanning electron microscopies. The ternary compositions are largely miscible except for a small region of borderline ternary miscibility near the side, where the binary blends of PVAc/PMMA are originally of a borderline miscibility with broad Tg. In addition to the discovering miscibility in a new ternary blend, another objective of this study was to investigate whether the introduction of a third polymer component (PVPh) with hydrogen bonding capacity might disrupt or enhance the meta-stable miscibility between PVAc and PMMA. The PVPh component does not seem to exert any "bridging effect" to bring the mixture of PVAc and PMMA to a better state of miscibility; neither does the Δχ effect seem to disrupt the borderline miscible PVAc/PMMA blend into a phase-separated system by introducing PVPh. Apparently, the ternary is able to remain in as a miscible state as the binary systems owing to the fact that PVPh is capable of maintaining roughly equal H-bonding interactions with either PVAc or PMMA in the ternary mixtures to maintain balanced interactions among the ternary mixtures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1147-1160
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Volume44
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Apr 15

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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