Blends of poly(4-methyl-styrene) (P4MS) with polystyrene (iPS) exhibit an upper critical solution temperature (UCST) at ca. 270 °C. The overall phase behavior and trend of variation in the phase diagrams for the iPS/P4MS blend system with respect to molecular weights of iPS is similar to an earlier studied blend system of atactic PS with P4MS. This suggests that the crystal phase-related tacticity and crystallinity in iPS does not influence the amorphous phase behavior and UCST behavior of the polymer mixtures. A model based on a modified Flory-Huggins expression for binary interactions was constructed to describe the UCST-type behavior of the iPS/P4MS blend and to compare the qualitative effects of molecular weights on iPS/P4MS blend vs. atactic PS/P4MS systems.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics
- Colloid and Surface Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry