Dynamic light scattering study on sol-gel transition of poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate)-toluene solutions

Hidetoshi Oikawa, T. Korenaga, H. Nakanishi

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Abstract

The autocorrelation function (ACF) was measured at various temperatures using the dynamic light scattering (DLS) technique for two kinds of toluene solutions of poly(γ-benzyl L-glutamate) (PBLG): one was a semidilute PBLG (Mw = 2.3 × 105) solution far above the critical crossover concentration φ2* (PBLG-23), and the other was also a semidilute PBLG (Mw = 1.0×105) solution near φ2* (PBLG-10). Both of the PBLG solutions were sol at elevated temperatures and gelled with decreasing temperature. For PBLG-23, the ACF obtained in the sol phase could be fit well by a double-exponential function: the fast mode was due to a cooperative diffusive motion in a transient entangled PBLG-23 network; the slow mode was considered to be diffusive motion of aggregated PBLG-23 chains. On the other hand, the ACF of PBLG-10 was characteristic and was modulated vibrationally near the gelation threshold. This fact suggested strongly underdamped coupling between aggregated domains of PBLG-10 chains.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-101
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Macromolecular Science - Physics
VolumeB36
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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