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  1. The adsorption of surfactant at the amorphous polymer solution interface

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    Gilchrist, V A

    2001-01-01

    Adsorption of surfactants onto amorphous polymers at the solid-solution interface is of direct relevance to many industrial sectors ranging from food, pharmaceuticals, paints, paper and photographic colour films. Although it is widely accepted that surfactants play the underpinning role in these applications, little is currently understood about the interactions between surfactants and polymeric materials at the molecular level. This lack of progress is mainly due to the inability of most existing techniques in probing this type of structural information at the wet interface. Specular neutron reflection (SNR) is a recently developed technique capable of detecting structural information with resolution down to a few angstroms (A). When combined with deuterium labeling, it is possible to distinguish the surfactant from the polymeric species at the interface. The aim of this work is to explore the appropriate experimental approach that utilizes the potential of neutron reflection to unravel molecular information...

  2. The adsorption of surfactant at the amorphous polymer solution interface

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    Adsorption of surfactants onto amorphous polymers at the solid-solution interface is of direct relevance to many industrial sectors ranging from food, pharmaceuticals, paints, paper and photographic colour films. Although it is widely accepted that surfactants play the underpinning role in these applications, little is currently understood about the interactions between surfactants and polymeric materials at the molecular level. This lack of progress is mainly due to the inability of most existing techniques in probing this type of structural information at the wet interface. Specular neutron reflection (SNR) is a recently developed technique capable of detecting structural information with resolution down to a few angstroms (A). When combined with deuterium labeling, it is possible to distinguish the surfactant from the polymeric species at the interface. The aim of this work is to explore the appropriate experimental approach that utilizes the potential of neutron reflection to unravel molecular information about the actions of surfactants. A major progress that was made in the project was the -development of experimental protocols for the formation of smooth polymeric thin films onto neutron transparent substrates. This experimental process was substantially supported by spectroscopic ellipsometry (SE), a home-based laboratory optical system that was also highly sensitive to film thickness and composition. This exploratory work has mainly used model polymeric samples that are of broader implications to various technological applications. A nonionic alkyl ethoxylate surfactant, such as C12E5 was chosen because its interfacial behaviour has been widely examined. Measurements were made over a wide concentration range around the critical micellar concentration (cmc), using specially designed cells. In the case of PMMA (poly(methylmethacrylate)), adsorption of C12E5 was found to be completely reversible with no observable penetration of the surfactant into the

  3. Definitions of terms relating to individual macromolecules, macromolecular assemblies, polymer solutions, and amorphous bulk polymers (IUPAC Recommendations 2014)

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    Stepto, R.; Chang, T.; Kratochvíl, Pavel; Hess, M.; Horie, K.; Sato, T.; Vohlídal, J.

    2015-01-01

    Roč. 87, č. 1 (2015), s. 71-120. ISSN 0033-4545 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : amorphous polymers * bulk polymers * IUPAC Polymer Division Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry Impact factor: 2.492, year: 2014

  4. Cyclic behaviors of amorphous shape memory polymers.

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    Yu, Kai; Li, Hao; McClung, Amber J W; Tandon, Gyaneshwar P; Baur, Jeffery W; Qi, H Jerry

    2016-04-01

    Cyclic loading conditions are commonly encountered in the applications of shape memory polymers (SMPs), where the cyclic characteristics of the materials determine their performance during the service life, such as deformation resistance, shape recovery speed and shape recovery ratio. Recent studies indicate that in addition to the physical damage or some other irreversible softening effects, the viscoelastic nature could also be another possible reason for the degraded cyclic behavior of SMPs. In this paper, we explore in detail the influence of the viscoelastic properties on the cyclic tension and shape memory (SM) behavior of an epoxy based amorphous thermosetting polymer. Cyclic experiments were conducted first, which show that although the epoxy material does not have any visible damage or irreversible softening effect during deformation, it still exhibits obvious degradation in the cyclic tension and SM behaviors. A linear multi-branched model is utilized to assist in the prediction and understanding of the mechanical responses of amorphous SMPs. Parametric studies based on the applied model suggest that the shape memory performance can be improved by adjusting programming and recovery conditions, such as lowering the loading rate, increasing the programming temperature, and reducing the holding time. PMID:26924339

  5. Thermally induced structural consolidation (physical aging) of amorphous polymers

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    Slobodian, P.; Říha, Pavel; Kubát, J.

    Yonezawa: Venture business laboratory in Yamagata university, 2004. s. 16-23. [Micro-symposium on polymer melt rheology and processing in Yamagata university 2004. 17.03.2004-18.03.2004, Yonezawa] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR IAA2060401 Keywords : amorphous polymers * thermodynamics * experiments Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  6. Thermodynamic phasing of a glass transition of amorphous polymers

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    Říha, Pavel; Hadač, J.; Slobodian, P.; Sáha, P.; Kubát, J.

    Yamagata: PPS, 2006, G12.29. ISBN 4-9903109-1-8. [Annual Meeting of the Polymer Processing Society /22./. Yamagata (JP), 02.07.2006-06.07.2006] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA103/05/0803 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z20600510 Keywords : Glass transition * Amorphous polymers Subject RIV: BJ - Thermodynamics

  7. Migration of Cations and Anions in Amorphous Polymer Electrolytes

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    N.A.Stolwijk; S.H.Obeidi; M.Wiencierz

    2007-01-01

    1 Results Polymer electrolytes are used as ion conductors in batteries and fuel cells.Simple systems consist of a polymer matrix complexing an inorganic salt and are fully amorphous at the temperatures of interest.Both cations and anions are mobile and contribute to charge transport.Most studies on polymer electrolytes use the electrical conductivity to characterize the ion mobility.However,conductivity measurements cannot discriminate between cations and anions.This paper reports some recent results fr...

  8. Enhanced Physical Stability of Amorphous Drug Formulations via Dry Polymer Coating.

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    Capece, Maxx; Davé, Rajesh

    2015-06-01

    Although amorphous solid drug formulations may be advantageous for enhancing the bioavailability of poorly soluble active pharmaceutical ingredients, they exhibit poor physical stability and undergo recrystallization. To address this limitation, this study investigates stability issues associated with amorphous solids through analysis of the crystallization behavior for acetaminophen (APAP), known as a fast crystallizer, using a modified form of the Avrami equation that kinetically models both surface and bulk crystallization. It is found that surface-enhanced crystallization, occurring faster at the free surface than in the bulk, is the major impediment to the stability of amorphous APAP. It is hypothesized that a novel use of a dry-polymer-coating process referred to as mechanical-dry-polymer-coating may be used to inhibit surface crystallization and enhance stability. The proposed process, which is examined, simultaneously mills and coats amorphous solids with polymer, while avoiding solvents or solutions, which may otherwise cause stability or crystallization issues during coating. It is shown that solid dispersions of APAP (64% loading) with a small particle size (28 μm) could be prepared and coated with the polymer, carnauba wax, in a vibratory ball mill. The resulting amorphous solid was found to have excellent stability as a result of inhibition of surface crystallization. PMID:25902736

  9. Polymer incorporation method affects the physical stability of amorphous indomethacin in aqueous suspension

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    Surwase, S A; Itkonen, L; Aaltonen, J;

    2015-01-01

    This study reports the potential of different polymers and polymer incorporation methods to inhibit crystallisation and maintain supersaturation of amorphous indomethacin (IND) in aqueous suspensions during storage. Three different polymers (poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP), hydroxypropyl methylcell......This study reports the potential of different polymers and polymer incorporation methods to inhibit crystallisation and maintain supersaturation of amorphous indomethacin (IND) in aqueous suspensions during storage. Three different polymers (poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP), hydroxypropyl...

  10. Solution assembly of conjugated polymers

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    Bokel, Felicia A.

    This dissertation focuses on the solution-state polymer assembly of conjugated polymers with specific attention to nano- and molecular-scale morphology. Understanding how to control these structures holds potential for applications in polymer-based electronics. Optimization of conjugated polymer morphology was performed with three objectives: 1) segregation of donor and acceptor materials on the nanometer length-scale, 2) achieving molecular-scale ordering in terms of crystallinity within distinct domains, and 3) maximizing the number and quality of well-defined donor/acceptor interfaces. Chapter 1 introduces the development of a mixed solvent method to create crystalline poly(3-hexyl thiophene) (P3HT) fibrils in solution. Chapter 2 describes fibril purification and approaches to robust and functional fibrils, while chapters 3 and 4 demonstrate the formation of hybrid nanocomposite wires of P3HT and cadmium selenide (CdSe) nanoparticles by two methods: 1) co-crystallization of free and P3HT-grafted CdSe for composite nanowires and 2) direct attachment of CdSe nanoparticles at fibril edges to give superhighway structures. These composite structures show great potential in the application of optoelectronic devices, such as the active layer of solar cells. Finally, ultrafast photophysical characterization of these polymers, using time-resolved photoluminescence and transient absorption, was performed to determine the aggregation types present in suspended fibrils and monitor the formation and decay of charged species in fibrils and donor-acceptor systems.

  11. Superior electric storage on an amorphous perfluorinated polymer surface

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Kuroda, Tomoyuki; Hasegawa, Fumihiko; Sueyoshi, Takashi

    2016-02-01

    Amorphous perfluoroalkenyl vinyl ether polymer devices can store a remarkably powerful electric charge because their surface contains nanometre-sized cavities that are sensitive to the so-called quantum-size effect. With a work function of approximately 10 eV, the devices show a near-vertical line in the Nyquist diagram and a horizontal line near the -90° phase angle in the Bode diagram. Moreover, they have an integrated effect on the surface area for constant current discharging. This effect can be explained by the distributed constant electric circuit with a parallel assembly of nanometre-sized capacitors on a highly insulating polymer. The device can illuminate a red LED light for 3 ms after charging it with 1 mA at 10 V. Further gains might be attained by integrating polymer sheets with a micro-electro mechanical system.

  12. Superior electric storage on an amorphous perfluorinated polymer surface.

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    Fukuhara, Mikio; Kuroda, Tomoyuki; Hasegawa, Fumihiko; Sueyoshi, Takashi

    2016-01-01

    Amorphous perfluoroalkenyl vinyl ether polymer devices can store a remarkably powerful electric charge because their surface contains nanometre-sized cavities that are sensitive to the so-called quantum-size effect. With a work function of approximately 10 eV, the devices show a near-vertical line in the Nyquist diagram and a horizontal line near the -90° phase angle in the Bode diagram. Moreover, they have an integrated effect on the surface area for constant current discharging. This effect can be explained by the distributed constant electric circuit with a parallel assembly of nanometre-sized capacitors on a highly insulating polymer. The device can illuminate a red LED light for 3 ms after charging it with 1 mA at 10 V. Further gains might be attained by integrating polymer sheets with a micro-electro mechanical system. PMID:26902953

  13. Are Entangled Polymer Melts Different From Solutions?

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    Huang, Qian; Mednova, Olga; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Skov, Anne Ladegaard; Almdal, Kristoffer; Hassager, Ole

    2012-01-01

    The possible existence of a qualitative difference on extensional steady state viscosity between polymer melts and polymer solutions is still an open question. Recent experiments [1-4] showed the extensional viscosity of both polymer melts and solutions decayed as a function of strain rate with an exponent of -0.5. When the strain rate became higher than the order of inverse Rouse time, the polymer solutions showed an upturn [1, 4]. However, in the same regime for polymer melts, the experimen...

  14. Dielectric breakdown in silica-amorphous polymer nanocomposite films: the role of the polymer matrix.

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    Grabowski, Christopher A; Fillery, Scott P; Westing, Nicholas M; Chi, Changzai; Meth, Jeffrey S; Durstock, Michael F; Vaia, Richard A

    2013-06-26

    The ultimate energy storage performance of an electrostatic capacitor is determined by the dielectric characteristics of the material separating its conductive electrodes. Polymers are commonly employed due to their processability and high breakdown strength; however, demands for higher energy storage have encouraged investigations of ceramic-polymer composites. Maintaining dielectric strength, and thus minimizing flaw size and heterogeneities, has focused development toward nanocomposite (NC) films; but results lack consistency, potentially due to variations in polymer purity, nanoparticle surface treatments, nanoparticle size, and film morphology. To experimentally establish the dominant factors in broad structure-performance relationships, we compare the dielectric properties for four high-purity amorphous polymer films (polymethyl methacrylate, polystyrene, polyimide, and poly-4-vinylpyridine) incorporating uniformly dispersed silica colloids (up to 45% v/v). Factors known to contribute to premature breakdown-field exclusion and agglomeration-have been mitigated in this experiment to focus on what impact the polymer and polymer-nanoparticle interactions have on breakdown. Our findings indicate that adding colloidal silica to higher breakdown strength amorphous polymers (polymethyl methacrylate and polyimide) causes a reduction in dielectric strength as compared to the neat polymer. Alternatively, low breakdown strength amorphous polymers (poly-4-vinylpyridine and especially polystyrene) with comparable silica dispersion show similar or even improved breakdown strength for 7.5-15% v/v silica. At ∼15% v/v or greater silica content, all the polymer NC films exhibit breakdown at similar electric fields, implying that at these loadings failure becomes independent of polymer matrix and is dominated by silica. PMID:23639183

  15. Local versus average field failure criterion in amorphous polymers

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    There is extensive work developing laws that predict yielding in amorphous polymers, ranging from the pioneer experimental work of Sternstein et al (1968 Appl. Polym. Symp. 7 175–99) to the novel molecular dynamics simulations of Jaramillo et al (2012 Phys. Rev. B 85 024114). While atomistic models render damage criteria in terms of local values of the stress and strain fields, experiments provide yield conditions in terms of the average values of these fields. Unfortunately, it is not possible to compare these results due to the differences in time and length scales. Here, we use a micromechanical phase-field damage model with parameters calculated from atomistic simulations to connect atomistic and macroscopic scale experiments. The phase-field damage model is used to study failure in composite materials. We find that the yield criterion should be described in terms of local stress and strains fields and cannot be extended directly from applied stress field values to determine yield conditions. (paper)

  16. Triphenylamine-based amorphous polymers for bulk-heterojunction photovoltaic cells

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    In this paper, the recent research progress on triphenylamine (TPA)-based donor-acceptor (D-A) amorphous polymers including our developed polymers is reviewed. TPA has three-dimensional branched structures and can provide D-A polymers containing D and A units in the main chain or side chain. The use of TPA-based amorphous polymers in the fabrication of organic photovoltaics (OPVs) offers great advantages over the use of a polycrystalline film in terms of high reproducibility of the OPV performance. The amorphous polymer design using TPA, therefore, indicates a promising direction for the development of new donor materials in OPVs

  17. Are Entangled Polymer Melts Different From Solutions?

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    Huang, Qian; Mednova, Olga; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Skov, Anne Ladegaard; Almdal, Kristoffer; Hassager, Ole

    The possible existence of a qualitative difference on extensional steady state viscosity between polymer melts and polymer solutions is still an open question. Recent experiments [1-4] showed the extensional viscosity of both polymer melts and solutions decayed as a function of strain rate with a...

  18. Turbulence of Dilute Polymer Solution

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    Xi, Heng-Dong; Xu, Haitao

    2013-01-01

    In fully developed three dimensional fluid turbulence the fluctuating energy is supplied at large scales, cascades through intermediate scales, and dissipates at small scales. It is the hallmark of turbulence that for intermediate scales, in the so called inertial range, the average energy flux is constant and independent of viscosity [1-3]. One very important question is how this range is altered, when an additional agent that can also transport energy is added to the fluid. Long-chain polymers dissolved at very small concentrations in the fluid are such an agent [4,5]. Based on prior work by de Gennes and Tabor [6,7] we introduce a theory that balances the energy flux through the turbulent cascade with that of the energy flux into the elastic degrees of freedom of the dilute long-chain polymer solution. We propose a refined elastic length scale, $r_\\varepsilon$, which describes the effect of polymer elasticity on the turbulence energy cascade. Our experimental results agree excellently with this new energy ...

  19. Qualitative and quantitative methods to determine miscibility in amorphous drug-polymer systems.

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    Meng, Fan; Dave, Vivek; Chauhan, Harsh

    2015-09-18

    Amorphous drug-polymer systems or amorphous solid dispersions are commonly used in pharmaceutical industry to enhance the solubility of compounds with poor aqueous solubility. The degree of miscibility between drug and polymer is important both for solubility enhancement as well as for the formation of a physically stable amorphous system. Calculation of solubility parameters, Computational data mining, Tg measurements by DSC and Raman mapping are established traditional methods used to qualitatively detect the drug-polymer miscibility. Calculation of Flory-Huggins interaction parameter, computational analysis of X-Ray Diffraction (XRD) data, solid state Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) spectroscopy and Atomic Forced Microscopy (AFM) have been recently developed to quantitatively determine the miscibility in amorphous drug-polymer systems. This brief review introduces and compiles these qualitative and quantitative methods employed in the evaluation of drug-polymer miscibility. Combination of these techniques can provide deeper insights into the true miscibility of the drug-polymer systems. PMID:26006307

  20. Enhanced interfacial adhesion between an amorphous polymer (polystyrene) and a semicrystalline polymer [a polyamide (nylon 6)].

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    Kim, Sehyun; Lee, Jiseok; Kim, Hoyun; Seo, Youngwook P; Hong, Soon Man; Takahara, Atsushi; Choi, Hyoung Jin; Seo, Yongsok

    2011-07-01

    We studied enhanced interfacial adhesion between an amorphous polymer (polystyrene, PS) and a semicrystalline polymer (a polyamide, Ny6). The fracture mechanism for this system was investigated to elicit a universal description on the fracture mechanism. The surface modification of PS to provide functional groups that can react with the functional groups of Ny6 was carried out with ion-beam and/or plasma treatment. These surface modifications were found to alter the interfacial adhesion strength between PS and Ny6. A remarkable enhancement was found with the surface functionalization of PS. Though the fracture toughness was varied depending on the process, its overall behavior was quite similar to that of others; the fracture toughness increased with increasing bonding temperature and bonding time, passed through a peak, and then decreased with a further increase of the bonding time or temperature. The variation of the fracture toughness with the bonding time and temperature can be plausibly explained in terms of two different failure mechanisms of adhesive failure and cohesive failure. This change appears more evidently for the interface between an amorphous polymer and a semicrystalline polymer than the interface between semicrystalline polymer pairs. Surface functionalization could exclude the effect of diffusion, thus clarifying the failure mechanisms occurring at the interface. PMID:21688837

  1. Thermal transitions of the amorphous polymers in wheat straw

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    Stelte, Wolfgang; Clemons, Craig; Holm, Jens K.;

    2011-01-01

    The thermal transitions of the amorphous polymers in wheat straw were investigated using dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA). The study included both natural and solvent extracted wheat straw, in moist (8–9% water content) and dry conditions, and was compared to spruce samples. Under these...... conditions two transitions arising from the glass transition of lignin and hemicelluloses have been identified. Key transitions attributed to softening of lignin were found at 53, 63 and 91 °C for moist samples of wheat straw, extracted straw and spruce, respectively. Transitions for hemicelluloses were...... determined at 2, −1 and 5 °C, respectively. Differences are likely due to different compositions of lignin and hemicelluloses from straw and spruce and structural differences between the raw materials. The high wax content in wheat straw resulted in a transition at about 40 °C which was absent in solvent...

  2. Production of amorphous starch powders by solution spray drying

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    Niazi, Muhammad B. K.; Broekhuis, Antonius A.

    2012-01-01

    The spray drying of starch/maltodextrin formulations was evaluated as a potential technology for the manufacturing of amorphous thermoplastic starches. Mixtures of starches with high to low amylose (Am)amylopectin (Ap) ratios were spray-dried from water-based solutions and granular dispersions. The effects of the feed composition on the morphology and physical properties of the end product were investigated with the spray-drying conditions kept constant. Powders obtained from the starch solut...

  3. Functionalized polymers for binding to solutes in aqueous solutions

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    Smith, Barbara F.; Robison, Thomas W.

    2006-11-21

    A functionalized polymer for binding a dissolved molecule in an aqueous solution is presented. The polymer has a backbone polymer to which one or more functional groups are covalently linked. The backbone polymer can be such polymers as polyethylenimine, polyvinylamine, polyallylamine, and polypropylamine. These polymers are generally water-soluble, but can be insoluble when cross-linked. The functional group can be for example diol derivatives, polyol derivatives, thiol and dithiol derivatives, guest-host groups, affinity groups, beta-diphosphonic acids, and beta-diamides

  4. Foaming behaviour of polymer-surfactant solutions

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    We study the effect of a non-ionic amphiphilic polymer (PEG-100 stearate also called Myrj 59) on the foaming behaviour of aqueous solutions of an anionic surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate or SDS). The SDS concentration was kept fixed while the Myrj 59 concentration was varied. Measurements of foamability, surface tension and electrical conductivity were carried out. The results show two opposite effects depending on the polymer concentration: foamability is higher when the Myrj 59 concentration is low; however, it decreases considerably when the polymer concentration is increased. This behaviour is due to the polymer adsorption at the air/liquid interface at lower polymer concentrations, and to the formation of a polymer-surfactant complex in the bulk at higher concentrations. The results are confirmed by surface tension and electrical conductivity measurements, which are interpreted in terms of the microstructure of the polymer-surfactant solutions. The observed behaviour is due to the amphiphilic nature of the studied polymer. The increased hydrophobicity of Myrj 59, compared to that of water-soluble polymers like PEG or PEO, increases its 'reactivity' towards SDS, i.e. the strength of its interaction with this anionic surfactant. Our results show that hydrophobically modified polymers have potential applications as additives in order to control the foaming properties of surfactant solutions

  5. COMPUTER SIMULATION OF POLYMER SOLUTION THERMODYNAMICS

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    1998-01-01

    The statistical counting method for the computer simulation of the thermodynamic quantities of polymer solution has been reviewed. The calculating results for a single athermal chain confirm the theory of the renormalization group. The results for the athermal solution are consistent with the scaling law of the osmotic pressure with the exponent 2.25. The results for a single chain with the segmental interaction are in a good agreement with the exact results obtained by the direct counting method. The results for the polymer solution show us that the Flory-Huggins parameter is strongly dependent on both the polymer concentration and the interaction energy between segments.

  6. Interfacial Thermodynamics of Coexisting Aqueous Polymer Solutions

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    Vis, M.

    2015-01-01

    Phase separation is commonly observed when two different polymers are present in aqueous solution, forming aqueous two-phase systems which typically consist for 90% of water. It is demonstrated that the presence of charge on one of the polymers results in an electric potential difference between the

  7. Structuring of polymer solutions upon solvent evaporation

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    Schaefer, C.; van der Schoot, P.; Michels, J. J.

    2015-01-01

    The morphology of solution-cast, phase-separated polymers becomes finer with increasing solvent evaporation rate. We address this observation theoretically for a model polymer where demixing is induced by steady solvent evaporation. In contrast to what is the case for a classical, thermal quench inv

  8. Effects of Intercalation on the Hole Mobility of Amorphous Semiconducting Polymer Blends

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    Cates, Nichole C.

    2010-06-08

    Fullerenes have been shown to intercalate between the side chains of many crystalline and semicrystalline polymers and to affect the properties of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells. Here we present the first in-depth study of intercalation in an amorphous polymer. We study blends of the widely studied amorphous polymer poly(2-methoxy-5-(3studied amorphous polymer poly(,7·studied amorphous polymer poly(-dimethyloctyloxy)-p-phenylene vinylene) (MDMO-PPV) with a variety of molecules using photoluminescence measurements, scanning electron microscopy, and space-charge limited current mobility measurements. The blends with elevated hole mobilities exhibit complete photoluminescence quenching and show no phase separation in a scanning electron microscope. We conclude that intercalation occurs in MDMO-PPV:fullerene blends and is responsible for the increase in the MDMO-PPV hole mobility by several orders of magnitude when it is blended with fullerenes, despite the dilution of the hole-conducting polymer with an electron acceptor. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  9. Interfacial Thermodynamics of Coexisting Aqueous Polymer Solutions

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    Vis, M

    2015-01-01

    Phase separation is commonly observed when two different polymers are present in aqueous solution, forming aqueous two-phase systems which typically consist for 90% of water. It is demonstrated that the presence of charge on one of the polymers results in an electric potential difference between the two phases. Upon phase separation, the polyelectrolyte is confined in majority to one of the phases. Although small ions can equilibrate freely between the phases, the restriction of macroscopic c...

  10. Flow of polymer solutions through porous media

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    Denys, K.F.J.

    2003-01-01

    These days leading oil and gas producing companies are investing increasing amounts of money into the development of non-fossil energy sources like wind-, solar-, biomass energy and forestry. On the other hand these companies are persisting in developing techniques to make energy recovery more efficient intending to stretch the life span of fossil resources. One of the more mature techniques to improve recovery efficiency is polymer flooding. Herein polymer solutions are injected in injector ...

  11. Temperature-concentration diagram of polymer solutions

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    A (T,C) diagram - were T is the temperature, C the monomer concentration - is described for polymer solutions, from a tricritical approach to the polymer theta point. Four different regions are defined in this diagram. For each of these regions the T, N, C, dependence of the mean square end to end distance of a chain, the screening length, the osmotic pressure, and the second virial coefficient are calculated. A scaling form is also given for the equation of state

  12. Brownian particles in supramolecular polymer solutions

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    Gucht, van der, J.; Besseling, N.A.M.; Knoben, W.; Bouteiller, L; Cohen Stuart, M. A.

    2003-01-01

    The Brownian motion of colloidal particles embedded in solutions of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymers has been studied using dynamic light scattering. At short times, the motion of the probe particles is diffusive with a diffusion coefficient equal to that in pure solvent. At intermediate time scales the particles are slowed down as a result of trapping in elastic cages formed by the polymer chains, while at longer times the motion is diffusive again, but with a much smaller diffusion c...

  13. Inhibition of surface crystallisation of amorphous indomethacin particles in physical drug-polymer mixtures

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    Priemel, Petra A; Laitinen, Riikka; Barthold, Sarah;

    2013-01-01

    Surface coverage may affect the crystallisation behaviour of amorphous materials. This study investigates crystallisation inhibition in powder mixtures of amorphous drug and pharmaceutical excipients. Pure amorphous indomethacin (IMC) powder and physical mixtures thereof with Eudragit(®) E or...... Soluplus(®) in 3:1, 1:1 and 1:3 (w/w) ratios were stored at 30°C and 23 or 42% RH. Samples were analysed during storage by X-ray powder diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). IMC Eudragit(®) mixtures showed higher physical...... stability than pure IMC whereas IMC Soluplus(®) mixtures did not. Water uptake was higher for mixtures containing Soluplus(®) than for amorphous IMC or IMC Eudragit(®) mixtures. However, the Tg of amorphous IMC was unaffected by the presence (and nature) of polymer. SEM revealed that Eudragit(®) particles...

  14. Heterogeneity of spiral wear patterns produced by local heating on amorphous polymers

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    Rice, Reginald H. [Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-2601 (United States); Gnecco, Enrico [Instituto Madrileño de Estudios Avanzados en Nanociencia, Campus Universitario de Cantoblanco, Madrid (Spain); King, William P. [Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL 61801 (United States); Szoszkiewicz, Robert, E-mail: rs@phys.ksu.edu [Department of Physics, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506-2601 (United States)

    2013-08-15

    We report on spiral wear patterns produced at constant angular velocity by hot tip atomic force microscopy (HT-AFM) on surfaces of two common amorphous polymers: polystyrene (PS) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). Topography of these patterns is obtained with regular AFM cantilevers. Topography cross-sections taken from a center of each spiral at a given azimuthal angle Θ relate changes of surface corrugation h{sub corr} with tangential velocity v of a thermal cantilever. Polymer wear is characterized by a power law h{sub corr}(v) = α(v/v{sub max}){sup −β}, which yields a pre-factor α and an exponent β. Below the glass transition temperature T{sub g}, α is polymer specific and β varies weakly between similar conditions and samples. Variations of β are hypothesized to reflect polymer relaxation processes, which are expected to vary only weakly between amorphous polymers. At and above T{sub g}, α approaches initial thermal tip indentation depth within a polymer, β plummets, and a power law relation of h{sub corr} with v diverges. These results are explained by heterogeneous wear around T{sub g} due to a local nature of glass transition. At all studied temperatures, additional wear heterogeneities are found as due to position on the polymer and Θ. Variations of α and β with position on the polymer are found to be only marginally larger then uncertainties of the thermal tip–polymer interface temperature. Variations of α and β with Θ are found to be largely influenced by buckling of thermal cantilevers traveling in a spiral pattern. - Graphical abstract: Display Omitted - Highlights: • Novel method to characterize temperature dependant wear on polymers is reported. • Hot-tip AFM methods and spiral scanning are used. • Heterogeneity of polymer wear in vicinity of glass transition is discussed. • Amorphous polymers are studied only.

  15. A Polymer "Pollution Solution" Classroom Activity.

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    Helser, Terry L.

    1996-01-01

    Explains an approach to presenting polymer chemistry to nonmajors that employs polystyrene foam, foam peanuts made from water soluble starch, and water soluble plastic bags. Students are presented with a pollution scenario and are guided to the discovery of solutions. (DDR)

  16. Brownian particles in supramolecular polymer solutions

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    Gucht, van der J.; Besseling, N.A.M.; Knoben, W.; Bouteiller, L.; Cohen Stuart, M.A.

    2003-01-01

    The Brownian motion of colloidal particles embedded in solutions of hydrogen-bonded supramolecular polymers has been studied using dynamic light scattering. At short times, the motion of the probe particles is diffusive with a diffusion coefficient equal to that in pure solvent. At intermediate time

  17. Influence of polymer content on stabilizing milled amorphous salbutamol sulphate.

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    Balani, P N; Wong, S Y; Ng, W K; Widjaja, E; Tan, R B H; Chan, S Y

    2010-05-31

    The study investigates the influence of polyvinyl pyrrolidone (PVP) concentration on stabilizing the amorphous form of salbutamol sulphate (SS) before and after storage under ambient and elevated humidity conditions. Different mass ratios of SS and PVP (0-90wt%) were co-milled using a planetary ball mill. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD), high sensitivity differential scanning calorimetry (HSDSC), dynamic vapor sorption (DVS), infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and Raman microscopy (RM) were used to analyze the stability of the co-milled mixtures against heat and humidity treatments as well as storage at different humidity conditions. Prior storage, DSC and DVS analyses revealed that re-crystallization of amorphous SS was suppressed above PVP content of 33 wt%. Probable hydrogen bond interaction between SS and PVP was found in FT-IR analysis. XRPD diffractograms and SEM analysis showed stability against re-crystallization was achieved in the co-milled mixtures with a minimum PVP content of 80 wt% after storage. Homogeneous distribution of SS and PVP from RM analysis showed fine clustering of SS and PVP, suggesting the formation of an amorphous dispersion at molecular level. The results provide insights on the application of thermal and humidity treatments, accelerated stability testing and investigations on drug-excipient interactions to predict the minimum ratio of an excipient for stabilizing the amorphous state of a milled API. PMID:20211717

  18. Solvent-mediated amorphous-to-crystalline transformation of nitrendipine in amorphous particle suspensions containing polymers

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    Xia, Dengning; Wu, Jian-Xiong; Cui, Fude;

    2012-01-01

    The amorphous-to-crystalline transformation of nitrendipine was investigated using Raman spectroscopy and X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD). The nucleation and growth rate of crystalline nitrendipine in a medium containing poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and polyethylene glycol (PEG 200) were quantitati...

  19. A possible mechanism for cross-tie fibril generation in crazing of amorphous polymers

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    Tijssens, M.G.A.; van der Giessen, E.

    2002-01-01

    A possible mechanism for cross-tie fibril generation in crazes of amorphous polymers is proposed. Detailed finite element calculations are performed on an axisymmetric model of a single fibril inside the craze. These calculations suggest that the hydrostatic stress inside the fibril is large enough

  20. Dilational surface rheology of polymer solutions

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    Noskov, B. A.; Bykov, A. G.

    2015-06-01

    The review concerns main achievements in dilational rheology of polymer adsorption films at the gas/liquid interfaces reported in the last fifteen years. The theoretical foundations of methods of surface rheology and the key results obtained in studies of solutions of amphiphilic nonionic polymers, polyelectrolytes, proteins and their complexes with low-molecular-mass surfactants are discussed. Interest in the surface dilational rheology is mainly caused by a small number of available experimental methods for investigation of the surface of liquids, by the fact that traditional methods of measurement of the surface tension that are widely used in studies of solutions of low-molecular-mass surfactants provide little information when applied to polymer solutions owing to very slow establishment of equilibrium as well as by weak dependence of the surface tension on the polymer concentration. Progress in the surface rheology is driven by the recent studies of the stability of foams and emulsions that demonstrated a key role of the dilational surface rheological properties in the dynamics of liquid-phase disperse systems. The bibliography includes 191 references.

  1. Corrosion resistance of amorphous and crystalline Pd40Ni40P20 alloys in aqueous solutions

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    Wu, Y.F.; Chiang, Wen-Chi; Chu, J.; Nieh, T.G.; Kawamura, Y.; Wu, J.K.

    2006-01-01

    The corrosion behaviors of amorphous and crystalline Pd40Ni40P20 alloys in various aqueous solutions are reported in this paper. The corrosion resistance of crystalline (annealed) Pd40Ni40P20 is better than that of amorphous Pd40Ni40P20 in various corrosive solutions, due to crystalline Pd40Ni40P...

  2. Effect of boron on the thermodynamic stability of amorphous polymer-derived Si-(B-)C-N ceramics

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    The reason for the higher thermal persistence of amorphous polymer-derived Si-B-C-N ceramics (T ∼ 1700–2000 °C) compared to Si-C-N ones (T ∼ 1500 °C) has been a matter of debate for more than a decade. Despite recent experimental results which indicate a major kinetic effect of boron on the thermal persistence of the ceramics, no experimental investigation of the thermodynamic stability of the materials has been reported. In this work, we present measured energetics of a series of the amorphous ceramics with various boron contents (0–8.3 at.%) using high-temperature oxidative drop-solution calorimetry. Through measurement of the drop-solution enthalpies in molten sodium molybdate at 811 °C, the formation enthalpies of the amorphous ceramics from crystalline components (SiC, BN, Si3N4, C) at 25 °C were obtained and found to be between −1.4 and −26.6 kJ g-atom−1. The determined enthalpy data plus the estimated positive entropy of formation values point to the thermodynamic stability of the amorphous ceramics relative to the crystalline phases, but such stabilization diminishes with increasing boron content. In contrast, the higher boron content increases the temperature of Si3N4 crystallization despite less favorable energetics for the amorphous phase, implying more favorable energetics for crystallization. Thus the so-called “stability” of Si-B-C-N ceramics in terms of persistence against Si3N4 crystallization appears to be controlled by kinetics rather than by thermodynamic stability.

  3. Structure and dynamics of amorphous polymers: computer simulations compared to experiment and theory

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    This contribution considers recent developments in the computer modelling of amorphous polymeric materials. Progress in our capabilities to build models for the computer simulation of polymers from the detailed atomistic scale up to coarse-grained mesoscopic models, together with the ever-improving performance of computers, have led to important insights from computer simulations into the structural and dynamic properties of amorphous polymers. Structurally, chain connectivity introduces a range of length scales from that of the chemical bond to the radius of gyration of the polymer chain covering 2-4 orders of magnitude. Dynamically, this range of length scales translates into an even larger range of time scales observable in relaxation processes in amorphous polymers ranging from about 10-13 to 10-3 s or even to 103 s when glass dynamics is concerned. There is currently no single simulation technique that is able to describe all these length and time scales efficiently. On large length and time scales basic topology and entropy become the governing properties and this fact can be exploited using computer simulations of coarse-grained polymer models to study universal aspects of the structure and dynamics of amorphous polymers. On the largest length and time scales chain connectivity is the dominating factor leading to the strong increase in longest relaxation times described within the reptation theory of polymer melt dynamics. Recently, many of the universal aspects of this behaviour have been further elucidated by computer simulations of coarse-grained polymer models. On short length scales the detailed chemistry and energetics of the polymer are important, and one has to be able to capture them correctly using chemically realistic modelling of specific polymers, even when the aim is to extract generic physical behaviour exhibited by the specific chemistry. Detailed studies of chemically realistic models highlight the central importance of torsional dynamics in

  4. Solution growth of microcrystalline silicon on amorphous substrates

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    Heimburger, Robert

    2010-07-05

    This work deals with low-temperature solution growth of micro-crystalline silicon on glass. The task is motivated by the application in low-cost solar cells. As glass is an amorphous material, conventional epitaxy is not applicable. Therefore, growth is conducted in a two-step process. The first step aims at the spatial arrangement of silicon seed crystals on conductive coated glass substrates, which is realized by means of vapor-liquid-solid processing using indium as the solvent. Seed crystals are afterwards enlarged by applying a specially developed steady-state solution growth apparatus. This laboratory prototype mainly consists of a vertical stack of a silicon feeding source and the solvent (indium). The growth substrate can be dipped into the solution from the top. The system can be heated to a temperature below the softening point of the utilized glass substrate. A temperature gradient between feeding source and growth substrate promotes both, supersaturation and material transport by solvent convection. This setup offers advantages over conventional liquid phase epitaxy at low temperatures in terms of achievable layer thickness and required growth times. The need for convective solute transport to gain the desired thickness of at least 50 {mu}m is emphasized by equilibrium calculations in the binary system indium-silicon. Material transport and supersaturation conditions inside the utilized solution growth crucible are analyzed. It results that the solute can be transported from the lower feeding source to the growth substrate by applying an appropriate heating regime. These findings are interpreted by means of a hydrodynamic analysis of fluid flow and supporting FEM simulation. To ensure thermodynamic stability of all materials involved during steady-state solution growth, the ternary phase equilibrium between molybdenum, indium and silicon at 600 C was considered. Based on the obtained results, the use of molybdenum disilicide as conductive coating

  5. Polarization of positronium in amorphous polar polymers: A case study

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    Consolati, G., E-mail: giovanni.consolati@polimi.it; Quasso, F. [Department of Aerospace Science and Technology, Politecnico di Milano, via La Masa, 34, Milano 20156 (Italy)

    2013-11-28

    The features of positronium in an amorphous copolymer (polyvinyl acetate-crotonic acid) in a range of temperatures including the glass transition were investigated by means of positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. In particular, para-positronium lifetime was found to be longer than in a vacuum and to decrease with the temperature. This was attributed to the electron density at the positron (contact density), which is lower than in vacuo due to the presence of polar groups in the copolymer. A three quantum yield experiment confirmed the lifetime results.

  6. Dynamic Critical Phenomena of Polymer Solutions

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    Furukawa, Akira

    2002-01-01

    Recently, a systematic experiment measuring critical anomaly of viscosity of polymer solutions has been reported by H. Tanaka and his co-workers (Phys.Rev.E, 65, 021802, (2002)). According to their experiments, the dynamic critical exponent of viscosity y_c drastically decreases with increasing the molecular weight. In this article the kinetic coefficients renormalized by the non-linear hydrodynamic interaction are calculated by the mode coupling theory. We predict that the critical divergenc...

  7. On electronic structure of polymer-derived amorphous silicon carbide ceramics

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    Wang, Kewei; Li, Xuqin; Ma, Baisheng; Wang, Yiguang; Zhang, Ligong; An, Linan

    2014-06-01

    The electronic structure of polymer-derived amorphous silicon carbide ceramics was studied by combining measurements of temperature-dependent conductivity and optical absorption. By comparing the experimental results to theoretical models, electronic structure was constructed for a carbon-rich amorphous silicon carbide, which revealed several unique features, such as deep defect energy level, wide band-tail band, and overlap between the band-tail band and defect level. These unique features were discussed in terms of the microstructure of the material and used to explain the electric behavior.

  8. Measurement and computation of thermal stresses in injection molding of amorphous and crystalline polymers

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    Farhoudi, Yalda

    1998-12-01

    An integrated experimental and theoretical study of the residual thermal stresses has been carried out. The final stress profiles along the thickness were measured in an amorphous and a semi-crystalline injection molded polymer using the layer removal technique. The two materials exhibited drastically distinct residual profiles. Furthermore, processing parameters such as melt and coolant temperatures, pressure history, and mold thickness were found to modify the profiles. In order to elucidate the findings, two models were derived. The two-dimensional free mold shrinkage model was developed to provide a rapid estimation of thermal stresses and the main features of their profile. A more complex model was developed by integrating the stress analysis with the simulation of the complete injection molding cycle by McKam. This model accounts for the fountain flow effect, the crystallization, and the PVT behavior of the material. With the help of the model predictions, explanations were provided for the occurrence of various regions in the residual stress profiles. Transitions or reversal of the regions under variable conditions or material properties were observed to be mainly determined by the ratio of the thermal to the pressure effects. Using these concepts, practical conclusions were drawn for controlling the residual stresses. As an alternative for optimization of injection molding with respect to residual stresses, inverse methods were developed to calculate the pressure history or the initial temperature distribution required to produce a prescribed residual stress distribution. These methods were tested using direct solutions with added errors and experimental stress data.

  9. Spin coating of an evaporating polymer solution

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    Münch, Andreas

    2011-01-01

    We consider a mathematical model of spin coating of a single polymer blended in a solvent. The model describes the one-dimensional development of a thin layer of the mixture as the layer thins due to flow created by a balance of viscous forces and centrifugal forces and evaporation of the solvent. In the model both the diffusivity of the solvent in the polymer and the viscosity of the mixture are very rapidly varying functions of the solvent mass fraction. Guided by numerical solutions an asymptotic analysis reveals a number of different possible behaviours of the thinning layer dependent on the nondimensional parameters describing the system. The main practical interest is in controlling the appearance and development of a "skin" on the polymer where the solvent concentration reduces rapidly on the outer surface leaving the bulk of the layer still with high concentrations of solvent. In practice, a fast and uniform drying of the film is required. The critical parameters controlling this behaviour are found to be the ratio of the diffusion to advection time scales ε, the ratio of the evaporation to advection time scales δ and the ratio of the diffusivity of the pure polymer and the initial mixture exp(-1/γ). In particular, our analysis shows that for very small evaporation with δ

  10. Polymer solution phase separation: Microgravity simulation

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    Cerny, Lawrence C.; Sutter, James K.

    1989-01-01

    In many multicomponent systems, a transition from a single phase of uniform composition to a multiphase state with separated regions of different composition can be induced by changes in temperature and shear. The density difference between the phase and thermal and/or shear gradients within the system results in buoyancy driven convection. These differences affect kinetics of the phase separation if the system has a sufficiently low viscosity. This investigation presents more preliminary developments of a theoretical model in order to describe effects of the buoyancy driven convection in phase separation kinetics. Polymer solutions were employed as model systems because of the ease with which density differences can be systematically varied and because of the importance of phase separation in the processing and properties of polymeric materials. The results indicate that the kinetics of the phase separation can be performed viscometrically using laser light scattering as a principle means of following the process quantitatively. Isopycnic polymer solutions were used to determine the viscosity and density difference limits for polymer phase separation.

  11. Structuring of polymer solutions upon solvent evaporation

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    Schaefer, C.; van der Schoot, P.; Michels, J. J.

    2015-02-01

    The morphology of solution-cast, phase-separated polymers becomes finer with increasing solvent evaporation rate. We address this observation theoretically for a model polymer where demixing is induced by steady solvent evaporation. In contrast to what is the case for a classical, thermal quench involving immiscible blends, the spinodal instability initially develops slowly and the associated length scale is not time invariant but decreases with time as t-1 /2. After a time lag, phase separation accelerates. Time lag and characteristic length exhibit power-law behavior as a function of the evaporation rate with exponents of -2 /3 and -1 /6 . Interestingly, at later stages the spinodal structure disappears completely while a second length scale develops. The associated structure coarsens but does not follow the usual Lifshitz-Slyozov-Wagner kinetics.

  12. Reduced Crystallization Temperature Methodology for Polymer Selection in Amorphous Solid Dispersions: Stability Perspective.

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    Bhugra, Chandan; Telang, Chitra; Schwabe, Robert; Zhong, Li

    2016-09-01

    API-polymer interactions, used to select the right polymeric matrix with an aim to stabilize an amorphous dispersion, are routinely studied using spectroscopic and/or calorimetric techniques (i.e., melting point depression). An alternate selection tool has been explored to rank order polymers for formation of stable amorphous dispersions as a pragmatic method for polymer selection. Reduced crystallization temperature of API, a parameter introduced by Zhou et al.,1 was utilized in this study for rank ordering interactions in API-polymeric systems. The trends in reduced crystallization temperature monitored over polymer concentration range of up to 20% polymer loading were utilized to calculate "crystallization parameter" or CP for two model systems (nifedipine and BI ABC). The rank order of CP, i.e., a measure of API-polymer interaction, for nifedipine followed the order PVP > PVP-VA > Soluplus > HPMCAS > PV Ac > PAA. This rank ordering was correlated to published results of molecular interactions and physical stability for nifedipine. A different rank ordering was observed for BI ABC: PAA > PVP > HPMCAS > Soluplus > PVPV-VA > PVAc. Interactions for BI ABC were not as differentiated when compared to nifedipine based on CP trends. BI ABC dispersions at drug loadings between 40 and 60% were physically stable for prolonged periods under ICH conditions as well as accelerated stress. We propose that large CP differences among polymers could be predictive of stability outcomes. Acceptable stability at pharmaceutically relevant drug loadings would suggest that the relative influence of downstream processes, such as polymer solubility in various solvents, process suitability and selection, and more importantly supersaturation potential, should be higher compared to stability considerations while developing compounds like BI ABC. PMID:27414755

  13. Vapour pressure osmometry determination of water activity of binary and ternary aqueous (polymer + polymer) solutions

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    Highlights: • VPO determination of water activity for binary and ternary aqueous polymer solutions. • Vapour pressure of binary and ternary aqueous polymer solutions were determined. • Water activities were correlated using the segment-based NRTL and Wilson models. • Molar Gibbs free energy changes due to mixing were determined. - Abstract: Precise water activity measurements at T = 308.15 K were carried out on several binary (water + polymer) and ternary {water + polymer (1) + polymer (2)} systems using the vapour pressure osmometry (VPO) technique. Polymers were polyethylene glycol 400 (PEG400), polyethylene glycol 6000 (PEG6000), polypropylene glycol 400 (PPG400), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and dextran (DEX). The water activity results obtained were used to calculate the vapour pressure of solutions as a function of concentration and the segment-based local composition models, NRTL and Wilson, were used to correlate the experimental water activity values. It was found that, for the polymer concentration range studied here, the values of the water activity obtained for the binary (water + polymer) solutions decrease in the order DEX > PVP > PEG6000 > PPG400 > PEG400. Furthermore, water activities of solutions of each polymer in the aqueous solutions of (5, 10, 15 and 20)% (w/w) other polymers investigated were also measured at T = 308.15 K. The ability of polymer (1) in decreasing the water activity of binary {water + polymer (2)} solutions was discussed on the basis of the (polymer + water) and {polymer (1) + polymer (2)} interactions

  14. Highly Efficient Hybrid Polymer and Amorphous Silicon Multijunction Solar Cells with Effective Optical Management.

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    Tan, Hairen; Furlan, Alice; Li, Weiwei; Arapov, Kirill; Santbergen, Rudi; Wienk, Martijn M; Zeman, Miro; Smets, Arno H M; Janssen, René A J

    2016-03-16

    Highly efficient hybrid multijunction solar cells are constructed with a wide-bandgap amorphous silicon for the front subcell and a low-bandgap polymer for the back subcell. Power conversion efficiencies of 11.6% and 13.2% are achieved in tandem and triple-junction configurations, respectively. The high efficiencies are enabled by deploying effective optical management and by using photoactive materials with complementary absorption. PMID:26780260

  15. Stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids: crystal growth mechanisms and effect of polymer additives.

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    Sun, Ye; Zhu, Lei; Wu, Tian; Cai, Ting; Gunn, Erica M; Yu, Lian

    2012-09-01

    We review recent progress toward understanding and enhancing the stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids against crystallization. As organic liquids are cooled to become glasses, fast modes of crystal growth can emerge. One such growth mode, the glass-to-crystal or GC mode, occurs in the bulk, and another exists at the free surface, both leading to crystal growth much faster than predicted by theories that assume diffusion defines the kinetic barrier of crystallization. These phenomena have received different explanations, and we propose that GC growth is a solid-state transformation enabled by local mobility in glasses and that fast surface crystal growth is facilitated by surface molecular mobility. In the second part, we review recent findings concerning the effect of polymer additives on crystallization in organic glasses. Low-concentration polymer additives can strongly inhibit crystal growth in the bulk of organic glasses, while having weaker effect on surface crystal growth. Ultra-thin polymer coatings can inhibit surface crystallization. Recent work has shown the importance of molecular weight for crystallization inhibitors of organic glasses, besides "direct intermolecular interactions" such as hydrogen bonding. Relative to polyvinylpyrrolidone, the VP dimer is far less effective in inhibiting crystal growth in amorphous nifedipine. Further work is suggested for better understanding of crystallization of amorphous organic solids and the prediction of their stability. PMID:22434258

  16. Evaluation of the amorphous content of lactose by solution calorimetry and Raman spectroscopy.

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    Katainen, Erja; Niemelä, Pentti; Harjunen, Päivi; Suhonen, Janne; Järvinen, Kristiina

    2005-11-15

    Solution calorimetry can be used to determine the amorphous content of a compound when the solubility and dissolution rate of the compound in the chosen solvent are reasonably high. Sometimes, it can be difficult find a solvent in which a sample is freely soluble. The present study evaluated the use of solution calorimetry for the assessment of the amorphous content of a sample that is poorly soluble in a solvent. Physical mixtures of lactose and spray-dried lactose samples (the amorphous content varied from 0 to 100%) were analyzed by a solution calorimeter and the results were compared with Raman spectroscopy determinations. The heat of solvation of the samples was determined by solution calorimetry in organic solvents MeOH, EtOH, ACN, THF, acetone (400mg sample/100ml solvent). Lactose is virtually insoluble in ACN, THF and acetone and very slightly soluble in EtOH and MeOH. The amorphous content of the samples could not be determined by solution calorimetry in EtOH, ACN, THF or acetone. However, an excellent correlation was observed between the heat of solvation and the amorphous content of the samples in MeOH. Furthermore, the heat of solvation values of the samples in MeOH showed a linear correlation with the Raman quantifications. Therefore, our results demonstrate that solution calorimetry may represent a rapid and simple method for determining the amorphous content also in samples that are not freely soluble in the solvent. PMID:18970276

  17. Role of Chain Morphology and Stiffness in Thermal Conductivity of Amorphous Polymers.

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    Zhang, Teng; Luo, Tengfei

    2016-02-01

    Designing thermally conductive polymer is of scientific interest and practical importance for applications like thermal interface materials, electronics packing, and plastic heat exchangers. In this work, we study the fundamental relationship between the molecular morphology and thermal conductivity in bulk amorphous polymers. We use polyethylene as a model system and performed systematic parametric study in molecular dynamics simulations. We find that the thermal conductivity is a strong function of the radius of gyration of the molecular chains, which is further correlated to persistence length, an intrinsic property of the molecule that characterizes molecular stiffness. Larger persistence length can lead to more extended chain morphology and thus higher thermal conductivity. Further thermal conductivity decomposition analysis shows that thermal transport through covalent bonds dominates the effective thermal conductivity over other contributions from nonbonded interactions (van der Waals) and translation of molecules disregarding the morphology. As a result, the more extended chains due to larger persistence length provide longer spatial paths for heat to transfer efficiently and thus lead to higher thermal conductivity. In addition, rigid rod-like polymers with very large persistence length tend to spontaneously crystallize and form orientated chains, leading to a thermal conductivity increase by more than 1 order of magnitude. Our results will provide important insights into the design of thermally conductive amorphous polymers. PMID:26751002

  18. Solution-state polymer assemblies influence BCS class II drug dissolution and supersaturation maintenance.

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    Dalsin, Molly C; Tale, Swapnil; Reineke, Theresa M

    2014-02-10

    Spray dried dispersions (SDDs), solid dispersions of polymer excipients and active pharmaceuticals, are important to the field of oral drug delivery for improving active stability, bioavailability, and efficacy. Herein, we examine the influence of solution-state polymer assemblies on amorphous spray-dried dispersion (SDD) performance with two BCS II model drugs, phenytoin and probucol. These drugs were spray dried with 4 model polymer excipients consisting of poly(ethylene-alt-propylene) (PEP), N,N,-dimethylacrylamide (DMA), or 2-methacrylamido glucopyranose (MAG): amphiphilic diblock ter- and copolymers, PEP-P(DMA-grad-MAG) and PEP-PDMA, and their respective hydrophilic analogues, P(DMA-grad-MAG) and PDMA. Selective and nonselective solvents for the hydrophilic block of the diblock ter- and copolymers were used to induce or repress solution-state assemblies prior to spray drying. Prespray dried solution-state assemblies of these four polymers were probed with dynamic light scattering (DLS) and showed differences in solution assembly size and structure (free polymer versus aggregates versus micelles). Solid-state structures of spray dried dispersions (SDDs) showed a single glass transition event implying a homogeneous mixture of drug/polymer. Crystallization temperatures and enthalpies indicated that the drugs interact mostly with the DMA-containing portions of the polymers. Scanning electron microscopy was used to determine SDD particle size and morphology for the various polymer-drug pairings. In vitro dissolution tests showed excellent performance for one system, spray-dried PEP-PDMA micelles with probucol. Dissolution structures were investigated through DLS to determine drug-polymer aggregates that lead to enhanced SDD performance. Forced aggregation of the polymer into regular micelle structures was found to be a critical factor to increase the dissolution rate and supersaturation maintenance of SDDs, and may be an attractive platform to exploit in excipient

  19. Formation, Structure and Properties of Amorphous Carbon Char from Polymer Materials in Extreme Atmospheric Reentry Environments

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    Lawson, John W.

    2010-01-01

    Amorphous carbonaceous char produced from the pyrolysis of polymer solids has many desirable properties for ablative heat shields for space vehicles. Molecular dynamics simulations are presented to study the transformation of the local atomic structure from virgin polymer to a dense, disordered char [1]. Release of polymer hydrogen is found to be critical to allow the system to collapse into a highly coordinated char structure. Mechanisms of the char formation process and the morphology of the resulting structures are elucidated. Thermal conductivity and mechanical response of the resulting char are evaluated [2]. During reenty, the optical response and oxidative reactivity of char are also important properties. Results of ab initio computations of char optical functions [3] and char reactivity [4] are also presented.

  20. Synthesis and characterization of amorphous poly(ethylene oxide)/poly(trimethylene carbonate) polymer blend electrolytes

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    Solid polymer electrolytes (SPEs) have been proposed as substitutes for conventional non-aqueous electrolytes in various electrochemical devices. These promising materials may be of interest in various practical devices including batteries, sensors and electrochromic displays as they can offer high performance in terms of specific energy and specific power (batteries), safe operation, form flexibility in device arquitecture and low manufacturing costs. Many different host polymers have been characterized over the last 30 years, however a relatively un-explored strategy involves the use of interpenetrating blends incorporating two or more polymers. Electrolyte systems based on interpenetrating blends of known host polymers, poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(trimethylene carbonate), doped with lithium perchlorate, were prepared by co-dissolution in acetonitrile. This combination of polymer components results in the formation of a material that may be applicable in batteries and electrochromic devices. The results of characterization of polymer electrolyte systems based on interpenetrating blends of amorphous poly(ethylene oxide) and poly(trimethylene carbonate) host matrices, with lithium bis(trifluoromethanesulfonyl)imide (LiTFSI) as guest salt, are described in this study. Electrolytes with compositions of n between 5 and 15 (where n represents the total number of cation-coordinating units per lithium ion) were obtained as flexible, transparent and free-standing films that were characterized by measurements of conductivity, cyclic voltammetry, differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetry.

  1. The Soft-Confined Method for Creating Molecular Models of Amorphous Polymer Surfaces

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    Liu, Hongyi

    2012-02-09

    The goal of this work was to use molecular dynamics (MD) simulations to build amorphous surface layers of polypropylene (PP) and cellulose and to inspect their physical and interfacial properties. A new method to produce molecular models for these surfaces was developed, which involved the use of a "soft" confining layer comprised of a xenon crystal. This method compacts the polymers into a density distribution and a degree of molecular surface roughness that corresponds well to experimental values. In addition, calculated properties such as density, cohesive energy density, coefficient of thermal expansion, and the surface energy agree with experimental values and thus validate the use of soft confining layers. The method can be applied to polymers with a linear backbone such as PP as well as those whose backbones contain rings, such as cellulose. The developed PP and cellulose surfaces were characterized by their interactions with water. It was found that a water nanodroplet spreads on the amorphous cellulose surfaces, but there was no significant change in the dimension of the droplet on the PP surface; the resulting MD water contact angles on PP and amorphous cellulose surfaces were determined to be 106 and 33°, respectively. © 2012 American Chemical Society.

  2. Structure-Property Relationships in Polymer Derived Amorphous/Nano-Crystalline Silicon Carbide for Nuclear Applications

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    Silicon carbide (SiC) is a promising candidate for several applications in nuclear reactors owing to its high thermal conductivity, high melting temperature, good chemical stability, and resistance to swelling under heavy ion bombardment. However, fabricating SiC by traditional powder processing route generally requires very high temperatures for pressureless sintering. Polymer derived ceramic materials offer unique advantages such as ability to fabricate net shaped components, incorporate reinforcements and relatively low processing temperatures. Furthermore, for SiC based ceramics fabricated using polymer infiltration process (PIP), the microstructure can be tailored by controlling the processing parameters, to get an amorphous, nanocrystalline or crystalline SiC. In this work, fabrication of polymer derived amorphous and nano-grained SiC is presented and its application as an in-core material is explored. Monolithic SiC samples are fabricated by controlled pyrolysis of allyl-hydrido-poly-carbo-silane (AHPCS) under inert atmosphere. Chemical changes, phase transformations and microstructural changes occurring during the pyrolysis process are studied as a function of the processing temperature. Polymer cross-linking and polymer to ceramic conversion is studied using infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) are performed to monitor the mass loss and phase change as a function of temperature. X-ray diffraction studies are done to study the intermediate phases and microstructural changes. Variation in density is carefully monitored as a function of processing temperature. Owing to shrinkage and gas evolution during pyrolysis, precursor derived ceramics are inherently porous and composite fabrication typically involves repeated cycles of polymer re-infiltration and pyrolysis. However, there is a limit to the densification that can be achieved by this method and porosity in the final materials presents

  3. Pressure-induced amorphization of a dense coordination polymer and its impact on proton conductivity

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    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available The proton conductivity of a dense coordination polymer (CP was investigated under high-pressure conditions. Impedance measurements under high pressures revealed that the proton conductivity of the CP decreased more than 1000-fold at pressures of 3–7 GPa and that the activation energy for proton conduction almost doubled compared with that at ambient pressure. A synchrotron X-ray study under high pressure identified the amorphization process of the CP during compression, which rationally explains the decrease in conductivity and increase in activation energy. This phenomenon is categorized as reversible pressure-induced amorphization of a dense CP and is regarded as a demonstration of the coupling of the mechanical and electrical properties of a CP.

  4. Pressure-induced amorphization of a dense coordination polymer and its impact on proton conductivity

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    The proton conductivity of a dense coordination polymer (CP) was investigated under high-pressure conditions. Impedance measurements under high pressures revealed that the proton conductivity of the CP decreased more than 1000-fold at pressures of 3–7 GPa and that the activation energy for proton conduction almost doubled compared with that at ambient pressure. A synchrotron X-ray study under high pressure identified the amorphization process of the CP during compression, which rationally explains the decrease in conductivity and increase in activation energy. This phenomenon is categorized as reversible pressure-induced amorphization of a dense CP and is regarded as a demonstration of the coupling of the mechanical and electrical properties of a CP

  5. Nanoscale lubricating film formation by linear polymer in aqueous solution

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    Liu, Shuhai; Guo, Dan; Xie, Guoxin

    2012-11-01

    Film-forming properties of polymer in aqueous solution flowing through a nanogap have been investigated by using a thin film interferometry. The film properties of linear polymer in aqueous solution flowing through a confined nanogap depend on the ratio of water film thickness to averaged radius of polymer chains H0/RPolymer. It was found that the lubrication film thickness of linear polymer in aqueous solution decreases as the polymer molecular weight increasing when H0/RPolymer < 2 ˜ 3. A new lubrication map was proposed, which includes the lubrication regime of weak confinement influence, the lubrication regime of strong confinement influence (LRSCI), and the transition regime of confinement influence. It is very difficult to increase the lubrication film thickness using the higher molecule weight in the LRSCI regime. The lubrication mechanism inferred from our experimental results may help to better understand the dynamic film properties of linear polymer in aqueous solution flowing through a nanogap.

  6. Deviations of the glass transition temperature in amorphous conjugated polymer thin films

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    Liu, Dan; Osuna Orozco, Rodrigo; Wang, Tao

    2013-08-01

    The deviations of the glass transition temperature (Tg) in thin films of an amorphous conjugated polymer poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-co-N-(4-butylphenyl)diphenylamine) (TFB) are reported. Monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations are observed in TFB thin films supported on Si-SiOx and poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS), respectively. A three-layer model is developed to fit both monotonic and nonmonotonic Tg deviations in these films. A 5-nm PEDOT:PSS capping layer was not found to be effective to remove the free-surface effect in Si-SiOx supported TFB films.

  7. Experimental and modelling studies of the shape memory properties of amorphous polymer network composites

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    Shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) have become an important way to leverage improvements in the development of applications featuring shape memory polymers (SMPs). In this study, an amorphous SMP matrix has been filled with different types of reinforcements. An experimental set of results is presented and then compared to three-dimensional (3D) finite-element simulations. Thermomechanical shape memory cycles were performed in uniaxial tension. The fillers effect was studied in stress-free and constrained-strain recoveries. Experimental observations indicate complete shape recovery and put in evidence the increased sensitivity of constrained length stress recoveries to the heating ramp on the tested composites. The simulations reproduced a simplified periodic reinforced composite and used a model for the matrix material that has been previously tested on regular SMPs. The latter combines viscoelasticity at finite strain and time-temperature superposition. The simulations easily allow representation of the recovery properties of a reinforced SMP. (paper)

  8. Experimental and modelling studies of the shape memory properties of amorphous polymer network composites

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    Arrieta, J. S.; Diani, J.; Gilormini, P.

    2014-09-01

    Shape memory polymer composites (SMPCs) have become an important way to leverage improvements in the development of applications featuring shape memory polymers (SMPs). In this study, an amorphous SMP matrix has been filled with different types of reinforcements. An experimental set of results is presented and then compared to three-dimensional (3D) finite-element simulations. Thermomechanical shape memory cycles were performed in uniaxial tension. The fillers effect was studied in stress-free and constrained-strain recoveries. Experimental observations indicate complete shape recovery and put in evidence the increased sensitivity of constrained length stress recoveries to the heating ramp on the tested composites. The simulations reproduced a simplified periodic reinforced composite and used a model for the matrix material that has been previously tested on regular SMPs. The latter combines viscoelasticity at finite strain and time-temperature superposition. The simulations easily allow representation of the recovery properties of a reinforced SMP.

  9. Constitutive modeling of large inelastic deformation of amorphous polymers: Free volume and shear transformation zone dynamics

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    Voyiadjis, George Z.; Samadi-Dooki, Aref

    2016-06-01

    Due to the lack of the long-range order in their molecular structure, amorphous polymers possess a considerable free volume content in their inter-molecular space. During finite deformation, these free volume holes serve as the potential sites for localized permanent plastic deformation inclusions which are called shear transformation zones (STZs). While the free volume content has been experimentally shown to increase during the course of plastic straining in glassy polymers, thermal analysis of stored energy due to the deformation shows that the STZ nucleation energy decreases at large plastic strains. The evolution of the free volume, and the STZs number density and nucleation energy during the finite straining are formulated in this paper in order to investigate the uniaxial post-yield softening-hardening behavior of the glassy polymers. This study shows that the reduction of the STZ nucleation energy, which is correlated with the free volume increase, brings about the post-yield primary softening of the amorphous polymers up to the steady-state strain value; and the secondary hardening is a result of the increased number density of the STZs, which is required for large plastic strains, while their nucleation energy is stabilized beyond the steady-state strain. The evolutions of the free volume content and STZ nucleation energy are also used to demonstrate the effect of the strain rate, temperature, and thermal history of the sample on its post-yield behavior. The obtained results from the model are compared with the experimental observations on poly(methyl methacrylate) which show a satisfactory consonance.

  10. On the Mass Fractal Character of Si-Based Structural Networks in Amorphous Polymer Derived Ceramics

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    Sabyasachi Sen

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available The intermediate-range packing of SiNxC4−x (0 ≤ x ≤ 4 tetrahedra in polysilycarbodiimide and polysilazane-derived amorphous SiCN ceramics is investigated using 29Si spin-lattice relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance (SLR NMR spectroscopy. The SiCN network in the polysilylcarbodiimide-derived ceramic consists predominantly of SiN4 tetrahedra that are characterized by a 3-dimensional spatial distribution signifying compact packing of such units to form amorphous Si3N4 clusters. On the other hand, the SiCN network of the polysilazane-derived ceramic is characterized by mixed bonded SiNxC4−x tetrahedra that are inefficiently packed with a mass fractal dimension of Df ~2.5 that is significantly lower than the embedding Euclidean dimension (D = 3. This result unequivocally confirms the hypothesis that the presence of dissimilar atoms, namely, 4-coordinated C and 3-coordinated N, in the nearest neighbor environment of Si along with some exclusion in connectivity between SiCxN4−x tetrahedra with widely different N:C ratios and the absence of bonding between C and N result in steric hindrance to an efficient packing of these structural units. It is noted that similar inefficiencies in packing are observed in polymer-derived amorphous SiOC ceramics as well as in proteins and binary hard sphere systems.

  11. Electronic properties and microstructures of amorphous silicon carbonitrides ceramics derived from polymer precursors

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    Jiang, Tao

    2009-12-01

    Polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) are a new class of high-temperature materials synthesized by thermal decomposition of polymeric precursors. These materials possess many unique features as compared with conventional ceramics synthesized by powder metallurgy based processing. For example, PDCs are neither amorphous nor crystalline. Instead, they possess nano-domain structures. Due to the direct chemical-to-ceramic processing, PDCs can be used for making components and devices with complex shapes. Thus, understanding the properties and structures of these materials are of both fundamental and practical interest. In this work, the structures and electronic behavior of polymer-derived amorphous silicon carbonitrides (SiCNs) were investigated. The materials were synthesized by pyrolysis of a commercially available liquid precursor. Ceramic materials with varied structures/properties were successfully synthesized by modifying the precursor and using different pyrolysis temperatures. The structures of the obtained materials were studied using XRD, solid state NMR, EPR, FTIR and Raman Spectroscope. The electronic behavior of the materials was investigated by measuring I-V curves, Hall effects, temperature dependent conductivity. The experiments were also performed to measure UV-Visible absorption and dielectric properties of the materials. This work leads to the following significant progresses: (i) developed quantitative technique for measuring free carbon concentration; (ii) achieved better understanding of the electronic conduction mechanisms and measured electronic structures of the materials for the first time; and (iii) demonstrated that these materials possess unusual dielectric behavior and provide qualitative explanations.

  12. Optimising Drug Solubilisation in Amorphous Polymer Dispersions: Rational Selection of Hot-melt Extrusion Processing Parameters.

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    Li, Shu; Tian, Yiwei; Jones, David S; Andrews, Gavin P

    2016-02-01

    The aim of this article was to construct a T-ϕ phase diagram for a model drug (FD) and amorphous polymer (Eudragit® EPO) and to use this information to understand the impact of how temperature-composition coordinates influenced the final properties of the extrudate. Defining process boundaries and understanding drug solubility in polymeric carriers is of utmost importance and will help in the successful manufacture of new delivery platforms for BCS class II drugs. Physically mixed felodipine (FD)-Eudragit(®) EPO (EPO) binary mixtures with pre-determined weight fractions were analysed using DSC to measure the endset of melting and glass transition temperature. Extrudates of 10 wt% FD-EPO were processed using temperatures (110°C, 126°C, 140°C and 150°C) selected from the temperature-composition (T-ϕ) phase diagrams and processing screw speed of 20, 100 and 200rpm. Extrudates were characterised using powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), optical, polarised light and Raman microscopy. To ensure formation of a binary amorphous drug dispersion (ADD) at a specific composition, HME processing temperatures should at least be equal to, or exceed, the corresponding temperature value on the liquid-solid curve in a F-H T-ϕ phase diagram. If extruded between the spinodal and liquid-solid curve, the lack of thermodynamic forces to attain complete drug amorphisation may be compensated for through the use of an increased screw speed. Constructing F-H T-ϕ phase diagrams are valuable not only in the understanding drug-polymer miscibility behaviour but also in rationalising the selection of important processing parameters for HME to ensure miscibility of drug and polymer. PMID:26729536

  13. EFFECT OF ADSORPTION ON THE VISCOSITY OF DILUTE POLYMER SOLUTION

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    Rong-shi Cheng; Yu-fang Shao; Ming-zhu Liu; Rong-qing Lu

    1999-01-01

    Careful measurements of the dilute solution viscosities of polyethylene glycol and polyvinyl alcohol in water were carried out. The reduced viscosities of both polymer solutions plot upward curves at extremely dilute concentration levels similar to the phenomena observed for many polymer solutions in the early 1950's. Upon observation of the changes of the flow times of pure water in and the wall surface wettability of the viscometer after measuring solution viscosity, a view was formed that the observed viscosity abnormality at extremely dilute concentration regions is solely due to the effect of adsorption of polymer chains onto the wall surface of viscometer. A theory of adsorption effect based on the Langmuir isotherms was proposed and a mathematical analysis for data treatment was performed. The theory could adequately describe the existing viscosity data. It seems necessary to correct the viscosity result of dilute polymer solutions measured by glass capillary viscometer by taking into account the effect of adsorption in all cases.

  14. Free energy calculations of small molecules in dense amorphous polymers. Effect on the initial guess configuration in molecular dynamics studies

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    Vegt, de, F.; Briels, Wim J.; Wessling, Matthias; Strathmann, Heiner

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    The excess free energy of small molecules in the amorphous polymers poly(ethylene) and poly(dimethylsiloxane) was calculated, using the test-particle-insertion method. The method was applied to polymer configurations obtained from molecular dynamics simulations with differently prepared initial guess configurations. It was found that the calculated solubility coefficients strongly depend on the quality of the initial guess configuration. Slow compression of dilute systems, during which proces...

  15. Controlling molecular ordering in solution-state conjugated polymers

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    Zhu, J.; Han, Y.; Kumar, R.; He, Y.; Hong, K.; Bonnesen, P. V.; Sumpter, B. G.; Smith, S. C.; Smith, G. S.; Ivanov, I. N.; Do, C.

    2015-09-01

    Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in a solution of conjugated polymers hold great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with the desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution, we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering of the conjugated polymer can be tuned in hexagonal, micellar and lamellar phases of the surfactant solution. The controlled molecular ordering in conjugated polymer assembly is demonstrated as a key factor determining the electronic interaction and optical function.Rationally encoding molecular interactions that can control the assembly structure and functional expression in a solution of conjugated polymers hold great potential for enabling optimal organic optoelectronic and sensory materials. In this work, we show that thermally-controlled and surfactant-guided assembly of water-soluble conjugated polymers in aqueous solution is a simple and effective strategy to generate optoelectronic materials with the desired molecular ordering. We have studied a conjugated polymer consisting of a hydrophobic thiophene backbone and hydrophilic, thermo-responsive ethylene oxide side groups, which shows a step-wise, multi-dimensional assembly in water. By incorporating the polymer into phase-segregated domains of an amphiphilic surfactant in solution, we demonstrate that both chain conformation and degree of molecular ordering

  16. The Microstructure, Chemical Characteristic and Crystallization Behavior of the Polymer Derived Si-B-C-N Amorphous Ceramic

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    Gao, Dond; Zhang, Fanwei; Zhang, Yue; Song, Yang; Shi, Xiaobin

    Amorphous materials of the Si-(B)-C-N system have recently attracted considerable interest because of its hardness, low density, durability at extremely high temperature and easy to be prepared from precursor compounds by polymer route. The materials show a great potential to be used in the field of the Thermal Protective System (TPS) for the aircrafts, while the microstructure and chemical configuration are still not clearly revealed due to its complicated covalent character for this multi-component amorphous material. This paper focused on the characterization of polymer derived Si-(B)-C-N amorphous ceramic, various method were employed in order to obtain accurate information about the microstructure, chemical composition, bonding mode of components, such as TEM, EPMA, NMR and FT-IR. SiC crystalline was found existing in the amorphous glass, which indicates the preparation process was achieved accompanied by crystallization of SiC from polymer precursor. The microstructure of the researched material was analyzed and relative accurate chemical composition was obtained on the basis of characterization result, furthermore the covalent character of the amorphous material was deduced according to the characterization results obtained.

  17. Direct Uniaxial Alignment of a Donor-Acceptor Semiconducting Polymer Using Single-Step Solution Shearing.

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    Shaw, Leo; Hayoz, Pascal; Diao, Ying; Reinspach, Julia Antonia; To, John W F; Toney, Michael F; Weitz, R Thomas; Bao, Zhenan

    2016-04-13

    The alignment of organic semiconductors (OSCs) in the active layers of electronic devices can confer desirable properties, such as enhanced charge transport properties due to better ordering, charge transport anisotropy for reduced device cross-talk, and polarized light emission or absorption. The solution-based deposition of highly aligned small molecule OSCs has been widely demonstrated, but the alignment of polymeric OSCs in thin films deposited directly from solution has typically required surface templating or complex pre- or postdeposition processing. Therefore, single-step solution processing and the charge transport enhancement afforded by alignment continue to be attractive. We report here the use of solution shearing to tune the degree of alignment in poly(diketopyrrolopyrrole-terthiophene) thin films by controlling the coating speed. A maximum dichroic ratio of ∼7 was achieved on unpatterned substrates without any additional pre- or postdeposition processing. The degree of polymer alignment was found to be a competition between the shear alignment of polymer chains in solution and the complex thin film drying process. Contrary to previous reports, no charge transport anisotropy was observed because of the small crystallite size relative to the channel length, a meshlike morphology, and the likelihood of increased grain boundaries in the direction transverse to coating. In fact, the lack of aligned morphological structures, coupled with observed anisotropy in X-ray diffraction data, suggests the alignment of polymer molecules in both the crystalline and the amorphous regions of the films. The shear speed at which maximum dichroism is achieved can be controlled by altering deposition parameters such as temperature and substrate treatment. Modest changes in molecular weight showed negligible effects on alignment, while longer polymer alkyl side chains were found to reduce the degree of alignment. This work demonstrates that solution shearing can be used

  18. Concentration effects in polymer solutions: experimental study by neutron scattering

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    An attempt was made to measure the pair correlation function for polymers in solution using small angle neutron scattering technique, for two cases: in classical experimental conditions, i.e. for solutions of identical polymers; in selective experiments where one observes the conformation of one single chain in solution of other chains (in this case the neutron scattering technique turns out to be the only useful technique). The polymer used in these experiments was polystyrene. The results obtained clearly put in evidence the abnormality of the polymer configuration in solution, i.e. the incompatibility with the mean field description. They confirm the data obtained on radius of gyration measurements and osmotic pressure. Following the latest theories, they reveal an original aspect of critical phenomena

  19. Computer simulations of phase separation in quenched polymer solutions

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    Geeter, de, Bastiaan Alexander

    2002-01-01

    This thesis describes the computational study of phase separation in polymer solutions after a temperature quench. For the simulation of this process Cahn-Hilliard simulations and Bond-Fluctuation Monte Carlo simulations were performed.

  20. Relationships between Architectures and Properties of Highly Branched Polymers: The Cases of Amorphous Poly(trimethylene carbonate) and Crystalline Poly(ε-caprolactone).

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    Ren, Yingying; Wei, Zhiyong; Leng, Xuefei; Wu, Tong; Bian, Yufei; Li, Yang

    2016-05-01

    Highly branched polymers (HBPs) are a special class of functional polymeric materials and possess unique properties due to their unique topological structure. A new series of highly branched linear-comb and star-comb amorphous poly(trimethylene carbonate)s (PTMC) and crystalline poly(ε-caprolactone)s (PCL) with well-defined structure and high molecular weight were first synthesized using hydroxylated polybutadiene (HPB) as macroinitiators by simple "one-step" and "graft from" strategies. It is expected that the impact of long-chain, highly branched architecture on the properties of amorphous and crystalline polymers, respectively, is different. We explored systematically for the first time the effect and comparison of branched architectures on the physical and chemical properties of highly branched PTMCs and PCLs, including the intrinsic viscosity, glass transition, thermal degradation, creep property, rheological property, and crystallization and melting behaviors. It is found that the intrinsic viscosities in solution for both comb-branched PTMCs and PCLs were much lower compared with their linear and star counterparts arise from more compact structure and smaller hydrodynamic volumes. For amorphous PTMC, the creep strain and rate increased remarkably with degree of branching increasing due to the shorter side chains making it difficult for the highly branched molecules to entangle. For crystalline PCL, both WAXD and DSC analysis of PCLs with different topological structures indicated that the comb branched architectures have no significant influence on the crystal structure of PCL, but greatly promote the crystallization behavior, e.g., higher crystallinities. The deep understanding of structure-property relationship expects to guide the synthesis of designed functional polymer materials and the processing of polymer products. PMID:27064385

  1. Instanton solutions on the polymer harmonic oscillator

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    Olivares, Joan A Austrich; Vergara, J David

    2016-01-01

    Instanton methods are applied to the polymer harmonic oscillator. The zeroth energy eigenvalue on the entire polymer Hilbert space is obtained. The result is consistent with the band structure of the standard regular quantum pendulum. The band structure of the energy spectrum emerges with discrete topology and disappears in the formal limit $\\mu \\rightarrow 0$, which gives rise to the standard quantum harmonic oscillator spectrum.

  2. CASIMIR FORCE IN CRITICAL TERNARY POLYMER SOLUTIONS

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    Ridouane, H.; E.-K.Hachem; Benhamou, M.

    2004-01-01

    Consider a mixture of two incompatible polymers A and B in a common good solvent, confined between two parallel plates separated by a finite distance L. We assume that these plates strongly attract one of the two polymers close to the consolute point (critical adsorption). The plates then experience an effective force resulting from strong fluctuations of the composition. To simplify, we suppose that either plates have the same preference to attract one component (symmetric plates) or they ha...

  3. Fabrication of solution-processed hydrogenated amorphous silicon single junction solar cells

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    Masuda, Takashi; Sotani, Naoya; Hamada, Hiroki; Matsuki, Yasuo; Shimoda, Tatsuya

    2012-01-01

    Hydrogenated amorphous silicon solar cells were fabricated using solution-based processes. All silicon layers of the p-i-n junction were stacked by a spin-cast method using doped and non-doped polydihydrosilane solutions. Further, a hydrogen-radical treatment under vacuum conditions was employed to reduce spin density in the silicon films. Following this treatment, the electric properties of the silicon films were improved, and the power conversion efficiency of the solar cells was also incre...

  4. Atomistic modeling of amorphous silicon carbide: An approximate first-principles study in constrained solution space

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    Atta-Fynn, Raymond; Biswas, Parthapratim

    2009-01-01

    Localized basis ab initio molecular dynamics simulation within the density functional framework has been used to generate realistic configurations of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC). Our approach consists of constructing a set of smart initial configurations that conform essential geometrical and structural aspects of the materials obtained from experimental data, which is subsequently driven via first-principles force-field to obtain the best solution in a reduced solution space. A combina...

  5. Ion exchange reactions in amorphous and crystalline aluminium silicates from solution of cerium salts

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    Reactions of ion-exchange of Na+ by Ce3+ and NH4+ on the zeolite containing catalyst, amorphous silica alumina and zeolite Y have been studied. The cerium cations are shown to be exchanged by the Na+ cations with more selectivity than the anmonia cations. In the case of the zeolite containing catalyst and amorphous silica alumina the region of the staggered ion-exchange from the mixture of the solutions of cerium and ammonium sulphates was been detected. This is explained by the formation fo cerium complexes with the sulphate ions

  6. Effect of polymer type and drug dose on the in vitro and in vivo behavior of amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Knopp, Matthias Manne; Chourak, Nabil; Khan, Fauzan; Wendelboe, Johan; Langguth, Peter; Rades, Thomas; Holm, René

    2016-08-01

    This study investigated the non-sink in vitro dissolution behavior and in vivo performance in rats of celecoxib (CCX) amorphous solid dispersions with polyvinyl acetate (PVA), polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP) and hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) at different drug doses. Both in vitro and in vivo, the amorphous solid dispersions with the hydrophilic polymers PVP and HPMC led to higher areas under both, the in vitro dissolution and the plasma concentration-time curves (AUC) compared to crystalline and amorphous CCX for all doses. In contrast, the amorphous solid dispersion with the hydrophobic polymer PVA showed a lower AUC both in vitro and in vivo than crystalline CCX. For crystalline CCX and CCX:PVA, the in vitro AUC was limited by the low solubility of the drug and the slow release of the drug from the hydrophobic polymer, respectively. For the supersaturating formulations, amorphous CCX, CCX:PVP and CCX:HPMC, the in vitro performance was mainly dependent on the dissolution rate and precipitation/crystallization inhibition of the polymer. As expected, the crystallization tendency increased with increasing dose, and therefore the in vitro AUCs did not increase proportionally with dose. Even though the in vivo AUC for all formulations increased with increasing dose, the relative bioavailability decreased significantly, indicating that the supersaturating formulations also crystallized in vivo and that the absorption of CCX was solubility-limited. These findings underline the importance of evaluating relevant in vitro doses, in order to rationally assess the performance of amorphous solid dispersions and avoid confusion in early in vivo studies. PMID:27212472

  7. Carbohydrate polymers in amorphous states: an integrated thermodynamic and nanostructural investigation.

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    Kilburn, Duncan; Claude, Johanna; Schweizer, Thomas; Alam, Ashraf; Ubbink, Job

    2005-01-01

    The effect of water on the structure and physical properties of amorphous polysaccharide matrices is investigated by combining a thermodynamic approach including pressure- and temperature-dependent dilatometry with a nanoscale analysis of the size of intermolecular voids using positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy. Amorphous polysaccharides are of interest because of a number of unusual properties which are likely to be related to the extensive hydrogen bonding between the carbohydrate chains. Uptake of water by the carbohydrate matrices leads to a strong increase in the size of the holes between the polymer chains in both the glassy and rubbery states while at the same time leading to an increase in matrix free volume. Thermodynamic clustering theory indicates that, in low-moisture carbohydrate matrices, water molecules are closely associated with the carbohydrate chains. Based on these observations, we propose a novel model of plasticization of carbohydrate polymers by water in which the water dynamically disrupts chains the hydrogen bonding between the carbohydrates, leading to an expansion of the matrix originating at the nanolevel and increasing the number of degrees of freedom of the carbohydrate chains. Consequently, even in the glassy state, the uptake of water leads to increased rates of matrix relaxation and mobility of small permeants. In contrast, low-molecular weight sugars plasticize the carbohydrate matrix without appreciably changing the structure and density of the rubbery state, and their role as plasticizer is most likely related to a reduction of the number of molecular entanglements. The improved molecular packing in glassy matrices containing low molecular weight sugars leads to a higher matrix density, explaining, despite the lower glass transition temperature, the reduced mobility of small permeants in such matrices. PMID:15762653

  8. Clozapine-carboxylic acid plasticized co-amorphous dispersions: Preparation, characterization and solution stability evaluation

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    Ali Ahmed Mahmoud Abdelhaleem

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available This study addressed the possibility of forming of co-amorphous systems between clozapine (CZ and various carboxylic acid plasticizers (CAPs. The aim was to improve the solubility and oral bioavailability of clozapine. Co-amorphous dispersions were prepared using modified solvent evaporation methodology at drug/plasticizer stoichiometric ratios of 1:1, 1:1.5 and 1:2. Solid state characterization was performed using differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and infra red spectroscopy. Highly soluble homogeneous co-amorphous dispersions were formed between clozapine and CAPs via hydrogen bonding. The co-amorphous dispersions formed with tartaric acid (1:2 showed the highest dissolution percentage (> 95 % in 20 minutes compared to pure crystalline CZ (56 %. Highly stable solutions were obtained from co-amorphous CZ-citric and CZ-tartaric acid at 1:1.5 molar ratio. The prepared dispersions suggest the possibility of peroral or sublingual administration of highly soluble clozapine at a reduced dose with the great chance to bypass the first pass metabolism.

  9. Clozapine-carboxylic acid plasticized co-amorphous dispersions: Preparation, characterization and solution stability evaluation.

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    Ali, Ahmed Mahmoud Abdelhaleem; Ali, Adel Ahmed; Maghrabi, Ibrahim Abdullah

    2015-06-01

    This study addressed the possibility of forming of co-amorphous systems between clozapine (CZ) and various carboxylic acid plasticizers (CAPs). The aim was to improve the solubility and oral bioavailability of clozapine. Co-amorphous dispersions were prepared using modified solvent evaporation methodology at drug/plasticizer stoichiometric ratios of 1:1, 1:1.5 and 1:2. Solid state characterization was performed using differential scanning calorimetry, X-ray diffraction and infra red spectroscopy. Highly soluble homogeneous co-amorphous dispersions were formed between clozapine and CAPs via hydrogen bonding. The co-amorphous dispersions formed with tartaric acid (1:2) showed the highest dissolution percentage (>95% in 20 minutes) compared to pure crystalline CZ (56%). Highly stable solutions were obtained from co-amorphous CZ-citric and CZ-tartaric acid at 1:1.5 molar ratio. The prepared dispersions suggest the possibility of peroral or sublingual administration of highly soluble clozapine at a reduced dose with the great chance to bypass the first pass metabolism. PMID:26011930

  10. Mechanism of sulfide effect on viscosity of HPAM polymer solution

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    康万利; 周阳; 王志伟; 孟令伟; 刘述忍; 白宝君

    2008-01-01

    The effect of sulfide on HPAM solution viscosity was studied using BROOKFIELD DV-II viscometer,and the interaction mechanism was discussed.The HPAM solution viscosity was investigated through fully reducing sulfide by the addition of hydrogen peroxide oxidation,and the mechanism of increasing polymer viscosity was investigated.The experimental results also show that there is a critical concentration of 15 mg/L.Below it,the loss rate of HPAM solution viscosity increases more rapidly,but becomes slowly above the critical concentration.A theoretical guidance for oilfields to prepare polymer solution using sewage-water by eliminating sulfide,and it is also importance to prepare polymer solution using sewage-water and save fresh water.

  11. NMR relaxation study on polymer-solvent interactions in solutions of thermoresponsive polymers

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Hanyková, L.

    Tarragona : Institute de Ciencia de Materiales de Aragón, 2007. RE341. [Euromar Magnetic Resonance Conference. 01.06.2007-05.06.2007, Tarragona] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : thermoresponsive polymers * aqueous solutions * polymer-solvent interactions Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  12. The Thermal Conductivity of Polymer-derived Amorphous Si-O-C Compounds and Nano-composites

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    Gurlo, Aleksander; Ionescu, Emanuel; Riedel, Ralf; Clarke, David R.

    2015-01-01

    Silicon oxy-carbide glasses can be produced over a range of Si-O-C compositions by the controlled pyrolysis of polymer precursors. We present measurements of the thermal conductivity of a silicon oxycarbide glass after two different heat treatments and two Si-O-C nano-composites, hot-pressed at 1600oC, up to 1000oC and compare them to fused silica, amorphous carbon and SiC. The temperature dependence of their thermal conductivities is similar to other amorphous materials. The presence of low ...

  13. Pressure-volume-temperature and excess molar volume prediction of amorphous and crystallizable polymer blends by equation of state

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    Fakhri Yousefi; Hajir Karimi; Maryam Gomar

    2015-01-01

    In this work the statistical mechanical equation of state was developed for volumetric properties of crystal ine and amorphous polymer blends. The Ihm–Song–Mason equations of state (ISMEOS) based on temperature and density at melting point (Tm andρm) as scaling constants were developed for crystalline polymers such as poly(propylene glycol)+poly(ethylene glycol)-200 (PPG+PEG-200), poly(ethylene glycol) methyl ether-300 (PEGME-350)+PEG-200 and PEGME-350+PEG-600. Furthermore, for amorphous polymer blends con-taining poly(2,6-dimethyl-1,4-phenylene oxide) (PPO)+polystyrene (PS) and PS+poly(vinylmethylether) (PVME), the density and surface tension at glass transition (ρg andγg) were used for estimation of second Virial coefficient. The calculation of second Virial coefficients (B2), effective van der Waals co-volume (b) and correction factor (α) was required for judgment about applicability of this model. The obtained results by ISMEOS for crys-talline and amorphous polymer blends were in good agreement with the experimental data with absolute aver-age deviations of 0.84%and 1.04%, respectively.

  14. Osmotic pressure and polymer size in semidilute polymer solutions under good-solvent conditions.

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    Pelissetto, Andrea

    2008-07-28

    We consider the lattice Domb-Joyce model at a value of the coupling for which scaling corrections approximately vanish and determine the universal scaling functions associated with the osmotic pressure and the polymer size for semidilute polymer solutions (c/c( *)self-avoiding walks. We show that for c/c( *) greater than or approximately equal 6 simulations of lattice self-avoiding walks give results that are affected by strong scaling corrections even for chain lengths as large as 1000: The self-avoiding walk model is therefore unsuitable for the determination of universal properties of polymer solutions deep in the semidilute regime. PMID:18681672

  15. Polymer dynamics in solution explored by quasielastic neutron scattering

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    Polymer dynamics in solution is overviewed especially with the corresponding intermediate correlation functions and neutron spin echo results. The development of polymer dynamics is briefly explained, and the theoretical backgrounds for interpretations of the intermediate correlation functions based on Rouse and Zimm models are summarized. The intermediate correlation function for de Gennes's reputation model is also introduced. The experimental results with neutron spin echo technique are also shown, which are very helpful to understand the contributions of quasielastic neutron scattering for the progress of polymer dynamics. (author)

  16. Interaction of derived polymers from pyrrole with biocompatible solutions

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    This work presents a study about the synthesis by plasma, the electric properties and superficial interaction of polymers derived from pyrrole doped with Iodine with potential use as bio material. Poly-pyrrole is a semiconductor and biocompatible polymer with potential application in the development of artificial muscles and implants where the electric interaction between cells and material is an important variable. The syntheses were made at 13.5 MHz in a glass tubular reactor of 1500 cm3 with electrodes of 6.5 cm diameter and stainless steel flanges. An electrode was connected to the RF terminal of the power supply that is combined with a matching coupling resistance. The monomer and dopant used in this work were pyrrole and Iodine respectively, in closed containers. They were vaporized and injected separately into the reactor at room temperature and 0.1 mbar. The vapors of the reagents mixed freely in the reactor. The synthesis time was 240 min at 40, 60, 80 and 100 W. The polymers were obtained as thin films adhered to the reactor walls. The films were washed and swollen with distilled water and removed from the reactor walls with a small spatula. The polymers were irradiated with gamma rays at 18 and 22 KGy. Due to the fact that the doses are cumulative, the final dose applied was 40 KGy. The polymers characterization was carried out by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy, contact angle, electrical conductivity and X-ray diffraction. The analyses indicates that the polymers have very similar structure in almost the entire power range, showing C-O, C=C, C-H, O-H, N-H bonds with a predominantly amorphous structure. The TGA analyses showed that the material has 4 or 5 loses of material. The first one starts after that 115 C except for the material irradiated at 40 KGy, this one begins in 87 C, the second one is in the interval of 196 and 295 C, the third one between 311 and 500 C, and the last

  17. Synthesis and Solution Properties of Hydrophobic Associating Polymers

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    任鲲; 姜桂元; 徐春明; 林梅钦

    2005-01-01

    Acrylamide/2-acrylamido alkane sulfonic acid hydrophobic associating copolymers were synthesized by micellar copolymerization. Effects of hydrophobe content, polymer concentration, salinity and surfactant on rheological behavior of copolymers were investigated and the conformation of polymers in solution was studied by means of environmental scanning electronic microscopy and dynamic light scattering. The experimental results showed that in the dilute regime the hydrophobic parts could interact intramolecularly, while in the regime where the polymer concentration was higher than the critical association concentration, intermolecular hydrophobic association became predominant. Within the limit of the solubility, the critical association concentration of the polymer decreased with the increase of the salinity. The experimental results of the solution conformation indicated the presence of the three-dimensional network structure in deionized water and the size of the mesh in the network varied with the polymer concentration. In NaG1 solution, above the critical association concentration, an increase in polymer concentration enhanced the intermolecular association and also enlarged the hydrodynamic radius. It would result in the imorovement of the thickening power of polvmers.

  18. Affordable WDM components: the polymer solution

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    Eldada, Louay A.; Yin, Shing; Norwood, Robert A.; Yardley, James T.

    1998-02-01

    An advanced polymeric waveguide technology was developed for affordable WDM components that address the needs of both the Telecom and the Datacom industries. We engineered high- performance organic polymers that can be readily made into both multimode and single-mode optical waveguide structures of controlled numerical aperture and geometry. These materials are formed from highly-crosslinked acrylate monomers with specific linkages that determine properties such as flexibility, toughness, loss, and environmental stability. These monomers are intermiscible, providing for precise adjustment of the refractive index from 1.3 to 1.6. In polymer form, they exhibit state-of-the-art loss values, high thermal stability, high humidity resistance, low dispersion and low birefringence. Waveguides are formed photolithographically, with the liquid monomer mixture polymerizing upon illumination in the UV via either mask exposure or laser direct writing. A wide range of rigid and flexible substrates can be used, including glass, quartz, oxidized silicon, glass-filled epoxy printed circuit board substrate, and flexible polyimide film. Waveguiding structures measuring tens of inches in length can be produced on computer boards, and guides that are meters long can be printed on rolls of plastic. We describe the fabrication of both Bragg gratings and waveguide grating routes in our polymers for filtering and demultiplexing applications in Telecom WDM systems. In Datacom, we describe polymeric components that we produced for aerospace WDM sensor systems. The importance of CAD tools in designing WDM devices is emphasized in this work. We further discuss the low-cost manufacturing of WDM components in an industrial environment.

  19. Structure formation in solution ionic polymers and colloidal particles

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    Ise, Norio

    2005-01-01

    This book is designed to critically review experimental findings on ionic polymers and colloidal particles and to prove a theoretical framework based on the Poisson-Boltzmann approach. Structure formation in ionic polymer solutions has attracted attention since the days of H. Staudinger and J. D. Bernal. An independent study on ionic colloidal dispersions with microscopy provided a compelling evidence of structure formation. Recent technical developments have made it possible to accumulate relevant information for both ionic polymers and colloidal particles in dilute systems. The outstanding phenomenon experimentally found is microscopic inhomogeneity in the solute distribution in macroscopically homogeneous systems.To account for the observation, the present authors have invoked the existence of the counterion-mediated attraction between similarly charged solute species, in addition to the widely accepted electrostatic repulsion.

  20. Improving battery safety by reducing the formation of Li dendrites with the use of amorphous silicon polymer anodes

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    Hitoshi Maruyama; Hideyuki Nakano; Masahiro Ogawa; Masaaki Nakamoto; Toshiaki Ohta; Akira Sekiguchi

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    To provide safe lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) at low cost, battery materials which lead to reduced Li dendrite formation are needed. The currently used anode materials have low redox voltages that are very close to the redox potential for the formation of Li metal, which leads to severe short circuiting. Herein, we report that when the three-dimensional amorphous silicon polymers poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are used as anode materials, dendritic Li formation on the anode surface ...

  1. Rapid decolorization of Acid Orange Ⅱ aqueous solution by amorphous zero-valent iron

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    Changqin Zhang; Zhengwang Zhu; Haifeng Zhang; Zhuangqi Hu

    2012-01-01

    Some problems including low treatment capacity,agglomeration and clogging phenomena,and short working life,limit the application of pre-treatment methods involving zero-valent iron (ZVI).In this article,ZVI was frozen in an amorphous state through a melt-spinning technique,and the decolorization effect of amorphous ZVI on Acid Orange Ⅱ solution was investigated under varied conditions of experimental variables such as reaction temperature,ribbon dosage,and initial pH.Batch experiments suggested that the decolorization rate was enhanced with the increase of reaction temperature and ribbon dosage,but decreased with increasing initial solution pH.Kinetic analyses indicated that the decolorization process followed a first order exponential kinetic model,and the surface-normalized decolorization rate could reach 2.09 L/(m2·min) at room temperature,which was about ten times larger than any previously reported under similar conditions.Recycling experiments also proved that the ribbons could be reused at least four times without obvious decay of decolorization rate and efficiency.This study suggests a tremendous application potential for amorphous ZVI in remediation of groundwater or wastewater contaminated with azo dyes.

  2. CASIMIR FORCE IN CRITICAL TERNARY POLYMER SOLUTIONS

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    Full Text Available Consider a mixture of two incompatible polymers A and B in a common good solvent, confined between two parallel plates separated by a finite distance L. We assume that these plates strongly attract one of the two polymers close to the consolute point (critical adsorption. The plates then experience an effective force resulting from strong fluctuations of the composition. To simplify, we suppose that either plates have the same preference to attract one component (symmetric plates or they have an opposed preference (asymmetric plates. The force is attractive for symmetric plates and repulsive for asymmetric ones. We first exactly compute the force using the blob model, and find that the attractive and repulsive forces decay similarly to L-4. To go beyond the blob model that is a mean-field theory, and in order to get a correct induced force, we apply the Renormalization-Group to a φ4-field theory (φ is the composition fluctuation, with two suitable boundary conditions at the surfaces. The main result is that the expected force is the sum of two contributions. The first one is the mean-field contribution decaying as L-4, and the second one is the force deviation originating from strong fluctuations of the composition that decreases rather as L-3. This implies the existence of some cross-over distance L* ~ aN φ1/2 (a is the monomer size, N is the polymerization degree of chains and φ is the monomer volumic fraction, which separates two distance-regimes. For small distances (LL* the fluctuation force is more important.

  3. Electrical analysis of amorphous corn starch-based polymer electrolyte membranes doped with LiI

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    In this work, polymer electrolytes have been prepared by doping starch with lithium iodide (LiI). The incorporation of 30 wt% LiI optimizes the room temperature conductivity of the electrolyte at (1.83 ± 0.47) × 10−4 S cm−1. Further conductivity enhancement to (9.56 ± 1.19) × 10−4 S cm−1 is obtained with the addition of 30 wt% glycerol. X-ray diffraction analysis indicates that the conductivity enhancement is due to the increase in amorphous content. The activation energy, Ea, of 70 wt% starch–30 wt% LiI electrolyte is 0.26 eV, while 49 wt% starch–21 wt% LiI–30 wt% glycerol electrolyte exhibits an Ea of 0.16 eV. Dielectric studies show that all the electrolytes obey non-Debye behavior. The power law exponent s is obtained from the variation of dielectric loss, εi, with frequency at different temperatures. The conduction mechanism of 70 wt% starch–30 wt% LiI electrolyte can be explained by the correlated barrier hopping model, while the conduction mechanism for 49 wt% starch–21 wt% LiI–30 wt% glycerol electrolyte can be represented by the quantum mechanical tunneling model. (paper)

  4. Dispersive Non-Geminate Recombination in an Amorphous Polymer:Fullerene Blend

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    Kurpiers, Jona; Neher, Dieter

    2016-05-01

    Recombination of free charge is a key process limiting the performance of solar cells. For low mobility materials, such as organic semiconductors, the kinetics of non-geminate recombination (NGR) is strongly linked to the motion of charges. As these materials possess significant disorder, thermalization of photogenerated carriers in the inhomogeneously broadened density of state distribution is an unavoidable process. Despite its general importance, knowledge about the kinetics of NGR in complete organic solar cells is rather limited. We employ time delayed collection field (TDCF) experiments to study the recombination of photogenerated charge in the high-performance polymer:fullerene blend PCDTBT:PCBM. NGR in the bulk of this amorphous blend is shown to be highly dispersive, with a continuous reduction of the recombination coefficient throughout the entire time scale, until all charge carriers have either been extracted or recombined. Rapid, contact-mediated recombination is identified as an additional loss channel, which, if not properly taken into account, would erroneously suggest a pronounced field dependence of charge generation. These findings are in stark contrast to the results of TDCF experiments on photovoltaic devices made from ordered blends, such as P3HT:PCBM, where non-dispersive recombination was proven to dominate the charge carrier dynamics under application relevant conditions.

  5. Efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymer solutions

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    Villet, Michael C. [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Fredrickson, Glenn H., E-mail: ghf@mrl.ucsb.edu [Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Department of Materials, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States); Materials Research Laboratory, University of California, Santa Barbara, California 93106 (United States)

    2014-12-14

    We present several developments that facilitate the efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymers by complex Langevin sampling. A regularization scheme using finite Gaussian excluded volume interactions is used to derive a polymer solution model that appears free of ultraviolet divergences and hence is well-suited for lattice-discretized field theoretic simulation. We show that such models can exhibit ultraviolet sensitivity, a numerical pathology that dramatically increases sampling error in the continuum lattice limit, and further show that this pathology can be eliminated by appropriate model reformulation by variable transformation. We present an exponential time differencing algorithm for integrating complex Langevin equations for field theoretic simulation, and show that the algorithm exhibits excellent accuracy and stability properties for our regularized polymer model. These developments collectively enable substantially more efficient field-theoretic simulation of polymers, and illustrate the importance of simultaneously addressing analytical and numerical pathologies when implementing such computations.

  6. Effect of surfactants on the corrosion of amorphous 76Ni-24P alloy in neutral solutions

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    Gomaa, N.G. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Physics Dept.); Khamis Ibrahim, E. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Chemistry Dept.); Ahmed, A. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Chemistry Dept.); Abaza, S. (Alexandria Univ. (Egypt). Physics Dept.)

    1994-04-01

    76Ni-24P amorphous alloys have been electrodeposited from solutions containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and triton-X 100 (TX-100) to improve the surface quality of the specimens. Corrosion behaviour of electrodeposited amorphous alloys in sulphate and chloride solutions at 25 C has been studied by potential-time decay, linear polarization resistance and potentiodynamic techniques. Anodic polarization curves show that the specimens exhibit mild passivity at potentials between approximately -200 mV and 200 mV (SCE) and dissolve transpassively above 200 mV (SCE). The sulphate solution was found to increase the dissolution of the samples treated by the surfactants during the substrate brass plating. The nonanionic surfactant increases the corrosion current by 10 times compared to the anionic one which enhances the current by 400 times; the interpretation was based on the enhanced dissolution of the microcrystals of the specimens in the sulphate solution and to the steric hindrance of the surfactants. In addition, the alloys are more resistant to chlorides due to the formation of a phosphate/hypophosphite film which protects the surface from dissolution. (orig.)

  7. Effect of surfactants on the corrosion of amorphous 76Ni-24P alloy in neutral solutions

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    Gomaa, N.G. (Alexandria Univ., Physics Dept. (Egypt)); Khamis, E. (Alexandria Univ., Chemistry Dept. (Egypt)); Ahmed, A. (Alexandria Univ., Chemistry Dept. (Egypt)); Abaza, S. (Alexandria Univ., Physics Dept. (Egypt))

    1993-12-01

    76Ni-24P amorphous alloys have been electrodeposited from solutions containing sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS) and triton-X 100 (TX-100) to improve the surface quality of the specimens. Corrosion behaviour of electrodeposited amorphous alloys in sulphate and chloride solutions at 25 C has been studied by potential-time decay, linear polarization resistance and potentiodynamic techniques. Anodic polarization curves show that the specimens exhibit mild passivity at potentials between approximately -200 mV and 200 mV (SCE) and dissolve transpassively above 200 mV (SCE). The sulphate solution was found to increase the dissolution of the samples treated by the surfactants during the substrate brass plating. The nonanionic surfactant increases the corrosion current by 10 times compard to the anionic one which enhances the current by 400 times; the interpretation was based on the enhanced dissolution of the microcrystals of the specimens in the sulphate solution and to the steric hindrance of the surfactants. In addition, the alloys are more resistant to chlorides due to the formation of a phosphate/hypophosphite film which protects the surface from dissolution. (orig.)

  8. Scattered intensity from weakly charged cyclic polymer blends in solution

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    Bensafi, A.; Benhamou, M.; Khaldi, S.; Benahmed, H.; S Mansouri; Souali, S.; Bouzina, L.; Abdellaoui, I.; Yakoubi, L.

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    24 pages In this paper, we theoretically investigate the scattering properties of a ternary solution made of two weakly charged cyclic polymers, of different chemical nature. These properties are studied through the total structure factor. The latter is computed using a generalized Zimm single-contact formula. The total structure factor versus the wave-vector is reported for several charge distributions of polyions. Our results are compared to those already observed for solutions of weakly...

  9. Enhancement of flagellated bacterial motility in polymer solutions

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    Zhang, Wenyu; Sha, Sha; Pelcovits, Robert; Tang, Jay

    2015-11-01

    Measurements of the swimming speed of many species of flagellated bacteria in polymer solutions have shown that with the addition of high molecular weight polymers, the speed initially increases as a function of the kinematic viscosity. It peaks at around 1.5-2 cP with typically 10-30% higher values than in cell media without added polymers (~ 1 cP). Past the peak, the average speed gradually decreases as the solution becomes more viscous. Swimming motility persists until solution viscosity reaches 5-10 cP. Models have been proposed to account for this behavior, and the magnitude of the peak becomes a crucial test of theoretical predictions. The status of the field is complicated in light of a recent report (Martinez et al., PNAS, 2014), stressing that low-molecular weight impurities account for the peaked speed-viscosity curves in some cases. We measured the swimming speed of a uni-flagellated bacterium, caulobacter crescentus, in solutions of a number of polymers of several different sizes. Our findings confirm the peaked speed-viscosity curve, only as the molecular weight of the flexible polymers used surpassed ~ 50,000 da. The threshold molecular weight required to augment swimming speed varies somewhat with the polymer species, but it generally corresponds to radius of gyration over tens of nanometers. This general feature is consistent with the model of Powers et al. (Physics of Fluid, 2009), predicting that nonlinear viscoelasticity of the fluid enhances swimming motility. Work Supported by the NSF Fluid Physics Program (Award number CBET 1438033).

  10. NMR study of phase separation in solutions of linear polymers

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    Kouřilová, H.; Šťastná, J.; Hanyková, L.; Spěváček, Jiří

    Poznań : Adam Mickiewicz University, 2010 - (Jurga, S.). s. 27 [AMPERE NMR School. 17.06.2010-26.06.2010, Poznań - Wierzba] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/1281 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : phase separation * polymer solution * NMR Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  11. LIQUID-LIQUID PHASE EQUILIBRIUM OF POLYMER SOLUTIONS AND POLYMER BLENDS UNDER POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE PRESSURE

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    Attila R.Imre

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we would like to give a brief review about the extensibility of the liquid-liquid locus into the negative pressure region. Negative pressure states are hardly explored; most researchers believe that the pressure scale ends at p = 0.We would like to show that this is not true, thep = 0 point is not a special point for liquids, it can be "easily" crossed. We are going to give a few example, where the extension of liquid-liquid locus for polymer blends and solutions below p = 0 gives us some interesting results, like the merging of UCST and LCST branches in weakly interacting polymer solutions or the reason why most UCST blends exhibit pressure induced immiscibility. Also, we will see what happens with the immiscibility island of aqueous polymer solutions when - reaching the critical molar mass - it "disappears".

  12. LIQUID—LIQUID PHASE EQUILIBRIUM OF POLYMER SOLUTIONS AND POLYMER BLENDS UNDER POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE PRESSURE

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    AttilaR.Imre

    2003-01-01

    In this paper we would like to give a brief review about the extensibility of the liquid-liquid locus into the negative pressure region.Negative pressure states are hardly explored;most researchers believe that the pressure scale ends at p=0. We would like to show that this is not true3 the p=0 point is not a special point for liquids,it can be “easily” crossed.We are going to give a few example,where the extension of liquid-liquid locus for polymer blends and solutions below p=0 gives us some interesting results,like the merging of UCST and LCST branches in weakly interacting polymer solutions or the reason why most UCST blends exhibit pressure induced immiscibility.Also,we will see what happens with the immiscibility island of aqueous polymer solutions when-reaching the critical molar mass-it “disappears”.

  13. Optical limiter with an organic solution sandwiched between a polymer slab and a polymer grating

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    An optical limiter was designed and fabricated. The device consists of an organic solution sandwiched between a polymer slab and a transparent relief polymer grating with a triangular groove. At low power the device has a high transmittance because the refractive index of the solution is matched with those of the slab and the grating materials and because the grating does not diffract. However, high power makes the organic solution thermally vaporize and makes the indices of the solution, slab, and grating materials become mismatched, which causes the grating to appear. The incident light is strongly absorbed, scattered, and self-defocused by the organic solution, and the grating suppresses the zero-order diffraction. Thus the transmitted light energy becomes lower than the damage threshold of human eyes or optical sensors. The device is an effective protection for human eyes or optical sensors against broadband pulsed-laser damage

  14. Nonequilibrium thermodynamics of dilute polymer solutions in flow

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    Modern materials processing applications and technologies often occur far from equilibrium. To this end, the processing of complex materials such as polymer melts and nanocomposites generally occurs under strong deformations and flows, conditions under which equilibrium thermodynamics does not apply. As a result, the ability to determine the nonequilibrium thermodynamic properties of polymeric materials from measurable quantities such as heat and work is a major challenge in the field. Here, we use work relations to show that nonequilibrium thermodynamic quantities such as free energy and entropy can be determined for dilute polymer solutions in flow. In this way, we determine the thermodynamic properties of DNA molecules in strong flows using a combination of simulations, kinetic theory, and single molecule experiments. We show that it is possible to calculate polymer relaxation timescales purely from polymer stretching dynamics in flow. We further observe a thermodynamic equivalence between nonequilibrium and equilibrium steady-states for polymeric systems. In this way, our results provide an improved understanding of the energetics of flowing polymer solutions

  15. Amorphous RE–Fe–B–Na colloidal nanoparticles: High temperature solution synthesis and magnetic properties

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    Graphical abstract: RE–Fe–B–Na (RE = Nd–Er) colloidal nanoparticles by high-temperature solution synthesis are ultra-small monodisperse and air-stable amorphous, whose size and magnetic dependence are studied. - Highlights: • RE–Fe–B–Na nanoparticles are obtained by high-temperature solution synthesis. • These colloidal nanoparticles are monodisperse and size controlled. • The magnetism dependence and possible magnetic coupling mechanism are studied. - Abstract: RE–Fe–B–Na (RE = Nd–Er) colloidal nanoparticles are prepared by high-temperature solution synthesis. These nanoparticles are ultra-small monodisperse, air-stable and amorphous, whose particle size and magnetic property are characterized by transmission electron microscope and superconducting quantum interference device. Taking Nd–Fe–B–Na nanoparticle as an example, it is found that the particle size can be controlled in less than 7 nm. Besides, the magnetic properties of RE–Fe–B–Na colloidal nanoparticles can be compared for different rare earth elements. Based on the bulk ferromagnetic coupling, other possible magnetic coupling mechanism is discussed

  16. The solubility of amorphous and crystalline schoepite in neutral to alkaline aqueous solutions

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    The solubility of schoepite UO2(OH)2H2O has been investigated by potentiometric titration at 250C in 0.5 mol dm.-3NaCIO4 solution. The data indicates the predominance of the species (UO2)3(OH)5+ and either UO2(OH)3- or (UO2)3)(OH)7- in the pH range studied. The formation constants of these species as well as the solubility product of the amorphous and microcrystalline schoepite have been determined. The consequences of these data on the hypothesis of schoepite as the solubility limiting phase in spent fuel dissolution studies is discussed

  17. Magnetic particle dispersion in polymer solution

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    Jeon, Kwang Seoung

    Magnetic particle dispersions were prepared in order to observe the effect of particle surface properties, concentration and functional group of binder, milling time, and solvent on dispersion properties. Rheology and transverse susceptibility measurements were used to characterize the dispersion quality of the magnetic paints macroscopically and microscopically, respectively. In this study, by applying the acid-base concept, methods to optimize magnetic dispersions were established. Initially, interaction between acid-base sites on particles and binder was investigated by poisoning the sites with chemicals, then quantifying each type of adsorption (hydrogen and chemical adsorption) using thermogravimetric analysis. With this fundamental information, effects of typical dispersion parameters were investigated. The acid base interaction between binder solution and particles was related to the magnetic and rheological properties of magnetic inks. The results have significant implications for high density particulate media where dispersion will become increasingly important.

  18. Injection-compression and co-injection moldings of amorphous polymers: Viscoelastic simulation and experiment

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    Kim, Nam Hyung

    Injection-compression molding (ICM) and co-injection molding have gained increasing importance in manufacturing of polymer products. Scientific understanding of these processes is presently limited and no attempts have been made to simulate co-injection molding using a viscoelastic model. In addressing this issue, the present study provides results of comprehensive viscoelastic simulations and experimental investigations of the residual stresses and birefringence in center-gated disk moldings of amorphous polymers obtained by ICM and sequential co-injection molding (SCIM) at various processing conditions. The governing equations for viscoelastic simulation of ICM and SCIM processes were derived using a nonlinear viscoelastic model. The equations were solved using a hybrid control volume/finite element/finite difference method. In general, residual stresses and birefringence in moldings arise from the flow- and thermally-induced contributions. To consider the thermal contribution, simulations and experimental study of birefringence in freely quenched multi-layered plates were carried out. The flow- and thermally-induced stresses were simulated using nonlinear and linear viscoelastic theories, respectively. The overall residual birefringence in moldings was obtained by summation of the flow- and thermally-induced birefringence contributions calculated using the stress-optical rule and photoviscoelastic constitutive equation, respectively. The numerical results were found to be in fair agreement with experimental data on the distribution of residual birefringence, Deltan, and average transverse birefringence, , of the ICM made from polycarbonate (PC) and polystyrene (PS). It was found that the melt temperature and compression stroke strongly affected the residual birefringence in ICM, while the mold temperature had less effect. The numerical and experimental results of the gapwise distribution of the residual birefringence, Delta n, and interface of the SCIM were

  19. CORROSION OF AMORPHOUS AND NANOCRYSTALLINE Fe-BASED ALLOYS IN NaCl AND H2SO4 SOLUTIONS

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    Li, Xiang; Lu, Wei; Wang, Yuxin; Yan, Biao; Pan, Deng

    2013-07-01

    Corrosion resistance of nanocrystalline Fe73.5Si13.5B9Nb3Cu1 alloy was investigated and compared to its amorphous counterpart. Low-temperature crystallization occurred during the annealing of amorphous tapes was used to obtain a nanocrystalline structure. The influence of annealing condition on the structure and corrosion resistance of the alloy in NaCl and H2SO4 solutions was investigated. Based on the testing results, it was found that nanocrystalline tapes have higher corrosion resistance than amorphous counterpart and H2SO4 can promote the occurrence of corrosion compared with NaCl.

  20. Anomalous Fluctuations of Nematic Order in Solutions of Semiflexible Polymers

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    Egorov, Sergei A.; Milchev, Andrey; Binder, Kurt

    2016-05-01

    The nematic ordering in semiflexible polymers with contour length L exceeding their persistence length ℓp is described by a confinement of the polymers in a cylinder of radius reff much larger than the radius rρ expected from the respective concentration of the solution. Large-scale molecular dynamics simulations combined with density functional theory are used to locate the isotropic-nematic (I -N ) transition and to validate this cylindrical confinement. Anomalous fluctuations due to chain deflections from neighboring chains in the nematic phase are proposed. Considering deflections as collective excitations in the nematically ordered phase of semiflexible polymers elucidates the origins of shortcomings in the description of the I -N transition by existing theories.

  1. Instability and morphology of polymer solutions coating a fiber

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    Boulogne, François; Giorgiutti-Dauphiné, Frédérique

    2013-01-01

    We report an experimental study on the dynamics of a thin film of polymer solution coating a vertical fiber. The liquid film has first a constant thickness and then undergoes the Rayleigh-Plateau instability which leads to the formation of sequences of drops, separated by a thin film, moving down at a constant velocity. Different polymer solutions are used, i.e. xanthan solutions and polyacrylamide (PAAm) solutions. These solutions both exhibit shear-rate dependence of the viscosity, but for PAAm solutions, there are strong normal stresses in addition of the shear-thinning effect. We characterize experimentally and separately the effects of these two non-Newtonian properties on the flow on the fiber. Thus, in the flat film observed before the emergence of the drops, only shear-thinning effect plays a role and tends to thin the film compared to the Newtonian case. The effect of the non-Newtonian rheology on the Rayleigh-Plateau instability is then investigated through the measurements of the growth rate and th...

  2. Numerical Simulation and Experimental Investigation of the Viscoelastic Heating Mechanism in Ultrasonic Plasticizing of Amorphous Polymers for Micro Injection Molding

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    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Ultrasonic plasticizing of polymers for micro-injection molding has been proposed and studied for its unique potential in materials and energy-saving. In our previous work, we have demonstrated the characteristics of the interfacial friction heating mechanism in ultrasonic plasticizing of polymer granulates. In this paper, the other important heating mechanism in ultrasonic plasticizing, i.e., viscoelastic heating for amorphous polymer, was studied by both theoretical modeling and experimentation. The influence mechanism of several parameters, such as the initial temperature of the polymer, the ultrasonic frequency, and the ultrasonic amplitude, was investigated. The results from both numerical simulation and experimentation indicate that the heat generation rate of viscoelastic heating can be significantly influenced by the initial temperature of polymer. The glass transition temperature was found to be a significant shifting point in viscoelastic heating. The heat generation rate is relatively low at the beginning and can have a steep increase after reaching glass transition temperature. In comparison with the ultrasonic frequency, the ultrasonic amplitude has much greater influence on the heat generation rate. In light of the quantitative difference in the viscoelastic heating rate, the limitation of the numerical simulation was discussed in the aspect of the assumptions and the applied mathematical models.

  3. NMR studies of thermoresponsive polymers in aqueous solutions and hydrogels

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    Poznań : Department of Macromolecular Physics, Faculty of Physics and NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, The Centre for European Integration, 2014 - (Jurga, S.). s. 27 [Ampere NMR School. 22.06.2014-28.06.2014, Zakopane] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-23392S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : NMR * thermoresponsive polymer * aqueous solution Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  4. NMR investigations of thermoresponsive polymers in aqueous solutions

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    Poznaň : Department of Macromolecular Physics, Faculty of Physics, Adam Mickiewicz University, 2012. s. 26. [Ampere NMR School. 24.06.2012-30.06.2012, Poznaň] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/1281 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermoresponsive polymer * aqueous solution * NMR Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  5. Characterization of amorphous yttria layers deposited by aqueous solutions of Y-chelate alkoxides complex

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    Kim, Young-Soon, E-mail: kyscjb@i-sunam.com; Lee, Yu-Ri; Kim, Byeong-Joo; Lee, Jae-Hun; Moon, Seung-Hyun; Lee, Hunju

    2015-01-15

    Highlights: • Economical method for crack-free amorphous yttria layer deposition by dip coating. • Simpler process for planar yttria film as a diffusion barrier and nucleation layer. • Easy control over the film properties with better characteristics. • Easy control over the thickness of the deposited films. • A feasible process that can be easily adopted by HTSCC industries. - Abstract: Crack-free amorphous yttria layers were deposited by dip coating in solutions of different Y-chelate alkoxides complex. Three Y-chelate solutions of different concentrations were prepared using yttrium acetate tetrahydrate, yttrium stearic acid as Y source materials. PEG, diethanolamine were used as chelating agents, while ethanol, methanol and tetradecane were used as solvent. Three different combinations of chelating and solvents were used to prepare solutions for Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} dip coating on SUS, electropolished and non-electropolished Hastelloy C-276 substrates. The thickness of the films was varied by changing the number of dipping cycles. At an optimized condition, the substrate surface roughness (rms) value was reduced from ∼50 nm to ∼1 nm over a 10 × 10 μm{sup 2} area. After Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} deposition, MgO was deposited using ion-beam assisted deposition (IBAD), then LaMnO{sub 3} (LMO) was deposited using sputtering and GdBCO was deposited using reactive co-evaporation by deposition and reaction (RCE-DR). Detailed X-ray study indicates that LMO/MgO/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} and GdBCO/LMO/MgO/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} stack films have good out-of-plane and in-plane textures with strong c-axis alignment. The critical current (Ic) of GdBCO/LMO/MgO/Y{sub 2}O{sub 3} multilayer structure varied from 190 to 420 A/cm with different solutions, when measured at 77 K. These results demonstrated that amorphous yttria can be easily deposited by dip coating using Y-chelates complex as a diffusion barrier and nucleation layer.

  6. Rheological Properties of Associative Star Polymers in Aqueous Solutions: Effect of Hydrophobe Length and Polymer Topology

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    Hietala, Sami; Strandman, Satu; Jarvi, Paula;

    2009-01-01

    Rheological properties of aqueous solutions of well-defined four-armed amphiphilic star block copolymers, poly(acrylic acid)-block-polystyrene (PAA-b-PS)(4), were investigated as a function of the length of the PS blocks, polymer concentration, and temperature and compared with a corresponding...... triblock copolymer. These polymers, synthesized by atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), were found to form hydrogels due to intermolecular association originating from the PS blocks. The increasing length of the PS block was observed to lead to more elastic networks due to increased hydrophobic...... interaction. Polymers bearing shorter PS blocks gave gels with relatively long linear response followed by strain hardening before shear thinning while the longer PS blocks lead to formation of elastic but brittle gels with limited linear regime before shear thinning. Star-block copolymers showed more elastic...

  7. Sequentially solution-processed, nanostructured polymer photovoltaics using selective solvents

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    Kim, Do Hwan

    2014-01-01

    We demonstrate high-performance sequentially solution-processed organic photovoltaics (OPVs) with a power conversion efficiency (PCE) of 5% for blend films using a donor polymer based on the isoindigo-bithiophene repeat unit (PII2T-C10C8) and a fullerene derivative [6,6]-phenyl-C[71]-butyric acid methyl ester (PC71BM). This has been accomplished by systematically controlling the swelling and intermixing processes of the layer with various processing solvents during deposition of the fullerene. We find that among the solvents used for fullerene deposition that primarily swell but do not re-dissolve the polymer underlayer, there were significant microstructural differences between chloro and o-dichlorobenzene solvents (CB and ODCB, respectively). Specifically, we show that the polymer crystallite orientation distribution in films where ODCB was used to cast the fullerene is broad. This indicates that out-of-plane charge transport through a tortuous transport network is relatively efficient due to a large density of inter-grain connections. In contrast, using CB results in primarily edge-on oriented polymer crystallites, which leads to diminished out-of-plane charge transport. We correlate these microstructural differences with photocurrent measurements, which clearly show that casting the fullerene out of ODCB leads to significantly enhanced power conversion efficiencies. Thus, we believe that tuning the processing solvents used to cast the electron acceptor in sequentially-processed devices is a viable way to controllably tune the blend film microstructure. © 2014 The Royal Society of Chemistry.

  8. Highly conductive p-type amorphous oxides from low-temperature solution processing

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    Li Jinwang [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Tokumitsu, Eisuke [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Precision and Intelligence Laboratory, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 4259-R2-19 Nagatsuta, Midori-ku, Yokohama 226-8503 (Japan); Koyano, Mikio [Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); Mitani, Tadaoki [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Shimoda, Tatsuya [Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST), ERATO, Shimoda Nano-Liquid Process Project, 2-5-3 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1211 (Japan); Green Devices Research Center, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan); School of Materials Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, 1-1 Asahidai, Nomi, Ishikawa 923-1292 (Japan)

    2012-09-24

    We report solution-processed, highly conductive (resistivity 1.3-3.8 m{Omega} cm), p-type amorphous A-B-O (A = Bi, Pb; B = Ru, Ir), processable at temperatures (down to 240 Degree-Sign C) that are compatible with plastic substrates. The film surfaces are smooth on the atomic scale. Bi-Ru-O was analyzed in detail. A small optical bandgap (0.2 eV) with a valence band maximum (VBM) below but very close to the Fermi level (binding energy E{sub VBM} = 0.04 eV) explains the high conductivity and suggests that they are degenerated semiconductors. The conductivity changes from three-dimensional to two-dimensional with decreasing temperature across 25 K.

  9. Application of the van der Waals equation of state to polymers .4. Correlation and prediction of lower critical solution temperatures for polymer solutions

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    Goncalves, Ana Saraiva; Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Harismiadis, Vassilis I.;

    1996-01-01

    The van der Waals equation of state is used for the correlation and the prediction of the lower critical solution behavior or mixtures including a solvent and a polymer. The equation of state parameters for the polymer are estimated from experimental volumetric data at low pressures. The equation...... energy parameter are used. The arithmetic mean combining rule is used for the cross co-volume parameter. The deviations from the Berthelot combining rule are taken into account via a simple expression which has been previously obtained from vapor-liquid equilibrium data of athermal polymer solutions and...... has been successfully used for the prediction of upper critical solution temperatures for various binary polymer solutions. In this work, we demonstrate and explain some of the problems which cubic equations of state exhibit in describing the lower critical solution behavior for polymer solutions...

  10. Bulk-volume behavior of pressure-densified amorphous polymers and free-volume behavior by positron annihilation lifetime measurement

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    In order to study the nature of amorphous polymers, the free volume contribution on the bulk volume change was investigated on the basis of the relationship between the bulk volume behavior by PVT (pressure-volume-temperature) measurement and the free volume behavior by PALS (positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy) measurement. A densified glass, prepared by cooling at constant rate from the melt state temperature to room temperature under 200 MPa, showed smaller bulk volume and free volume than non-densified glass. And the densified glass showed not only the same glass transition temperature (Tg) as non-densified glass but also another transition at lower temperature around (Tg-30 C). In this glass-glass transition, both the bulk volume and free volume of densified glass recovered to those of non-densified glass. Moreover the densified glass showed different thermal behavior from the glass which was enthalpy-relaxed under atmospheric pressure. From those results, it was considered that the free volume behavior largely related to the behavior of amorphous polymers. (orig.)

  11. Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization

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    We study statistical copolymerization effects on the upper critical solution temperature (CST) of generic homopolymers by means of coarse-grained Langevin dynamics computer simulations and mean-field theory. Our systematic investigation reveals that the CST can change monotonically or non-monotonically with copolymerization, as observed in experimental studies, depending on the degree of non-additivity of the monomer (A-B) cross-interactions. The simulation findings are confirmed and qualitatively explained by a combination of a two-component Flory-de Gennes model for polymer collapse and a simple thermodynamic expansion approach. Our findings provide some rationale behind the effects of copolymerization and may be helpful for tuning CST behavior of polymers in soft material design

  12. Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization

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    Schulz, Bernhard; Chudoba, Richard; Dzubiella, Joachim, E-mail: joachim.dzubiella@helmholtz-berlin.de [Institut für Weiche Materie und Funktionale Materialien, Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin, 14109 Berlin (Germany); Institut für Physik, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, 12489 Berlin (Germany); Heyda, Jan [Department of Physical Chemistry, University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, 166 28 Praha 6 (Czech Republic)

    2015-12-28

    We study statistical copolymerization effects on the upper critical solution temperature (CST) of generic homopolymers by means of coarse-grained Langevin dynamics computer simulations and mean-field theory. Our systematic investigation reveals that the CST can change monotonically or non-monotonically with copolymerization, as observed in experimental studies, depending on the degree of non-additivity of the monomer (A-B) cross-interactions. The simulation findings are confirmed and qualitatively explained by a combination of a two-component Flory-de Gennes model for polymer collapse and a simple thermodynamic expansion approach. Our findings provide some rationale behind the effects of copolymerization and may be helpful for tuning CST behavior of polymers in soft material design.

  13. Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization

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    Schulz, Bernhard; Chudoba, Richard; Heyda, Jan; Dzubiella, Joachim

    2015-12-01

    We study statistical copolymerization effects on the upper critical solution temperature (CST) of generic homopolymers by means of coarse-grained Langevin dynamics computer simulations and mean-field theory. Our systematic investigation reveals that the CST can change monotonically or non-monotonically with copolymerization, as observed in experimental studies, depending on the degree of non-additivity of the monomer (A-B) cross-interactions. The simulation findings are confirmed and qualitatively explained by a combination of a two-component Flory-de Gennes model for polymer collapse and a simple thermodynamic expansion approach. Our findings provide some rationale behind the effects of copolymerization and may be helpful for tuning CST behavior of polymers in soft material design.

  14. Limitations of amorphous content quantification by isothermal calorimetry using saturated salt solutions to control relative humidity: alternative methods.

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    Khalef, Nawel; Pinal, Rodolfo; Bakri, Aziz

    2010-04-01

    Despite the high sensitivity of isothermal calorimetry (IC), reported measurements of amorphous content by this technique show significant variability even for the same compound. An investigation into the reasons behind such variability is presented using amorphous lactose and salbutamol sulfate as model compounds. An analysis was carried out on the heat evolved as a result of the exchange of water vapor between the solid sample during crystallization and the saline solution reservoir. The use of saturated salt solutions as means of control of the vapor pressure of water within sealed ampoules bears inherent limitations that lead in turn to the variability associated with the IC technique. We present an alternative IC method, based on an open cell configuration that effectively addresses the limitations encountered with the sealed ampoule system. The proposed approach yields an integral whose value is proportional to the amorphous content in the sample, thus enabling reliable and consistent quantifications. PMID:19774655

  15. Mesoscale modeling of shear-thinning polymer solutions

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    Santos de Oliveira, I. S.; Fitzgerald, B. W.; den Otter, W. K.; Briels, W. J.

    2014-03-01

    We simulate the linear and nonlinear rheology of two different viscoelastic polymer solutions, a polyisobutylene solution in pristane and an aqueous solution of hydroxypropylcellulose, using a highly coarse-grained approach known as Responsive Particle Dynamics (RaPiD) model. In RaPiD, each polymer has originally been depicted as a spherical particle with the effects of the eliminated degrees of freedom accounted for by an appropriate free energy and transient pairwise forces. Motivated by the inability of this spherical particle representation to entirely capture the nonlinear rheology of both fluids, we extended the RaPiD model by introducing a deformable particle capable of elongation. A Finite-Extensible Non-Linear Elastic potential provides a free energy penalty for particle elongation. Upon disentangling, this deformability allows more time for particles to re-entangle with neighbouring particles. We show this process to be integral towards recovering the experimental nonlinear rheology, obtaining excellent agreement. We show that the nonlinear rheology is crucially dependent upon the maximum elongation and less so on the elasticity of the particles. In addition, the description of the linear rheology has been retained in the process.

  16. Experimental Results on Electrorheology of Liquid Crystalline Polymer Solutions

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    Neves, S.; Leal, C. R.; Cidade, M. T.

    2008-07-01

    The electrorheological (ER) effect is known as the enhancement of the apparent viscosity upon application of an external electric field. Suspensions of polarizable particles in non-conducting solvents are the most studied electrorheological fluids, however, liquid crystalline materials may also present ER effect as long as their dielectric anisotropy is positive. In the liquid crystalline state of a positive dielectric anisotropy, the application of the electric field makes the director align perpendicular to the flow direction, thus increasing the apparent viscosity. In this work results of two liquid crystalline polymer solutions, acetoxypropylcellulose (APC) in dimethylacetamide (DMAc) and poly-γ-benzyl-L-glutamate (PBLG) in 1,4-dioxane, presenting opposite behavior upon application of the electric field, will be presented. APC/DMAc (negative dielectric anisotropy) presents a decrease of the apparent viscosity upon application of the electric field, as expected, while PBLG/1,4-dioxane (positive dielectric anisotropy) presents the opposite behavior. For this last solution we will present the shear flow curves for different electric fields in function of polymer molecular weight and solution concentration.

  17. Effect of Surface Quality in Viscometry of Aqueous Polymer Solutions

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    Večeř, M.; Wein, Ondřej

    Praha: Process Engineering Publisher, 2010, s. 1093. ISBN 978-80-02-02248-0. [International Congress of Chemical and Process Engineering CHISA 2010 and 7th European Congress of Chemical Engineering ECCE-7 /19./. Prague (CZ), 28.08.2010-01.09.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA104/09/0972; GA ČR GA104/08/0428 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40720504 Keywords : apparent wall slip * surface quality * aqueous polymer solutions Subject RIV: CI - Industrial Chemistry, Chemical Engineering www.chisa.cz/2010, www.ecce7.com

  18. On the Mass Fractal Character of Si-Based Structural Networks in Amorphous Polymer Derived Ceramics

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    Sabyasachi Sen; Scarlett Widgeon

    2015-01-01

    The intermediate-range packing of SiNxC4−x (0 ≤ x ≤ 4) tetrahedra in polysilycarbodiimide and polysilazane-derived amorphous SiCN ceramics is investigated using 29Si spin-lattice relaxation nuclear magnetic resonance (SLR NMR) spectroscopy. The SiCN network in the polysilylcarbodiimide-derived ceramic consists predominantly of SiN4 tetrahedra that are characterized by a 3-dimensional spatial distribution signifying compact packing of such units to form amorphous Si3N4 clusters. On the other h...

  19. Solution-processed small molecule-polymer blend organic thin-film transistors with hole mobility greater than 5 cm 2/Vs

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    Smith, Jeremy N.

    2012-04-10

    Using phase-separated organic semiconducting blends containing a small molecule, as the hole transporting material, and a conjugated amorphous polymer, as the binder material, we demonstrate solution-processed organic thin-film transistors with superior performance characteristics that include; hole mobility >5 cm 2/Vs, current on/off ratio ≥10 6 and narrow transistor parameter spread. These exceptional characteristics are attributed to the electronic properties of the binder polymer and the advantageous nanomorphology of the blend film. Copyright © 2012 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  20. Study on effects of carbon impurities and oxygen vacancies in amorphous alumina phosphor prepared via a solution method

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    The amorphous alumina phosphors without containing expensive or toxic elements were prepared via a solution method. The obtained sample indicates bluish-white emission centered at 390–430 nm by UV excitation. According to the measurement results of Electron Spin Resonance (ESR), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and organic microanalysis, it is found that the carbon impurities exist in the sample and they are essential for luminescence. On the other hand, 27Al NMR measurements indicate the presence of Al of 5-coordination. Moreover, there is good correspondence among the excitation spectra of the emission samples, the experimental optical properties of amorphous alumina, and the calculated oxygen vacancies levels in amorphous alumina model. Therefore, the new luminescence mechanism can be proposed as follows; the electrons in valence band are excited to oxygen vacancies bands by UV light and return to ground state through the carbon impurities band, being accompanied by the bluish-white emission. - Highlights: • The amorphous alumina prepared via solution method shows bluish-white emission. • According to the ESR results, carbon impurities are necessary for luminescence. • FT-IR, NMR and UV–vis measurements of the samples were conducted. • Our results indicated that oxygen vacancies play an important role. • We proposed the new luminescence mechanism for amorphous alumina phosphor

  1. Study on effects of carbon impurities and oxygen vacancies in amorphous alumina phosphor prepared via a solution method

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    Wakui, Yoshinori; Takahashi, Kanako [Department of Material and Environmental Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 321-8585 (Japan); Shan, Yue Jin, E-mail: shan@cc.utsunomiya-u.ac.jp [Department of Material and Environmental Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 321-8585 (Japan); Tezuka, Keitaro; Imoto, Hideo [Department of Material and Environmental Chemistry, Graduate School of Engineering, Utsunomiya University, 7-1-2 Yoto, Utsunomiya-shi, Tochigi 321-8585 (Japan); Hosokawa, Shogo; Shinozaki, Norifumi [Tatsumori Ltd., 50 Minami-Kawada, Kami-Yukiai, Tamura-cho, Koriyama-shi, Fukushima 963-0724 (Japan); Ando, Mariko; Maekawa, Hideki [Graduate School of Engineering, Tohoku University, 6-6-04 Aramaki Aoba, Sendai-shi, Miyagi 980-8579 (Japan)

    2015-01-15

    The amorphous alumina phosphors without containing expensive or toxic elements were prepared via a solution method. The obtained sample indicates bluish-white emission centered at 390–430 nm by UV excitation. According to the measurement results of Electron Spin Resonance (ESR), Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) and organic microanalysis, it is found that the carbon impurities exist in the sample and they are essential for luminescence. On the other hand, {sup 27}Al NMR measurements indicate the presence of Al of 5-coordination. Moreover, there is good correspondence among the excitation spectra of the emission samples, the experimental optical properties of amorphous alumina, and the calculated oxygen vacancies levels in amorphous alumina model. Therefore, the new luminescence mechanism can be proposed as follows; the electrons in valence band are excited to oxygen vacancies bands by UV light and return to ground state through the carbon impurities band, being accompanied by the bluish-white emission. - Highlights: • The amorphous alumina prepared via solution method shows bluish-white emission. • According to the ESR results, carbon impurities are necessary for luminescence. • FT-IR, NMR and UV–vis measurements of the samples were conducted. • Our results indicated that oxygen vacancies play an important role. • We proposed the new luminescence mechanism for amorphous alumina phosphor.

  2. Spectral Properties of Substituted Coumarins in Solution and Polymer Matrices

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    Jana Donovalová

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available The absorption and fluorescence spectra of substituted coumarins (2-oxo-2H-chromenes were investigated in solvents and in polymer matrices. The substitutions involved were: (1 by groups with varying electron donating ability such as CH3, OCH3 and N(CH32, mainly, but not exclusively, in positions 7 and (2, by either CHO or 4-PhNHCONHN=CH- in position 3. While the spectra of non-substituted coumarin-3-carbaldehyde has absorptions at approximately 305 and 350 nm, substitution at position 7 leads to remarkable changes in the shape of the absorption spectrum and shifts the absorption to a longer wavelength. Similarly, the replacement of the formyl group with a semicarbazide group substantially influences the shape of the absorption spectrum, and coumarins which have only N(CH32 in position 7 experience small changes. These changes are associated with the increasing intramolecular charge transfer (ICT character and increasing conjugation length of the chromophoric system, respectively, in the studied molecules. The fluorescence is almost negligible for derivatives which have H in this position. With increasing electron donating ability, and the possibility of a positive mesomeric (+M effect of the substituent in position 7 of the coumarin moiety, the fluorescence increases, and this increase is most intense when N(CH32 substitutes in this position, for both 3-substituted derivatives. Spectral measurements of the studied coumarins in polymer matrices revealed that the absorption and fluorescence maxima lay within the maxima for solvents, and that coumarins yield more intense fluorescence in polymer matrices than when they are in solution. The quantum yield of derivatives which have a dimethylamino group in position 7 in polymer matrices approaches 1, and the fluorescence lifetime is within the range of 0.5–4 ns. The high quantum yield of 7-dimethylamino derivatives qualifies them as laser dyes which have kF higher than knr in the given medium. This

  3. Study of the dosimetric properties using organometallic polymers in solution

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    This work aimed to study the dosimetric characteristics of the polymer of the polymer ''poly-[ 1, l-bis (ethynyl) -4,4-biphenyl (bis-tributylphosphine) Pt (11)]'' (Pt-DEBP) compared to radiation gamma. The Pt-DEBP polymer, containing ten monomer units, was then dissolved in organic solvents as chloroform and toluene. The samples were irradiated at four concentrations (0.0500, 0.0375, 0.0250, 0.0113 mg / mL) in duplicate, with radiation doses ranging from 1 to 90 Gy. The results were evaluated based on spectroscopic techniques such as optical absorption spectroscopy (UV -Vis), fluorescence (emission), time resolved fluorescence (FRT) and Fourier transform infrared (FTIR). For DEBP-Pt solutions in chloroform, there is a shift in the position of the main optical absorption band (πt - π*) to lower wavelength (blue-shift), allied to a decreasing absorption intensity with increasing radiation dose. In fluorescence spectroscopy, there was a shift to longer wavelengths (redshift) allied to an increasing emission intensity with increasing radiation dose. FRT experiments on irradiated samples dissolved in chloroform indicated the presence of a new emitter center. FTIR spectra show the incorporation of chlorine in the polymer chain, justifying the blue-shift observed in the absorption spectra and the new emission center. In addition, the behavior of linear results in the absorption and fluorescence studies was investigated based on the relationship between the wavelength of maximum absorption/emission and the radiation dose. For both cases, a linear behavior was observed in relation to the sample concentration. Repeatability and stability tests were also performed. For the samples dissolved in toluene, there was no significant shift of the spectrum of absorption or fluorescence for all doses. The results show that the Pt-DEBP polymer dissolved in chloroform can be used as a dosimeter for x-ray doses between 1 - 30 Gy based on the changes in absorption and/or emission

  4. Structural evolutions in polymer-derived carbon-rich amorphous silicon carbide.

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    Wang, Kewei; Ma, Baisheng; Li, Xuqin; Wang, Yiguang; An, Linan

    2015-01-29

    The detailed structural evolutions in polycarbosilane-derived carbon-rich amorphous SiC were investigated semiquantitatively by combining experimental and analytical methods. It is revealed that the material is comprised of a Si-containing matrix phase and a free-carbon phase. The matrix phase is amorphous, comprised of SiC4 tetrahedra, SiCxOx-4 tetrahedra, and Si-C-C-Si/Si-C-H defects. With increasing pyrolysis temperature, the amorphous matrix becomes more ordered, accompanied by a transition from SiC2O2 to SiCO3. The transition was completed at 1250 °C, where the matrix phase started to crystallize by forming a small amount of β-SiC. The free-carbon phase was comprised of carbon nanoclusters and C-dangling bonds. Increasing pyrolysis temperature led to the transition of the free carbon from amorphous carbon to nanocrystalline graphite. The size of the carbon clusters decreased first and then increased, while the C-dangling bond content decreased continuously. The growth of carbon clusters was attributed to Ostwald ripening and described using a two-dimensional grain growth model. The calculated activation energy suggested that the decrease in C-dangling bonds is directly related to the lateral growth of the carbon clusters. PMID:25490064

  5. Self-bonding in an amorphous polymer below the glass transition

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    Boiko, Yuri M.; Bach, Anders; Lyngaae-Jørgensen, Jørgen

    2004-01-01

    Films of amorphous polystyrene (PS) with a weight-average molecular weight (Mw) of 225 × 103 g/mol were bonded in a T-peel test geometry, and the fracture energy (G) of a PS/PS interface was measured at the ambient temperature as a function of the healing time (th) and healing temperature (Th). G...

  6. Atomistic modeling of amorphous silicon carbide: an approximate first-principles study in constrained solution space.

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    Atta-Fynn, Raymond; Biswas, Parthapratim

    2009-07-01

    Localized basis ab initio molecular dynamics simulation within the density functional framework has been used to generate realistic configurations of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC). Our approach consists of constructing a set of smart initial configurations that conform to essential geometrical and structural aspects of the materials obtained from experimental data, which is subsequently driven via a first-principles force field to obtain the best solution in a reduced solution space. A combination of a priori information (primarily structural and topological) along with the ab initio optimization of the total energy makes it possible to model a large system size (1000 atoms) without compromising the quantum mechanical accuracy of the force field to describe the complex bonding chemistry of Si and C. The structural, electronic and vibrational properties of the models have been studied and compared to existing theoretical models and available data from experiments. We demonstrate that the approach is capable of producing large, realistic configurations of a-SiC from first-principles simulation that display its excellent structural and electronic properties. Our study reveals the presence of predominant short range order in the material originating from heteronuclear Si-C bonds with a coordination defect concentration as small as 5% and a chemical disorder parameter of about 8%. PMID:21828477

  7. Atomistic modeling of amorphous silicon carbide: an approximate first-principles study in constrained solution space

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    Localized basis ab initio molecular dynamics simulation within the density functional framework has been used to generate realistic configurations of amorphous silicon carbide (a-SiC). Our approach consists of constructing a set of smart initial configurations that conform to essential geometrical and structural aspects of the materials obtained from experimental data, which is subsequently driven via a first-principles force field to obtain the best solution in a reduced solution space. A combination of a priori information (primarily structural and topological) along with the ab initio optimization of the total energy makes it possible to model a large system size (1000 atoms) without compromising the quantum mechanical accuracy of the force field to describe the complex bonding chemistry of Si and C. The structural, electronic and vibrational properties of the models have been studied and compared to existing theoretical models and available data from experiments. We demonstrate that the approach is capable of producing large, realistic configurations of a-SiC from first-principles simulation that display its excellent structural and electronic properties. Our study reveals the presence of predominant short range order in the material originating from heteronuclear Si-C bonds with a coordination defect concentration as small as 5% and a chemical disorder parameter of about 8%.

  8. Study of amorphous semiconductors doped with rare earths (Gd and Er) and conducting polymers by EPR techniques and magnetic susceptibility

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    This thesis involves the study of amorphous semiconductors and conducting polymers, which have been characterized by EPR and magnetic susceptibility measurements, and to a lesser extent by Raman spectroscopy and RBS. The semiconductors were studied using thin films of silicon doped with rare earth metals, e.g. erbium and gadolinium, which had their magnetic properties studied. Using these studies we could determine the state of valence of the rare earths as well as their concentrations in the silicon matrix. According to our results, the valence of the rare earth metal ions is 3+, and we were able to conclude that 4f electronic shells could not be used for the calculation of the conducting band in this system. Furthermore, the analysis of the data on the magnetic susceptibility of the Er3+ ion with cubic crystalline acting field, gave us the opportunity to estimate the overall splitting of their electronic states for the first time. The conducting polymers were studied using samples of poly(3-methylthiophene) doped with ClO4-, which show a phase transition in the range of 230 K to 130 K. The electron paramagnetic resonance also gives important information on the crystallization, doping level and the presence of polarons or bipolarons in conducting polymers. (author)

  9. A thermodynamic study of shear banding in polymer solutions

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    Hooshyar, Soroush; Germann, Natalie

    2016-06-01

    Although shear banding is a ubiquitous phenomenon observed in soft materials, the mechanisms that give rise to shear-band formation are not always the same. In this work, we develop a new two-fluid model for semi-dilute entangled polymer solutions using the generalized bracket approach of nonequilibrium thermodynamics. The model is based on the hypothesis that the direct coupling between polymer stress and concentration is the driving mechanism of steady shear-band formation. To obtain smooth banded profiles in the two-fluid framework, a new stress-diffusive term is added to the time evolution equation for the conformation tensor. The advantage of the new model is that the differential velocity is treated as a state variable. This allows a straightforward implementation of the additional boundary conditions arising from the derivative diffusive terms with respect to this new state variable. To capture the overshoot of the shear stress during the start of a simple shear flow, we utilize a nonlinear Giesekus relaxation. Moreover, we include an additional relaxation term that resembles the term used in the Rouse linear entangled polymer model to account for convective constraint release and chain stretch to generate the upturn of the flow curve at large shear rates. Numerical calculations performed for cylindrical Couette flow confirm the independency of the solution from the deformation history and initial conditions. Furthermore, we find that stress-induced migration is the responsible diffusive term for steady-state shear banding. Because of its simplicity, the new model is an ideal candidate for the use in the simulation of more complex flows.

  10. DIFFUSION COEFFICIENTS IN POLYMER-SOLVENT SYSTEMS FOR HIGHLY CONCENTRATED POLYMER SOLUTIONS

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    R.A. Reis

    2001-12-01

    Full Text Available The Vrentas/Duda proposal for the diffusion of polymer-solvent systems, which is based on the free-volume theory, was employed in correlating and predicting mutual diffusion coefficients in highly concentrated polymer solutions. It has been observed that the predictive version of the model is capable of qualitatively representing the experimental data, while the use of an adjustable parameter greatly improves the performance of the model. The systems studied were poly(vinyl acetate-toluene and Neoprene-acetone, and a comparison between experimental data and calculated values from the Vrentas/Duda model is reported. A new experimental apparatus based on the sorption technique was built to provide reliable diffusivity data on the Neoprene-acetone system.

  11. Theoretical analysis of microscopic oil displacement mechanism by viscoelastic polymer solution

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    2011-01-01

    The microscopic oil displacement mechanism in viscoelastic polymer flooding is theoretically analyzed with mechanical method.The effects of viscoelasticity of polymer solution on such three kinds of residual oil as in pore throat,in sudden expansion pore path,and in dead end are analyzed.Results show that the critical radius of mobile residual oil for viscoelastic polymer solution is larger than that for viscous polymer solution,which makes the oil that is immobile in viscous polymer flooding displaced u...

  12. Method of solution preparation of polyolefin class polymers for electrospinning processing included

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    Rabolt, John F. (Inventor); Lee, Keun-Hyung (Inventor); Givens, Steven R. (Inventor)

    2011-01-01

    A process to make a polyolefin fiber which has the following steps: mixing at least one polyolefin into a solution at room temperature or a slightly elevated temperature to form a polymer solution and electrospinning at room temperature said polymer solution to form a fiber.

  13. Phosphorylcholine substituted polyolefins: New syntheses, solution assemblies, and polymer vesicles

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    Kratz, Katrina A.

    This thesis describes the synthesis and applications of a new series of amphiphilic homopolymers and copolymers consisting of hydrophobic polyolefin backbone and hydrophilic phosphorylcholine (PC) pendant groups. These polymers are synthesized by ring opening metathesis polymerization (ROMP) of a novel PC- cyclooctene monomer, and copolymerization of various functionalized cyclooctene comonomers. Incorporation of different comonomers into the PC-polyolefin backbone affords copolymers with different functionalities, including crosslinkers, fluorophores, and other reactive groups, that tune the range of applications of these polymers, and their hydrophobic/hydrophilic balance. The amphiphilic nature of PC-polyolefins was exploited in oil-water interfacial assembly, providing robust polymer capsules to encapsulate and deliver nanoparticles to damaged regions of a substrate in a project termed `repair-and-go.' In repair-and-go, a flexible microcapsule filled with a solution of nanoparticles probes an imperfection-riddled substrate as it rolls over the surface. The thin capsule wall allows the nanoparticles to escape the capsules and enter into the cracks, driven in part by favorable interactions between the nanoparticle ligands and the cracked surface (i.e., hydrophobic-hydrophobic interactions). The capsules then continue their transport along the surface, filling more cracks and depositing particles into them. The amphiphilic nature of PC-polyolefins was also exploited in aqueous assembly, forming novel polymer vesicles in water. PC-polyolefin vesicles ranged in size from 50 nm to 30 µm. The mechanical properties of PC-polyolefin vesicles were measured by micropipette aspiration techniques, and found to be more robust than conventional liposomes or polymersomes prepared from block copolymers. PC-polyolefin vesicles have potential use in drug delivery; it was found that the cancer drug doxorubicin could be encapsulated efficiently in PC-polyolefin vesicles. In

  14. Gas barrier properties of hydrogenated amorphous carbon films coated on polymers by surface-wave plasma chemical vapor deposition

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    Gas barrier characteristics of hydrogenated amorphous carbon (a-C:H) thin films coated on polymer sheets using the large-area surface-wave plasma (SWP) were studied. With SWP in He and CH4 gas mixture, a-C:H films were deposited over about 100 mm in diameter on high density polyethylene or polyethylene terephthalate (PET) sheets at temperature less than 70 deg. C. Experimental results show that gas permeation in the case of a-C:H film coating on PET sheet was reduced by a factor of more than 150 (0.27 cm3/m2 day atm), compared with that before coating. Plasma characteristics of SWP, such as electron density and electron energy distribution functions, and other film characteristics measured with Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy and atomic force microscope are presented and discussed

  15. Stability of Amorphous Pharmaceutical Solids: Crystal Growth Mechanisms and Effect of Polymer Additives

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    Sun, Ye; Zhu, Lei; Wu, Tian; Cai, Ting; Gunn, Erica M.; Yu, Lian

    2012-01-01

    We review recent progress toward understanding and enhancing the stability of amorphous pharmaceutical solids against crystallization. As organic liquids are cooled to become glasses, fast modes of crystal growth can emerge. One such growth mode, the glass-to-crystal or GC mode, occurs in the bulk, and another exists at the free surface, both leading to crystal growth much faster than predicted by theories that assume diffusion defines the kinetic barrier of crystallization. These phenomena h...

  16. On the thermodynamically stable amorphous phase of polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide.

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    Yu, Liping; Raj, Rishi

    2015-01-01

    A model for the thermodynamic stability of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) is presented. It builds upon the reasonably accepted model of SiCO which is conceived as a nanodomain network of graphene. The domains are expected to be filled with SiO2 molecules, while the interface with graphene is visualized to contain mixed bonds described as Si bonded to C as well as to O atoms. Normally these SiCO compositions would be expected to crystallize. Instead, calorimetric measurements have shown that the amorphous phase is thermodynamically stable. In this article we employ first-principles calculations to estimate how the interfacial energy of the graphene networks is favorably influenced by having mixed bonds attached to them. We analyze the ways in which this reduction in interfacial energy can stabilize the amorphous phase. The approach highlights how density functional theory computations can be combined with the classical analysis of phase transformations to explain the behavior of a complex material. In addition we discover a two-dimensional lattice structure, with the composition Si2C4O3 that is constructed from a single layer of graphene congruent with silicon and oxygen bonds on either side. PMID:26419962

  17. Comparison of acidic polymers for the removal of cobalt from water solutions by polymer assisted ultrafiltration

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    In this study, three sulfonated water-soluble polymers based on poly(vinyl alcohol) of different molecular weights (10,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Da) were prepared and tested against commercially available poly(acrylic acid) for the removal of cobalt using polymer assisted ultrafiltration. High rejection rates were obtained between pH 3 and 6 with sulfonated poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA 10,000 and 50,000 Da) whereas poly(acrylic acid) (PAA) of similar molecular weights performed rather poorly in this pH range. Sulfonation improved significantly sorption capability of PVA. Sulfonated PVA 10,000 was the best complexing agent with rejection rate above 95% between pH 3 and 6. For unmodified PVA the rejection rate was only 30-45% at pH 6 and there was no rejection at pH 3 at all. PAA rejection rate was above 90% at pH 6 and only about 10% at pH 3. Large scale experiment in cross-flow, continuous apparatus conducted by using PVA-SO3H 10,000 Da to remove 60Co radioisotope from water solutions showed excellent results demonstrating the potential of this polymer to purify acidic radioactive wastes containing cobalt radioisotopes.

  18. Simple solution-processed titanium oxide electron transport layer for efficient inverted polymer solar cells

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    Titanium oxide (TiOX) is an effective electron transport layer (ETL) in polymer solar cells (PSCs). We report efficient inverted PSCs with a simple solution-processed amorphous TiOX (s-TiOX) film as an ETL. The s-TiOX film with high light transmittance was prepared by spin-coating titanium (IV) isopropoxide isopropanol solution on indium tin oxide coated glass in inert and then placed in air under room temperature for 60 min. The introduction of s-TiOX ETL greatly improved the short circuit current density of the devices. PSCs based on poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester and poly(4,8-bis-alkyloxy-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-alt-alkylcarbonyl -thieno[3,4-b]thiophene):[6,6]-phenyl- C71-butyric acid methyl ester using s-TiOX film as ETL shows high power conversion efficiency of 4.29% and 6.7% under the illumination of AM 1.5G, 100 mW/cm2, which shows enhancements compared to the conventional PSCs with poly(styrenesulfonate)-doped poly(ethylenedioxythiophene) as anode buffer layer. In addition, the device exhibits good stability in a humid ambient atmosphere without capsulation. The results indicate that the annealing-free, simple solution processed s-TiOX film is an efficient ETL for high-performance PSCs. - Highlights: • High quality s-TiOX films were prepared by a simple, solution method without thermal treatment. • The s-TiOX films with high transmittance are very smooth. • The organic photovoltaic performance with s-TiOX film improved greatly and exhibited good stability. • The annealing-free, simple prepared s-TiOX film will be much compatible with flexible substrates

  19. Early turbulence in von Karman swirling flow of polymer solutions

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    Burnishev, Yuri; Steinberg, Victor

    2015-01-01

    We present quantitative experimental results on the transition to early turbulence in von Karman swirling flow of water- and water-sugar-based polymer solutions compared to the transition to turbulence in their Newtonian solvents by measurements of solely global quantities as torque Γ(t) and pressure p(t) with large statistics as a function of Re. For the first time the transition values of Re_c\\textit{turb} to fully developed turbulence and turbulent drag reduction regime Re_c\\textit{TDR} are obtained as functions of elasticity El by using the solvents with different viscosities and polymer concentrations ϕ. Two scaling regions for fundamental turbulent characteristics are identified and they correspond to the turbulent and TDR regimes. Both Re_c\\textit{turb} and Re_c\\textit{TDR} are found via the dependence of the friction coefficient Cf and Cp, defined through scaled average torque \\barΓ and rms pressure fluctuations p\\textit{rms} , respectively, on Re for different El and ϕ and via the limits of the two scaling regions.

  20. Characterization of Hyaluronan-Protein Microstructures and Polymer Solutions

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    Curtis, J. E.; McLane, L.; Bedoya, M.; Beatty, R.; Kramer, A.; Boehm, H.; Scrimgeour, J.

    2010-03-01

    Evidence is mounting that mechanical and topographical features of biomaterials can be as critical for cellular behavior as chemical properties. A case in point is hyaluronan (HA), a large polysaccharide with unique mechanical and hydrodynamic properties, found in many tissues and bodily fluids. Thanks to a large variety of accessible conformations and aggregation states, this remarkable polymer can impart on its biological environment a diverse range of structural and viscoelastic properties with far-reaching consequences for cell physiology (migration, inflammation, cancer). Supramolecular assembly of HA is typically mediated by HA-binding proteins. These specialized molecules are known to assist the formation of organized structures, such as cross-linked bundles, gels, or the all-important pericellular coat, a polymer network anchored to many cell surfaces. Precisely how the material properties of HA-rich matrices and aggregates are modified by the associated proteins, however, is largely a matter of speculation. We will present new insights concerning the cell coat and HA-protein solutions characterized using passive microrheology, fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (FRAP), and optical force probe microscopy.

  1. STAR POLYMER/WATER SOLUTIONS: NEW EXPERIMENTAL FINDINGS

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    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available The purpose of the present work is to highlight a number of recent experimental results that have contributed significantly to the research area of star polymer. Firstly we will refer to a very impressive SANS work by J.Peyrelasse, C.Perreur, J.-P.Habas and J.Francois which is focused on the study of the structural properties of aqueous solutions of a star copolymer of PEO and PPO by Small Angle Neutron Scattering. Next, we will refer to some experimental advances reported in the work by R.Triolo, V.Arrighi, A.Triolo, P.Migliardo, S.Magazu, J.B.McClain, D.Betts, J.M.DeSimone, H.D.Middendorf, which deals with a study of some dynamical properties of PS-b-PFOA aggregates in supercritical CO2 by Quasi Elastic Neutron Scattering.

  2. Calculation of thermal conductivity of polymer solutions in a wide range of temperatures and pressure

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    Present article is devoted to calculation of thermal conductivity of polymer solutions in a wide range of temperatures and pressure. The dependence of thermal conductivity of polymers on temperature and pressure was studied. The dependence of thermal conductivity of polymers on molar mass was studied as well.

  3. Engineering solutions for polymer composites solar water heaters production

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    Frid, S. E.; Arsatov, A. V.; Oshchepkov, M. Yu.

    2016-06-01

    Analysis of engineering solutions aimed at a considerable decrease of solar water heaters cost via the use of polymer composites in heaters construction and solar collector and heat storage integration into a single device representing an integrated unit results are considered. Possibilities of creating solar water heaters of only three components and changing welding, soldering, mechanical treatment, and assembly of a complicate construction for large components molding of polymer composites and their gluing are demonstrated. Materials of unit components and engineering solutions for their manufacturing are analyzed with consideration for construction requirements of solar water heaters. Optimal materials are fiber glass and carbon-filled plastics based on hot-cure thermosets, and an optimal molding technology is hot molding. It is necessary to manufacture the absorbing panel as corrugated and to use a special paint as its selective coating. Parameters of the unit have been optimized by calculation. Developed two-dimensional numerical model of the unit demonstrates good agreement with the experiment. Optimal ratio of daily load to receiving surface area of a solar water heater operating on a clear summer day in the midland of Russia is 130‒150 L/m2. Storage tank volume and load schedule have a slight effect on solar water heater output. A thermal insulation layer of 35‒40 mm is sufficient to provide an efficient thermal insulation of the back and side walls. An experimental model layout representing a solar water heater prototype of a prime cost of 70‒90/(m2 receiving surface) has been developed for a manufacturing volume of no less than 5000 pieces per year.

  4. PHOTOINDUCED BIREFRINGENCE AND NUMERICAL SOLUTION OF A NEW DYNAMIC MODEL IN AN AMORPHOUS COPOLYMER CONTAINING AZOBENZENE GROUPS

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    Ling-zhi Zhang; Zhi-gang Cai; Valerica Ninulescu; Ke Jin; Zhao-xi Liang

    2001-01-01

    Photoinduced birefringence is investigated in a new amorphous copolymer containing azobenzene groups. The levels of birefringence signal are found to depend on the polarization angle between the pump beam and the probe beam, and on the ellipticity of the pump beam. Both the growth and decay processes of the birefringence signal can be described by known biexponential equations. The rate constants and the amplitudes associated with the growth process of the photoinduced birefringence are observed to display a linear dependence with the pump beam intensity. A new dynamic model of the photoinduced birefringence is presented taking into account the contributions of both the trans and cis isomers ofazobenzene groups and the local polymer segments. The numerical treatment of this model shows good agreement with the experimental data in the whole writing-erasing processes of the photoinduced birefringence conducted in our polymer samples.

  5. On the thermodynamically stable amorphous phase of polymer-derived silicon oxycarbide

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    Liping Yu; Rishi Raj

    2015-01-01

    A model for the thermodynamic stability of amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiCO) is presented. It builds upon the reasonably accepted model of SiCO which is conceived as a nanodomain network of graphene. The domains are expected to be filled with SiO2 molecules, while the interface with graphene is visualized to contain mixed bonds described as Si bonded to C as well as to O atoms. Normally these SiCO compositions would be expected to crystallize. Instead, calorimetric measurements have shown t...

  6. Frustration of photocrystallization in amorphous selenium films and film-polymer structures near the glass transition

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    Lindberg, G. P.; Tallman, R. E.; Abbaszadeh, S.; Karim, K. S.; Rowlands, J. A.; Reznik, A.; Weinstein, B. A.

    2013-12-01

    We investigate the stability against photo-induced crystallization (PiC) and photo-induced darkening (PiD) in a series of amorphous selenium (a-Se) films grown with and without polyimide buffer layers[1] for temperatures below and above the glass transition (Tg ˜ 313 K). The a-Se films are bulk-like (˜16.5 μm thick), and contain a low concentration of As (< 0.2%). We find that due to strain relief, a thin layer (˜1 μm) of polyimide greatly stabilizes the samples against PiC and reduces the effect of PiD.

  7. Dynamic coupling between stress and composition in polymer solutions and blends

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    Doi, Masao; Onuki, Akira

    1992-01-01

    Phenomenological hydrodynamic equations are proposed for entangled polymer blends as generalization of those for polymer solutions. They can describe coupling between macroscopic flow and relative diffusion. The key concept we use is the “tube velocity” introduced by Brochard in the problem of mutual diffusion in polymer blends. As applications, (i) we give a general expression for the time-correlation function of the polymer concentration around equilibrium and examine its relaxation in some...

  8. Development of amorphous dispersions of artemether with hydrophilic polymers via spray drying: Physicochemical and in silico studies

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    Jaywant N. Pawar

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Artemether (ARM is a poorly water soluble and poorly permeable drug effective against acute and severe falciparum malaria, hence there is a strong need to improve its solubility. The objective of the study was to enhance the solubility and dissolution rate of ARM by preparation of solid dispersions using spray-drying technique. Solid dispersions of ARM were prepared with Soluplus, Kollidon VA 64, HPMC and Eudragit EPO at weight ratios of 1:1, 1:2, 1:3 using spray drying technology, and characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC, and X-ray powder diffraction (XRD to identify the physicochemical interaction between drug and carrier, as well as effect on dissolution. The prepared solid dispersion of ARM with polymers showed reduced crystallinity as compared to neat ARM, which was confirmed by DSC and XRD. Drug/polymer interactions were studied in-silico by docking and molecular dynamics which indicated formation of van der Waals type of interactions of ARM with the polymers. Based on solubility studies, the optimum drug/Soluplus ratio was found to be 1:3. The dissolution studies of formulation SD3 showed highest drug release up to 82% compared to neat ARM giving only 20% at 60 minutes. The spray-dried products were free of crystalline ARM; possessed higher dissolution rates, and were stable over a period according to ICH guidelines. These findings suggest that an amorphous solid dispersion of ARM could be a viable option for enhancing the dissolution rate of ARM.

  9. Morphology of crystalline–amorphous olefin block copolymers in solution characterized by small-angle neutron scattering and microscopy

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    Radulescu, Aurel; Goerigk, Günter; Fetters, Lewis; Richter, Dieter

    2015-01-01

    The single-chain properties and self-assembly behavior in dilute solution of olefin block copolymers obtained by chain-shuttling technology and consisting of alternating crystallizable and amorphous ethylene/1-octene blocks were investigated by pinhole and focusing small-angle neutron scattering techniques, optical microscopy in bright-field and crossed-polarizer modes, and differential scanning calorimetry. The complex hydrocarbon soluble (precipitant free) macro-aggregates formed with decre...

  10. Electrostatics of polymer translocation events in electrolyte solutions.

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    Buyukdagli, Sahin; Ala-Nissila, T

    2016-07-01

    We develop an analytical theory that accounts for the image and surface charge interactions between a charged dielectric membrane and a DNA molecule translocating through the membrane. Translocation events through neutral carbon-based membranes are driven by a competition between the repulsive DNA-image-charge interactions and the attractive coupling between the DNA segments on the trans and the cis sides of the membrane. The latter effect is induced by the reduction of the coupling by the dielectric membrane. In strong salt solutions where the repulsive image-charge effects dominate the attractive trans-cis coupling, the DNA molecule encounters a translocation barrier of ≈10 kBT. In dilute electrolytes, the trans-cis coupling takes over image-charge forces and the membrane becomes a metastable attraction point that can trap translocating polymers over long time intervals. This mechanism can be used in translocation experiments in order to control DNA motion by tuning the salt concentration of the solution. PMID:27394120

  11. Electrostatics of polymer translocation events in electrolyte solutions

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    Buyukdagli, Sahin; Ala-Nissila, T.

    2016-07-01

    We develop an analytical theory that accounts for the image and surface charge interactions between a charged dielectric membrane and a DNA molecule translocating through the membrane. Translocation events through neutral carbon-based membranes are driven by a competition between the repulsive DNA-image-charge interactions and the attractive coupling between the DNA segments on the trans and the cis sides of the membrane. The latter effect is induced by the reduction of the coupling by the dielectric membrane. In strong salt solutions where the repulsive image-charge effects dominate the attractive trans-cis coupling, the DNA molecule encounters a translocation barrier of ≈10 kBT. In dilute electrolytes, the trans-cis coupling takes over image-charge forces and the membrane becomes a metastable attraction point that can trap translocating polymers over long time intervals. This mechanism can be used in translocation experiments in order to control DNA motion by tuning the salt concentration of the solution.

  12. Novel technique for phosphorus recovery from aqueous solutions using amorphous calcium silicate hydrates (A-CSHs).

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    Okano, Kenji; Uemoto, Masahide; Kagami, Jumpei; Miura, Keiichi; Aketo, Tsuyoshi; Toda, Masaya; Honda, Kohsuke; Ohtake, Hisao

    2013-05-01

    A novel technique for phosphorus (P) recovery from aqueous solutions was developed using amorphous calcium silicate hydrates (A-CSHs). A-CSHs, which have a high Ca/Si molar ratio of 2.0 or greater, could be synthesized using unlimitedly available, inexpensive materials such as siliceous shale and calcium hydroxide. A-CSHs showed high performance for P recovery from an anaerobic sludge digestion liquor (ASDL) and the synthetic model liquor (s-ASDL) containing 89 mg PO4-P/L. After 20 min mixing, 1.5 g/L A-CSHs could remove approximately 69 and 73% PO4-P from ASDL and s-ASDL, respectively. By contrast, autoclaved lightweight concrete particles, which contained crystalline calcium silicate hydrates as a principal component, removed only 10 and 6% PO4-P from ASDL and s-ASDL, respectively, under the same experimental conditions. When A-CSHs were washed with deionized water to remove free Ca(OH)2, P removability was significantly improved (up to 82%) despite the reduction in the amount of Ca(2+) released. Unlike in the case of Ca(OH)2, no significant carbonate inhibition was observed with P removal by A-CSHs. Moreover, P removed by A-CSHs showed better settleability, filterability, and dewaterability than P precipitated with conventional CaCl2 and Ca(OH)2. The present study demonstrated that A-CSHs have great potential as a novel, beneficial material for P recovery and recycling. PMID:23497975

  13. Microfluidics Meets Dilute Solution Viscometry: An Undergraduate Laboratory to Determine Polymer Molecular Weight Using a Microviscometer

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    Pety, Stephen J.; Lu, Hang; Thio, Yonathan S.

    2011-01-01

    This paper describes a student laboratory experiment to determine the molecular weight of a polymer sample by measuring the viscosity of dilute polymer solutions in a PDMS microfluidic viscometer. Sample data are given for aqueous solutions of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO). A demonstration of shear thinning behavior using the microviscometer is…

  14. Block copolymer micelle coronas as quasi-two-dimensional dilute or semidilute polymer solutions

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    Svaneborg, C.; Pedersen, J.S.

    2001-01-01

    self-consistent approach, it is demonstrated that the corona can be regarded as a quasi-two-dimensional polymer solution, with a concentration dependence analogous to that of an ordinary polymer solution. Scattering due to the corona profile and density fluctuation correlations are separated in this...

  15. A sorption and dilation investigation of amorphous glassy polymers and physical aging

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    Punsalan, David Troy

    The goal of this work was to investigate the effect of physical aging on penetrant sorption and dilation in glassy polymers. At the present time, this topic is fundamental in nature but may be relevant to previously observed declines in the productivity of polymeric gas separation membranes. Though physical aging is well known to occur in glassy polymers, it is often neglected in most contexts. However, since gas sorption and diffusion occurs on a molecular scale, reduction of unrelaxed volume due of physical aging may have a large impact on the macroscopically observed manifestations of these phenomena. In addition to experimental investigations of the effect of physical aging on the polymer-penetrant environment, various models of sorption and dilation are studied. Of the numerous models available in the literature, the theory of dual mode sorption, Sanchez-Lacombe lattice fluid equation of state and site-distribution model have previously demonstrated notable success and are applied to three polymers of varying chain flexibility: MatrimidRTM, Ultem RTM and LexanRTM (Tg = 313, 215 and 150°C respectively). Since the lattice fluid equation of state is intend for use on equilibrium media, only partial descriptions of solubility are expected. A variation of the Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state which takes into account the non-equilibrium nature of the glassy state, suitably called the Non-Equilibrium Lattice Fluid model, is also considered. In this work, the sorption and dilation data were used to study the presence of unrelaxed volume in glassy polymer materials and how it is affected by physical aging. A variety of other characterizational techniques were explored as well. Substantial changes in the sorption, dilation and CO2 partial molar volume due to physical aging were observed for bulk films of Matrimid RTM and LexanRTM, but not for Ultem RTM. Gas solubility was found to be lower in thin (ℓ = 0.1mum) MatrimidRTM films than in thick films (ℓ = 25.4mum

  16. Effect of gamma Radiation on The Viscosity of Polycarbonate as an Amorphous Polymer

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    Many techniques have been used to evaluate the physical and chemical changes which occur in Polycarbonate (Pc) irradiated with high energy radiation. The viscosity is an important physical property for studying the effect of gamma radiation on amorphous Pc. The irradiation was carried out over a period of 150 hours. The dose rate during this study was maintained at 3.3 KGy/h. The D V-III programmable theo meter was used for the measurements. The results indicated that gamma radiation with different doses caused a sharp decrease in the viscosity up to 200 KGy following by a slight decrease at higher doses. The effect temperature on the viscosity of irradiated samples has been studied. A DSC study for irradiated and unirradiated polycarbonate has been carried out to confirm the results of viscosity measurements

  17. Role of Molecular Interactions for Synergistic Precipitation Inhibition of Poorly Soluble Drug in Supersaturated Drug-Polymer-Polymer Ternary Solution.

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    Prasad, Dev; Chauhan, Harsh; Atef, Eman

    2016-03-01

    We are reporting a synergistic effect of combined Eudragit E100 and PVP K90 in precipitation inhibition of indomethacin (IND) in solutions at low polymer concentration, a phenomenon that has significant implications on the usefulness of developing novel ternary solid dispersion of poorly soluble drugs. The IND supersaturation was created by cosolvent technique, and the precipitation studies were performed in the absence and the presence of individual and combined PVP K90 and Eudragit E100. The studies were also done with PEG 8000 as a noninteracting control polymer. A continuous UV recording of the IND absorption was used to observe changes in the drug concentration over time. The polymorphic form and morphology of precipitated IND were characterized by Raman spectroscopy and scanning electron microscopy. The change in the chemical shift in solution (1)H NMR was used as novel approach to probe IND-polymer interactions. Molecular modeling was used for calculating binding energy between IND-polymer as another indication of IND-polymer interaction. Spontaneous IND precipitation was observed in the absence of polymers. Eudragit E100 showed significant inhibitory effect on nuclei formation due to stronger interaction as reflected in higher binding energy and greater change in chemical shift by NMR. PVP K90 led to significant crystal growth inhibition due to adsorption on growing IND crystals as confirmed by modified crystal habit of precipitate in the presence of PVP K90. Combination of polymers resulted in a synergistic precipitation inhibition and extended supersaturation. The NMR confirmed interaction between IND-Eudragit E100 and IND-PVP K90 in solution. The combination of polymers showed similar peak shift albeit using lower polymer concentration indicating stronger interactions. The results established the significant synergistic precipitation inhibition effect upon combining Eudragit E100 and PVP K90 due to drug-polymer interaction. PMID:26866895

  18. Effect of solvent quality on the dispersibility of polymer-grafted spherical nanoparticles in polymer solutions

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    Egorov, S. A.; Binder, K.

    2012-09-01

    In this work, lattice-based self consistent field theory is used to study the structural properties of individual polymer-grafted spherical nanopartices and particle-particle interactions in polymer melts and solutions under variable solvent conditions. Our study has focused on the depth of the minimum in the potential of mean force between the two brush-coated nanoparticles, if such a minimum occurs, and we have also addressed the corresponding radial density profiles of free and grafted chains around a single nanoparticle, in an attempt to clarify the extent of correlation between the depth of the minimum, Wmin, and the parameter δ characterizing the interpenetration between the profiles of free and grafted chains. Although one cannot establish a simple one-to-one correspondence between Wmin and δ, we do find common trends, in particular, if the solvent conditions for free and grafted chains differ: varying the volume fraction of the free chains, δ typically exhibits a broad minimum, corresponding to a region where the magnitude of Wmin exceeds thermal energy kBT, leading to particle aggregation.

  19. On the origin of the Vogel–Fulcher–Tammann law in the thermo-responsive shape memory effect of amorphous polymers

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    All amorphous shape memory polymers (SMPs) are featured by their relaxation behavior above and below the switching transition temperature (TSW). Above TSW, the glass transition and secondary transition merge together, resulting in the cooperative (α) movement in polymer macromolecules. Below TSW, movement is non-cooperative (β). In this study, three thermodynamic constitutive frameworks for the shape recovery behavior in amorphous SMPs are proposed based on the Arrhenius, Vogel–Fulcher–Tammann (VFT) and Bässler laws, respectively, and incorporated with parameters (stress, strain and relaxation time) as functions of temperature. The relaxation times of α and β movements satisfy the VFT and Arrhenius laws, respectively. The simulation is compared with the available experimental results reported in the literature for verification. The VFT law is found to be better than the other models, and is able to provide an accurate prediction for the temperature dependent relaxation behavior, from the Arrhenius behavior below, to the Williams–Landel–Ferry behavior above TSW. (paper)

  20. Elastic turbulence in curvilinear flows of polymer solutions

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    Following our first report (A Groisman and V Steinberg 2000 Nature 405 53), we present an extended account of experimental observations of elasticity-induced turbulence in three different systems: a swirling flow between two plates, a Couette-Taylor (CT) flow between two cylinders, and a flow in a curvilinear channel (Dean flow). All three set-ups had a high ratio of the width of the region available for flow to the radius of curvature of the streamlines. The experiments were carried out with dilute solutions of high-molecular-weight polyacrylamide in concentrated sugar syrups. High polymer relaxation time and solution viscosity ensured prevalence of non-linear elastic effects over inertial non-linearity, and development of purely elastic instabilities at low Reynolds number (Re) in all three flows. Above the elastic instability threshold, flows in all three systems exhibit features of developed turbulence. They include: (i) randomly fluctuating fluid motion excited in a broad range of spatial and temporal scales and (ii) significant increase in the rates of momentum and mass transfer (compared with those expected for a steady flow with a smooth velocity profile). Phenomenology, driving mechanisms and parameter dependence of the elastic turbulence are compared with those of the conventional high-Re hydrodynamic turbulence in Newtonian fluids. Some similarities as well as multiple principal differences were found. In two out of three systems (swirling flow between two plates and flow in the curvilinear channel), power spectra of velocity fluctuations decayed rather quickly, following power laws with exponents of about -3.5. It suggests that, being random in time, the flow is rather smooth in space, in the sense that the main contribution to deformation and mixing (and, possibly, elastic energy) is coming from flow at the largest scale of the system. This situation, random in time and smooth in space, is analogous to flows at small scales (below the Kolmogorov

  1. Solvent-shift strategy to identify suitable polymers to inhibit humidity-induced solid-state crystallization of lacidipine amorphous solid dispersions.

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    Sun, Mengchi; Wu, Chunnuan; Fu, Qiang; Di, Donghua; Kuang, Xiao; Wang, Chao; He, Zhonggui; Wang, Jian; Sun, Jin

    2016-04-30

    The solvent-shift strategy was used to identify appropriate polymers that inhibit humidity-induced solid-state crystallization of amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs). Lacidipine with the polymers, PVP-K30, HPMC-E5 or Soluplus, were combined to form amorphous solid dispersions prepared by solvent evaporation. The formulations were characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD), and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FT-IR) and were subjected to in vitro dissolution testing. The moisture had a significant impact on the amount dissolved for the solid dispersions. Molecular docking studies established that hydrogen bonding was critical for the stabilization of the solid dispersions. The rank order of the binding energy of the drug-polymer association was Soluplus (-6.21kcal/mol)>HPMC-E5 (-3.21kcal/mol)>PVP-K30 (-2.31kcal/mol). PVP-K30 had the highest water uptake among the polymers, as did ASD system of lacidipine-PVP-K30 ASDs. In the Soluplus ASDs, with its strong drug-polymer interactions and low water uptake, moisture-induced solid-state crystallization was not observed. PMID:26869398

  2. Elasticity and Extensibility Determine Printability and Spinnability of Polymer Solutions

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    Dinic, Jelena; Jimenez, Leidy; Sharma, Vivek

    Many advanced manufacturing technologies like inkjet and 3D printing, nano-fiber spinning involve complex free-surface flows, and the formation of columnar necks that undergo spontaneous capillary-driven thinning and pinch-off. The progressive self-thinning of neck is often characterized by self-similar profiles and scaling laws that depend on the relative magnitude of capillary, inertial and viscous stresses for simple (Newtonian and inelastic) fluids. Stream-wise velocity gradients that arise within the thinning columnar neck create an extensional flow field that can orient and stretch macromolecules, contributing extra elastic stresses and extensional viscosity that change thinning and pinch-off dynamics for polymeric complex fluids. Characterizing the filament thinning and break-up kinetics in jetting, dripping and stretching liquid bridge provides invaluable insight into the interplay of elastic, viscous, capillary and inertial stresses relevant for these applications. We elucidate how polymer composition, flexibility and molecular weight determine the thinning and pinch-off kinetics in our experiments. Both effective relaxation time and transient extensional viscosity are found to be strongly concentration dependent even for dilute solutions.

  3. Self and collective dynamics of ordered star polymer solutions

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    Stellbrink, J; Monkenbusch, M; Richter, D; Ehlers, G; Schleger, P

    2002-01-01

    We investigated the dynamics of 18-arm polyisoprene star polymer solutions well above their overlap concentration c sup *. Combining neutron spin echo spectroscopy (NSE) and selective H/D labelling, we were able to separate inter- (collective) and intra-star (self) dynamics. Only at low Q-vectors do self and collective dynamics become discernible. Here, collective dynamics are found to be consistent with a colloidal approach resulting from star-star interactions. The collective short time diffusion coefficient D sub e sub f sub f is well described by the term D sub 0 /S(Q), with D sub 0 the diffusion coefficient at infinite dilution. At Q sub m , the peak position in the structure factor S(Q), no difference is observable between collective and self dynamics. For covering the slowed-down dynamics at Q sub m the time range of NSE was extended for the first time up to 350 ns using long wavelengths, lambda=19 A, at IN15 (ILL, Grenoble). We found that S(Q,t)/S(Q,0) relaxes into a concentration-dependent plateau. T...

  4. Transparent, amorphous and organics-free ZnO thin films produced by chemical solution deposition at 150 {sup o}C

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    Tellier, J. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Kuscer, D., E-mail: danjela.kuscer@ijs.s [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Malic, B.; Cilensek, J.; Skarabot, M.; Kovac, J. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia); Goncalves, G. [CEMOP Uninova, CEMAT I3N, FCT-UNL, Caparica 2829-516 (Portugal); Musevic, I.; Kosec, M. [Jozef Stefan Institute, Jamova 39, 1000 Ljubljana (Slovenia)

    2010-07-01

    We have studied the low-temperature processing of ZnO by chemical solution deposition. A transparent, stable precursor solution prepared from zinc acetate dihydrate dissolved in 2-methoxyethanol was spin-coated on SiO{sub x}/Si, soda-lime glass and polymer substrates and heated at 150 {sup o}C. Selected thin films deposited on SiO{sub x}/Si were additionally heated at 450 {sup o}C. Microstructural and chemical analyses showed that the thin films heated at 150 {sup o}C in air were amorphous, contained no organic residues and had a root mean square roughness of 0.7 nm. The films deposited on SiO{sub x}/Si and heated at 450 {sup o}C were crystallised and consisted of randomly oriented grains with a diameter of about 20 nm. All thin films were transparent, exhibiting a transmission of over 80% in the visible range. The resistivity of the 120-nm thick ZnO films processed at 150 {sup o}C was 57 M{Omega} cm and upon heating at 450 {sup o}C it decreased to 1.9 k{Omega} cm.

  5. Solidification Behavior of Polymer Solution during Membrane Preparation by Thermally Induced Phase Separation

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    Toru Ishigami; Yoko Nii; Yoshikage Ohmukai; Saeid Rajabzadeh; Hideto Matsuyama

    2014-01-01

    The solidification behavior of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) solution during membrane preparation by thermally induced phase separation (TIPS) was investigated. Apparatus newly developed in our laboratory was used to quantitatively measure membrane stiffness during phase separation. In this apparatus, a cooling polymer solution, placed on a stage, is moved upwards and the surface of the polymer solution contacts a sphere attached to the tip of a needle. The displacement of a blade spring ...

  6. Side Chain Engineering in Solution-Processable Conjugated Polymers

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    2014-01-14

    Side chains in conjugated polymers have been primarily utilized as solubilizing groups. However, these side chains have roles that are far beyond. We advocate using side chain engineering to tune a polymer\\'s physical properties, including absorption, emission, energy level, molecular packing, and charge transport. To date, numerous flexible substituents suitable for constructing side chains have been reported. In this Perspective article, we advocate that the side chain engineering approach can advance better designs for next-generation conjugated polymers. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  7. Improving battery safety by reducing the formation of Li dendrites with the use of amorphous silicon polymer anodes.

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    Maruyama, Hitoshi; Nakano, Hideyuki; Ogawa, Masahiro; Nakamoto, Masaaki; Ohta, Toshiaki; Sekiguchi, Akira

    2015-01-01

    To provide safe lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) at low cost, battery materials which lead to reduced Li dendrite formation are needed. The currently used anode materials have low redox voltages that are very close to the redox potential for the formation of Li metal, which leads to severe short circuiting. Herein, we report that when the three-dimensional amorphous silicon polymers poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are used as anode materials, dendritic Li formation on the anode surface is avoided up to a practical current density of 10 mA·g(-1) at 5 °C. Equally as significant, poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are capable of reacting with 0.45 and 0.9 Li atoms per formula unit, respectively, at an average voltage of approximately 1.0 V, affording reversible capacities of 244 mAh·g(-1) and 180 mAh·g(-1). Moreover, noteworthy is the fact that polysilynes are suitable for practical applications because they can be prepared through a simple and low-cost process and are easy to handle. PMID:26249325

  8. Improving battery safety by reducing the formation of Li dendrites with the use of amorphous silicon polymer anodes

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    Maruyama, Hitoshi; Nakano, Hideyuki; Ogawa, Masahiro; Nakamoto, Masaaki; Ohta, Toshiaki; Sekiguchi, Akira

    2015-08-01

    To provide safe lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) at low cost, battery materials which lead to reduced Li dendrite formation are needed. The currently used anode materials have low redox voltages that are very close to the redox potential for the formation of Li metal, which leads to severe short circuiting. Herein, we report that when the three-dimensional amorphous silicon polymers poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are used as anode materials, dendritic Li formation on the anode surface is avoided up to a practical current density of 10 mA·g-1 at 5 °C. Equally as significant, poly(methylsilyne) and poly(phenylsilyne) are capable of reacting with 0.45 and 0.9 Li atoms per formula unit, respectively, at an average voltage of approximately 1.0 V, affording reversible capacities of 244 mAh·g-1 and 180 mAh·g-1. Moreover, noteworthy is the fact that polysilynes are suitable for practical applications because they can be prepared through a simple and low-cost process and are easy to handle.

  9. Aspects récents de la thermodynamique des solutions de polymères Recent Aspects of the Thermodynamics of Polymer Solutions

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    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available On examine dans cet article différentes approches de la thermodynamique des solutions de polymères placées dans leur contexte historique. On rappelle d'abord le modèle du réseau de Flory-Huggins et on en souligne les déficiences. On traite ensuite brièvement de la mécanique statistique des solutions de polymères introduite par Prigogine en 1957 et on montre qu'elle constitue un progrès qualitatif par rapport à la théorie du réseau, mais qu'elle ne prévoit cependant pas de manière quantitative les propriétés de ces solutions. On montre ensuite que le concept de volume libre, qui permet un traitement simplifié de certaines quantités, permet également d'expliquer tout naturellement l'existence d'une deuxième température de séparation en phase lorsque l'on élève la température, propriété qui différencie les solutions de polymères des mélanges de liquidés simples. Enfin, dans une dernière partie, on mentionne brièvement les travaux récents de l'École de Paris, qui traite les solutions de polymères par analogie avec les transitions magnétiques. This article examines différent approaches ta the thermodynamics of polymer solutions set in their historical context. First of all, the Flory-Huggins network model is described and ifs deficiencies are pointed out. Then attention is briefly drawn to the statistical mechanics of polymer solutions as introduced by Prigogine in 1957, and this mechanics is shown to be a qualitative advance compared with the network theory, but it nonetheless does not quantitatively predict the properties of such solutions. It is then shown that the concept of free volume, enabling some quantifies to be treated in a simplified way, also serves to provide a quite natural explanation for the existence of a second phase separation temperature when the temperature is raised, i. e. a property that differentiates polymer solutions from simple liquid mixtures. In the final part, brief mention is made

  10. Strong stabilization of liquid amorphous calcium carbonate by ovalbumin: gaining insight into the mechanism of ‘polymer-induced liquid precursor’ processes

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    Leiterer, Jork; Pipich, Vitaliy; Barrea, Raul; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2011-01-01

    The impact of the ovo-proteins ovalbumin and lysozyme—present in the first stage of egg shell formation—on the homogeneous formation of the liquid-amorphous calcium carbonate (LACC) precursor, was studied by a combination of complementing methods: in situ WAXS, SANS, XANES, TEM, and immunogold labeling. Lysozyme (pI = 9.3) destabilizes the LACC emulsion whereas the glycoprotein ovalbumin (pI = 4.7) extends the lifespan of the emulsified state remarkably. In the light of the presented data: (a) Ovalbumin is shown to behave commensurable to the ‘polymer-induced liquid precursor’ (PILP) process proposed by Gower et al. Ovalbumin can be assumed to take a key role during eggshell formation where it serves as an effective stabilization agent for transient precursors and prevents undirected mineralization of the eggshell. (b) It is further shown that the emulsified LACC carries a negative surface charge and is electrostatically stabilized. (c) We propose that the liquid amorphous calcium carbonate is affected by polymers by depletion stabilization and de-emulsification rather than ‘induced’ by acidic proteins and polymers during a polymer-induced liquid-precursor process. The original PILP coating effect, first reported by Gower et al., appears to be a result of a de-emulsification process of a stabilized LACC phase. The behavior of the liquid amorphous carbonate phase and the polymer-induced liquid-precursor phase itself can be well described by colloid chemical terms: electrostatic and depletion stabilization and de-emulsification by depletion destabilization. PMID:21736300

  11. Strong stabilization of amorphous calcium carbonate emulsion by ovalbumin: gaining insight into the mechanism of 'polymer-induced liquid precursor' processes.

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    Wolf, Stephan E; Leiterer, Jork; Pipich, Vitaliy; Barrea, Raul; Emmerling, Franziska; Tremel, Wolfgang

    2011-08-17

    The impact of the ovo proteins ovalbumin and lysozyme--present in the first stage of egg shell formation--on the homogeneous formation of the liquid amorphous calcium carbonate (LACC) precursor, was studied by a combination of complementing methods: in situ WAXS, SANS, XANES, TEM, and immunogold labeling. Lysozyme (pI = 9.3) destabilizes the LACC emulsion whereas the glycoprotein ovalbumin (pI = 4.7) extends the lifespan of the emulsified state remarkably. In the light of the presented data: (a) Ovalbumin is shown to behave commensurable to the 'polymer-induced liquid precursor' (PILP) process proposed by Gower et al. Ovalbumin can be assumed to take a key role during eggshell formation where it serves as an effective stabilization agent for transient precursors and prevents undirected mineralization of the eggshell. (b) It is further shown that the emulsified LACC carries a negative surface charge and is electrostatically stabilized. (c) We propose that the liquid amorphous calcium carbonate is affected by polymers by depletion stabilization and de-emulsification rather than 'induced' by acidic proteins and polymers during a so-called polymer-induced liquid-precursor process. The original PILP coating effect, first reported by Gower et al., appears to be a result of a de-emulsification process of a stabilized LACC phase. The behavior of the liquid amorphous carbonate phase and the polymer-induced liquid-precursor phase itself can be well described by colloid chemical terms: electrostatic and depletion stabilization and de-emulsification by depletion destabilization. PMID:21736300

  12. Preparation of CdTe nanocrystal-polymer composite microspheres in aqueous solution by dispersing method

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    LI Minjie; WANG Chunlei; HAN Kun; YANG Bai

    2005-01-01

    Highly fluorescent CdTe nanocrystals were synthesized in aqueous solution, and then processible CdTe nanocrystal-polymer composites were fabricated by coating the aqueous nanocrystals with copolymers of styrene and octadecyl-p-vinyl-benzyldimethylammonium chloride (SOV- DAC) directly. A dichloromethane solution of CdTe nano- crystal-polymer composites was dispersed in the aqueous solution of poly (vinyl alcohol) (PVA) generating highly fluorescent microspheres. Experimental parameters such as the concentration of nanocrystal-polymer composites, the concentration of PVA, and stirring speed which had important effect on the preparation of the microspheres were investigated in detail with fluorescent microscope characterization.

  13. Manipulating Hydrophobic Interactions in Associative Polymer Solutions via Surfactant-Cyclodextrin Complexation

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    Talwar, Sachin; Harding, Jonathon; Khan, Saad A.

    2008-07-01

    Associative polymers in combination with cyclodextrin (CD) provide a potent tool to manipulate the solution rheology of aqueous solutions. In this study, we discuss the viability and scope of employing surfactants in such systems to facilitate a more versatile and effective tailoring of rheological properties. A model hydrophobically modified alkali-soluble emulsion (HASE) polymer is used which forms a transient physical network of intra- and inter-molecular hydrophobic junctions in solution arising from the interactions between hydrophobic groups grafted on the polymer backbone. The presence of these hydrophobic junctions significantly enhances the solution rheological properties with both the steady state viscosity and dynamic moduli exhibiting an increase by several orders of magnitude. The ability of nonionic surfactants to modulate and recover the hydrophobic interactions in these polymer solutions in the presence of cyclodextrin is examined. The presence of either a- or β-CD results in a dramatic decrease in viscosity and viscoelastic properties of the HASE polymer solution resulting from the encapsulation of polymer hydrophobes by CDs. Addition of nonionic surfactants to such systems promotes a competition between CDs and surfactant molecules to complex with polymer hydrophobes thereby altering the hydrophobic interactions. In this regard, nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPe) with different ethylene oxide (EO) chain lengths, which determine the surfactant hydrophilic-lipophilic balance (HLB), are used.

  14. EFFECT OF ANIONIC SURFACTANT UPON THE VISCOSITY OF POLYMER GUAR GUM SOLUTIONS

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    Xiao-ming Chen; Hai-yang Yang; Xian You; Ping-ping Zhu; Ping-sheng Hea

    2006-01-01

    The reduced viscosity of polymer guar gum solutions containing a certain concentration of sodium dodecyl benzene sulfonate (SDBS) was measured. It has been found that the Huggins coefficient kH of polymer solutions is verysensitive to the concentration of the surfactant, cSDBS, in solutions. If cSDBS is lower than CMC, the critical micelle concentration of SDBS, kH increases rapidly with cSDBS. On the other hand, if cSDBS is larger than CMC, kH decreases rapidly with cSDBS. Comparatively, the intrinsic viscosity of polymer solution does not show a notable change with cSDBS. The experimental results indicate that the interchain association of polymer guar gum in solution is greatly associated with SDBS interacted with polymer chains through hydrogen bonds. However, the effect of SDBS upon the intrachain association of polymer guar gum solution is negligible, presumably due to the fact that guar gum is a slightly stiffened random-coil chain polymer.

  15. Universal aspects of macromolecules in polymer blends, solutions, and supercritical mixtures

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    Melnichenko, Y. B.; Wignall, G. D.; Schwahn, D.

    2002-01-01

    We demonstrate that macromolecules in miscible polymer blends may behave as good, Theta, and poor polymeric solvents for each other. We construct a conceptual phase diagram, delineating the range of validity of the random-phase approximation, outside of which polymers contract or expand beyond their unperturbed dimensions, contrary to common assumptions. Remarkably, the correlation length for polymer blends, solutions, and supercritical mixtures collapses onto a master curve, reflecting unive...

  16. Nanoscale Concentration Quantification of Pharmaceutical Actives in Amorphous Polymer Matrices by Electron Energy-Loss Spectroscopy.

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    Ricarte, Ralm G; Lodge, Timothy P; Hillmyer, Marc A

    2016-07-26

    We demonstrated the use of electron energy-loss spectroscopy (EELS) to evaluate the composition of phenytoin:hydroxypropyl methylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) spin-coated solid dispersions (SDs). To overcome the inability of bright-field and high-angle annular dark-field TEM imaging to distinguish between glassy drug and polymer, we used the π-π* transition peak in the EELS spectrum to detect phenytoin within the HPMCAS matrix of the SD. The concentration of phenytoin within SDs of 10, 25, and 50 wt % drug loading was quantified by a multiple least-squares analysis. Evaluating the concentration of 50 different regions in each SD, we determined that phenytoin and HPMCAS are intimately mixed at a length scale of 200 nm, even for drug loadings up to 50 wt %. At length scales below 100 nm, the variance of the measured phenytoin concentration increases; we speculate that this increase is due to statistical fluctuations in local concentration and chemical changes induced by electron irradiation. We also performed EELS analysis of an annealed 25 wt % phenytoin SD and showed that the technique can resolve concentration differences between regions that are less than 50 nm apart. Our findings indicate that EELS is a useful tool for quantifying, with high accuracy and sub-100 nm spatial resolution, the composition of many pharmaceutical and soft matter systems. PMID:27419264

  17. Simple solution-processed titanium oxide electron transport layer for efficient inverted polymer solar cells

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    Sun, Liang [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China); University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049 (China); Shen, Wenfei [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China); Institute of Hybrid Materials, Laboratory of New Fiber Materials and Modern Textile—The Growing Base for State Key Laboratory, Qingdao University, Qingdao 266071 (China); Chen, Weichao [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China); Bao, Xichang, E-mail: baoxc@qibebt.ac.cn [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China); Wang, Ning; Dou, Xiaowei; Han, Liangliang; Wen, Shuguang [CAS Key Laboratory of Bio-based Materials, Qingdao Institute of Bioenergy and Bioprocess Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Qingdao 266101 (China)

    2014-12-31

    Titanium oxide (TiO{sub X}) is an effective electron transport layer (ETL) in polymer solar cells (PSCs). We report efficient inverted PSCs with a simple solution-processed amorphous TiO{sub X} (s-TiO{sub X}) film as an ETL. The s-TiO{sub X} film with high light transmittance was prepared by spin-coating titanium (IV) isopropoxide isopropanol solution on indium tin oxide coated glass in inert and then placed in air under room temperature for 60 min. The introduction of s-TiO{sub X} ETL greatly improved the short circuit current density of the devices. PSCs based on poly(3-hexylthiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester and poly(4,8-bis-alkyloxy-benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b′]dithiophene-alt-alkylcarbonyl -thieno[3,4-b]thiophene):[6,6]-phenyl- C71-butyric acid methyl ester using s-TiO{sub X} film as ETL shows high power conversion efficiency of 4.29% and 6.7% under the illumination of AM 1.5G, 100 mW/cm{sup 2}, which shows enhancements compared to the conventional PSCs with poly(styrenesulfonate)-doped poly(ethylenedioxythiophene) as anode buffer layer. In addition, the device exhibits good stability in a humid ambient atmosphere without capsulation. The results indicate that the annealing-free, simple solution processed s-TiO{sub X} film is an efficient ETL for high-performance PSCs. - Highlights: • High quality s-TiO{sub X} films were prepared by a simple, solution method without thermal treatment. • The s-TiO{sub X} films with high transmittance are very smooth. • The organic photovoltaic performance with s-TiO{sub X} film improved greatly and exhibited good stability. • The annealing-free, simple prepared s-TiO{sub X} film will be much compatible with flexible substrates.

  18. Structures and interactions in aqueous solutions and gels of thermoresponsive polymer systems

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    Spěváček, Jiří

    Dharwad: Karnatak University, Department of Chemistry, 2015. s. 25. [International Conference on Direct Digital Manufacturing and Polymers - ICDDMAP 2015. 28.10.2015-31.10.2015, Dharwad] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-13853S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermoresponsive polymers * aqueous solution * hydrogel Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  19. All solution processed tandem polymer solar cells based on thermocleavable materials

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    Hagemann, Ole; Bjerring, Morten; Nielsen, Niels Chr.;

    2008-01-01

    Multilayer tandem polymer solar cells were prepared by solution processing using thermocleavable polymer materials that allow for conversion to an insoluble state through a short thermal treatment. The problems associated with solubility during application of subsequent layers in the stack were...

  20. Sorption of Ochratoxin A from aqueous solutions using beta-cyclodextrin-polyurethane polymer

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    The ability of a cyclodextrin-polyurethane polymer to remove ochratoxin A from aqueous solutions, including wine, was examined by batch rebinding assays and equilibrium sorption isotherms. The results were fit to two parameter models. Freundlich analysis of the sorption isotherm indicates the polyme...

  1. Generalized Langevin Theory Of The Brownian Motion And The Dynamics Of Polymers In Solution

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    The review deals with a generalization of the Rouse and Zimm bead-spring models of the dynamics of flexible polymers in dilute solutions. As distinct from these popular theories, the memory in the polymer motion is taken into account. The memory naturally arises as a consequence of the fluid and bead inertia within the linearized Navier-Stokes hydrodynamics. We begin with a generalization of the classical theory of the Brownian motion, which forms the basis of any theory of the polymer dynamics. The random force driving the Brownian particles is not the white one as in the Langevin theory, but “colored”, i.e., statistically correlated in time, and the friction force on the particles depends on the history of their motion. An efficient method of solving the resulting generalized Langevin equations is presented and applied to the solution of the equations of motion of polymer beads. The memory effects lead to several peculiarities in the time correlation functions used to describe the dynamics of polymer chains. So, the mean square displacement of the polymer coils contains algebraic long-time tails and at short times it is ballistic. It is shown how these features reveal in the experimentally observable quantities, such as the dynamic structure factors of the scattering or the viscosity of polymer solutions. A phenomenological theory is also presented that describes the dependence of these quantities on the polymer concentration in solution. (author)

  2. Effect of gamma irradiation on viscosity of aqueous solutions of some natural polymers

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    Effect of gamma irradiation on viscosity of aqueous solution of alginate and carbon xylmethyl cellulose (CMC) irradiated in solid state has been carried out. the viscosity of aqueous solution of alginate and CMC decreased remarkably with increasing dose and the viscosity of 2% solution of above polymers irradiated at 50 kGy was about 100 times lower than the original one. (author)

  3. Modeling of Dilute Polymer Solutions in Confined Space

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    Wang, Yanwei

    2009-01-01

    are negligible. We present a new framework to describe macromolecules subject to confining geometries. The two main ingredients are a new computational method and a new molecular size parameter. By using snapshots of molecular configurations in free space to estimate the effects of confinement, the computational......, but for polymers regardless of details in molecular architecture and configuration statistics. It is also possible to extend the CABS method to handle attractive surfaces, which is presented briefly under "current and future work" in the summarizing chapter.......This thesis deals with modeling of a polymer chain subject to spatial confinement. The properties of confined macromolecules are both of fundamental interest in polymer physics and of practical importance in a variety of applications including chromatographic separation of polymers, and the use...

  4. A NOVEL INTERPRETATION OF CONCENTRATION DEPENDENCE OF VISCOSITY OF DILUTE POLYMER SOLUTION

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    Yan Pan; Rong-shi Cheng

    2000-01-01

    The concentration dependence of the reduced viscosity of dilute polymer solution is interpreted in the light of a new concept of the self-association of polymer chains in dilute solution. The apparent self-association constant is defined as the molar association constant divided by the molar mass of individual polymer chain and is numerically interconvertible with the Huggins coefficient. The molar association constant is directly proportional to the effective hydrodynamic volume of the polymer chain in solution and is irrespective of the chain architecture. The effective hydrodynamic volume accounts for the non-spherical conformation of a short polymer chain in solution and is a product of a shape factor and hydrodynamic volume. The observed enhancement of Huggins coefficient for short chain and branched polymer is satisfactorily interpreted by the concept of self-association. The concept of self-association allows us to predict the existence of a boundary concentration Cs (dynamic contact concentration) which divides the dilute polymer solution into two regions.

  5. Synthesis and Evaluation of Cyclodextrin-based Polymers for Patulin Extraction from Aqueous Solutions

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    Patulin is a mycotoxin produced by fungi that contaminate fruits, juices, and other agricultural commodities. Sorption properties of polyurethane-beta-cyclodextrin polymers were evaluated for the ability to remove patulin from solutions, including apple juice. Freundlich isotherm analysis determin...

  6. A statistical theory of cosolvent-induced coil-globule transitions in dilute polymer solution

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Georgi, N.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2014-07-01

    We present a statistical model of a dilute polymer solution in good solvent in the presence of low-molecular weight cosolvent. We investigate the conformational changes of the polymer induced by a change of the cosolvent concentration and the type of interaction between the cosolvent and the polymer. We describe the polymer in solution by the Edwards model, where the partition function of the polymer chain with a fixed radius of gyration is described in the framework of the mean-field approximation. The contributions of polymer-cosolvent and the cosolvent-cosolvent interactions in the total free energy are treated also within the mean-field approximation. For convenience we separate the system volume on two parts: the volume occupied by the polymer chain expressed through its gyration volume and the bulk solution. Considering the equilibrium between the two subvolumes we obtain the total free energy of the solution as a function of radius of gyration and the cosolvent concentration within gyration volume. After minimization of the total free energy with respect to its arguments we obtain a system of coupled equations with respect to the radius of gyration of the polymer chain and the cosolvent concentration within the gyration volume. Varying the interaction strength between polymer and cosolvent we show that the polymer collapse occurs in two cases—either when the interaction between polymer and cosolvent is repulsive or when the interaction is attractive. The reported effects could be relevant for different disciplines where conformational transitions of macromolecules in the presence of a cosolvent are of interest, in particular in biology, chemistry, and material science.

  7. Determination of solute-polymer interaction properties and their application to parenteral product container compatibility evaluations.

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    Kenley, R A; Jenke, D R

    1990-09-01

    Kinetic and thermodynamic interaction properties between dialkyl phthalate test compounds and a polyolefin polymer were examined via a permeation-cell experimental design. Disappearance and appearance rates of solute in the receptor and donor solutions, as well as the equilibrium composition of the test system, are used to determine sorption and diffusion coefficients and the solute/polymer equilibrium binding constant. Sorption rate constants and diffusion coefficients exhibit Arrenhius-type behavior. The binding constants obtained correlate well with the solute's octanol-water partition coefficient. The kinetic and thermodynamic data generated combine with proposed interaction models to identify solute/polymer interactions (binding and leaching) pertinent to evaluating container/solution compatibility for parenteral products. PMID:2235889

  8. Mathematical modeling of methoxyanabasine C11H16N2O polymer solution ultrafiltration

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    Satayev, Marat; Shakirov, Birzhan; Mutaliyeva, Botagoz; Satayeva, Lazzat; Altynbekov, Rustem; Baiysbay, Omirbek; Alibekov, Ravshanbek

    2012-06-01

    This work covers the mathematical modeling of ultrafiltration with immobile membranes for physiologically-active of methoxyanabasine C11H16N2O polymer solution. Methoxyanabasine is used as low toxic antineoplastic drug. On the basis of theoretical and experimental analysis of mass transfer and hydrodynamics, it is offered the mathematical model of permeability of membranes at an ultrafiltration of polymer solutions. Further the formulas for determination of factor of concentration polarization and ultrafiltration selectivity are calculated.

  9. Polymer solution and lattice theory applications for modeling of asphaltene precipitation in petroleum mixtures

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    S. A. Mousavi-Dehghani; Mirzayi, B.; M. Vafaie-Sefti

    2008-01-01

    Here asphaltene precipitation in petroleum reservoirs during natural depletion and miscible gas injection is modeled via two distinct and new methods (polymer solution and lattice theories). The first model is based on the polymer solution theory, which is a combination of Miller's combinatorial term with a modified residual term of the original Flory-Huggins theory. The second one is the application of the well-known Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state (SL EOS) to describe the phase behavior o...

  10. Macroscopic pressure-volume-temperature properties versus free-volume characteristics of isotropic pressure-densified amorphous polymer glasses

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    Schmidt, Marcus; Olsson, Mattias; Maurer, Frans H. J.

    2000-06-01

    We made a series of isotropic pressure-densified (0-200 MPa) amorphous homopolymer [atactic polystyrene (a-PS)] and copolymer [poly(styrene-co-acrylonitrile) (SAN) and poly(styreneco-maleic anhydride) (SMA)] glasses and studied their macroscopic pressure-volume-temperature (PVT) properties vs their free-volume characteristics from the Simha-Somcynsky equation-of-state (EOS) theory and from positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS). The glass densities lie in the range of 1.0403-1.0535 g/cm3 (PS), 1.0573-1.0759 g/cm3 (SAN), and 1.0989-1.1196 g/cm3 (SMA). With increasing formation pressure, all pressure-densified glasses exhibit decreasing volume and free-volume characteristics such that the changes in specific volume (1.26%-1.85%) are thermal expansivity α0 remains constant. There is a one-to-one correlation of τ3 and of I3 when calculated from POSITRONFIT and the maximum entropy lifetime (MELT) program. The full width at half maximum of free-volume distributions determined from PALS data and MELT does not change with formation pressure within established limits of uncertainty. Neither h vs V(τ3) nor h vs bulk modulus K, calculated from the Tait EOS of the glasses, show unique relations that are common to all the studied glasses. On the other hand, K vs V(τ3) gives a universal curve for all pressure-densified glasses from this study and from our previous study on PMMA: K=8.190-4.479×10-2V(τ3) (r2=0.92). Moreover, three more polymers from the literature are well described by this curve. The bulk moduli increase by up to 11.5% (PMMA), 7.6% (PS), 11.2% (SAN), and 10.2% (SMA) and they follow the order PS

  11. Effect of Associative Polymers on the Foaming Properties of Surfactant Solutions

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    Cervantes, Alfredo; Robles, Emmanuel; Acuña, Heriberto; Gamez, Rogelio; Maldonado, Amir

    2006-03-01

    Aqueous foams are materials which have many industrial applications. Their stability is affected by three mechanisms: bubble coalescence (film rupture), coarsening (gas diffusion) and drainage (gravity-driven liquid flow). The aim of this work is to obtain some insight into the effect of associative polymers on the foamability, foam stability and drainage of surfactant solutions. The foams were produced by air bubbling and by the turbulent mixing method. The surfactant is SDS and the associative polymers studied are HEUR and POE-Stearate. We studied the effect of polymer concentration for each macromolecule. The results show that two opposite effects are present when the polymer concentration is increased: for low polymer concentrations, foamability and foam stability is higher than for high concentrations. Results are discussed in terms of the properties of the solution: surface tension, electrical conductivity, bulk viscosity, etc.

  12. NMR measurements of solvent self-diffusion coefficients in polymer solutions

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    Blum, Frank D.; Pickup, Stephen; Waggoner, R. Allen

    1989-11-01

    The transport of solvents and other small molecules in polymer solutions is important in many areas such as reaction rates, drying of coatings, plasticizer loss, curing of resins, elimination of residual monomer, and controlled drug release. Some of the work done in our laboratory on the diffusion of small molecules in polymer solutions and dispersions is reviewed. The diffusion data was used to test the Vrentas and Duda's free-volume theory for self-diffusion coefficients; test the independence of the normalized solvent self-diffusion for several polymer-solvent systems; and predict the solvent loss curves for drying of coatings based on solvent self-diffusion coefficients.

  13. High performance solution-deposited amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide thin film transistors by oxygen plasma treatment

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.

    2012-05-16

    Solution-deposited amorphous indium gallium zinc oxide (a-IGZO) thin film transistors(TFTs) with high performance were fabricated using O2-plasma treatment of the films prior to high temperature annealing. The O2-plasma treatment resulted in a decrease in oxygen vacancy and residual hydrocarbon concentration in the a-IGZO films, as well as an improvement in the dielectric/channel interfacial roughness. As a result, the TFTs with O2-plasma treated a-IGZO channel layers showed three times higher linear field-effect mobility compared to the untreated a-IGZO over a range of processing temperatures. The O2-plasma treatment effectively reduces the required processing temperature of solution-deposited a-IGZO films to achieve the required performance.

  14. Effect of polymer matrix on structure of Se particles formed in aqueous solutions during redox process

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    Suvorova, E. I.; Klechkovskaya, V. V.

    2010-12-01

    Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive microanalysis study of the structure of particles formed during the reduction of Se(IV) to Se(0) in aqueous solutions in the presence of amphiphilic polymers showed the formation of Se/polymer composite particles. The content of carbon inside the particles can be as large as 80 at %. Polymers deeply influence the structure of particles. Depending on polymers, the composite particles may be unstable with time and they spontaneously evolve from Se/polymer composite particles to crystalline particles of monoclinic Se. For the stable ones, addition of bacterial cellulose Acetobacter xylinum gel-film can induce crystallization in the particles which expel the polymeric material. The Se/polymer composite particles and Se crystalline particles exhibit different sensitivity to electron irradiation and stiffness.

  15. Effect of polymer matrix on structure of Se particles formed in aqueous solutions during redox process

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    Suvorova, E. I., E-mail: suvorova@ns.crys.ras.ru; Klechkovskaya, V. V. [Shubnikov Institute of Crystallography of Russian Academy of Sciences (Russian Federation)

    2010-12-15

    Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive microanalysis study of the structure of particles formed during the reduction of Se(IV) to Se(0) in aqueous solutions in the presence of amphiphilic polymers showed the formation of Se/polymer composite particles. The content of carbon inside the particles can be as large as 80 at %. Polymers deeply influence the structure of particles. Depending on polymers, the composite particles may be unstable with time and they spontaneously evolve from Se/polymer composite particles to crystalline particles of monoclinic Se. For the stable ones, addition of bacterial cellulose Acetobacter xylinum gel-film can induce crystallization in the particles which expel the polymeric material. The Se/polymer composite particles and Se crystalline particles exhibit different sensitivity to electron irradiation and stiffness.

  16. Effect of polymer matrix on structure of Se particles formed in aqueous solutions during redox process

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    Transmission electron microscopy and X-ray energy dispersive microanalysis study of the structure of particles formed during the reduction of Se(IV) to Se(0) in aqueous solutions in the presence of amphiphilic polymers showed the formation of Se/polymer composite particles. The content of carbon inside the particles can be as large as 80 at %. Polymers deeply influence the structure of particles. Depending on polymers, the composite particles may be unstable with time and they spontaneously evolve from Se/polymer composite particles to crystalline particles of monoclinic Se. For the stable ones, addition of bacterial cellulose Acetobacter xylinum gel-film can induce crystallization in the particles which expel the polymeric material. The Se/polymer composite particles and Se crystalline particles exhibit different sensitivity to electron irradiation and stiffness.

  17. Solubility in Compressible Polymers: Beyond the Regular Solution Theory

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    Smith, Albert A.; Gujrati, P. D.

    2006-01-01

    The age-old idea of "like dissolves like" requires a notion of "likeness" that is hard to quantify for polymers. We revisit the concepts of pure component cohesive energy density $c^{\\text{P}}$ and mutual cohesive energy density $c_{12}$ so that they can be extended to polymers. We recognize the inherent limitations of $c_{12}$ due to its very definition, which is based on the assumption of no volume of mixing (true for incompressible systems), one of the assumptions in the random mixing appr...

  18. Communication: Polarizable polymer chain under external electric field in a dilute polymer solution

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    We study the conformational behavior of polarizable polymer chain under an external homogeneous electric field within the Flory type self-consistent field theory. We consider the influence of electric field on the polymer coil as well as on the polymer globule. We show that when the polymer chain conformation is a coil, application of external electric field leads to its additional swelling. However, when the polymer conformation is a globule, a sufficiently strong field can induce a globule-coil transition. We show that such “field-induced” globule-coil transition at the sufficiently small monomer polarizabilities goes quite smoothly. On the contrary, when the monomer polarizability exceeds a certain threshold value, the globule-coil transition occurs as a dramatic expansion in the regime of first-order phase transition. The developed theoretical model can be applied to predicting polymer globule density change under external electric field in order to provide more efficient processes of polymer functionalization, such as sorption, dyeing, and chemical modification

  19. Communication: Polarizable polymer chain under external electric field in a dilute polymer solution

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    Budkov, Yu. A.; Kolesnikov, A. L.; Kiselev, M. G.

    2015-11-01

    We study the conformational behavior of polarizable polymer chain under an external homogeneous electric field within the Flory type self-consistent field theory. We consider the influence of electric field on the polymer coil as well as on the polymer globule. We show that when the polymer chain conformation is a coil, application of external electric field leads to its additional swelling. However, when the polymer conformation is a globule, a sufficiently strong field can induce a globule-coil transition. We show that such "field-induced" globule-coil transition at the sufficiently small monomer polarizabilities goes quite smoothly. On the contrary, when the monomer polarizability exceeds a certain threshold value, the globule-coil transition occurs as a dramatic expansion in the regime of first-order phase transition. The developed theoretical model can be applied to predicting polymer globule density change under external electric field in order to provide more efficient processes of polymer functionalization, such as sorption, dyeing, and chemical modification

  20. Facilitation of polymer looping and giant polymer diffusivity in crowded solutions of active particles

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    Shin, Jaeoh; Cherstvy, Andrey G.; Kim, Won Kyu; Metzler, Ralf

    2015-11-01

    We study the dynamics of polymer chains in a bath of self-propelled particles (SPP) by extensive Langevin dynamics simulations in a two-dimensional model system. Specifically, we analyse the polymer looping properties versus the SPP activity and investigate how the presence of the active particles alters the chain conformational statistics. We find that SPPs tend to extend flexible polymer chains, while they rather compactify stiffer semiflexible polymers, in agreement with previous results. Here we show that higher activities of SPPs yield a higher effective temperature of the bath and thus facilitate the looping kinetics of a passive polymer chain. We explicitly compute the looping probability and looping time in a wide range of the model parameters. We also analyse the motion of a monomeric tracer particle and the polymer’s centre of mass in the presence of the active particles in terms of the time averaged mean squared displacement, revealing a giant diffusivity enhancement for the polymer chain via SPP pooling. Our results are applicable to rationalising the dimensions and looping kinetics of biopolymers at constantly fluctuating and often actively driven conditions inside biological cells or in suspensions of active colloidal particles or bacteria cells.

  1. Amorphous and nanocrystalline titanium nitride and carbonitride materials obtained by solution phase ammonolysis of Ti(NMe2)4

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    Solution phase reactions between tetrakisdimethylamidotitanium (Ti(NMe2)4) and ammonia yield precipitates with composition TiC0.5N1.1H2.3. Thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) indicates that decomposition of these precursor materials proceeds in two steps to yield rocksalt-structured TiN or Ti(C,N), depending upon the gas atmosphere. Heating to above 700 deg. C in NH3 yields nearly stoichiometric TiN. However, heating in N2 atmosphere leads to isostructural carbonitrides, approximately TiC0.2N0.8 in composition. The particle sizes of these materials range between 4-12 nm. Heating to a temperature that corresponds to the intermediate plateau in the TGA curve (450 deg. C) results in a black powder that is X-ray amorphous and is electrically conducting. The bulk chemical composition of this material is found to be TiC0.22N1.01H0.07, or Ti3(C0.17N0.78H0.05)3.96, close to Ti3(C,N)4. Previous workers have suggested that the intermediate compound was an amorphous form of Ti3N4. TEM investigation of the material indicates the presence of nanocrystalline regions x (C,N) y crystalline phases

  2. Elastic turbulence in a shell model of polymer solution

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    Ray, Samriddhi Sankar

    2016-01-01

    We show that, at low inertia and large elasticity, shell models of viscoelastic fluids develop a chaotic behaviour with properties similar to those of elastic turbulence. The low dimensionality of shell models allows us to explore a wide range both in polymer concentration and in Weissenberg number. Our results demonstrate that the physical mechanisms at the origin of elastic turbulence do not rely on the boundary conditions or on the geometry of the mean flow.

  3. SANS structural characterization of fullerenol-derived star polymers in solutions

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    Jeng, U S; Wang, L Y; Chiang, L Y; Ho, D L; Han, C C

    2002-01-01

    We have studied the chain conformations of fullerenol-derived star polymers in two organic solvents using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The SANS results indicate that the six poly(urethane-ether) arms, chemically bonded on the fullerenol of the C sub 6 sub 0 -based star polymer, have a Gaussian chain conformation in toluene. However, these arms exhibit a pronounced excluded-volume effect in dimethylformamide solutions. We use a scattering model, with the polydispersity of the polymer taken into account, and a fractal model to extract the radius of gyration R sub g values and the persistence lengths of the C sub 6 sub 0 -star polymers in these two organic solutions. (orig.)

  4. SANS structural characterization of fullerenol-derived star polymers in solutions

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    Jeng, U.S.; Lin, T.L. [Department of Engineering and System Science, National Tsing-Hua University, Hsinchu 30043 (Taiwan); Wang, L.Y.; Chiang, L.Y. [Center for Condensed Matter Sciences, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617 (Taiwan); Ho, D.L.; Han, C.C. [National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD 02899 (United States)

    2002-07-01

    We have studied the chain conformations of fullerenol-derived star polymers in two organic solvents using small-angle neutron scattering (SANS). The SANS results indicate that the six poly(urethane-ether) arms, chemically bonded on the fullerenol of the C{sub 60}-based star polymer, have a Gaussian chain conformation in toluene. However, these arms exhibit a pronounced excluded-volume effect in dimethylformamide solutions. We use a scattering model, with the polydispersity of the polymer taken into account, and a fractal model to extract the radius of gyration R{sub g} values and the persistence lengths of the C{sub 60}-star polymers in these two organic solutions. (orig.)

  5. The nonaqueous inhibition of Fe-Co-B-Si amorphous electrodes: An a.c. impedance study in HCl solutions

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    An electrochemical study on Fe-Co-B-Si amorphous electrodes has been conducted. The study was focused on determining the electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS) of four different alloys of Fe-Co-B-Si in various HCl acid solutions. The A.C. impedance and the capacitance of Fe-Co-B-Si, Co-Fe-Ni-B-Si, Co-Fe-Mn-B-Si, and Co-Fe-Ni-Mo-B-Si alloys were obtained in 25, 50, 75 and 100% of HCl acid at room temperature. Electrochemical parameters, i.e., impedance, were found to vary depending on additions of the Ni, Mn, Ni-Mo to Fe-Co-B-Si alloy, the acid concentration, and the nanoscopic surface roughness of the electrodes. Consequently, a correlation between the obtained data is established

  6. Visualizing phase transition behavior of dilute stimuli responsive polymer solutions via Mueller matrix polarimetry.

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    Narayanan, Amal; Chandel, Shubham; Ghosh, Nirmalya; De, Priyadarsi

    2015-09-15

    Probing volume phase transition behavior of superdiluted polymer solutions both micro- and macroscopically still persists as an outstanding challenge. In this regard, we have explored 4 × 4 spectral Mueller matrix measurement and its inverse analysis for excavating the microarchitectural facts about stimuli responsiveness of "smart" polymers. Phase separation behavior of thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) and pH responsive poly(N,N-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate) (PDMAEMA) and their copolymers were analyzed in terms of Mueller matrix derived polarization parameters, namely, depolarization (Δ), diattenuation (d), and linear retardance (δ). The Δ, d, and δ parameters provided useful information on both macro- and microstructural alterations during the phase separation. Additionally, the two step action ((i) breakage of polymer-water hydrogen bonding and (ii) polymer-polymer aggregation) at the molecular microenvironment during the cloud point generation was successfully probed via these parameters. It is demonstrated that, in comparison to the present techniques available for assessing the hydrophobic-hydrophilic switch over of simple stimuli-responsive polymers, Mueller matrix polarimetry offers an important advantage requiring a few hundred times dilute polymer solution (0.01 mg/mL, 1.1-1.4 μM) at a low-volume format. PMID:26287499

  7. Investigation of the required length for fully developed pipe flow with drag-reducing polymer solutions

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    Farsiani, Yasaman; Elbing, Brian

    2015-11-01

    Adding trace amounts of long chain polymers into a liquid flow is known to reduce skin friction drag by up to 80%. While polymer drag reduction (PDR) has been successfully implemented in internal flows, diffusion and degradation have limited its external flow applications. A weakness in many previous PDR studies is that there was no characterization of the polymer being injected into the turbulent boundary layer, which can be accomplished by testing a sample in a pressure-drop tube. An implicit assumption in polymer characterization is that the flow is fully developed at the differential pressure measurement. While available data in the literature shows that the entry length to achieve fully developed flow increases with polymeric solutions, it is unclear how long is required to achieve fully developed flow for non-Newtonian turbulent flows. In the present study, the pressure-drop is measured across a 1.05 meter length section of a 1.04 cm inner diameter pipe. Differential pressure is measured with a pressure transducer for different entry lengths, flow and polymer solution properties. This presentation will present preliminary data on the required entrance length as well as characterization of polymer solution an estimate of the mean molecular weight.

  8. Improvement of Physico-mechanical Properties of Partially Amorphous Acetaminophen Developed from Hydroalcoholic Solution Using Spray Drying Technique

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    Fatemeh Sadeghi

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available   Objective(s: This study was performed aiming to investigate the effect of particle engineering via spray drying of hydroalcoholic solution on solid states and physico-mechanical properties of acetaminophen.   Materials and Methods: Spray drying of hydroalcoholic solution (25% v/v ethanol/water of acetaminophen (5% w/v in the presence of small amounts of polyninylpyrrolidone K30 (PVP (0, 1.25, 2.5 and 5% w/w based on acetaminophen weight was carried out. The properties of spray dried particles namely morphology, surface characteristics, particle size, crystallinity, dissolution rate and compactibility were evaluated. Results: Spray drying process significantly changed the morphology of acetaminophen crystals from acicular (rod shape to spherical microparticle. Differential scanning calorimetery (DSC and x-ray powder diffraction (XRPD studies ruled out any polymorphism in spray dried samples, however, a major reduction in crystallinity up to 65%, especially for those containing 5% w/w PVP was observed. Spray dried acetaminophen particles especially those obtained in the presence of PVP exhibited an obvious improvement of the dissolution and compaction properties. Tablets produced from spray dried samples exhibited excellent crushing strengths and no tendency to cap. Conclusions: The findings of this study revealed that spray drying of acetaminophen from hydroalcoholic solution in the presence of small amount of PVP produced partially amorphous particles with improved dissolution and excellent compaction properties.

  9. Pressure exerted by a grafted polymer: Bethe lattice solution

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    Mynssem Brum, Rafael; Stilck, Jürgen F.

    2015-01-01

    We solve the problem of a chain, modeled as a self-avoiding walk (SAW), grafted to the wall limiting a semi-infinite Bethe lattice of arbitrary coordination number q. In particular, we determine the pressure exerted by the polymer on the wall, as a function of the distance to the grafting point. The pressure, in general, decays exponentially with the distance, at variance with what is found for SAWs and directed walks on regular lattices and gaussian walks. The adsorption transition, which is discontinuous, and its influence on the pressure are also studied.

  10. On the origin of Gaussian network theory in the thermo/chemo-responsive shape memory effect of amorphous polymers undergoing photo-elastic transition

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    Lu, Haibao; Huang, Wei Min; Leng, Jinsong

    2016-06-01

    Amorphous polymers are normally isotropic in their physical properties, however, upon stress their structural randomness is disturbed and they become anisotropic. There is a close connection between the optical anisotropy and the elastic (or mechanical) anisotropy, since both are related to the type of symmetry exhibited by the molecular structure. On the origin of Gaussian network theory, a phenomenological constitutive framework was proposed to study the photo-elastic transition and working mechanism of the thermo-/chemo-responsive shape-memory effect (SME) in amorphous shape memory polymers (SMPs). Optically refractive index was initially employed to couple the stress, strain and the anisotropy of the random link in macromolecule chain. Based on the Arrhenius law, a constitutive framework was then applied for the temperature dependence of optical (or elastic or mechanical) anisotropy according to the fictive temperature parameter. Finally, the phenomenological photo-elastic model was proposed to quantitatively identify the influential factors behind the thermo-/chemo-responsive SME in SMPs, of which the shape recovery behavior is predicted and verified by the available experimental data reported in the literature.

  11. Polymer solution and lattice theory applications for modeling of asphaltene precipitation in petroleum mixtures

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    S. A. Mousavi-Dehghani

    2008-09-01

    Full Text Available Here asphaltene precipitation in petroleum reservoirs during natural depletion and miscible gas injection is modeled via two distinct and new methods (polymer solution and lattice theories. The first model is based on the polymer solution theory, which is a combination of Miller's combinatorial term with a modified residual term of the original Flory-Huggins theory. The second one is the application of the well-known Sanchez-Lacombe equation of state (SL EOS to describe the phase behavior of asphaltene compounds in crude oil. The results of both models show an acceptable and good agreement between the real data (field and experimental and these two models. As it can be seen from the obtained results of these two models, it seems application of the lattice or polymer solution theories (based on The Miller's combinatorial term could give the better and more close to real data.

  12. Influence of Salts on Electrospinning of Aqueous and Nonaqueous Polymer Solutions

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    Fatma Yalcinkaya

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available A roller electrospinning system was used to produce nanofibres by using different solution systems. Although the process of electrospinning has been known for over half a century, knowledge about spinning behaviour is still lacking. In this work, we investigated the effects of salt for two solution systems on spinning performance, fibre diameter, and web structure. Polyurethane (PU and polyethylene oxide (PEO were used as polymer, and tetraethylammonium bromide and lithium chloride were used as salt. Both polymer and salt concentrations had a noteworthy influence on the spinning performance, morphology, and diameter of the nanofibres. Results indicated that adding salt increased the spinnability of PU. Salt created complex bonding with dimethylformamide solvent and PU polymer. Salt added to PEO solution decreased the spinning performance of fibres while creating thin nanofibres, as explained by the leaky dielectric model.

  13. Local, real-time measurement of drying films of aqueous polymer solutions using active microrheology.

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    Komoda, Yoshiyuki; Leal, L Gary; Squires, Todd M

    2014-05-13

    Oscillatory microdisk rheometry was applied to evaluate the evolution of the viscoelastic properties at the surface of a film of an aqueous solution of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) during drying. The drying rate was measured concurrently, based upon measurements of the variation of film thickness. A fully hydrolyzed PVA solution shows a constant drying rate, while a less hydrolyzed PVA solution exhibits a decreased drying rate in the latter part of the drying process, which occurred at the same time as an increase of the elastic modulus. We suggest that this difference in behavior is a consequence of the fact that both the configuration of the PVA molecule and the strength of interaction with water depend on the degree to which the PVA is hydrolyzed. The polymer concentration at the film surface can be estimated from the measured viscosity at the surface for the fully hydrolyzed PVA solution, and this result then can be compared with two theoretical calculations: one in which the polymer concentration is assumed to remain uniform throughout the film, and the other in which the polymer concentration distribution is determined via a one-dimensional diffusion model. This comparison suggests that the polymer is first concentrated locally near the surface but later in the drying process the distribution of polymer becomes increasingly uniform, possibly due to a spontaneously generated convective flow inside the film. PMID:24725080

  14. Impact of sodium polyacrylate on the amorphous calcium carbonate formation from supersaturated solution.

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    Liu, J; Pancera, S; Boyko, V; Gummel, J; Nayuk, R; Huber, K

    2012-02-21

    A detailed in situ scattering study has been carried out on the formation of amorphous calcium carbonate (ACC) particles modulated by the presence of small amounts of sodium polyacrylate chains. The work is aiming at an insight into the modulation of ACC formation by means of two polyacrylate samples differing in their molecular weight by a factor of 50. The ACC formation process was initiated by an in situ generation of CO(3)(2-) ions via hydrolysis of 10 mM dimethylcarbonate in the presence of 10 mM CaCl(2). Analysis of the formation process by means of time-resolved small-angle X-ray and light scattering in the absence of any additives provided evidence for a monomer addition mechanism for the growth of ACC particles. ACC formation under these conditions sets in after a lag-period of some 350 s. In the presence of sodium polyacrylate chains, calcium polyacrylate aggregates are formed during the lag-period, succeeded by a modulated ACC growth in a second step. The presence of anionic polyacrylate chains changed the shape of the growing particles toward loose and less homogeneous entities. In the case of low amounts (1.5-7.5 mg/L) of the long chain additive with 97 kDa, the size of the aggregates is comparable to the size of the successively formed hybrid particles. No variation of the lag-period has been observed in this case. Use of the short chain additive with 2 kDa enabled increase of the additive concentration up to 100 mg/L and resulted in a significant increase of the lag-period. This fact, together with the finding that the resulting hybrid particles remained stable in the latter case, identified short chain sodium polyacrylates as more efficient modulators than long chain polyacrylates. PMID:22256962

  15. Bridging the Gap between Polymer Melts and Solutions in Extensional Rheology

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    Huang, Qian; Hengeller, Ludovica; Alvarez, Nicolas J.;

    2015-01-01

    Since its inception, the tube model of polymer dynamics has undergone several modifications to account for observed experimental trends. One trend that has yet to be captured by a modified version of the tube model is the observed experimental difference between concentrated polymer solutions and...... per chain and are diluted in the same solvent (oligomeric styrene). We show that the difference in nonlinear rheological behavior between polystyrene melts reported by Bach et al.1 and polystyrene solutions reported by Bhattacharjee et al.2 and Sridhar et al.3 can be bridged by changing the...... polystyrene concentration. The results presented represent a unique benchmark for all future modifications to the tube model....

  16. CISM Course on Fluid Mechanics of Surfactant and Polymer Solutions

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    Ivanov, Ivan

    2004-01-01

    Colloidal systems and dispersions are of great importance in oil recovery, waist water treatment, coating, food and beverage industry, pharmaceutical industry, medicine, environmental protection etc. Colloidal systems and dispersions are always multi-component and multiphase systems. In these systems at least one dimension is in a range of colloidal forces action: colloidal dispersions/emulsions are examples of three dimensional colloidal systems, while thin liquid films are examples of one dimensional colloidal systems. The contribution presented in this issue deals with flow, distribution and redistribution, coating and deposition of surfactant and polymer molecules in colloidal systems. The book presents reviews of recent advances and trends by well-know scientists and engineers in this area.

  17. Pseudo-one-dimensional nucleation in dilute polymer solutions

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    Zhang, Lingyun; Schmit, Jeremy D.

    2016-06-01

    Pathogenic protein fibrils have been shown in vitro to have nucleation-dependent kinetics despite the fact that one-dimensional structures do not have the size-dependent surface energy responsible for the lag time in classical theory. We present a theory showing that the conformational entropy of the peptide chains creates a free-energy barrier that is analogous to the translational entropy barrier in higher dimensions. We find that the dynamics of polymer rearrangement make it very unlikely for nucleation to succeed along the lowest free-energy trajectory, meaning that most of the nucleation flux avoids the free-energy saddle point. We use these results to construct a three-dimensional model for amyloid nucleation that accounts for conformational entropy, backbone H bonds, and side-chain interactions to compute nucleation rates as a function of concentration.

  18. Wet Etching of Amorphous TiO2 Thin Films Using H3PO4-H2O2 Aqueous Solution

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    Okazaki, Sohei; Ohhashi, Takuya; Nakao, Shoichiro; Hirose, Yasushi; Hitosugi, Taro; Hasegawa, Tetsuya

    2013-09-01

    We report on the wet etching of amorphous undoped and Nb-doped TiO2 thin films using H3PO4-H2O2 etching solution. The etching rate (R) showed a maximum at a H3PO4 concentration of approximately 50 wt % at 80 °C, suggesting that H2PO4- and/or H3O+ is responsible for the etching reaction. The addition of H2O2 to H3PO4 solution significantly enhanced R, and an optimized solution exhibited an R of 13 nm/min at 80 °C, which is one order of magnitude higher than that using H2SO4. These results demonstrate that H3PO4-H2O2 aqueous solution is an effective etchant for TiO2-based amorphous thin films.

  19. Inhibiting evaluation of β-Cyclodextrin-modified acrylamide polymer on alloy steel in sulfuric solution

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    Highlights: • β-Cyclodextrin-modified acrylamide polymer is a mixed inhibitor for X70 in H2SO4. • Inhibition efficiency increases with the increasing of inhibitor concentration. • The polymer inhibitor is effective even at higher temperature. • EIS and polarization results are in good agreement. • The adsorption of polymer on metal surface obeys the Langmuir isotherm. - Abstract: The inhibiting performance of β-Cyclodetrin-modified acrylamide polymer (poly(AM-co-A-β-CD-co-NaAA)) on X70 steel in 0.5 M H2SO4 solution has been investigated using potentiodynamic polarization, electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (EIS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive spectroscopy (EDS). The polarization curves results reveal that polymer acts as a mixed-type inhibitor. The inhibition efficiency is found to increase by increasing the polymer concentration up to maximum 84.9% for 150 mg L−1 at 303 K. The adsorption is confirmed to obey the Langmuir isotherm. The SEM and EDS results demonstrate that X70 surface is protected by β-Cyclodextrin-modified acrylamide polymer

  20. Synthesis and Rheological Properties of an Associative Star Polymer in Aqueous Solutions

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    Hietala, Sami; Mononen, Pekka; Strandman, Satu;

    2007-01-01

    Rheological properties of aqueous solutions and hydrogels fonned by an amphiphiIic star block copolymer poly(acrylic acid)-blockpolystyrene (PAAS4-b-PS6)4. were investigated as a function of the polymer concentration (Cp), temperature, and added saIt concentration. The water-soluble polymer...... synthesised by atom transfer radical. polymerization (ATRP) was found to fonn hydrogels at room temperature at polymer concentrations. Cp, over 22 gIL due to the interpolymer drophobic association of the PS blocks. Increasing Cp leads to stronger elastic networks at room temperature that show a gel......-to-solution transition with increasing temperature. Increase of ionic strength decreases the moduli compared with the pure hydrogel but did not affect the gel-sol transition temperature significantly. Small-angle X-ray experiments showed two distinct scattering correlation peaks for samples above the gelling Cp, which...

  1. Flow-enhanced solution printing of all-polymer solar cells

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    Diao, Ying; Zhou, Yan; Kurosawa, Tadanori; Shaw, Leo; Wang, Cheng; Park, Steve; Guo, Yikun; Reinspach, Julia A.; Gu, Kevin; Gu, Xiaodan; Tee, Benjamin C. K.; Pang, Changhyun; Yan, Hongping; Zhao, Dahui; Toney, Michael F.; Mannsfeld, Stefan C. B.; Bao, Zhenan

    2015-08-01

    Morphology control of solution coated solar cell materials presents a key challenge limiting their device performance and commercial viability. Here we present a new concept for controlling phase separation during solution printing using an all-polymer bulk heterojunction solar cell as a model system. The key aspect of our method lies in the design of fluid flow using a microstructured printing blade, on the basis of the hypothesis of flow-induced polymer crystallization. Our flow design resulted in a ~90% increase in the donor thin film crystallinity and reduced microphase separated donor and acceptor domain sizes. The improved morphology enhanced all metrics of solar cell device performance across various printing conditions, specifically leading to higher short-circuit current, fill factor, open circuit voltage and significantly reduced device-to-device variation. We expect our design concept to have broad applications beyond all-polymer solar cells because of its simplicity and versatility.

  2. Particle manipulation through polymer solutions in microfluidic processes

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    Del Giudice, F.; D'Avino, G.; Villone, M. M.; Greco, F.; Maffettone, P. L.

    2015-12-01

    Manipulation of particles suspended in fluids flowing in microfluidic channels is required in a variety of biological, diagnostic and therapeutic applications. For instance, alignment of particles into a tight stream is a necessary step prior to counting, detecting, and sorting. Generally, this task is accomplished by using a Newtonian fluid as suspending medium and by properly fabricating a complex device aimed to displace particle trajectories. In the last years, however, the use of polymeric liquids in microfluidic processes has received a growing interest. Indeed, the addition of a small amount of polymer in a Newtonian suspension flowing in a channel promotes "internal" forces that can be exploited to manipulate the trajectories of suspended particles in simple devices. In this work, we show the possibility to align particles in simple square-shaped microfluidic channels by exploiting viscoelastic forces in flowing suspending liquids. Experiments have been performed to investigate the effect of the channel length, flow rate, confinement ratio (i.e., the ratio between the particle and channel size) and fluid rheology on the particle alignment. Finally, we present experimental results where particle alignment induced by fluid viscoelasticity is combined with magnetophoresis to deflect magnetic beads in a H-shaped channel. High-efficiency separation of magnetic and non-magnetic beads is demonstrated.

  3. Hybrid materials from organic polymers and inorganic salts

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    Köberle, Peter; Laschewsky, André

    2008-01-01

    The prepaparation of amorphous, homogeneous blends of zwitterionic polymers and transition metal salts was investigated. Homogeneous miscibility was achieved in many cases up to equimolar amounts of salt, depending on the anion and cation chosen. Various analytical techniques point to a solid state solution of the inorganic ions in the polymer matrix.

  4. Tuning the critical solution temperature of polymers by copolymerization

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    Schulz, Bernhard; Chudoba, Richard; Heyda, Jan; Dzubiella, Joachim

    2015-01-01

    We study statistical copolymerization effects on the upper critical solution temperature (CST) of generic homopolymers by means of coarse-grained Langevin dynamics computer simulations and mean-field theory. Our systematic investigation reveals that the CST can change monotonically or non-monotonically with copolymerization, as observed in experimental studies, depending on the degree of non-additivity of the monomer (A-B) cross-interactions. The simulation findings are confirmed and qualitat...

  5. Preferential adsorption of uranium ions in aqueous solutions by polymers

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    Amidoxime fiber and triazine fiber were prepared by chemical modification of commercially available polyacrylonitril fiber. It was found that the Amidoxime fiber is efficient to adsorb uranium ions in the artificial sea water. The efficiency of the preferential adsorption decreases by treatment the material with an acid-or an alkaline-solution. The triazine fiber adsorbs uranium ions only in aqueous solutions of such uranyl acetate, in the absence of other ions. In the artificial sea water, it adsorbs other ions instead of uranium. The preferential adsorption of uranium ions was further investigated with a series of polystyrenesulfonamides. Among the polystyrene derivatives, those having carboxyl groups, derived from imino diacetic acid (PSt-Imi), β-alanine (PSt-Ala), glycine (PSt-Gly), and sarcosine (PSt-Sar) were qualified for further discussion. However, it was found that the amount of adsorption of uranium ions by PSt-Imi decreases with increasing the volume of the artificial sea water and/or the duration of the treatment. Taking into account the facts, the preferential adsorption of uranium ions by PSt-Imi in aqueous solution was discussed in detail. (author)

  6. Liquid-liquid equilibria for binary and ternary polymer solutions with PC-SAFT

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    Lindvig, Thomas; Michelsen, Michael Locht; Kontogeorgis, Georgios

    2004-01-01

    Two algorithms for evaluating liquid-liquid equilibria (LLE) for binary and ternary polymer solutions are presented. The binary algorithm provides the temperature versus concentration cloud-point curve at fixed pressure, whereas the ternary algorithm provides component 1 versus component 2...... accuracy, even by using interaction parameters obtained from binary vapor-liquid equlibrium data....

  7. Prediction of Solution Properties of Flexible-Chain Polymers: A Computer Simulation Undergraduate Experiment

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    de la Torre, Jose Garcia; Cifre, Jose G. Hernandez; Martinez, M. Carmen Lopez

    2008-01-01

    This paper describes a computational exercise at undergraduate level that demonstrates the employment of Monte Carlo simulation to study the conformational statistics of flexible polymer chains, and to predict solution properties. Three simple chain models, including excluded volume interactions, have been implemented in a public-domain computer…

  8. Thermal analysis of frozen solutions: multiple glass transitions in amorphous systems.

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    Sacha, Gregory A; Nail, Steven L

    2009-09-01

    Frozen aqueous solutions of sucrose exhibit two "glass transition-like" thermal events below the melting endotherm of ice when examined by DSC, but the physical basis of these events has been a source of some disagreement. In this study, a series of sugars, including sucrose, lactose, trehalose, maltose, fructose, galactose, fucose, mannose, and glucose were studied by modulated DSC and freeze-dry microscopy in order to better understand whether sucrose is unique in any way with respect to this behavior, as well as to explore the physical basis, and the pharmaceutical significance of these multiple transitions. Double transitions were found to be a common feature of all sugars examined. The results are consistent with both thermal events being glass transitions in that (1) both events have second-order characteristics that appear in the reversing signals, (2) annealing experiments reveal that enthalpy recovery is associated with each transition, and (3) Lissajous plots indicate that no detectable latent heat of melting is associated with either transition. The data in this study are consistent with the idea that the lower temperature transition arises from a metastable glassy mixture containing more water than that in the maximally freeze-concentrated solute. Freeze-dry microscopy observations show that for all of the sugars examined, it is the higher temperature transition that is associated with structural collapse during freeze-drying. There is no apparent pharmaceutical significance associated with the lower-temperature transition. PMID:19384925

  9. Removal of Parabens from Aqueous Solution Using β-Cyclodextrin Cross-Linked Polymer

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    Mhd Radzi Bin Abas

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The removal of four parabens, methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and benzyl-paraben, by β-cyclodextrin (β-CD polymer from aqueous solution was studied. Different β-CD polymers were prepared by using two cross-linkers, i.e., hexamethylene diisocyanate (HMDI and toluene-2,6-diisocyanate (TDI, with various molar ratios of cross-linker. β-CD-HMDI polymer with molar ratio of 1:7 and β-CD-TDI polymer with ratio 1:4 gave the highest adsorption of parabens among the β-CD-HMDI and β-CD-TDI series, and were subsequently used for further studies. The adsorption capacity of β-CD-HMDI is 0.0305, 0.0376, 0.1854 and 0.3026 mmol/g for methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and benzyl-paraben, respectively. β-CD-TDI have higher adsorption capacities compared with β-CD-HMDI, the adsorption capacity are 0.1019, 0.1286, 0.2551, and 0.3699 mmol/g methyl-, ethyl-, propyl-, and benzyl-paraben respectively. The parameters studied were adsorption capacity, water retention, and reusability. Role of both cross-linker in adsorption, hydrophobicity of polymers, and adsorption capacity of different parabens were compared and discussed. All experiments were conducted in batch adsorption technique. These polymers were applied to real samples and showed positive results.

  10. Spectroscopic and calorimetric investigation of short and intermediate-range structures and energetics of amorphous SiCO, SiCN, and SiBCN polymer-derived ceramics

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    Widgeon, Scarlett J.

    Polymer-derived ceramics (PDCs) are a new class of amorphous ceramics in the Si-B-C-N system that are synthesized by the pyrolysis of silicon-based organic polymers. PDCs are lightweight and are resistant to creep, crystallization, and oxidation at temperatures near 1800 K making them ideal for a variety of high temperature applications. In spite of being X-ray amorphous, these materials display structural heterogeneity at the nanometer length scale. Their structure and resulting properties can be drastically altered by the utilization of preceramic polymers with differing chemistry and architectures. Fundamental understanding of the atomic structure is critical in deciphering the structure-property relationships and ultimately in controlling their properties for specific engineering applications. The short-range atomic structure has been extensively investigated using a variety of techniques, however, the structures at length scales beyond next-nearest neighbors remained highly controversial. Here we report the results of a spectroscopic and calorimetric study of short and intermediate -range structure and energetic of SiOC and SiBCN PDCs derived from a wide variety of precursors. SiOC PDCs with different carbon contents were synthesized from polysiloxane precurors and their structures were studied using high-resolution 13C and 29Si nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy. The results suggest that these PDCs consists of a continuous mass fractal backbone of corner-shared SiC xO4-x tetrahedral units with "voids" occupied by sp 2-hybridized graphitic carbon. The oxygen-rich SiCxO 4-x units are located at the interior of this backbone with a mass fractal dimension of ~ 2.5, while the carbon-rich units occupy the two-dimensional interface between the backbone and the free carbon nanodomains. Such fractal topology is expected to give rise to unusual mechanical and transport properties characteristic of fractal percolation networks. For example, elastic moduli and

  11. Impact of soft annealing on the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors

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    Nayak, Pradipta K.

    2013-05-08

    It is demonstrated that soft annealing duration strongly affects the performance of solution-processed amorphous zinc tin oxide thin-film transistors. Prolonged soft annealing times are found to induce two important changes in the device: (i) a decrease in zinc tin oxide film thickness, and (ii) an increase in oxygen vacancy concentration. The devices prepared without soft annealing exhibited inferior transistor performances, in comparison to devices in which the active channel layer (zinc tin oxide) was subjected to soft annealing. The highest saturation field-effect mobility - 5.6 cm2 V-1 s-1 with a drain-to-source on-off current ratio (Ion/Ioff) of 2 × 108 - was achieved in the case of devices with 10-min soft-annealed zinc tin oxide thin films as the channel layer. The findings of this work identify soft annealing as a critical parameter for the processing of chemically derived thin-film transistors, and it correlates device performance to the changes in material structure induced by soft annealing. © 2013 American Chemical Society.

  12. Low-Temperature and Solution-Processed Amorphous WO(x) as Electron-Selective Layer for Perovskite Solar Cells.

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    Wang, Kai; Shi, Yantao; Dong, Qingshun; Li, Yu; Wang, Shufeng; Yu, Xufeng; Wu, Mengyao; Ma, Tingli

    2015-03-01

    The electron-selective layer (ESL) is an indispensable component of perovskite solar cells (PSCs) and is responsible for the collection of photogenerated electrons. Preparing ESL at a low temperature is significant for future fabrication of flexible PSCs. In this work, solution-processed amorphous WO(x) thin film was prepared facilely at low temperature and used as ESL in PSCs. Results indicated that a large quantity of nanocaves were observed in the WO(x) thin film. In comparison with the conventional TiO2 ESL, the WO(x) ESL exhibited comparable light transmittance but higher electrical conductivity. Compared with the TiO2-based PSCs, PSCs that use WO(x) ESL exhibited comparable photoelectric conversion efficiency, larger short-circuit current density, but lower open-circuit voltage. Electrochemical characterization indicated that the unsatisfied open-circuit voltage and fill factor were caused by the inherent charge recombination. This study demonstrated that this material is an excellent candidate for ESL. PMID:26262648

  13. Preparation of Laminin-apatite-polymer Composites Using Metastable Calcium Phosphate Solutions

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    2005-01-01

    A synthetic polymer with a laminin-apatite composite layer on its surface would be useful as a percutaneous device. The preparation of such a composite was attempted in the present study using poly ( ethylene terephthalate ) (PET) and polyethylene ( PE ) as the synthetic polymer. PET and PE plates and those pretreated with an oxygen plasma were alternately dipped in calcium and phosphate ion solutions, and then immersed in a metastable ealcium phosphate solution supplemented with laminin ( LCP solution ). The PET and PE plates pretreated with an oxygen plasma formed a uniform and continuous layer of a laminin- apatite composite on their surfaces. In contrast, the PET and PE plates that had not been pretreated with an oxygen plasma did not form a continuous layer of a laminin-apatite composite on their surfaces. The hydrophilic functional groups on the PET and PE surfaces introduced by the plasma treatment were responsible for the successful laminin-apatite composite coating.

  14. Hydrophilic molecularly imprinted polymers for bisphenol A prepared in aqueous solution

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    We have prepared a hydrophilic molecularly imprinted polymer (MIP) for the hydrophobic compound bisphenol A (BPA) in aqueous solution using 3-acrylamido-N,N,N-trimethylpropan-1-aminium chloride (AMTC) as the functional monomer. Under redox-polymerization conditions, BPA forms an ion-pair with AMTC, which was confirmed by 1H-NMR titration. The imprinting effect in aqueous solution was evaluated by comparison of this material with the corresponding non-imprinted polymer (NIP) and with a control polymer (CP) bearing no AMTC. The MIP showed the highest activity among the three polymers, and the imprinting factors as calculated from the amount of BPA bound to the MIP divided by the amounts bound to NIP and CP, respectively, are 1.8 and 6.0. The MIP was selective for BPA in aqueous solution, while structurally related compounds are not recognized. Such a selectivity for a hydrophobic compound is rarely observed in aqueous medium because non-specific binding of BPA inevitably leads to hydrophobic interaction. (author)

  15. Solution-processed cathode interfacial layer materials for high-efficiency polymer solar cells

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    2015-09-01

    Full Text Available Polymer solar cells (PSCs are a new type of renewable energy source currently being extensively investigated due to perceived advantages; such as being lightweight, low-cost and because of the unlimited materials resource. The power conversion efficiency of state-of-the-art PSCs has increased dramatically in the past few years, obtained mainly through the development of new electron donor polymers, acceptors, and novel device structures through the use of various electrode interfacial materials. In this short review, recent progress in solution-processed cathode interfacial layers that could significantly improve device performances is summarized and highlighted.

  16. Quasi-Immiscible Spreading of Aqueous Surfactant Solutions on Entangled Aqueous Polymer Solution Subphases

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    Sharma, Ramankur; Corcoran, Timothy E.; Garoff, Stephen; Przybycien, Todd M.; Swanson, Ellen R.; Tilton, Robert D.

    2013-01-01

    Motivated by the possibility of enhancing aerosol drug delivery to mucus-obstructed lungs, the spreading of a drop of aqueous surfactant solution on a physically entangled aqueous poly(acrylamide) solution subphase that mimics lung airway surface liquid was investigated. Sodium dodecyl sulfate was used as the surfactant. To visualize spreading of the drop and mimic the inclusion of a drug substance, fluorescein, a hydrophilic and non-surface active dye, was added to the surfactant solution. T...

  17. Henry constants in polymer solutions with the van der Waals equation of state

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    Bithas, Sotiris; Kalospiros, Nikolaos; Kontogeorgis, Georgios;

    1996-01-01

    The simple der Waals equation of state, as extended to polymer systems, is applied to the correlation and prediction of Henry constants in polymer solutions comprising five polymers and many nonpolar and polar solvents, including supercritical gases. The correlation achieved with one adjustable...... parameter is satisfactory, with typical errors within the experimental uncertainty and comparable to those with the more complex Perturbed Hard Chain Theory-based equations of state with the same number of adjustable parameters. A predictive scheme for calculating Henry constants is also presented, which is...... a corresponding-states correlation for a dimensionless Henry constant defined based on the van der Waals equation of state. Satisfactory results-often close to the ones from the one-parameter correlation-are obtained for all systems investigated in this work. Compared with literature models that...

  18. Sodium chloride methanol solution spin-coating process for bulk-heterojunction polymer solar cells

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    Liu, Tong-Fang; Hu, Yu-Feng; Deng, Zhen-Bo; Li, Xiong; Zhu, Li-Jie; Wang, Yue; Lv, Long-Feng; Wang, Tie-Ning; Lou, Zhi-Dong; Hou, Yan-Bing; Teng, Feng

    2016-08-01

    The sodium chloride methanol solution process is conducted on the conventional poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT)/[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PC61BM) polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells. The device exhibits a power conversion efficiency of up to 3.36%, 18% higher than that of the device without the solution process. The measurements of the active layer by x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), atomic force microscopy (AFM), and ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) indicate a slight phase separation in the vertical direction and a sodium chloride distributed island-like interface between the active layer and the cathode. The capacitance–voltage (C–V) and impedance spectroscopy measurements prove that the sodium chloride methanol process can reduce the electron injection barrier and improve the interfacial contact of polymer solar cells. Therefore, this one-step solution process not only optimizes the phase separation in the active layers but also forms a cathode buffer layer, which can enhance the generation, transport, and collection of photogenerated charge carriers in the device simultaneously. This work indicates that the inexpensive and non-toxic sodium chloride methanol solution process is an efficient one-step method for the low cost manufacturing of polymer solar cells. Project supported by the Fundamental Research Funds for the Central Universities, China (Grant No. 2014JBZ009) and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61274063, 61377028, 61475014, and 61475017).

  19. Bubble fractionation of enantiomers from solution using molecularly imprinted polymers as collectors.

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    Armstrong, D W; Schneiderheinze, J M; Hwang, Y S; Sellergren, B

    1998-09-01

    Adsorptive bubble separation methods have been used to enrich components from both heterogeneous and homogeneous solutions. These methods are particularly effective for processing large solution volumes at low cost. Previous work demonstrated that chiral, surface-active collectors could be used to enrich enantiomers from homogeneous solution in a foam fractionation process. In a significant extension of this work, the use of highly selective molecularly imprinted polymers (MIPs) and heterogeneous solutions for the bubble flotation of enantiomers was evaluated. The high selectivity and ease of recycling of the MIP make this a potentially powerful approach for process-scale separations from large-volume bulk solutions. New MIPs were produced with low swelling properties which allowed them to retain enantioselectivity after numerous recyclings. PMID:9737214

  20. The Kinetic Theory of Dilute Solutions of Flexible Polymers: Hydrodynamic Interaction

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    Prakash, J. Ravi

    1998-01-01

    The development of a coherent conceptual basis for the treatment of non-linear microscopic phenomena, such as, hydrodynamic interaction, finite extensibility, excluded volume and internal viscosity, in molecular theories of dilute polymer solutions, is discussed. In particular, recent advances in the treatment of hydrodynamic interaction are reviewed, and the successive refinements which have ultimately led to the prediction of universal viscometric functions in theta solvents are highlighted.

  1. Quality of nanofibrous web in dependence on the preparation of polymer solutions

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    Peer, Petra; Filip, Petr

    New York : AIP Publishing, 2013 - (Zatloukal, M.), s. 310-315 ISBN 978-0-7354-1151-7. ISSN 0094-243X. [Novel Trends in Rheology /5./. Zlín (CZ), 30.07.2013-31.07.2013] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GAP105/11/2342 Institutional support: RVO:67985874 Keywords : electrorheology * nanofibrous web * polymer solution Subject RIV: BK - Fluid Dynamics

  2. Thermosensitive polymers in aqueous solutions and hydrogels studied by NMR and other methods

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    Spěváček, Jiří

    Poznań : Department of Macromolecular Physics, Faculty of Physics and NanoBioMedical Centre, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, The Centre for European Integration, 2013 - (Jurga, S.). s. 30 [Ampere NMR School. 23.06.2013-29.06.2013, Zakopane] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA13-23392S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : thermosensitive polymer * phase transition * aqueous solution Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  3. Stimuli-responsive polymers in solution investigated by NMR and infrared spectroscopy

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Dybal, Jiří

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 303, č. 1 (2011), s. 17-25. ISSN 1022-1360. [International IUPAC Conference on Polymer-solvent Complexes and Intercalates /8./. Strasbourg, 05.07.2010-08.07.2010] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/1281 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z40500505 Keywords : aqueous solutions * infrared spectroscopy * NMR Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  4. Temperature-induced phase transition in aqueous solutions and gels of multicomponent polymer systems

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Konefal, Rafal; Dybal, Jiří

    Kolkata : Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science, 2016. s. 48-49. [International IUPAC Conference on Polymer -Solvent Complexes and Intercalates /11./ - POLYSOLVAT-11. 27.01.2016-30.01.2016, Kolkata] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-13853S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : temperature-induced phase transition * aqueous solution * hydrogel Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  5. Molecular packing and electronic processes in amorphous-like polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with fullerene intercalation.

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    Xiao, Ting; Xu, Haihua; Grancini, Giulia; Mai, Jiangquan; Petrozza, Annamaria; Jeng, U-Ser; Wang, Yan; Xin, Xin; Lu, Yong; Choon, Ng Siu; Xiao, Hu; Ong, Beng S; Lu, Xinhui; Zhao, Ni

    2014-01-01

    The interpenetrating morphology formed by the electron donor and acceptor materials is critical for the performance of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction (BHJ) photovoltaic (PV) cells. In this work we carried out a systematic investigation on a high PV efficiency (>6%) BHJ system consisting of a newly developed 5,6-difluorobenzo[c] thiadiazole-based copolymer, PFBT-T20TT, and a fullerene derivative. Grazing incidence X-ray scattering measurements reveal the lower-ordered nature of the BHJ system as well as an intermixing morphology with intercalation of fullerene molecules between the PFBT-T20TT lamella. Steady-state and transient photo-induced absorption spectroscopy reveal ultrafast charge transfer (CT) at the PFBT-T20TT/fullerene interface, indicating that the CT process is no longer limited by exciton diffusion. Furthermore, we extracted the hole mobility based on the space limited current (SCLC) model and found that more efficient hole transport is achieved in the PFBT-T20TT:fullerene BHJ as compared to pure PFBT-T20TT, showing a different trend as compared to the previously reported highly crystalline polymer:fullerene blend with a similar intercalation manner. Our study correlates the fullerene intercalated polymer lamella morphology with device performance and provides a coherent model to interpret the high photovoltaic performance of some of the recently developed weakly-ordered BHJ systems based on conjugated polymers with branched side-chain. PMID:24909640

  6. (Liquid plus liquid) equilibria of binary polymer solutions using a free-volume UNIQUAC-NRF model

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    Radfarnia, H.R.; Ghotbi, C.; Taghikhani, V.;

    2006-01-01

    + liquid) equilibria (LLE) for a number of binary polymer solutions at various temperatures. The values for the binary characteristic energy parameters for the proposed model and the FV-UNIQUAC model along with their average relative deviations from the experimental data were reported. It should be stated...... that the binary polymer solutions studied in this work were considered as monodisperse. The results obtained from the FV-UNIQUAC-NRF model were compared with those obtained from the FV-UNIQUAC model. The results of the proposed model show that the FV-UNIQUAC-NRF model can accurately correlate the...... capability in predicting the LCST for binary polymer solutions....

  7. Synthesis of amorphous silica and sulfonic acid functionalized silica used as reinforced phase for polymer electrolyte membrane

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    In this work silica (SiO2) and sulfonic acid-functionalized silica (sul-SiO2) were synthesized by sol–gel method from tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-mercatopropyltrimethoxysilane (MPTMS) with various ratios between them. The synthesized materials were characterized by x-ray diffraction (XRD) for crystalline structure, Brunauer–Emmet–Teller (BET) specific surface area analysis, transmission electronic microscopy (TEM) and dynamic light scattering (DLS) for particle size analysis, and ion exchange capacity (IEC) for determining sulfur content in Sul-SiO2 materials. The initial results showed that the average particle size of amorphous SiO2 and Sul-SiO2 at different TEOS: MPTMS ratios are in narrow distribution with average diameter about 20–30 nm. The particle size of Sul-SiO2 is almost unaffected by the content of MPTMS while IEC depends strongly on it. Composite membranes of 60 μm thickness were successfully prepared from blending of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and synthesized amorphous SiO2. It was shown that the latter may be used as a reinforced phase for composite membrane electrolytes based on PVDF. (paper)

  8. The relevance of molecular weight in the design of amorphous biodegradable polymers with optimized shape memory effect.

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    Petisco-Ferrero, S; Fernández, J; Fernández San Martín, M M; Santamaría Ibarburu, P A; Sarasua Oiz, J R

    2016-08-01

    The shape memory effect (SME) has long been the focus of interest of many research groups that have studied many facets of it, yet to the authors' knowledge some molecular parameters, such as the molecular weight, have been skipped. Thus, the aim of this work is to offer further insight into the shape memory effect, by disclosing the importance of the molecular weight as the relevant parameter dictating the extension of the rubbery plateau, which is the scenario where the entropic network of entanglements manifests. For this, a set of biodegradable amorphous poly(rac-d,l)lactides have been synthesised by ring opening copolymerization of a racemic mixture of L-and D-lactide. The analysis performed on the synthesised enantiomeric copolylactides includes the determination of molecular weights by means of Gel Permeation Chromatography (GPC), thermal properties by Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) and rheological tests using small amplitude oscillatory flow analysis. Shape memory properties have been determined by means of specific cyclic thermo-mechanic test protocol. It has been shown that the recovery capacity of amorphous PDLLA is linked to the disentanglement time through an exponential law. PMID:27136090

  9. Dynamics of associative polymer solutions: Capillary break-up, jetting and rheology

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    Sharma, Vivek; Serdy, James G.; Threfall-Holmes, Phil; McKinley, Gareth H.

    2010-03-01

    Associative polymer solutions are used in extensively in the formulations for water-borne paints, food, inks, cosmetics, etc to control the rheology and processing behavior of multi-component dispersions. The commercially relevant formulations use dilute solutions of associative polymers, which have low viscosity and short relaxation times, and hence their non-Newtonian response is not apparent in a conventional rheometer. In this talk, we explore several methods for systematically exploring the linear and nonlinear solution rheology of associative polymer dispersions, including: high frequency oscillatory tests at frequencies up to 10 kHz, microfluidic shear rheometry at deformation rates up to 10^6 s-1 and the influence of transientextensional rheology in the jet breakup. The presence of inertial, elastic and viscous effects typically leads to complex dynamics in a necking fluid thread. We show that by carefully controlling the excitation frequency, it is possible to drive the break-up in a particularly simple and symmetric mode, which can be used to extract extensional viscosity information using capillary thinning analysis.

  10. Dynamics of associative polymer solutions: Capillary break-up, jetting and rheology

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    Sharma, Vivek; Serdy, James G.; Threfall-Holmes, Phil; McKinley, Gareth H.

    2011-11-01

    Associative polymer solutions are used in extensively in the formulations for water-borne paints, food, inks, cosmetics, etc to control the rheology and processing behavior of multi-component dispersions. These complex dispersions are processed and used over a broad range of shear and extensional rates. Furthermore, the commercially relevant formulations use dilute solutions of associative polymers, which have low viscosity and short relaxation times, and hence their non-Newtonian response is not apparent in a conventional rheometer. In this talk, we explore several methods for systematically exploring the linear and nonlinear solution rheology of associative polymer dispersions, including: fractional model description of physical gelation, high frequency oscillatory tests at frequencies up to 10 kHz, microfluidic shear rheometry at deformation rates up to 1000000 /s and the influence of transient extensional rheology in the jet breakup. We show that high deformation rates can be obtained in jetting flows, and the growth and evolution of instability during jetting and break-up of these viscoelastic fluids shows the influence of both elasticity and extensibility.

  11. Molecular imaging of shear-induced polymer migration near a surface in dilute and semidilute solutions

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    Fang, Lin

    The goal of our research is to optically visualize shear-induced polymer migration near a surface on the single molecular level, and to enhance current understanding of interactions between flowing polymer solutions with surfaces. By using epi-fluorescence microscopy, we measured the mean fractional stretch and concentrations of lambda-phage DNA molecules above a glass surface in shear flows in a microchannel and a torsional shear cell. We find that DNA molecules are driven away to create a depletion layer near the surface. The shear-induced migration is enhanced with a larger depletion layer at high Weissenberg number (Wi), in qualitative agreement with theories. We proposed a simple mechanism for this shear-induced migration based on hydrodynamic interaction (HI) between the surface and polymer chains. We find that the thickness of depletion layer of lambda-phage DNA molecules is about 10mum at Wi = 10.3, which is thinner than in the predictions for the FENE-P dumbbell model [Ma and Graham (2005)] and in Brownian dynamics simulations. The discrepancies suggest that current theoretical models of the polymer migration phenomenon are incomplete. We find that the time scale of DNA migration is on the order of the diffusion time over the distance of depletion layer, and that the mean fractional stretch of DNA molecules decreases near the surface over this same time scale. Experiments with deliberately fragmented DNA indicate that the decrease in mean fractional stretch near the surface might be caused by the selective retention of fragments in the DNA solution owing to weaker HI effects between the surface and shorter polymer chains. The shear-induced migration of DNA molecules exists in diminished form up to 3.0 c* (c* is the overlap concentration), implying that: in the traditionally defined dilute regime (c c*); while the chains are overlapping, they do not screen out HI completely up to 3.0 c*.

  12. Size distribution of linear and helical polymers in actin solution analyzed by photon counting histogram.

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    Terada, Naofumi; Shimozawa, Togo; Ishiwata, Shin'ichi; Funatsu, Takashi

    2007-03-15

    Actin is a ubiquitous protein that is a major component of the cytoskeleton, playing an important role in muscle contraction and cell motility. At steady state, actin monomers and filaments (F-actin) coexist, and actin subunits continuously attach and detach at the filament ends. However, the size distribution of actin oligomers in F-actin solution has never been clarified. In this study, we investigated the size distribution of actin oligomers using photon-counting histograms. For this purpose, actin was labeled with a fluorescent dye, and the emitted photons were detected by confocal optics (the detection volume was of femtoliter (fL) order). Photon-counting histograms were analyzed to obtain the number distribution of actin oligomers in the detection area from their brightness, assuming that the brightness of an oligomer was proportional to the number of protomers. We found that the major populations at physiological ionic strength were 1-5mers. For data analysis, we successfully applied the theory of linear and helical aggregations of macromolecules. The model postulates three states of actin, i.e., monomers, linear polymers, and helical polymers. Here we obtained three parameters: the equilibrium constants for polymerization of linear polymers, K(l)=(5.2 +/- 1.1) x 10(6) M(-1), and helical polymers, K(h)=(1.6 +/- 0.5) x 10(7) M(-1); and the ratio of helical to linear trimers, gamma = (3.6 +/- 2.3) x 10(-2). The excess free energy of transforming a linear trimer to a helical trimer, which is assumed to be a nucleus for helical polymers, was calculated to be 2.0 kcal/mol. These analyses demonstrate that the oligomeric phase at steady state is predominantly composed of linear 1-5mers, and the transition from linear to helical polymers occurs on the level of 5-7mers. PMID:17172301

  13. Modeling of the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium of polydisperse hyperbranched polymer solutions by lattice-cluster theory

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    Graphical abstract: - Highlights: • Calculation of the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium of hyperbranched polymer solutions. • Description of branching effects by the lattice-cluster theory. • Consideration of self- and cross association by chemical association models. • Treatment of the molar-mass polydispersity by the use of continuous thermodynamics. • Improvement of the theoretical results by the incorporation of polydispersity. - Abstract: The (liquid + liquid) equilibrium of solutions of hyperbranched polymers of the Boltorn type is modeled in the framework of lattice-cluster theory. The association effects are described by the chemical association models CALM (for self association) and ECALM (for cross association). For the first time the molar mass polydispersity of the hyperbranched polymers is taken into account. For this purpose continuous thermodynamics is applied. Because the segment-molar excess Gibbs free energy depends on the number average of the segment number of the polymer the treatment is more general than in previous papers on continuous thermodynamics. The polydispersity is described by a generalized Schulz–Flory distribution. The calculation of the cloud-point curve reduces to two equations that have to be numerically solved. Conditions for the calculation of the spinodal curve and of the critical point are derived. The calculated results are compared to experimental data taken from the literature. For Boltorn solutions in non-polar solvents the polydispersity influence is small. In all other of the considered cases polydispersity influences the (liquid + liquid) equilibrium considerably. However, association and polydispersity influence phase equilibrium in a complex manner. Taking polydispersity into account the accuracy of the calculations is improved, especially, in the diluted region

  14. Temperature-induced phase separation and hydration in aqueous polymer solutions studied by NMR and IR spectroscopy: comparison of poly(N-vinylcaprolactam) and acrylamide-based polymers

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Dybal, Jiří

    2014-01-01

    Roč. 336, č. 1 (2014), s. 39-46. ISSN 1022-1360. [International IUPAC Conference on Polymer-Solvent Complexes and Intercalates /9./ - POLYSOLVAT-9. Kiev, 11.09.2012-14.09.2012] R&D Projects: GA ČR GA202/09/1281 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : aqueous polymer solutions * FT-IR * NMR Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  15. Entanglements in Marginal Solutions: A Means of Tuning Pre-Aggregation of Conjugated Polymers with Positive Implications for Charge Transport

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    Hu, Hanlin

    2015-06-17

    The solution-processing of conjugated polymers, just like commodity polymers, is subject to solvent and molecular weight-dependent solubility, interactions and chain entanglements within the polymer, all of which can influence the crystallization and microstructure development in semi-crystalline polymers and consequently affect charge transport and optoelectronic properties. Disentanglement of polymer chains in marginal solvents was reported to work via ultrasonication, facilitating the formation of photophysically ordered polymer aggregates. In this contribution, we explore how a wide range of technologically relevant solvents and formulations commonly used in organic electronics influence chain entanglement and the aggregation behaviour of P3HT using a combination of rheological and spectrophotometric measurements. The specific viscosity of the solution offers an excellent indication of the degree of entanglements in the solution, which is found to be related to the solubility of P3HT in a given solvent. Moreover, deliberately disentangling the solution in the presence of solvophobic driving forces, leads consistently to formation of photophysically visible aggregates which is indicative of local and perhaps long range order in the solute. We show for a broad range of solvents and molecular weights that disentanglement ultimately leads to significant ordering of the polymer in the solid state and a commensurate increase in charge transport properties. In doing so we demonstrate a remarkable ability to tune the microstructure which has important implications for transport properties. We discuss its potential implications in the context of organic photovoltaics.

  16. Carrier Transport Enhancement in Conjugated Polymers through Interfacial Self-Assembly of Solution-State Aggregates

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    Zhao, Kui

    2016-07-13

    We demonstrate that local and long range orders of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) semicrystalline films can be synergistically improved by combining chemical functionalization of the dielectric surface with solution-state disentanglement and pre-aggregation of P3HT in a theta solvent, leading to a very significant enhancement of the field effect carrier mobility. The pre-aggregation and surface functionalization effects combine to enhance the carrier mobility nearly 100-fold as compared with standard film preparation by spin-coating, and nearly 10-fold increase over the benefits of pre-aggregation alone. In situ quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation (QCM-D) experiments reveal enhanced deposition of pre-aggregates on surfaces modified with an alkyl-terminated self-assembled monolayer (SAM) in comparison to un-aggregated polymer chains. Additional investigations reveal the combined pre-aggregation and surface functionalization significantly enhances local order of the conjugated polymer through planarization and extension of the conjugated backbone of the polymer which clearly translate to significant improvements of carrier transport at the semiconductor-dielectric interface in organic thin film transistors. This study points to opportunities in combining complementary routes, such as well-known pre-aggregation with substrate chemical functionalization, to enhance the polymer self-assembly and improve its interfacial order with benefits for transport properties.

  17. Polymer Diffusion in Microgels with Upper Critical Solution Temperature as Studied by Incoherent Neutron Scattering

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    Serrano Ruiz, D.; Alonso Cristobal, P.; Laurenti, M.; Rubio Retama, J.; Lopez-Cabarcos, E.

    2014-11-01

    Poly(acrylic-acrylamide) interpenetrated microgels present continuous phase transition from collapsed to swollen state around 42 °C. The upper critical solution temperature (UCST) of this polymeric system has prompted scientists to consider them candidates for its use in biological applications such as smart drug delivery devices since the swelling of the polymer matrix would permit the release of the drug previously entrapped within the microgels. In these systems the increment of the temperature can break inter-chain interactions, mainly hydrogen bonds, which reduce the elastic tension that stabilizes the microgel, favoring the polymer swelling. The microgel molecular dynamics at the UCST can be investigated using Incoherent Elastic (IENS) and Quasielastic Neutron Scattering (IQNS). From the analysis of the IQNS data we obtained that the diffusion coefficient of the polymer segments depends on the composition of the interpenetrated matrix. Thus, at room temperature, microgels with a polymer composition of 50% of each component present a diffusion coefficient 1·10-12 m2/s, while for the microgels formed by only one component the diffusion coefficient is 5.10-10 m2/s. This huge difference in the diffusion coefficient is conspicuously reduced when temperature increases, and we attribute this effect to the breaking of the inter-chain interaction. By means of FTIR-ATR analysis we have identified the groups that are involved in this phenomenon and we associate the breaking of the polyacrylic-polyacrylamide interactions with the swelling of the microgels.

  18. The application of polymer inclusive membranes for removal of heavy metal ions from waste solutions

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    B. Gajda

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The aim of the conducted studies was to determine the possibility of selective separation and precipitation of metal ions from polimetalic solution containing nickel(II, cobalt(II, cadmium(II and zinc(II cations using polymer inclusive membranes. 1-decylimidazole was used in membrane as a carrier of ions. The influence of chloride anions concentration on the process has also been investigated.Design/methodology/approach: Polymer inclusive membranes (PIM containing cellulose acetate as a matrix, orto-nitrophenyl octyl ether (ONPOE as a plasticizer and 1-decylimidazole as a carrier were used in investigations. The membrane processes were carried out in a membrane module for 24 hours.Findings: The results obtained point out a significant influence of chloride anions concentration on separation process of certain metal ions. It was observed that zinc(II ions are isolated most effectively from the solution containing 2M of chloride anions. About 88% of Zn(II, 5.5% of Co(II, 6.5% of Cd(II and below 1% of Ni(II were separated from such a solution.Research limitations/implications: The obtained results show that it is possibility of the selective extraction of heavy metal ions from polymetallic chloride solutions in membrane processes. The aqueous solution containing 2M of chloride ions was used in the investigation.Practical implications: The results show that Zn(II can be effectively recovered from solutions containing Co(II, Cd(II and Ni(II. This process would allow the utilization of waste solutions containing the heavy metal ions. The results of the study presented in the paper can be used in the utilization process of the spent batteries and accumulators.Originality/value: The innovative issue shown in this paper concerns the usage of 1-decylimidazole in selective separation of nickel(II, cobalt(II, cadmium(II and zinc(II ions in membrane process using PIM.

  19. Dynamic wetting of dilute polymer solutions: the case of impacting droplets.

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    Bertola, V

    2013-06-01

    The moving contact line of a dilute polymer solution that advances over, or recedes from a solid substrate, is a fundamental problem of fluid dynamics with important practical applications. In particular, the case of droplets impacting on hydrophobic surfaces received much attention in the recent past. Experiments show that while the advancing motion proceeds as with Newtonian liquids, recession is severely inhibited. This phenomenon was initially understood as an effect of elongational viscosity, which was believed to cause large energy dissipation in the fluid. Later on, a hydrodynamic mechanism was proposed to suggest that the slowing down of the contact line is due to non-Newtonian normal stresses generated near the moving droplet edge. Recent experiments however ruled out the role of elongational viscosity, showing that the fluid velocity measured inside the droplet during retraction is the same in water drops and polymer solution drops. Direct visualization of fluorescently stained λ-DNA molecules showed that polymer molecules are stretched perpendicularly to the contact line as the drop edge sweeps the substrate, which suggests an effective friction arises locally at the drop edge, causing the contact line to slow down. PMID:23597730

  20. Development of polymeric and polymer-based hybrid adsorbents for chromium removal from aqueous solution

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    Kaya, Ismet Gul Buyruklardan; Duranoglu, Dilek; Beker, Ulker [Chemical Engineering Department, Yildiz Technical, Esenler, Istanbul (Turkey); Senkal, Bahire Filiz [Department of Chemistry, Istanbul Technical University, Maslak, Istanbul (Turkey)

    2011-11-15

    Ferric oxide-loaded hybrid sorbents are environmentally benign and exhibit sorption behaviors for chromium removal from waters. In the current study, glycidyl methacrylate-based polymer (GMD) and nanosized ferric oxide loaded glycidyl methacrylate-based polymer (GMDFe) were prepared and assayed to examine the effect of ferric oxide loading on chromium sorption from aqueous solution for the first time from the equilibrium and kinetic points of view. The experimental equilibrium data, suitably fitted by the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherms, have shown that ferric oxide loaded hybrid sorbent exhibits higher adsorption capacity than glycidyl methacrylate-based polymer (GMD). The Langmuir isotherm model was found to be the most suitable one for the Cr(VI) adsorption. The maximum adsorption capacities of GMD and GMDFe sorbents were determined at pH 4 as 109.54 and 157.52 mg/g, respectively. A series of column experiments was carried out to determine the breakthrough curves. The column was regenerated by eluting Cr(VI) using NaOH (10% w/v) solution after adsorption studies. (Copyright copyright 2011 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH and Co. KGaA, Weinheim)

  1. Recent Developments in Fully Fluctuating Field-Theoretic Simulations of Polymer Melts and Solutions.

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    Delaney, Kris T; Fredrickson, Glenn H

    2016-08-11

    We review the latest developments in computational methods for direct simulation of fully fluctuating field theories of polymeric assemblies. In this context, we describe a newly developed theoretical and computational framework for accurately computing fluctuation-corrected phase diagrams of mesostructured polymer systems and report the first such complete phase diagram for a diblock copolymer melt. The method is based on complex Langevin sampling of a UV regularized field-theoretic model, with Helmholtz free energies computed using thermodynamic integration. UV regularization ensures that the free energies do not have an arbitrary reference; they can be compared between incommensurate phases, permitting for the first time the computation of order-order transitions with fluctuation corrections. We further demonstrate that computed free energies are accurate in the disordered phase by comparison to perturbation theory on the one-loop level. Importantly, we note that our method uses no uncontrolled approximations beyond the initial definition of a coarse-grained molecular model for the polymer melt or solution. The method can be applied straightforwardly to melts and solutions containing multiple species with diverse polymer architectures. PMID:27414265

  2. Interpolymer reactions of nonionic polymers with polyacrylic acid in aqueous solutions

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    E. Shaikhutdinov

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Results of fundamental investigations in the intermacromolecular reactions and interpolymer complexes to be performed by authors with co-workes within last 20 years have been intergrated and summarized in the present review. The raw of fundamental regularities in the effect of factors of different nature (pH, ionic strength, temperature, hydrophilic-hydrophobic balance of macrochain, etc. on the complexation of nonionic polymers with polycarboxylic acids in aqueous solutions has been revealed. Critical pH upon complexation (pHcrit. has been used for evaluation of the complexing ability of the polymers. It was shown tha tdepending on pHcrit. all systems can be divided into 2 groups, namely, weak complexing and strongly complexing. The existence of two critical pH upon complexation responsible for formation typical interpolymer complexes and hydrophilic associations has been demonstrated by the method of luminescence spectroscopy.

  3. Polymer-clay nanocomposites obtained by solution polymerization of vinyl benzyl triammonium chloride in the presence of advanced functionalized clay

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    Raluca Ianchis; Dan Donescu; Ludmila Otilia Cinteza; Violeta Purcar; Cristina Lavinia Nistor; Critian Petcu; Cristian Andi Nicolae; Raluca Gabor; Silviu Preda

    2014-05-01

    Polymer-clay nanocomposites were synthesized by solution polymerization method using advanced functionalized clay and vinyl benzyl trimethyl ammonium chloride as monomer. First stage consisted in the silylation of a commercial organo-modified clay-Cl 20A using alkoxysilanes with different chain lengths. In the second step, the synthesis and characterization of polymer-nanocomposites were followed. To evaluate the clay functionalization process as well as the final polymer-clay products, thermogravimetric,X-ray diffraction, dynamic light scattering, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and three test liquid contact angles analyses were used. The loss of ammonium ions from commercial clay, the grafting degree, the lengths and the nature of alkyl chain influence the dispersion of the advanced modified clay into the polymer solution and, furthermore, the properties of the final polymer-clay nanocomposite film.

  4. Control of molecular rotor rotational frequencies in porous coordination polymers using a solid-solution approach.

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    Inukai, Munehiro; Fukushima, Tomohiro; Hijikata, Yuh; Ogiwara, Naoki; Horike, Satoshi; Kitagawa, Susumu

    2015-09-30

    Rational design to control the dynamics of molecular rotors in crystalline solids is of interest because it offers advanced materials with precisely tuned functionality. Herein, we describe the control of the rotational frequency of rotors in flexible porous coordination polymers (PCPs) using a solid-solution approach. Solid-solutions of the flexible PCPs [{Zn(5-nitroisophthalate)x(5-methoxyisophthalate)1-x(deuterated 4,4'-bipyridyl)}(DMF·MeOH)]n allow continuous modulation of cell volume by changing the solid-solution ratio x. Variation of the isostructures provides continuous changes in the local environment around the molecular rotors (pyridyl rings of the 4,4'-bipyridyl group), leading to the control of the rotational frequency without the need to vary the temperature. PMID:26368067

  5. Statistics of polymer chains in cell membranes - an analogy to the statistics of electrons in Amorphous Semiconductors

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    The end-to-end probability density of a polymer chain of length L is calculated in the spirit of Kuhn's theory with Edward's Hamiltonian involving a Gaussian random potential-energy function Φ(ρ),ρ = (x,y). The calculation is specified to the case when the polymer chain is sandwiched between two brush layers of a bilayer lipid membrane. An explicit formula is derived for the lateral dependence Rβ(|ρ-vector - ρ0-vector|,L), 1/β= kB.T, of the end-to-end probability density. This formula is exact for a model in which the autocorrelation function of is approximated as a quadratic function. The random field is defined with two parameters: η and λ - the r.m.s. deviation from the mean value and the correlation length, respectively. The distribution function is a Gaussian whose variance depends on the parameters η, β, λ, b and L. (b is the Kuhn step length.) (Authors)

  6. The effect of heat developed during high strain rate deformation on the constitutive modeling of amorphous polymers

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    Safari, Keivan H.; Zamani, Jamal; Guedes, Rui M.; Ferreira, Fernando J.

    2016-02-01

    An adiabatic constitutive model is proposed for large strain deformation of polycarbonate (PC) at high strain rates. When the strain rate is sufficiently high such that the heat generated does not have time to transfer to the surroundings, temperature of material rises. The high strain rate deformation behavior of polymers is significantly affected by temperature-dependent constants and thermal softening. Based on the isothermal model which first was introduced by Mulliken and Boyce et al. (Int. J. Solids Struct. 43:1331-1356, 2006), an adiabatic model is proposed to predict the yield and post-yield behavior of glassy polymers at high strain rates. When calculating the heat generated and the temperature changes during the step by step simulation of the deformation, temperature-dependent elastic constants are incorporated to the constitutive equations. Moreover, better prediction of softening phenomena is achieved by the new definition for softening parameters of the proposed model. The constitutive model has been implemented numerically into a commercial finite element code through a user material subroutine (VUMAT). The experimental results, obtained using a split Hopkinson pressure bar, are supported by dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA) and Decompose/Shift/Reconstruct (DSR) method. Comparison of adiabatic model predictions with experimental data demonstrates the ability of the model to capture the characteristic features of stress-strain curve of the material at very high strain rates.

  7. Surface modification of aluminum nitride by polysilazane and its polymer-derived amorphous silicon oxycarbide ceramic for the enhancement of thermal conductivity in silicone rubber composite

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    Chiu, Hsien Tang; Sukachonmakul, Tanapon; Kuo, Ming Tai; Wang, Yu Hsiang; Wattanakul, Karnthidaporn

    2014-02-01

    Polysilazane (PSZ) and its polymer-derived amorphous silicon oxycarbide (SiOC) ceramic were coated on aluminum nitride (AlN) by using a dip-coating method to allow moisture-crosslinking of PSZ on AlN, followed by heat treatment at 700 °C in air to convert PSZ into SiOC on AlN. The results from FTIR, XPS and SEM indicated that the surface of AlN was successfully coated by PSZ and SiOC film. It was found that the introduction of PSZ and SiOC film help improve in the interfacial adhesion between the modified AlN (PSZ/AlN and SiOC/AlN) and silicone rubber lead to the increase in the thermal conductivity of the composites since the thermal boundary resistance at the filler-matrix interface was decreased. However, the introduction of SiOC as an intermediate layer between AlN and silicone rubber could help increase the thermal energy transport at the filler-matrix interface rather than using PSZ. This result was due to the decrease in the surface roughness and thickness of SiOC film after heat treatment at 700 °C in air. Thus, in the present work, a SiOC ceramic coating could provide a new surface modification for the improvement of the interfacial adhesion between the thermally conductive filler and the matrix in which can enhance the thermal conductivity of the composites.

  8. Ion equilibrium in the solutions of ethynil piperidol polymers and pectin substances, synthesis, inter polyelectrolyte complexes on their bases

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    Present article is devoted to ion equilibrium in the solutions of ethynil piperidol polymers and pectin substances, synthesis, inter polyelectrolyte complexes on their bases. Thus, the ion equilibrium in the solutions of ethynyl vinyl trimethyl piperidine and its derivatives is studied. Acid-base equilibrium in aqueous solutions of pectin substances is considered. Ion equilibrium in aqueous solutions of pectin substances is studied as well.

  9. Decreased Interfacial Tension of Demixed Aqueous Polymer Solutions due to Charge

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    Vis, Mark; Peters, Vincent F. D.; Blokhuis, Edgar M.; Lekkerkerker, Henk N. W.; Erné, Ben H.; Tromp, R. Hans

    2015-08-01

    Electric charge at the water-water interface of demixed solutions of neutral polymer and polyelectrolyte decreases the already ultralow interfacial tension. This is demonstrated in experiments on aqueous mixtures of dextran (neutral) and nongelling fish gelatin (charged). Upon phase separation, electric charge and a potential difference develop spontaneously at the interface, decreasing the interfacial tension purely electrostatically in a way that can be accounted for quantitatively by Poisson-Boltzmann theory. Interfacial tension is a key property when it comes to manipulating the water-water interface, for instance to create novel water-in-water emulsions.

  10. Investigation of processes accompanying synthesis of oxide compounds from salt polymer-containing solutions

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    Using a complex of physicochemical methods (thermal and X-ray phase analyses, dilatometry, microscopy, study of temperature dependences of film adhesion to substrates and their electric conductivity), processes of synthesis and film formation of high Tc superconductor materials of the composition YBa2Cu3O7-δ from aqueous formate and nitrate solutions, containing polyvinyl alcohol, have been investigated. It is shown that the salt systems studied, which contain a water-soluble polymer, are of practical and scientific value. The complex of the methods suggested provides objective and reliable information on the processes studied

  11. The effect of injection molding conditions on the near-surface rubber morphology, surface chemistry, and adhesion performance of semi-crystalline and amorphous polymers

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    Weakley-Bollin, Shannon Christine

    This thesis investigated the effect of injection molding processing variables, resin formulation and mold material on the resulting morphology and properties of semi-crystalline and amorphous polymers in parts molded on large presses with fully developed flow. Five different polymer resins and two different coating types were investigated, and the near-surface morphology was found to be dependent on material formulation, processing parameters, and geometry. For painted TPO, changes in the near-surface rubber morphology and surface chemistry based on material and processing conditions had no significant effect on the adhesion performance. For metal plated ABS, the adhesion performance was found to be heavily dependent on the rubber surface morphology, which varied with material formulation and processing conditions. One of the most significant findings was that forged aluminum injection molding tooling had little effect on the surface morphology or adhesion performance of either polypropylene or the two TPO formulations examined, despite the five-fold increase in thermal conductivity over traditional tool steel. Surface chemistry, however, was found to be affected by cooling rate, depending on material formulation. A UV stabilizer additive was found concentrated at 2.5 atomic percent on the surface of the aluminum molded part, but not the steel molded part, demonstrating a possible opportunity for using additives and aluminum tooling to create "designer surfaces". Processing conditions were found to have a competing role in metal plated ABS, where conditions that lowered surface stress and improved adhesion by a factor of 15 also increased the amount of bulk molded-in stress by nearly 7%. Both factors were found to play an important role in adhesion performance due to the effect of surface stress on the quality of the resulting etch structure. The bulk stress must be minimized to due to the large mechanical and thermal mismatch between the polymer and metal layers

  12. Rheological Behavior Xanthan and SlurryPro Polymer Solutions Evaluated as Shear Thinning Delivery Fluids for Subsurface Remediation

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    Zhong, L.; Oostrom, M.; Truex, M.; Vermeul, V.

    2011-12-01

    Shear thinning fluids can be applied as a delivery means to enhance the uniformity of remedial amendment distribution in heterogeneous aquifers, thereby to improve remediation performance. The rheological behavior of biopolymer xanthan gum and synthetic polymer SlurryPro were tested, and their influence on the amendment delivery performance was evaluated. The impact of polymer concentration, basic water chemistry, salinity (e.g., Br-, Na+, Ca2+ concentrations), remedial amendments (phosphate, sodium lactate, ethyl lactate, lactate oil, whey), sediments, and the mixing approach on the rheological properties of the polymer solutions was determined. The SlurryPro polymer lost shear-thinning properties even at relatively low solution ionic strength. However, the xanthan gum polymer maintained shear-thinning properties under most of the tested conditions, though with some loss in absolute viscosity with increasing ionic strength. Xanthan appeared to be the better candidate for enhanced amendment delivery. Increasing in xanthan concentration not only increased the solution viscosity, but also increased degree of shear thinning. Addition of salt decreased the solution viscosity and the degree of shear thinning, while the influence was diminished when the polymer concentration was higher. After reaching a critical xanthan concentration, addition of salt increased solution viscosity. The degradation of xanthan and SlurryPro in the presence of site aquifer materials and microbes was studied in batch tests in which the field sediment/water ratio was simulated. The viscosity of the polymer solutions dropped 85% or more in the first week, while the solution chemical oxygen demand (COD) decreasing occurred at a much slower rate.

  13. Solution and interfacial behavior of modified silicone polymers and their interactions with solid substrates

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    Purohit, Parag

    Surface treatment is very important step in many applications such as fabric finishing, coatings, cosmetics and personal care. Silicone polymers are a class of organic/inorganic materials that show unique properties such as weak intermolecular forces and high flexibility enabling even a very high molecular weight chain to achieve optimal orientation on surfaces. Material properties such as softness, repellency, bounciness and friction can therefore be tailored by using appropriately modified silicone polymers. Despite wide applications, the underlying mechanisms of material modification are unknown and tailoring silicones for applications remains mostly empirical. Thus the objective of this research is to understand the solution and interfacial behavior of functionalized silicone polymers, which govern their performance in material modification. Modified silicones are simultaneously hydrophobic and oleophobic in nature and due to this nearly universal non-compatibility, the studies of these polymers present unusual challenges. Due to this incompatible nature, the functionalized silicone polymers were emulsified into O/W emulsions to study their solution and interfacial properties. The colloidal properties such as electrokinetic and droplet distribution of these emulsions are assumed to play an important role in the observed surface and physical properties of solid substrates (in present study, cellulosic substrates) as well the stability of emulsions itself. To understand the effects of modified silicones on cellulosic substrates a variety of techniques such as frictional analysis, scanning electron microscopy and atomic force microscopy that can probe from macro to nano level were used. It is hypothesized that the size distribution and charge of silicone emulsions as well as the physiochemical conditions such as pH, control silicone conformation which in turn affect the modification of the substrate properties. With bimodal droplet distribution of silicone

  14. Fabrication of conductive polymer nanofibers through SWNT supramolecular functionalization and aqueous solution processing.

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    Naeem, Fahim; Prestayko, Rachel; Saem, Sokunthearath; Nowicki, Lauren; Imit, Mokhtar; Adronov, Alex; Moran-Mirabal, Jose M

    2015-10-01

    Polymeric thin films and nanostructured composites with excellent electrical properties are required for the development of advanced optoelectronic devices, flexible electronics, wearable sensors, and tissue engineering scaffolds. Because most polymers available for fabrication are insulating, one of the biggest challenges remains the preparation of inexpensive polymer composites with good electrical conductivity. Among the nanomaterials used to enhance composite performance, single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are ideal due to their unique physical and electrical properties. Yet, a barrier to their widespread application is that they do not readily disperse in solvents traditionally used for polymer processing. In this study, we employed supramolecular functionalization of SWNTs with a conjugated polyelectrolyte as a simple approach to produce stable aqueous nanotube suspensions, that could be effortlessly blended with the polymer poly(ethyleneoxide) (PEO). The homogeneous SWNT:PEO mixtures were used to fabricate conductive thin films and nanofibers with improved conductivities through drop casting and electrospinning. The physical characterization of electrospun nanofibers through Raman spectroscopy and SEM revealed that the SWNTs were uniformly incorporated throughout the composites. The electrical characterization of SWNT:PEO thin films allowed us to assess their conductivity and establish a percolation threshold of 0.1 wt% SWNT. Similarly, measurement of the nanofiber conductivity showed that the electrospinning process improved the contact between nanotube complexes, resulting in conductivities in the S m(-1) range with much lower weight loading of SWNTs than their thin film counterparts. The methods reported for the fabrication of conductive nanofibers are simple, inexpensive, and enable SWNT processing in aqueous solutions, and offer great potential for nanofiber use in applications involving flexible electronics, sensing devices, and tissue engineering

  15. Mixing and structural properties of model polymer solutions: Molecular theory and simulation

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    McDaniels, Brian S.

    1999-12-01

    Recent advances in new single-site catalysts continue to fuel an already growing polymer market. As the market increases, a better understanding of polymers becomes critical. The majority of this understanding has been acquired through experimentation. While important, experimentation may be expensive and time consuming. Thus, it is desirable to predict polymer properties from molecular level characteristics. While a large amount of work has been performed in the area of overall properties of pure and mixture fluids, little work has been done in the area of mixing properties. Our initial effort into this area includes investigating the ability of the compressible Flory, generalized Flory dimer, and interpolating equations of state to predict mixing properties of a model polymer system. In determining the accuracy of the equations, Monte Carlo simulations have been performed in the Gibbs ensemble. A problem in the simulation of these systems, limited access to sampling space, has occurred and an established remedy has been discussed. We have determined that the most effective solution to the problem is a combination of conventional moves and the established correction. Predictions of the overall pressure, osmotic pressure, activity coefficient and Flory Chi parameter have been compared with simulation results, good agreement occurs at high densities, long chain lengths, and high chain concentrations except for the compressible Flory equation of state which only provides qualitatively correct predictions for the mixing properties. The structure of the fluid also is discussed. An increase in the packing fraction results in chain contraction. The addition of a monomeric solvent causes solvation in low to medium packing fraction fluids. Because the addition of solvent increases the packing fraction, the chains also contract. The effect of increasing packing fraction is stronger than the addition of solvent. The monomeric solvent forms clusters over the range of

  16. Fabrication of conductive polymer nanofibers through SWNT supramolecular functionalization and aqueous solution processing

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    Naeem, Fahim; Prestayko, Rachel; Saem, Sokunthearath; Nowicki, Lauren; Imit, Mokhtar; Adronov, Alex; Moran-Mirabal, Jose M.

    2015-10-01

    Polymeric thin films and nanostructured composites with excellent electrical properties are required for the development of advanced optoelectronic devices, flexible electronics, wearable sensors, and tissue engineering scaffolds. Because most polymers available for fabrication are insulating, one of the biggest challenges remains the preparation of inexpensive polymer composites with good electrical conductivity. Among the nanomaterials used to enhance composite performance, single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs) are ideal due to their unique physical and electrical properties. Yet, a barrier to their widespread application is that they do not readily disperse in solvents traditionally used for polymer processing. In this study, we employed supramolecular functionalization of SWNTs with a conjugated polyelectrolyte as a simple approach to produce stable aqueous nanotube suspensions, that could be effortlessly blended with the polymer poly(ethyleneoxide) (PEO). The homogeneous SWNT:PEO mixtures were used to fabricate conductive thin films and nanofibers with improved conductivities through drop casting and electrospinning. The physical characterization of electrospun nanofibers through Raman spectroscopy and SEM revealed that the SWNTs were uniformly incorporated throughout the composites. The electrical characterization of SWNT:PEO thin films allowed us to assess their conductivity and establish a percolation threshold of 0.1 wt% SWNT. Similarly, measurement of the nanofiber conductivity showed that the electrospinning process improved the contact between nanotube complexes, resulting in conductivities in the S m-1 range with much lower weight loading of SWNTs than their thin film counterparts. The methods reported for the fabrication of conductive nanofibers are simple, inexpensive, and enable SWNT processing in aqueous solutions, and offer great potential for nanofiber use in applications involving flexible electronics, sensing devices, and tissue engineering

  17. Solution-phase self-assembly of complementary halogen bonding polymers.

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    Vanderkooy, Alan; Taylor, Mark S

    2015-04-22

    Noncovalent halogen bonding interactions are explored as a driving force for solution phase macromolecular self-assembly. Conditions for controlled radical polymerization of an iodoperfluoroarene-bearing methacrylate halogen bond donor were identified. An increase in association constant relative to monomeric species was observed for the interaction between halogen bond donor and acceptor polymers in solution. When the polymeric donor was combined with a block copolymer bearing halogen bond-accepting amine groups, higher-order structures were obtained in both organic solvent and in water. Transmission electron microscopy, dynamic light scattering and nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopic data are consistent with structures having cores composed of the interacting halogen bond donor and acceptor segments. PMID:25867188

  18. Structuring and sedimentation stability of titanium phosphate nanoparticles in polymer solutions.

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    Uryupina, O Ya; Serebryakova, N V; Roldughin, V I

    2003-07-01

    The influence of dispersed phase nature on the sedimentation stability as well as coagulation structure of titanium phosphate (TP) nanoparticles in polymer suspensions has been investigated. Two systems are considered: (i). TP suspension in toluene/ethyl cellosolve mixed solution of ephoxy resin E-40 and (ii). multicomponent system, ferric oxide, talc and TP suspension in toluene/ethyl cellosolve solution of E-40, as a model of the practical varnish-paint systems. For the case of a polar solvent, a unique phenomenon, extremal dependence of the strength of model systems on the concentration TP, is detected and increase of sedimentation stability of TP organic suspensions with time of contact of TP with a solvent is observed. Data of FTIR-spectroscopy show that phenomena detected result from the formation adsorption shell possessing high structural viscosity on TP nanopaticles. PMID:12818497

  19. Application of X-ray microtomography for the characterisation of hollow polymer-stabilised spray dried amorphous dispersion particles.

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    Gamble, John F; Terada, Masako; Holzner, Christian; Lavery, Leah; Nicholson, Sarah J; Timmins, Peter; Tobyn, Mike

    2016-08-20

    The aim of this study was to investigate the capability of X-ray microtomography to obtain information relating to powder characteristics such as wall thickness and solid volume fraction for hollow, polymer-stabilised spray dried dispersion (SDD) particles. SDDs of varying particle properties, with respect to shell wall thickness and degree of particle collapse, were utilised to assess the capability of the approach. The results demonstrate that the approach can provide insight into the morphological characteristics of these hollow particles, and thereby a means to understand/predict the processability and performance characteristics of the bulk material. Quantitative assessments of particle wall thickness, particle/void volume and thereby solid volume fraction were also demonstrated to be achievable. The analysis was also shown to be able to qualitatively assess the impact of the drying rate on the morphological nature of the particle surfaces, thus providing further insight into the final particle shape. The approach demonstrated a practical means to access potentially important particle characteristics for SDD materials which, in addition to the standard bulk powder measurements such as particle size and bulk density, may enable a better understanding of such materials, and their impact on downstream processability and dosage form performance. PMID:27262271

  20. The corrosion effect of ozonated seawater solution on titanium in polymer generated crevice environments

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    Leveillee, S.Y.

    1998-01-01

    Two different tests were designed to evaluate the reaction of various polymers and grade-2 titanium in ozonated seawater in conjunction with a comparative analysis in an aerated seawater solution. The first was a weight loss test measuring the weight change of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC), Polyethylene and Teflon{trademark} in both ozonated and aerated artificial seawater baths. The second test was designed to induce crevice corrosion on the titanium test samples using various crevice generating materials in both ozonated and aerated solutions. The materials used to create the crevices were grade-2 titanium washers, PVC, Polyethylene, Saran and Teflon{trademark}. The weight loss test showed that all three polymers lost weight in the ozonated bath. The results of the titanium washer crevice test provided no indication of corrosion or surface discoloration in either the ozonated or aerated solutions. Energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) analysis found no fluorine, chlorine or other corrosion product. The PVC samples in the aerated bath also showed no signs of corrosion, but the PVC samples in the ozonated tank had light brown rings of surface discoloration. One of the ozonated PVC samples did show evidence of chlorine in the corrosion product. The outer circumference of the ozonated PVC washers exhibited the same type bleaching effect as in the weight loss samples, but the whitening of these samples were more pronounced. The polyethylene samples under aeration showed no discoloration or presence of fluorine or chlorine. The polyethylene crevice samples in the ozonated solution all exhibited the distinct brilliant blue color of titanium oxide. Fluorine was found in the corrosion product on only one of the samples. Chlorine was found on the surface of one of the other corrosion coupons. The results of the Teflon{trademark} crevice samples substantiated the previous Rensselaer study.

  1. Rheology resulting from shear-induced structure in associating polymer solutions

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    Solutions of polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and polysaccharide with sodium borate (SB) are investigated as a model system for associating polymers which exhibit shear-induced fluid structure and shear-thickening rheology. Certain combinations of PVA and SB concentrations are shown to result in fluids that exhibit a viscosity maximum followed by shear thinning as shear rate is increased. Stress saturation is often observed in the shear-thinning region. A significant hysteresis is also reported in which higher viscosities and lower shear rate for the viscosity maximum are observed in steady-state measurements made while decreasing shear rate in a stepwise manner. Boron nuclear magnetic resonance spectra are shown to be useful for elucidating the nature of the borate/hydroxyl dyad complexes, including their stereoselectivity. Boron resonance peaks allow quantitative determination of the number of complexes and confirmation that only crosslinking complexes are present in most of the solutions studied. Dynamic mechanical properties are included, and a physical picture of network structure building and breaking during flow of associating polymers is discussed

  2. Neutron spin echo spectroscopy. Its application to the study of the dynamics of polymers in solution

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    This work focuses on Neutron Spin Echo (NSE) spectroscopy and on the NSE spectrometer MESS, which we have built at the L.L.B. (CE Saclay). After analyzing in detail the classical and quantum principles of this type of instrument, and illustrated them with optical analogies, we expound a simple formalism for the interpretation of polarized neutron experiments of the most general type. In a second part, we describe the MESS spectrometer extensively; its characteristics and performances as well as the first results obtained with this instrument. In particular, we include two papers showing how the neutron depolarization, spin rotation and echoes can be used to investigate high-Tc superconductors. The last part deals with the dynamics of Polymer-Polymer-Solvent ternary solutions and demonstrates how the Neutron Spin Echo technique becomes a privileged tool for such physico-chemical studies thanks to the joint use of NSE and contrast variation methods, coupled with the adequate ranges of time and scattering vectors accessible. Finally, we describe the specific case of partially deuterated polydimethyl-siloxane (PDMS) in semi-dilute solution in Toluene. We have experimentally and separately evidenced the cooperative and inter-diffusive diffusion modes predicted by the theory of Akcasu, Benoit, Benmouna et al. These results, obtained at the L.L.B. (CE Saclay) are the subject matter of the last paper included in this work. (author)

  3. All solution processed tandem polymer solar cells based on thermocleavable materials

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    Hagemann, Ole; Krebs, Frederik C. [Risoe National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Polymer Department, Technical University of Denmark, Frederiksborgvej 399, DK-4000 Roskilde (Denmark); Bjerring, Morten; Nielsen, Niels Chr. [Center for Insoluble Protein Structures, Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center (iNANO) and Department of Chemistry, University of Aarhus, DK-8000 Aarhus C (Denmark)

    2008-11-15

    Multilayer tandem polymer solar cells were prepared by solution processing using thermocleavable polymer materials that allow for conversion to an insoluble state through a short thermal treatment. The problems associated with solubility during application of subsequent layers in the stack were efficiently solved. Devices comprised a transparent front cathode based on solution processed zinc oxide nanoparticles, a large band gap active layer based on a bulk heterojunction between zinc oxide and poly(3-carboxydithiophene) (P3CT) followed by a layer of PEDOT:PSS processed from water. The second cell in the stack employed a zinc oxide front cathode processed on top of the PEDOT:PSS layer from an organic solvent, a low band gap active layer based on a bulk heterojunction between zinc oxide and the novel poly(carboxyterthiophene-co-diphenylthienopyrazine) (P3CTTP) followed by a layer of PEDOT:PSS again processed from water and finally a printed silver electrode. The devices were prepared without the use of fullerenes and vacuum steps and employ only thermal treatments and orthogonal solvents. The devices exhibited operational stability in air without any form of encapsulation. (author)

  4. A SLOW RELAXATION MODE OF POLYMER CHAINS IN A SEMIDILUTE SOLUTION

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    Jun-fang Li; Yi-jie Lu; Guang-zhao Zhang; Wei Li; Chi Wu

    2008-01-01

    Dust-free semidilute and concentrated polystyrene (PS) solutions in different solvents were prepared by slow evaporation and in situ anionic polymerization, which removes the effects of troublesome artifacts such as dust contamination and concentration gradient. The dynamics was reexamined by a combination of static and dynamic laser light scattering. In benzene and toluene (good solvents for PS), only one fast diffusive mode of polymer chains can be observed when the concentration (c) is up to 20%, which is attributed to thermally agitated fluctuation of "blobs" or chain segments.Static and dynamic correlation lengths (ξS and ξD) are scaled with c as ξSS(or ξD)~c-0.72±0.02. In cyclohexane, whose quality decreases with temperature in the range 32-50℃, an additional slow mode of polymer chains can be observed. Such a slow mode is viewed more obviously at a large scattering angle even in a concentrated solution with high chain entanglement. The present study indicates that the slow mode is due to the solvent quality.

  5. Pore scale mixing and macroscopic solute dispersion regimes in polymer flows inside 2D model networks

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    D'Angelo, M V; Allain, C; Hulin, J P; Angelo, Maria Veronica D'; Auradou, Harold; Allain, Catherine; Hulin, Jean-Pierre

    2006-01-01

    A change of solute dispersion regime with the flow velocity has been studied both at the macroscopic and pore scales in a transparent array of capillary channels using an optical technique allowing for simultaneous local and global concentration mappings. Two solutions of different polymer concentrations (500 and 1000 ppm) have been used at different P\\'eclet numbers. At the macroscopic scale, the displacement front displays a diffusive spreading: for $Pe \\leq 10$, the dispersivity $l\\_d$ is constant with $Pe$ and increases with the polymer concentration; for $Pe > 10$, $l\\_d$ increases as $Pe^{1.35}$ and is similar for the two concentrations. At the local scale, a time lag between the saturations of channels parallel and perpendicular to the mean flow has been observed and studied as a function of the flow rate. These local measurements suggest that the change of dispersion regime is related to variations of the degree of mixing at the junctions. For $Pe \\leq 10$, complete mixing leads to pure geometrical di...

  6. Recent Advances in Characterization of Lignin Polymer by Solution-State Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR Methodology

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    Run-Cang Sun

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available The demand for efficient utilization of biomass induces a detailed analysis of the fundamental chemical structures of biomass, especially the complex structures of lignin polymers, which have long been recognized for their negative impact on biorefinery. Traditionally, it has been attempted to reveal the complicated and heterogeneous structure of lignin by a series of chemical analyses, such as thioacidolysis (TA, nitrobenzene oxidation (NBO, and derivatization followed by reductive cleavage (DFRC. Recent advances in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR technology undoubtedly have made solution-state NMR become the most widely used technique in structural characterization of lignin due to its versatility in illustrating structural features and structural transformations of lignin polymers. As one of the most promising diagnostic tools, NMR provides unambiguous evidence for specific structures as well as quantitative structural information. The recent advances in two-dimensional solution-state NMR techniques for structural analysis of lignin in isolated and whole cell wall states (in situ, as well as their applications are reviewed.

  7. Controlling solution-phase polymer aggregation with molecular weight and solvent additives to optimize polymer-fullerene bulk heterojunction solar cells

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    Bartelt, Jonathan A.

    2014-03-20

    The bulk heterojunction (BHJ) solar cell performance of many polymers depends on the polymer molecular weight (M n) and the solvent additive(s) used for solution processing. However, the mechanism that causes these dependencies is not well understood. This work determines how M n and solvent additives affect the performance of BHJ solar cells made with the polymer poly(di(2-ethylhexyloxy)benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b\\']dithiophene-co- octylthieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD). Low M n PBDTTPD devices have exceedingly large fullerene-rich domains, which cause extensive charge-carrier recombination. Increasing the M n of PBDTTPD decreases the size of these domains and significantly improves device performance. PBDTTPD aggregation in solution affects the size of the fullerene-rich domains and this effect is linked to the dependency of PBDTTPD solubility on M n. Due to its poor solubility high M n PBDTTPD quickly forms a fibrillar polymer network during spin-casting and this network acts as a template that prevents large-scale phase separation. Furthermore, processing low M n PBDTTPD devices with a solvent additive improves device performance by inducing polymer aggregation in solution and preventing large fullerene-rich domains from forming. These findings highlight that polymer aggregation in solution plays a significant role in determining the morphology and performance of BHJ solar cells. The performance of poly(di(2-ethylhexyloxy) benzo[1,2-b:4,5-b\\']dithiophene-co-octylthieno[3,4-c]pyrrole-4,6-dione) (PBDTTPD) bulk heterojunction solar cells strongly depends on the polymer molecular weight, and processing these bulk heterojunctions with a solvent additive preferentially improves the performance of low molecular weight devices. It is demonstrated that polymer aggregation in solution significantly impacts the thin-film bulk heterojunction morphology and is vital for high device performance. © 2014 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  8. A facile solution combustion synthesis of nanosized amorphous iron oxide incorporated in a carbon matrix for use as a high-performance lithium ion battery anode material

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    Zhu, Chunyu, E-mail: chunyu6zhu@gmail.com; Saito, Genki; Akiyama, Tomohiro

    2015-06-05

    Highlights: • Iron oxide–carbon composite was fabricated by facile solution combustion synthesis. • Iron oxide nanoparticles of about 5 nm were uniformly embedded in dense carbon matrix. • The composite exhibited enhanced cyclability and rate capability. • A high capacity of 687 mA h g{sup −1} after 200 cycles at a current rate of 0.5 A g{sup −1} were obtained. - Abstract: An amorphous iron oxide–carbon composite has been fabricated through an effective, inexpensive, and scalable method employing solution combustion synthesis. Amorphous iron oxide nanoparticles with diameters of about 5 nm were synthesized and uniformly embedded in a dense carbon matrix. The synthesized composite exhibits enhanced cyclability and rate capability, showing a high reversible capacity of 687 mA h g{sup −1} after 200 discharge/charge cycles at a current rate of 0.5 A g{sup −1}, compared to the 400 mA h g{sup −1} observed for Fe{sub 2}O{sub 3} nanoparticles. This enhanced performance was retained despite more demanding conditions, delivering a high capacity of about 525 mA h g{sup −1} and a nearly perfect coulombic efficiency even after 400 cycles at 1 A g{sup −1}. The easy production and superior electrochemical properties of this composite suggest that it is a promising material for use as an anode material in high performance lithium ion batteries.

  9. Effect of processing temperature on the structural, electronic and electrical properties of solution-processed amorphous Ge–In–Sn–O thin-film transistors

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    We report a novel GeInSnOx (GeITO) thin-film transistor (TFT) synthesized by a solution process, utilizing Ge as a charge carrier suppressor and amorphization-promoter, and the dependence of its microstructure, electronic structure and electrical properties on sintering temperature. The amorphous structure was maintained regardless of the sintering temperature. As the sintering temperature increased, the amount of oxygen vacancies increased and GeO2 bonds transformed into GeO bonds near the film surface above 400 °C. In addition, the In 5sp/Sn 5sp states appeared to act as the dominant electron source in the GeITO channel layers with increasing sintering temperature. These behaviours influenced TFT performances: the saturation mobility was increased from 0.004 to 6.4 cm2 V−1 s−1, while the threshold voltage was shifted in the negative direction by increasing the sintering temperature, which demonstrates the high sensitivity of the solution-deposited GeITO to the processing temperature. (paper)

  10. High-pressure light scattering apparatus to study pressure-induced phase separation in polymer solutions

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    Xiong, Yan; Kiran, Erdogan

    1998-03-01

    A new high-pressure time- and angle-resolved light scattering apparatus has been developed to study the kinetics of phase separation in polymer solutions and other fluid mixtures under pressure at near- and supercritical conditions. The system consists of a high-pressure polymer loading chamber, a solvent charge line, a variable-volume scattering cell (with a built-in movable piston connected to a pressure generator, and an expansion rod driven by an air-actuated diaphragm), and a recirculation pump which are all housed in a temperature-controlled oven. The system is operable at pressures up to 70 MPa, and temperatures up to 473 K. The scattering cell is a short path-length cell made of two flat sapphire windows that are separated by 250 μm. It is designed to permit measurements of transmitted and scattered light intensities over an angle range from 0° to 30°. A linear image sensor with 256 elements is used to monitor the time evolution of the scattered light intensities at different angles. With this sensor, the angle range from 2° to 13° is scanned at a sampling rate of 3.2 ms/scan. The pressure quenches are achieved by movement of the air-actuated movable expansion rod, or by the movement of the piston with the aid of the pressure generator to bring about either rapid (at rates approaching 2000 MPa/s) or slow pressure changes in the system. Quench depth is also adjustable, and very deep (70 MPa) or very shallow (as low as 0.1 MPa) pressure quenches are readily achievable. The temperature and the pressure of the solution in the scattering cell, and the transmitted and scattered light intensities at different angles are recorded in real time through a computerized data acquisition system before and during phase separation. The experimental system is especially suited to follow the kinetics of phase separation in polymer solutions and to assess the metastable and unstable regions where phase separation proceeds by the nucleation and growth, and the spinodal

  11. Effects of pairwise, self-associating functional side groups on polymer solubility, solution viscosity, and mist control

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    David, R. L. Ameri; Wei, Ming-Hsin; Liu, David; Bathel, Brett F.; Plog, Jan P.; Ratner, Albert; Kornfield, Julia A.

    2009-01-01

    Solution properties are reported for homologous series of narrowly distributed polymers with systematically varied content of self-associating groups. Anionically polymerized polybutadienes of two lengths (510 and 1250 kg/mol) serve as prepolymers that are modified by incorporation of carboxylic acid side groups using thiol−ene coupling to pendant vinyl groups. Carboxylic acid groups strongly reduce polymer solubility in hydrocarbon solvents, restricting the extent of functionalization that c...

  12. Adsorption equilibrium of uranium from aqueous [UO2(CO3)3]4- solutions on a polymer bearing amidoxime groups

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    The adsorption equilibrium of uranium from aqueous solutions containing tricarbonatouranate (VI) ions on a polymer bearing amidoxime groups was examined at pH 8-9. It is suggested that the adsorption proceeds by ligand exchange of three carbonate ions on the central uranyl (VI) ion with two amidoxime groups, accompanied by deprotonations. The uranyl (VI) complex formed with the polymer was found to be more stable than that with acetamidoxime as a ligand, suggesting that the amidoxime polymer has potential for the recovery of uranium from sea-water. (author)

  13. The exact solution of a three-dimensional lattice polymer confined in a slab with sticky walls

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    Brak, R; Iliev, G K; Owczarek, A L [Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Vic 3010 (Australia); Whittington, S G [Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto, Toronto M5S 3H6 (Canada)

    2010-04-02

    We present the exact solution of a three-dimensional lattice model of a polymer confined between two sticky walls, that is within a slab. We demonstrate that the model behaves in a similar way to its two-dimensional analogues and agrees with Monte Carlo evidence based upon simulations of self-avoiding walks in slabs. The model on which we focus is a variant of the partially directed walk model on the cubic lattice. We consider both the phase diagram of relatively long polymers in a macroscopic slab and the effective force of the polymer on the walls of the slab.

  14. Interaction of derived polymers from pyrrole with biocompatible solutions; Interaccion de polimeros derivados de pirrol con soluciones biocompatibles

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    Lopez G, O. G.

    2010-07-01

    This work presents a study about the synthesis by plasma, the electric properties and superficial interaction of polymers derived from pyrrole doped with Iodine with potential use as bio material. Poly-pyrrole is a semiconductor and biocompatible polymer with potential application in the development of artificial muscles and implants where the electric interaction between cells and material is an important variable. The syntheses were made at 13.5 MHz in a glass tubular reactor of 1500 cm{sup 3} with electrodes of 6.5 cm diameter and stainless steel flanges. An electrode was connected to the RF terminal of the power supply that is combined with a matching coupling resistance. The monomer and dopant used in this work were pyrrole and Iodine respectively, in closed containers. They were vaporized and injected separately into the reactor at room temperature and 0.1 mbar. The vapors of the reagents mixed freely in the reactor. The synthesis time was 240 min at 40, 60, 80 and 100 W. The polymers were obtained as thin films adhered to the reactor walls. The films were washed and swollen with distilled water and removed from the reactor walls with a small spatula. The polymers were irradiated with gamma rays at 18 and 22 KGy. Due to the fact that the doses are cumulative, the final dose applied was 40 KGy. The polymers characterization was carried out by Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA), scanning electron microscopy, contact angle, electrical conductivity and X-ray diffraction. The analyses indicates that the polymers have very similar structure in almost the entire power range, showing C-O, C=C, C-H, O-H, N-H bonds with a predominantly amorphous structure. The TGA analyses showed that the material has 4 or 5 loses of material. The first one starts after that 115 C except for the material irradiated at 40 KGy, this one begins in 87 C, the second one is in the interval of 196 and 295 C, the third one between 311 and 500 C, and the

  15. Mechanisms behind injecting the combination of nano-clay particles and polymer solution for enhanced oil recovery

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    Khalili Nezhad, Seyyed Shahram; Cheraghian, Goshtasp

    2016-08-01

    Laboratory investigations and field applications have proved injection of polymer solution to be an effective means to improve oil recovery for reservoirs of medium oil viscosity. The incremental oil produced in this case is the result of an increase in areal and vertical sweep efficiencies. Biopolymers and synthetic polymers are the major categories used in the petroleum industry for specific reasons. Biopolymers like xanthan are limited in their application as they are more susceptible to biodegradation. Synthetic polymers like Hydrolyzed PolyAcrylaMide (HPAM) have a much wider application as they are less susceptible to biodegradation. Furthermore, development of nanotechnology has successfully provided technical and economical viable alternatives for present materials. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of combining clay nanoparticles with polymer solution on oil recovery. This paper includes a history match of both one-dimensional and two-dimensional polymer floods using a three-dimensional numerical model for fluid flow and mass transport. Results indicated that the amount of polymer adsorption decreased when clay nanoparticles were added to the PolyAcrylaMide solution; however, mobility ratio improvement is believed to be the main contributor for the proposed method in order to enhance much oil recovery compared to xanthan flood and HPAM flood.

  16. Solvent-dependent self-assembly and ordering in slow-drying semi-crystalline conjugated polymer solutions

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    Zhao, Kui

    2015-09-07

    The mechanistic understanding of the intrinsic molecular self-assembly of conjugated polymers is of immense importance to controlling the microstructure development in organic semiconducting thin films, with meaningful impact on charge transport and optoelectronic properties. Yet, to date the vast majority of studies have focused on the fast solution process itself, with studies of slower intrinsic molecular self-assembly in formulations lagging behind. Here we have investigated molecular self-assembly during spontaneous organization and uncovered how changes in formulation influence the microstructure, morphology and transport properties of conjugated polymer thin films. Our results suggest that the polymer-solvent interaction is the key factor for the molecular self-assembly and changes in macroscopic charge transport, which is in contrast with most solution processes, such as spin-coating and blade coating, where solvent drying kinetics dominates the aggregation and crystallization processes. Energetically favourable interactions between the polymer and its solvent are shown to cause chain expansion, resulting in a large hydrodynamic volume and few chain entanglements in solution. This provides molecular freedom for self-assembly and is shown to greatly enhance the local and long range order of the polymer, intra-chain backbone planarity and crystallite size. These improvements, in turn, are shown to endow the conjugated polymer with high carrier transport, as demonstrated by organic thin film transistors.

  17. Mechanisms behind injecting the combination of nano-clay particles and polymer solution for enhanced oil recovery

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    Khalili Nezhad, Seyyed Shahram; Cheraghian, Goshtasp

    2015-09-01

    Laboratory investigations and field applications have proved injection of polymer solution to be an effective means to improve oil recovery for reservoirs of medium oil viscosity. The incremental oil produced in this case is the result of an increase in areal and vertical sweep efficiencies. Biopolymers and synthetic polymers are the major categories used in the petroleum industry for specific reasons. Biopolymers like xanthan are limited in their application as they are more susceptible to biodegradation. Synthetic polymers like Hydrolyzed PolyAcrylaMide (HPAM) have a much wider application as they are less susceptible to biodegradation. Furthermore, development of nanotechnology has successfully provided technical and economical viable alternatives for present materials. The objective of this study is to investigate the effect of combining clay nanoparticles with polymer solution on oil recovery. This paper includes a history match of both one-dimensional and two-dimensional polymer floods using a three-dimensional numerical model for fluid flow and mass transport. Results indicated that the amount of polymer adsorption decreased when clay nanoparticles were added to the PolyAcrylaMide solution; however, mobility ratio improvement is believed to be the main contributor for the proposed method in order to enhance much oil recovery compared to xanthan flood and HPAM flood.

  18. Effect of thermal annealing on the structural and mechanical properties of amorphous silicon carbide films prepared by polymer-source chemical vapor deposition

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    We report on the effect of thermal annealing on the structural and mechanical properties of amorphous SiC thin films prepared by means of a polymer-source chemical vapor deposition process. The chemical bondings of the a-SiC:H films were systematically examined by means of Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). The film composition was measured by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy, while X-ray reflectivity measurements were used to account for the film density variations caused by the post-annealing treatments over the 750-1200 oC range. In addition, their mechanical properties (hardness and Young's modulus) were investigated by using the nano-indentation technique. FTIR measurements revealed that not only the intensity of a-SiC absorption band linearly increases but also its position is found to shift to a higher wave number as a result of annealing. In addition, the bond density of Si-C is found to increase from (101.6-224.5) x 1021 bond.cm-3 accompanied by a decrease of Si-H bond density from (2.58-0.46)x 1021 bond.cm-3 as a result of increasing the annealing temperature (Ta) from 750 to 1200 oC. Annealing-induced film densification is confirmed, as the a-SiC film density is found to increase from 2.36 to ∼ 2.75 g/cm-3 when Ta is raised from 750 to 1200 oC. In addition, as Ta is increased from 750 to 1200 oC, both hardness and Young's modulus are found to increase from 15.5 to 17.6 GPa and 155 to 178 GPa, respectively. Our results confirm the previously established linear correlation between the mechanical properties of the a-SiC films and their bond densities.

  19. Free-radical-induced chain scission and cross-linking of polymers in aqueous solution - an overview

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    In the radiolysis of N2O-saturated aqueous solutions the ·OH radicals in their reactions with polymers give rise to polymer-derived radicals. The kinetics of the formation and decay of these radicals are reviewed. Once a larger number of radicals are formed on one polymer molecule, e.g. upon pulse radiolysis, close-by radicals recombine more rapidly while the more distant ones survive for much longer times. Intermolecular cross-linking (between two polymer chains, increase in molecular weight) and intramolecular cross-linking (formation of small loops, no increase in polymer weight) are competing processes, and their relative yields thus depend on the dose rate and polymer concentration. Hydrogen-transfer reactions within the polymer, e.g. transformation of a secondary radical into a tertiary one, are common and facilitated by the high local density of reactive sites. Due to repulsive forces, the lifetime of radicals of charged polymers is substantially increased. This enables even relatively slow β-fragmentation reactions to become of importance. In the case of poly(methacrylic acid) this even leads to an unzipping, and the situation of equilibrium polymerisation is approached. Heterolytic β-fragmentation is possible when adequate leaving groups are available, e.g. in polynucleotides and DNA. In the presence of O2, chain scission occurs via oxyl radicals as intermediates

  20. Excluded Volume Effects in Polymer Solutions: II. Comparison of Experimental Results with Numerical Simulation Data

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    Graessley, W.W.; Grest, G.S.; Hayward, R.C.

    1999-03-23

    The effect of excluded volume on the coil size of dilute linear polymers was investigated by off-lattice Monte Carlo simulations. The radius of gyration R{sub g} was evaluated for a wide range of chain lengths at several temperatures and at the athermal condition. The theta temperature and the corresponding theta chain dimensions were established for the system, and the dependence of the size expansion factor, a{sub s} = R{sub g} /(R{sub g}){sub {theta}}, on chain length N and temperature T was examined. For long chains and at high temperatures, a{sub s} is a function of N/N{sub s}{sup 2} alone, where the length scale N{sub s}{sup 2} depends only on T. The form of this simulations-based master function compares favorably with {alpha}{sub s}(M/M{sub s}{sup 2}), an experimental master curve for linear polymers in good solvents, where M{sub s}{sup 2} depends only on polymer-solvent system. Comparisons when N{sub s}{sup 2}(T) and M{sub s}{sup 2}(system) are reduced to common units, numbers of Kuhn steps, strongly indicate that coil expansion in even the best of good solvents is small relative to that expected for truly athermal solutions. An explanation for this behavior is proposed, based on what would appear to be an inherent difference in the equation of state properties for polymeric and monomeric liquids.

  1. Removal of anionic azo dyes from aqueous solution by functional ionic liquid cross-linked polymer

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    Highlights: • Equilibrium, kinetic and thermodynamic of adsorption of dyes onto PDVB-IL was investigated. • PDVB-IL has a high adsorption capacity to treat dyes solution. • Higher adsorption capacity is due to the functional groups of PDVB-IL. • Molecular structure of dyes influences the adsorption capacity. -- Abstract: A novel functional ionic liquid based cross-linked polymer (PDVB-IL) was synthesized from 1-aminoethyl-3-vinylimidazolium chloride and divinylbenzene for use as an adsorbent. The physicochemical properties of PDVB-IL were investigated by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy and thermogravimetric analysis. The adsorptive capacity was investigated using anionic azo dyes of orange II, sunset yellow FCF, and amaranth as adsorbates. The maximum adsorption capacity could reach 925.09, 734.62, and 547.17 mg/g for orange II, sunset yellow FCF and amaranth at 25 °C, respectively, which are much better than most of the other adsorbents reported earlier. The effect of pH value was investigated in the range of 1–8. The result shows that a low pH value is found to favor the adsorption of those anionic azo dyes. The adsorption kinetics and isotherms are well fitted by a pseudo second-order model and Langmuir model, respectively. The adsorption process is found to be dominated by physisorption. The introduction of functional ionic liquid moieties into cross-linked poly(divinylbenzene) polymer constitutes a new and efficient kind of adsorbent

  2. Solution processable organic polymers and small molecules for bulk-heterojunction solar cells: A review

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    Solution processed bulk heterojunction (BHJ) organic solar cells (OSCs) have gained wide interest in past few years and are established as one of the leading next generation photovoltaic technologies for low cost power production. Power conversion efficiencies up to 6% and 6.5% have been reported in the literature for single layer and tandem solar cells, respectively using conjugated polymers. A recent record efficiency about 8.13% with active area of 1.13 cm2 has been reported. However Solution processable small molecules have been widely applied for photovoltaic (PV) devices in recent years because they show strong absorption properties, and they can be easily purified and deposited onto flexible substrates at low cost. Introducing different donor and acceptor groups to construct donor--acceptor (D--A) structure small molecules has proved to be an efficient way to improve the properties of organic solar cells (OSCs). The power conversion efficiency about 4.4 % has been reported for OSCs based on the small molecules. This review deals with the recent progress of solution processable D--A structure small molecules and discusses the key factors affecting the properties of OSCs based on D--A structure small molecules: sunlight absorption, charge transport and the energy level of the molecules.

  3. Size-exclusion partitioning of neutral solutes in crosslinked polymer networks: A Monte Carlo simulation study

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    Quesada-Pérez, Manuel; Maroto-Centeno, José Alberto [Departamento de Física, Escuela Politécnica Superior de Linares, Universidad de Jaén, 23700 Linares, Jaén (Spain); Adroher-Benítez, Irene [Grupo de Física de Fluidos y Biocoloides, Departamento de Física Aplicada, Facultad de Ciencias, Universidad de Granada, 18071 Granada (Spain)

    2014-05-28

    In this work, the size-exclusion partitioning of neutral solutes in crosslinked polymer networks has been studied through Monte Carlo simulations. Two models that provide user-friendly expressions to predict the partition coefficient have been tested over a wide range of volume fractions: Ogston's model (especially devised for fibrous media) and the pore model. The effects of crosslinking and bond stiffness have also been analyzed. Our results suggest that the fiber model can acceptably account for size-exclusion effects in crosslinked gels. Its predictions are good for large solutes if the fiber diameter is assumed to be the effective monomer diameter. For solutes sizes comparable to the monomer dimensions, a smaller fiber diameter must be used. Regarding the pore model, the partition coefficient is poorly predicted when the pore diameter is estimated as the distance between adjacent crosslinker molecules. On the other hand, our results prove that the pore sizes obtained from the pore model by fitting partitioning data of swollen gels are overestimated.

  4. Investigating the particle to fibre transition threshold during electrohydrodynamic atomization of a polymer solution.

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    Husain, O; Lau, W; Edirisinghe, M; Parhizkar, M

    2016-08-01

    Electrohydrodynamic atomization (EHDA) is a key research area for producing micro and nano-sized structures. This process can be categorized into two main operating regimes: electrospraying for particle generation and electrospinning for fibre production. Producing particles/fibres of the desired size or morphology depends on two main factors; properties of the polymeric solution used and the processing conditions including flow rate, applied voltage and collection distance. In this work the particle-fibre transition region was analyzed by changing the polymer concentration of PLGA poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) in acetone between 2 and 25wt%. Subsequently the processing conditions were adjusted to study the optimum transition parameters. Additionally the EHDA configuration was also modified by adding a metallic plate to observe the deposition area. The diameter and the distance of the plate from the capillary tip were adjusted to investigate variations in particle and fibre morphologies as well. It was found that complete transition from particles to fibres occurs at 20wt% indicating concentration to be the dominant criterion. Low flow rates yielded fibres without beads. However the applied voltage and distance between the tip of the nozzle jetting the polymer solution and collector (working distance) did not yield definitive results. Reducing the collector distance and increasing applied voltages produces smooth as well as beaded fibres. Addition of a metal plate reduces particle size by ~1μm; the fibre size increases especially with increasing plate diameter while bead density and size reduces when the disc is fixed closer to the capillary tip. Additionally, the deposition area is reduced by 70% and 57% with the addition of metal plates of 30mm and 60mm, respectively. The results indicate that a metal plate can be utilized further to tune the particle/fibre size and morphology and this also significantly increases the yield of EHDA process which is currently a

  5. Extensional viscosity and birefringence measurements of viscoelastic polymer solutions in filament stretching flows

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    Spiegelberg, S.H.; McKinley, G.H. [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)

    1996-12-31

    The evolution of the transient extensional stresses in dilute and semi-dilute viscoelastic polymer solutions are measured with a filament stretching rheometer of a design similar to that first introduced by Sridhar et al. (1991). The solutions are polystyrene-based (PS) Boger fluids that are stretched at constant strain rates ranging from 0.6 {le} {var_epsilon}{sub 0} {le} 4 s{sup -1} and to Hencky strains of {var_epsilon} > 4. The test fluids all strain-hardening and Trouton ratios exceeding 1000 are obtained at high strains. Experimental data exhibit strain-hardening at lower strain levels than predicted by bead-spring and FENE dumbbell models. We also monitor the decay of the tensile viscoelastic stress difference in the fluid filament following cessation of uniaxial elongation as a function of the total imposed Hencky strain and the strain rate. The extensional stresses initially decay very rapidly upon cessation of uniaxial elongation, and this drop in stress is followed by a slower viscoelastic relaxation. The measurements at moderate strains deviate significantly from the predictions of nonlinear dumbbell models. Flow induced birefringence measurements performed during elongation yield insight into the deformation-dependent conformation of the polymer chains. Tests are conducted in a neutral density fluid to prevent gravitational sagging that would be prevalent for the large sample diameters used in this study. The results demonstrate a monotonic rise in birefringence from {delta}n{prime} = 10{sup -8} to 10{sup -4} for samples stretched to Hencky strains of {var_epsilon} = 5. Newtonian samples stretched to the same levels demonstrate no rise in birefringence. The stress-optical law appears to fail at strains {var_epsilon} > 3 and the principal tensile stress difference compute from the relationship {delta}{tau} = {delta}n{prime}/C is significantly lower than the directly-measured stress difference.

  6. Viscoelasticity and nonlinear simple shear flow behavior of an entangled asymmetric exact comb polymer solution

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    Snijkers, F.

    2016-03-31

    We report upon the characterization of the steady-state shear stresses and first normal stress differences as a function of shear rate using mechanical rheometry (both with a standard cone and plate and with a cone partitioned plate) and optical rheometry (with a flow-birefringence setup) of an entangled solution of asymmetric exact combs. The combs are polybutadienes (1,4-addition) consisting of an H-skeleton with an additional off-center branch on the backbone. We chose to investigate a solution in order to obtain reliable nonlinear shear data in overlapping dynamic regions with the two different techniques. The transient measurements obtained by cone partitioned plate indicated the appearance of overshoots in both the shear stress and the first normal stress difference during start-up shear flow. Interestingly, the overshoots in the start-up normal stress difference started to occur only at rates above the inverse stretch time of the backbone, when the stretch time of the backbone was estimated in analogy with linear chains including the effects of dynamic dilution of the branches but neglecting the effects of branch point friction, in excellent agreement with the situation for linear polymers. Flow-birefringence measurements were performed in a Couette geometry, and the extracted steady-state shear and first normal stress differences were found to agree well with the mechanical data, but were limited to relatively low rates below the inverse stretch time of the backbone. Finally, the steady-state properties were found to be in good agreement with model predictions based on a nonlinear multimode tube model developed for linear polymers when the branches are treated as solvent.

  7. The hydrogen generation from alkaline NaBH4 solution by using electroplated amorphous Co–Ni–P film catalysts

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    The amorphous Co–Ni–P films were electroplating on Cu sheets. The effects of NiSO4 concentrations on the deposit plating rate and the catalytic activities for NaBH4 hydrolysis were investigated. The surface morphology and phase structure of the deposited Co–Ni–P films were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) analysis. The composition was analyzed by energy dispersive spectrometer (EDX). Experimental results showed that adding NiSO4 in Co–P bath could increase the deposition rate. When 0.01 M of NiSO4 was used, the highest deposition rate and the highest hydrogen generation rate of 3636 mL (min g-catalyst)−1 were obtained. The activation energy (Ea) for the NaBH4 hydrolysis was 38 kJ mol−1, which was comparable to the value of noble metal catalysts.

  8. Threshold-like complexation of conjugated polymers with small molecule acceptors in solution within the neighbor-effect model.

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    Sosorev, Andrey Yu; Parashchuk, Olga D; Zapunidi, Sergey A; Kashtanov, Grigoriy S; Golovnin, Ilya V; Kommanaboyina, Srikanth; Perepichka, Igor F; Paraschuk, Dmitry Yu

    2016-02-14

    In some donor-acceptor blends based on conjugated polymers, a pronounced charge-transfer complex (CTC) forms in the electronic ground state. In contrast to small-molecule donor-acceptor blends, the CTC concentration in polymer:acceptor solution can increase with the acceptor content in a threshold-like way. This threshold-like behavior was earlier attributed to the neighbor effect (NE) in the polymer complexation, i.e., next CTCs are preferentially formed near the existing ones; however, the NE origin is unknown. To address the factors affecting the NE, we record the optical absorption data for blends of the most studied conjugated polymers, poly(2-methoxy-5-(2-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene) (MEH-PPV) and poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT), with electron acceptors of fluorene series, 1,8-dinitro-9,10-antraquinone (), and 7,7,8,8-tetracyanoquinodimethane () in different solvents, and then analyze the data within the NE model. We have found that the NE depends on the polymer and acceptor molecular skeletons and solvent, while it does not depend on the acceptor electron affinity and polymer concentration. We conclude that the NE operates within a single macromolecule and stems from planarization of the polymer chain involved in the CTC with an acceptor molecule; as a result, the probability of further complexation with the next acceptor molecules at the adjacent repeat units increases. The steric and electronic microscopic mechanisms of NE are discussed. PMID:26799407

  9. Discrepancy between different estimates of the hydrodynamic diameter of polymer-coated iron oxide nanoparticles in solution

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    We have synthesized iron oxide nanoparticles coated with a monolayer of dextran, with molecular weights of the polymer between 5 and 670 kDa. Transmission electron microscopy images confirm that the hard core has a crystalline diameter of approximately 12 nm. The hydrodynamic diameters of these coated nanoparticles in solution measured using dynamical light scattering and estimated from magnetic susceptibility studies vary from near 90 nm for the lightest polymer to 140 nm for the heaviest polymer. Conversely, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy measurements yield a diameter of approximately 55 nm for the 15–20 kDa dextran coated nanoparticles, which is consistent with the expected value estimated from the sum of the hard-core diameter and monolayer dextran coating. We discuss the implications of this discrepancy for applications involving polymer-coated magnetic nanoparticles.

  10. One-Dimensional Modelling of Polymer Flood Performance. Analytical and Graphical Solutions Modélisation de l'efficacité du déplacement unidimensionnel par injection de polymères. Solutions analytiques et graphiques

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    Grattoni C. A.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available A graphical method for simulating linear polymer flooding is proposed. The method is based upon the analytical solution of Darcy's law and continuity equation which describe the two-phase, one-dimensional, incompressible flow of oil and polymer solution through the reservoir rock. Continuous polymer injection and polymer slug injection are considered. Several physical mechanisms determining microscopic displacement efficiency are taken into account: resistance factor, residual resistance factor, retention composed by adsorption and mechanical entrapment, and inaccessible pore volume. Other properties are not considered: mixing and dispersion, shear and thermal degradation. This analytical-graphical model closely reproduces linear laboratory oil displacement experiments. Consequently, it can be used by the Field Engineer to rapidly estimate the additional oil recoverable by a linear polymer flood. On propose dans cet article une méthode graphique de simulation de l'injection de polymères dans le cas unidimensionnel. Cette méthode est basée sur la solution analytique de la loi de Darcy et de l'équation de continuité qui décrivent l'écoulement diphasique incompressible unidimen-sionnel d'huile et d'une solution de polymères à travers la roche réservoir. On examine l'injection continue et l'injection de bouchons de polymères. On prend en compte plusieurs mécanismes physiques qui déterminent l'efficacité du déplacement microscopique : facteur de ré-sistance, facteur de résistance résiduel, rétention due à l'adsorption et au piégeage mécanique et, enfin, volume des pores inacessibles. On ne tient pas compte des autres propriétés : mélange et dispersion, dégradation mécanique et thermique. Ce modèle analytique et graphique reproduit très directement les expériences de laboratoire de déplacement d'huile en milieu unidimensionnel. II peut donc être utilisé par l'ingénieur de chantier pour une estimation rapide de l

  11. Amorphous Silk Fibroin Membranes for Separation of CO2

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    Aberg, Christopher M.; Patel, Anand K.; Gil, Eun Seok; Spontak, Richard J.; Hagg, May-Britt

    2009-01-01

    Amorphous silk fibroin has shown promise as a polymeric material derivable from natural sources for making membranes for use in removing CO2 from mixed-gas streams. For most applications of silk fibroin, for purposes other than gas separation, this material is used in its highly crystalline, nearly natural form because this form has uncommonly high tensile strength. However, the crystalline phase of silk fibroin is impermeable, making it necessary to convert the material to amorphous form to obtain the high permeability needed for gas separation. Accordingly, one aspect of the present development is a process for generating amorphous silk fibroin by treating native silk fibroin in an aqueous methanol/salt solution. The resulting material remains self-standing and can be prepared as thin film suitable for permeation testing. The permeability of this material by pure CO2 has been found to be highly improved, and its mixed-gas permeability has been found to exceed the mixed-gas permeabilities of several ultrahigh-CO2-permeable synthetic polymers. Only one of the synthetic polymers poly(trimethylsilylpropyne) [PTMSP] may be more highly permeable by CO2. PTMSP becomes unstable with time, whereas amorphous silk should not, although at the time of this reporting this has not been conclusively proven.

  12. Evaluation of the numerical solution of polymer flooding; Avaliacao da solucao numerica da injecao de polimeros em reservatorios de petroleo

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    Teixeira, Vinicius Ligiero; Pires, Adolfo Puime; Bedrikovetsky, Pavel G. [Universidade Estadual do Norte Fluminense (UENF), Macae, RJ (Brazil). Lab. de Engenharia e Exploracao do Petroleo (LENEP)

    2004-07-01

    Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) methods include injection of different fluids into reservoirs to improve oil displacement. The EOR methods may be classified into the following kinds: injection of chemical solutions, injection of solvents and thermal methods. The chemical fluids most commonly injected are polymers, surfactants, micellar solutions, etc. Displacement of oil by any of these fluids involves complex physico-chemical processes of interphase mass transfer, phase transitions and transport properties changes. These processes can be divided into two main categories: thermodynamical and hydrodynamical ones. They occur simultaneously during the displacement, and are coupled in the modern mathematical models of EOR. The model for one-dimensional displacement of oil by polymer solutions is analyzed in this paper. The Courant number is fixed, and we compare the results of different runs of a numerical simulator with the analytical solution of this problem. Each run corresponds to a different spatial discretization. (author)

  13. Prediction of Henry's constant in polymer solutions using PCOR equation of state coupled with an activity coefficient model

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    Somayeh Tourani; Alireza Behvandi; Farhad Khorasheh

    2015-01-01

    In this paper, the polymer chain of rotator (PCOR) equation of state (EOS) was used together with an EOS/GE mixing rule (MHV1) and the Wilson's equation as an excess-Gibbs-energy model in the proposed approach to extend the capability and improve the accuracy of the PCOR EOS for predicting the Henry's constant of solutions containing polymers. The results of the proposed method compared with two equation of state (van der Waals and GC-Flory) and three activity coefficient models (UNIFAC, UNIFAC-FV and Entropic-FV) indicated that the PCOR EOS/Wilson's equation provided more accurate results. The interaction parameters of Wilson's equation were fitted with Henry's constant experimental data and the property parameters of PCOR, a and b, were fitted with experimental volume data (Tait equation). As a result, the present work provided a simple and useful model for prediction of Henry's constant for polymer solutions.

  14. Thin Film Deposition of Conducting Polymers and Carbon Allotropes via Interfacial Solution Processing and Evaporative Vapor Phase Polymerization

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    D'Arcy, Julio Marcelo

    2012-01-01

    A new solution processing technique is developed for depositing continuously conductive transparent thin films comprised of conducting polymer nanostructures. The deposition mechanism is driven by interfacial surface tension gradients leading to rapid directional fluid flow known as the Marangoni effect. This technique is a universal solution to thin film deposition for coating any type of substrate at ambient conditions within seconds. The versatility of this method of deposition is further ...

  15. Free-radical-induced chain scission and cross-linking of polymers in aqueous solution. An overview

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    Complete text of publication follows. In the radiolysis of N2O-saturated aqueous solutions OH are generated. In their reactions with polymers, they give rise to polymer-derived radicals. The kinetics of the formation and decay of these radicals are reviewed. The rate of reaction of a polymer with a reactive free radical is noticeably lower than that of an equivalent concentration of monomer due to the non-random distribution of the reaction sites. Once a larger number of radicals are formed on one polymer molecule, e.g. upon pulse radiolysis, close-by radicals recombine more rapidly while the more distant ones survive for much longer times than an equivalent concentration of freely diffusing radicals. Intermolecular cross-linking (between two polymer chains, increase in molecular weight) and intramolecular cross-linking (formation of small loops, no increase in polymer weight) are competing processes, and their relative yields thus depend on the dose rate and polymer concentration. Hydrogen-transfer reactions within the polymer, e.g. transformation of a secondary radical into a tertiary one, are common and facilitated by the high local density of reactive sites. Due to repulsive forces, the lifetime of radicals of charged polymers is substantially increased. This enables even relatively slow b-fragmentation reactions to become of importance. In the case of poly(methacrylic acid), where β-fragmentation is comparatively fast, this even leads to an unzipping, and as a consequence of the efficient release of methacrylic acid the situation of equilibrium polymerization is approached. Heterolytic β-fragmentation is possible when adequate leaving groups are available, e.g. in polynucleotides and DNA. In the presence of O2, chain scission occurs via oxyl radicals as intermediates. Some implications for technical applications are discussed

  16. Selective transport of Sr2+ from simulated nuclear waste solution by polymer inclusion membrane containing a crown ether carrier

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    The extraction of Sr2+ from acidic nitrate solution with polymer inclusion membranes (PIMs) made from cellulose tri acetate (CTA), Di-tert-butyl-cyclohexano-18-crown-6 (DtBuCH18C6) and nitrophenyl n-octyl ether (NPOE) was studied. Transport rates were calculated at varying feed acidities. Selective transport of Sr2+ over other fission products was observed. (author)

  17. Investigation of optical spacer layers from solution based precursors for polymer solar cells using X-ray reflectometry

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    Andersen, Philip Hvidthøft Delff; Skårhøj, Jakob; Andreasen, Jens Wenzel;

    2009-01-01

    Optical spacer layers based on titaniumalkoxide precursor solutions were prepared by spin-coating on top of bulk heterojunction layers based on poly-3-hexylthiophene (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methylester (PCBM). Models and experiment have shown that the performance of polymer solar cells...

  18. Polymer assisted solution processing of Ti-doped indium oxide transparent conducting thin films for organic solar cells

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    Highlights: • Polymer assisted solution process. • Ti-doped indium oxide (TIO) transparent conducting films. • Replacement of sputtered ITO with polymer-assisted-solution-coated TIO films. • High mobility transparent conducting films. • Application of polymer-assisted-solution-coated TIO films to organic solar cells. - Abstract: We report the preparation and evaluation of Ti-doped indium oxide (TIO) transparent conducting films by a polymer-assisted solution (PAS) process, as well as the evaluation of this type of film as a transparent cathode in an inverted organic solar cell (IOCS). Both Ti- and In-PASs have been synthesized by coordinating Ti- and In-anionic complexes with polyethyleneimine. The final TIO–PAS was formed by mixing Ti-PAS into In-PAS with a Ti concentration between 1 at.% and 7 at.%. The TIO–PAS was spin-coated onto glass substrates to form uniform thin films of Ti-doped indium oxide, which were then annealed at high temperature. The optimum Ti concentration to achieve the best electrical and optical properties of PAS–TIO films was found to be 3 at.%. With the film thickness of 650 nm, PAS–TIO films had a sheet resistance of 65 Ω/sq and an optical transmittance greater than 85%. The feasibility of PAS-coated TIO thin film as a transparent electrode was evaluated by applying it to the fabrication of IOSCs, which showed the energy conversion efficiency of 4.60%

  19. Solution-processed nickel compound as hole collection layer for efficient polymer solar cells

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    We demonstrated efficient bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs) by inserting a solution-processable hole collection layer (HCL) between the indium tin oxide (ITO) electrode and photoactive layer. The HCL was prepared by spin-coating nickel acetylacetonate (Ni(acac)2) isopropanol solution on ITO, and then baking in air at 180 °C for 10 min followed by UV ozone treatment, which was marked as a-Ni(acac)2. The a-Ni(acac)2 HCL shows suitable energy levels, high hole mobility of 4.09  ×  10−3 cm2 V−1·s−1, and high transparency with light transmittance better than poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene): poly(styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) in the wavelength range 550–800 nm. The PSCs with a-Ni(acac)2 HCL showed improved performance compared with the PSCs without or with traditional PEDOT:PSS HCL. The power conversion efficiency of the PSC based on PBDTTT-C-T:PC70BM with a-Ni(acac)2 HCL reached 7.84% under the illumination of AM 1.5 G, 100 mW cm−2. (paper)

  20. Dual Function Behavior of Carbon Fiber-Reinforced Polymer in Simulated Pore Solution

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    Ji-Hua Zhu

    2016-02-01

    Full Text Available The mechanical and electrochemical performance of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP were investigated regarding a novel improvement in the load-carrying capacity and durability of reinforced concrete structures by adopting CFRP as both a structural strengthener and an anode of the impressed current cathodic protection (ICCP system. The mechanical and anode performance of CFRP were investigated in an aqueous pore solution in which the electrolytes were available to the anode in a cured concrete structure. Accelerated polarization tests were designed with different test durations and various levels of applied currents in accordance with the international standard. The CFRP specimens were mechanically characterized after polarization. The measured feeding voltage and potential during the test period indicates CFRP have stable anode performance in a simulated pore solution. Two failure modes were observed through tensile testing. The tensile properties of the post-polarization CFRP specimens declined with an increased charge density. The CFRP demonstrated success as a structural strengthener and ICCP anode. We propose a mathematic model predicting the tensile strengths of CFRP with varied impressed charge densities.

  1. Simulation of dilute solutions of linear and star-branched polymers by dissipative particle dynamics.

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    Nardai, M M; Zifferer, G

    2009-09-28

    A most promising off-lattice technique in order to simulate not only static but in addition dynamic behavior of linear and star-branched chains is the dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) method. In this model the atomistic representation of polymer molecules is replaced by a (coarse-grained) equivalent chain consisting of beads which are repulsive for each other in order to mimic the excluded volume effect (successive beads in addition are linked by springs). Likewise solvent molecules are combined to beads which in turn are repulsive for each other as well as for the polymer segments. The system is relaxed by molecular dynamics solving Newton's laws under the influence of short ranged conservative forces (i.e., repulsion between nonbonded beads and a proper balance of repulsion and attraction between bonded segments) and dissipative forces due to friction between particles, the latter representing the thermostat in conjunction with proper random forces. A variation of the strength of the repulsion between different types of beads allows the simulation of any desired thermodynamic situation. Static and dynamic properties of isolated linear and star-branched chains embedded in athermal, exothermal, and endothermal solvent are presented and theta conditions are examined. The generally accepted scaling concept for athermal systems is fairly well reproduced by linear and star-branched DPD chains and theta conditions appear for a unique parameter independent of functionality as in the case of Monte Carlo simulations. Furthermore, the correspondence between DPD and Monte Carlo data referring to the shape of chains and stars is fairly well, too. For dilute solutions the Zimm behavior is expected for dynamic properties which is indeed realized in DPD systems. PMID:19791917

  2. Diffusion of inorganic ion aqueous solution into hydrophilic polymer fiber and molecular orientation

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    The adsorption process of iodine to nylon 6 (polyamide-6), as well as deiodination process, has been an issue of controversy in the past half century from the view points related to the conversion of hydrogen bonding (α phase vs. γ phase). In the researches since late '80s, it has been revealed that the adsorption or inclusion of iodine to polyamides causes formations of various kind of structures to be called complexes whether they are crystalline or amorphous, and the formation of complex is reflected on the physical properties (especially on adsorption and ion mobility). Among them, it has been reported about both the doubly-oriented samples and the non-oriented samples that the ion diffusion causes molecular chain orientation during the complex formation. In the present experiment the change of molecular orientation in the early stage of the complex formation is studied by the time-resolved measurement with synchrotron radiation facility at SPring-8. Through-view and edge-view diffraction patterns of doubly oriented nylon 6 and non-oriented one were measured at 0.1 nm wavelength introducing I2-KI aqueous solution. It is observed that the formation of complex (i.e. diffusion of polyiodine) is attained in about 0.3 to 0.4 sec. even in non-oriented sample. From the analysis of the diffraction behavior, it is summarized that the inclusion of iodine into the crystalline phase of nylon 6 is possible from either sides of the molecular directions, namely normal diffusion and parallel diffusion. It is concluded that the diffusion and adsorption of inorganic ions including polyiodine to polyamide causes not only the formation of complexes in the crystalline phase but also give motive force to change structure in the surrounding non-crystalline region. (S. Funahashi)

  3. Solution-processed low dimensional nanomaterials with self-assembled polymers for flexible photo-electronic devices (Presentation Recording)

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    Park, Cheolmin

    2015-09-01

    Self assembly driven by complicated but systematic hierarchical interactions offers a qualified alternative for fabricating functional micron or nanometer scale pattern structures that have been potentially useful for various organic and nanotechnological devices. Self assembled nanostructures generated from synthetic polymer systems such as controlled polymer blends, semi-crystalline polymers and block copolymers have gained a great attention not only because of the variety of nanostructures they can evolve but also because of the controllability of these structures by external stimuli. In this presentation, various novel photo-electronic materials and devices are introduced based on the solution-processed low dimensional nanomaterials such as networked carbon nanotubes (CNTs), reduced graphene oxides (rGOs) and 2 dimensional transition metal dichalcogenides (TMDs) with self assembled polymers including field effect transistor, electroluminescent device, non-volatile memory and photodetector. For instance, a nanocomposite of networked CNTs and a fluorescent polymer turned out an efficient field induced electroluminescent layer under alternating current (AC) as a potential candidate for next generation displays and lightings. Furthermore, scalable and simple strategies employed for fabricating rGO as well as TMD nanohybrid films allowed for high performance and mechanically flexible non-volatile resistive polymer memory devices and broad band photo-detectors, respectively.

  4. Effect of plasticizer on surface of free films prepared from aqueous solutions of salts of cationic polymers with different plasticizers

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    Bajdik, János; Fehér, Máté; Pintye-Hódi, Klára

    2007-06-01

    Acquisition of a more detailed understanding of all technological processes is currently a relevant tendency in pharmaceutical technology and hence in industry. A knowledge of film formation from dispersion of polymers is very important during the coating of solid dosage forms. This process and the structure of the film can be influenced by different additives. In the present study, taste-masking films were prepared from aqueous citric acid solutions of a cationic polymer (Eudragit ® E PO) with various hydrophilic plasticizers (glycerol, propylene glycol and different poly(ethylene glycols)). The mechanical properties, film thickness, wetting properties and surface free energy of the free films were studied. The aim was to evaluate the properties of surface of free films to predict the arrangement of macromolecules in films formed from aqueous solutions of salts of cationic polymers. A high molecular weight of the plasticizer decreased the work of deformation. The surface free energy and the polarity were highest for the film without plasticizer; the hydrophilic additives decreased these parameters. The direction of the change in polarity (a hydrophilic component caused a decrease in the polarity) was unexpected. It can be explained by the change in orientation of the macromolecules, a hydrophobic surface being formed. Examination of the mechanical properties and film thickness can furnish additional results towards a knowledge of film formation by this not frequently applied type of polymer from aqueous solution.

  5. Solution processing of polymer semiconductor: Insulator blends-Tailored optical properties through liquid-liquid phase separation control

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    Hellmann, Christoph

    2014-12-17

    © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. It has been demonstrated that the 0-0 absorption transition of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) in blends with poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) could be rationally tuned through the control of the liquid-liquid phase separation process during solution deposition. Pronounced J-like aggregation behavior, characteristic for systems of a low exciton band width, was found for blends where the most pronounced liquid-liquid phase separation occurred in solution, leading to domains of P3HT and PEO of high phase purity. Since liquid-liquid phase separation could be readily manipulated either by the solution temperature, solute concentration, or deposition temperature, to name a few parameters, our findings promise the design from the out-set of semiconductor:insulator architectures of pre-defined properties by manipulation of the interaction parameter between the solutes as well as the respective solute:solvent system using classical polymer science principles.

  6. Improvement of Physico-mechanical Properties of Partially Amorphous Acetaminophen Developed from Hydroalcoholic Solution Using Spray Drying Technique

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    Fatemeh Sadeghi; Mansour Torab; Mostafa Khattab; Alireza Homayouni; Hadi Afrasiabi Garekani

    2013-01-01

      Objective(s): This study was performed aiming to investigate the effect of particle engineering via spray drying of hydroalcoholic solution on solid states and physico-mechanical properties of acetaminophen.   Materials and Methods: Spray drying of hydroalcoholic solution (25% v/v ethanol/water) of acetaminophen (5% w/v) in the presence of small amounts of polyninylpyrrolidone K30 (PVP) (0, 1.25, 2.5 and 5% w/w based on acetaminophen weight) was carried out. The properties of spray dried pa...

  7. Facile Routes To Improve Performance of Solution-Processed Amorphous Metal Oxide Thin Film Transistors by Water Vapor Annealing.

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    Park, Won-Tae; Son, Inyoung; Park, Hyun-Woo; Chung, Kwun-Bum; Xu, Yong; Lee, Taegweon; Noh, Yong-Young

    2015-06-24

    Here, we report on a simple and high-rate oxidization method for producing solution-based compound mixtures of indium zinc oxide (IZO) and indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) metal-oxide semiconductors (MOS) for thin-film transistor (TFT) applications. One of the issues for solution-based MOS fabrication is how to sufficiently oxidize the precursor in order to achieve high performance. As the oxidation rate of solution processing is lower than vacuum-based deposition such as sputtering, devices using solution-processed MOS exhibit relatively poorer performance. Therefore, we propose a method to prepare the metal-oxide precursor upon exposure to saturated water vapor in a closed volume for increasing the oxidization efficiency without requiring additional oxidizing agent. We found that the hydroxide rate of the MOS film exposed to water vapor is lower than when unexposed (≤18%). Hence, we successfully fabricated oxide TFTs with high electron mobility (27.9 cm(2)/V·s) and established a rapid process (annealing at 400 °C for 5 min) that is much shorter than the conventional as-deposited long-duration annealing (at 400 °C for 1 h) whose corresponding mobility is even lower (19.2 cm(2)/V·s). PMID:26043206

  8. Influence of Viscoelasticity Behavior on Liquid Film Surface Appearance in Multilayered Polymer Solution

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    Nakamura, Naoki; Yamazaki, Hidekazu; Yokoyama, Atsushi

    In this study, through using three-layer channels and polymer solution, it is aimed to evaluate the influence that the flow condition (flow rate, shape of channel and solution property) in the channel exerts on the liquid film surface appearance immediately after the discharge, and to clarify the rule factor in which it influences the liquid film surface appearance. Experiments were conducted by taking pictures of the bead surface appearance immediately after the discharge with a high-speed camera by using three-layer channels where the change in the merging point shape was possible. As a result of the examination, the following results were obtained. (1) As a result of the observation of surface, it is understood a peculiar surface ruggedness (thickness irregularity) is generated when the viscoelastic fluid is used in the direction of the liquid film discharge different from Melt fracture and Sharkskin. It is thought that this irregular thickness is a peculiar phenomenon to the viscoelastic fluid, because when Newtonian fluid is injected, this irregular thickness is not generated, and it is suppressed because of increased residence time in channel. (2) The factor separation between layers is done at an irregular thickness to specify the rule factor, therefore it has been understood that the correlation is strong in the first normal stress difference generated in the sub-fluid when merging for the incidence of this irregular thickness. Concretely, it is understood that the thickness irregular incidence increases as the first normal stress difference generated in the sub-fluid when merging grows. Moreover, the influence of the main-fluid on the incidence of an irregular thickness in this system is understood to be negligible.

  9. Oral salt supplements to compensate for jejunostomy losses: comparison of sodium chloride capsules, glucose electrolyte solution, and glucose polymer electrolyte solution.

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    Nightingale, J M; Lennard-Jones, J E; Walker, E. R.; Farthing, M J

    1992-01-01

    Six patients with jejunostomies and residual jejunal lengths of 105 to 250 cm took the same food and water each day for eight study days. In random order, three methods of salt replacement were tested, each over 48 hours, against a period without added salt. During the three test periods the patients took 120 mmol of sodium chloride daily, as salt in gelatine capsules, as an isotonic glucose electrolyte (280 mOsmol/kg; 30 kcal) solution, and as a glucose polymer (Maxijul) solution (280 mOsmol...

  10. Application des techniques de diffusion de la lumière des rayons x et des neutrons à l'étude des systèmes colloïdaux. Deuxième partie : étude des différents systèmes : polymères en solution à l'état solide, solutions micellaires, systèmes fractals Application of Light, X-Ray and Neutron Diffusion Techniques to the Study of Colloidal Systems. Part Two: Research on Different Systems: Polymers in Solution in the Solid State, Micellar Solutions, Fractals Systems

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    Espinat D.

    2006-11-01

    Full Text Available Cet article fait suite à la première partie (Revue Inst. Franç. du Pétrole, vol. 45, n°6, novembre-décembre 1990 concernant l'application des techniques de diffusion de la lumière, des rayons X et des neutrons à l'étude des systèmes colloïdaux et plus précisément à la présentation théorique des trois méthodes. L'objet de cette deuxième partie est la présentation non exhaustive de quelques domaines d'applications. Nous nous attacherons tout particulièrement à présenter les potentialités des méthodes pour la caractérisation de systèmes colloïdaux ou divisés rencontrés dans de nombreuses branches d'activité de l'industrie pétrolière. Nous aborderons dans une première partie les solutions polymériques et colloïdales. En particulier nous nous attarderons sur l'importance des techniques de diffusion pour la caractérisation des polymères en solution et des solutions micellaires. Nous verrons également quelles informations la diffusion centrale peut apporter sur la macrostructure des polymères cristallisés ou amorphes à l'état solide. De nombreux systèmes présentent une structure de type fractal ; après présentation de quelques exemples, nous montrerons que les méthodes de diffusion peuvent apporter certaines informations sur ces matériaux, notamment la dimension fractale. This article is the second one (the first one was published in Revue de l'Institut Français du Pétrole No. 6, NovemberDecember 1990 concerning the application of techniques of light scattering, X rays and neutrons to the analysis of colloidal systems and more specifically to the theoretical description of the three methods. The aim of this second part is to make a nonexhaustive description of several fields of applications. A special effort is made to describe the potential of these methods for characterizing colloidal or divided systems encountered in a great many activities involving the petroleum industry. The first part of this

  11. Polymer-supported solution synthesis of blue luminescent BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+ particles

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    A blue phosphor, europium doped barium magnesium aluminate (BaMgAl10O17:Eu2+) 200-300 nm in size, has been synthesized via a solution phase method using a mixture of metal hydroxide with metal chloride as the precursor source. A water-soluble polymer of high molecular weight was used in the synthesis process. The effects of polymer media and heating treatments on the physical and optical properties such as crystallinity and photoluminescence of particles were investigated. Activation of the luminescence center under a reducing atmosphere has been accomplished concurrently with crystal growth. Photoluminescent (PL) emission spectra of particles centered around 450 nm when using a 254 nm excitation wavelength. The polymer potentially prevents agglomeration and enhances the PL emission of the particles

  12. Self-aligned, full solution process polymer field-effect transistor on flexible substrates

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    Yan, Yan; Huang, Long-Biao; Zhou, Ye; Han, Su-Ting; Zhou, Li; Zhuang, Jiaqing; Xu, Zong-Xiang; Roy, V. A. L.

    2015-10-01

    Conventional techniques to form selective surface energy regions on rigid inorganic substrates are not suitable for polymer interfaces due to sensitive and soft limitation of intrinsic polymer properties. Therefore, there is a strong demand for finding a novel and compatible method for polymeric surface energy modification. Here, by employing the confined photo-catalytic oxidation method, we successfully demonstrate full polymer filed-effect transistors fabricated through four-step spin-coating process on a flexible polymer substrate. The approach shows negligible etching effect on polymeric film. Even more, the insulating property of polymeric dielectric is not affected by the method, which is vital for polymer electronics. Finally, the self-aligned full polymer field-effect transistors on the flexible polymeric substrate are fabricated, showing good electrical properties and mechanical flexibility under bending tests.

  13. Inorganic-organic hybrid polymers: Solution-processible coating materials for defined surface functionalization

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    Keßler, Daniel

    2009-01-01

    A new class of inorganic-organic hybrid polymers could successfully been prepared by the combination of different polymerization techniques. The access to a broad range of organic polymers incorporated into the hybrid polymer was realized using two independent approaches.rnIn the first approach a functional poly(silsesquioxane) (PSSQ) network was pre-formed, which was capable to initiate a controlled radical polymerization to graft organic vinyl-type monomers from the PSSQ precursor. As contr...

  14. Electrophoretic and aggregation behavior of bovine, horse and human red blood cells in plasma and in polymer solutions.

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    Bäumler, H; Neu, B; Mitlöhner, R; Georgieva, R; Meiselman, H J; Kiesewetter, H

    2001-01-01

    The electrophoretic mobility of native and glutaraldehyde-fixed bovine, human, and horse red blood cells (RBC) was investigated as a function of ionic strength (5-150 mM) and concentration of 464 kDa dextran (2 and 3 g/dl); RBC aggregation in autologous plasma and in dextran solutions was also measured. In agreement with previous observations, human and horse RBC form stable rouleaux whereas bovine RBC do not aggregate in either plasma or in dextran 464 kDa solutions. Electrophoretic measurements showed a species-dependent adsorption and depletion of dextran that can be theoretically evaluated. Adsorption of polymer is not a prerequisite for RBC aggregation (bovine RBC show the highest amount of adsorbed dextran yet do not aggregate). Aggregate formation thus occurs as long as the Gibbs free energy difference, given by the osmotic pressure difference between the bulk phase and the polymer-depleted region between two RBC, is larger than the steric and electrostatic repulsive energy contributed by the macromolecules present on the RBC surface. With increasing bulk-phase polymer concentration the depletion layer thickness decreases and the amount of adsorbed macromolecules increases, thereby resulting in an increase of the repulsive component of the interaction energy and decreased aggregation. We thus view electrophoretic measurements of RBC in various media as an important tool for understanding polymer behavior near the red cell surface and hence the mechanisms involved in RBC aggregation. PMID:11381164

  15. (Surfactant + polymer) interaction parameter studied by (liquid + liquid) equilibrium data of quaternary aqueous solution containing surfactant, polymer, and salt

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    (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data of quaternary aqueous system containing polyoxyethylene (20) cetyl ether (with abbreviation name Brij 58, non-ionic surfactant), diammonium hydrogen phosphate, and poly ethylene glycol (PEG) with three molar masses {MW = (1000, 6000, and 35,000) g . mol-1} have been determined experimentally at T = 313.15 K. Furthermore, the Flory-Huggins theory with two electrostatic terms (Debye-Hueckel and Pitzer-Debye-Hueckel equations) have been used to calculate the phase behavior of the quaternary systems and (surfactant + polymer) interaction parameter as well as interaction parameters between other species. Temperature dependency of the parameters of the Flory-Huggins theory has been obtained. Also an effort have been done to show that addition of PEG as well as increasing the temperature can shift the binodal curves of the ternary aqueous system containing surfactant and salt to lower mole fraction of salt. Also the effect of polymer molar mass on the binodal diagram displacement has been discussed

  16. (Surfactant + polymer) interaction parameter studied by (liquid + liquid) equilibrium data of quaternary aqueous solution containing surfactant, polymer, and salt

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    Foroutan, Masumeh [Physical Chemistry Department, School of Chemistry, College of Science, University of Tehran, 14155-6455 Tehran (Iran, Islamic Republic of)], E-mail: foroutan@khayam.ut.ac.ir; Heidari, Nosrat; Mohammadlou, Maryam [Chemistry Department, Faculty of Science, Uremia University, Uremia (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Sojahrood, Amin Jafari [Physics Department, Faculty of Science, Uremia University, Uremia (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2009-02-15

    (Liquid + liquid) equilibrium (LLE) data of quaternary aqueous system containing polyoxyethylene (20) cetyl ether (with abbreviation name Brij 58, non-ionic surfactant), diammonium hydrogen phosphate, and poly ethylene glycol (PEG) with three molar masses {l_brace}M{sub W} = (1000, 6000, and 35,000) g . mol{sup -1}{r_brace} have been determined experimentally at T = 313.15 K. Furthermore, the Flory-Huggins theory with two electrostatic terms (Debye-Hueckel and Pitzer-Debye-Hueckel equations) have been used to calculate the phase behavior of the quaternary systems and (surfactant + polymer) interaction parameter as well as interaction parameters between other species. Temperature dependency of the parameters of the Flory-Huggins theory has been obtained. Also an effort have been done to show that addition of PEG as well as increasing the temperature can shift the binodal curves of the ternary aqueous system containing surfactant and salt to lower mole fraction of salt. Also the effect of polymer molar mass on the binodal diagram displacement has been discussed.

  17. Spinning process variables and polymer solution effects in the die-swell phenomenon during hollow fiber membranes formation

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    Pereira C.C.

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available During hollow fiber spinning many variables are involved whose effects are still not completely clear. However, its understanding is of great interest because the control of these variables may originate membranes with the desired morphologies and physical properties. In this work, the phase inversion process induced by the immersion precipitation technique was applied to prepare hollow fibers membranes. It was verified that some of the variables involved, can promote a visco-elastic polymer solution expansion, called die-swell phenomenon, which is undesired since it may lead to low reproducibility of the permeation properties. The effects of the distance between spinneret and precipitation bath, the bore liquid composition, and the polymer solution composition were analyzed and discussed in order to avoid this phenomenon. According to the results, it was verified that the parameters investigated might promote a delay precipitation, which restrained the visco-elastic expansion.

  18. Polymers and surfactants in solution and at interfaces : a model study on detergency

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    Torn, L.H.

    2000-01-01

    This thesis deals with detergency-related adsorption phenomena of (mixtures of) polymers and surfactants. Both types of molecules play an important role in the removal and subsequent stabilization of soil from a substrate. Starting with a model detergency system consisting of polymers, surfactants,

  19. Research on the structure in solution of optically active synthetic polymers (propylene polysulphide, propylene polyoxide, tertio-butyl polysulphide)

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    It was proposed to study the structure of sulphur-containing synthetic polymers, stereo-regular, optically active in solution and able to adopt a spiral conformation, with special reference to propylene polysulphide. Two methods were used, the first mathematical (conformational energy calculations) and the second physico-chemical, essentially spectroscopic. By conformational analysis it is possible to choose the most probable structures liable to be adopted by a given polymer in solution while the spectro-polarimetric study should, in principle, invalidate or confirm certain of these hypotheses. The conformational energy calculations showed that in fact there is no energy conformation low enough to be stable in solution. Strictly speaking however we can refer to a region of stability in which steric hindrance is low and many energy minima exist. These minima are indistinguishable both by their energy values and by their spatial localizations and are all enclosed in the region bounded by the barriers due to steric hindrance. This uncertainty does not arise from approximations made in the calculations, but from the multitude of stereochemical structure possible. Investigations into the variation of the optical rotary dispersion and the circular dichroism as a function of temperature indicated the existence of three or more equilibrium states in the dioxane. The spectra appear to be the summation of the optical activities of the numerous simultaneously possible conformations. It appears that polymers, such as propylene polysulphide or propylene polyoxide do not have stable structures in solution. These are molecules of great flexibility possessing a large number of degrees of freedom. These properties distinguish them from the natural polymers, carrying precise information, such as DNA which must consequently have stable conformations. (author)

  20. Sorption of 2-Chlorophenol from aqueous solutions by functionalized cross-linked polymers

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    Rodrigo Martins Fráguas

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available This manuscript describes the synthesis of three polymers based on styrene (STY, divinylbenzene (DVB and two different vinyl monomers: methyl methacrylate (MMA and acrylonitrile (AN. The STY-DVB, STY-DVB-MMA and STY-DVB-AN polymers were synthesized employing the aqueous suspension technique. Reaction yields were 73%, 81% and 75%, respectively. They were morphological and chemically characterized using different techniques. The extraction capacity of the polymers was evaluated using 2-chlorophenol. The polymer extraction capacities were evaluated varying contact time the (1 h, 3 h and 5 h, temperature (30 °C, 35 °C and 40 °C, and pH (3, 5.6 and 8. The STY-DVB-AN polymer was the most efficient; it removed around 95% of the analyte using a contact time 50 h.

  1. Influence of shear on globule formation in dilute solutions of flexible polymers

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    Radhakrishnan, Rangarajan; Underhill, Patrick T.

    2015-04-01

    Polyelectrolytes, polymers in poor solvents, polymers mixed with particles, and other systems with attractions and repulsions show formation of globules/structures in equilibrium or in flow. To study the flow behavior of such systems, we developed a simple coarse-grained model with short ranged attractions and repulsions. Polymers are represented as charged bead-spring chains and they interact with oppositely charged colloids. Neglecting hydrodynamic interactions, we study the formation of compact polymer structures called globules. Under certain conditions, increase in shear rate decreases the mean first passage time to form a globule. At other conditions, shear flow causes the globules to breakup, similar to the globule-stretch transition of polymers in poor solvents.

  2. Analytical and equivalent-circuit models based on numerical solutions for amorphous silicon p/i/n solar cells

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    Misiakos, K.; Lindholm, F. A.

    The authors present contact-to-contact computer solutions of the a-Si:H p/i/n solar cell and uses these to obtain the approximations and insight needed for the development of analytical models. The numerical results allow study of many aspects of internal variables as functions of position, terminal voltage, and phonon flux density. Based on the numerical results, analytical and equivalent-circuit models are proposed which support each other and explain the physical origin of interdependencies among such variables as quantum efficiency, electric field and recombination rate profiles, and their relation to current-voltage characteristics. The concept of the limiting carrier is mathematically treated by separating the current into photocollected and back-injection components. The limiting carrier is the carrier with the least photocollected current.

  3. Solution-Processed 8-Hydroquinolatolithium as Effective Cathode Interlayer for High-Performance Polymer Solar Cells.

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    Liu, Wenqing; Liang, Tao; Chen, Qi; Yu, Zhikai; Zhang, Yingying; Liu, Yujing; Fu, Weifei; Tang, Feng; Chen, Liwei; Chen, Hongzheng

    2016-04-13

    Solution-processed 8-hydroxyquinolinatolithium (s-Liq) was successfully applied as an efficient cathode interlayer in bulk heterojunction polymer solar cells (PSCs), giving rise to enhancement in device performance. The ultraviolet photoelectron spectra results revealed that the presence of s-Liq could lower work function of Al cathode, allowing for the ohmic contacts with the fullerene acceptor for better electron extraction and also a larger work function difference between the two electrodes, which leads to an increase in open-circuit voltage (Voc). Scanning Kelvin probe microscopy study on the surface potential of active layers suggested that an interfacial dipole was formed in the s-Liq interlayer between the active layer and the Al cathode, which enhanced the intrinsic built-in potential in the device for better charge transportation and extraction. Consequently, the Voc, fill factor, and current density of the device can be improved by the introduction of s-Liq interlayer, leading to a power conversion efficiency (PCE) improvement. With PTB7 (or PTB7-Th) as the donor and PC71BM as the acceptor, the s-Liq-based PSC devices exhibited a PCE of 8.37% (or 9.04%), much higher than those of devices with the evaporated Liq (7.62%) or commonly used PFN (8.14%) as the cathode interlayer. Moreover, the s-Liq-based devices showed good stability, maintaining 75% (in N2) and 45% (in air) of the initial PCE after 7 days, respectively. These results suggest the great potential of s-Liq as cathode interlayer material for high-performance solar cells application. PMID:27015527

  4. Improvement of bias-stability in amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide thin-film transistors by using solution-processed Y2O3 passivation

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    We demonstrate back channel improvement of back-channel-etch amorphous-indium-gallium-zinc-oxide (a-IGZO) thin-film transistors by using solution-processed yttrium oxide (Y2O3) passivation. Two different solvents, which are acetonitrile (35%) + ethylene glycol (65%), solvent A and deionized water, solvent B are investigated for the spin-on process of the Y2O3 passivation—performed after patterning source/drain (S/D) Mo electrodes by a conventional HNO3-based wet-etch process. Both solvents yield devices with good performance but those passivated by using solvent B exhibit better light and bias stability. Presence of yttrium at the a-IGZO back interface, where it occupies metal vacancy sites, is confirmed by X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The passivation effect of yttrium is more significant when solvent A is used because of the existence of more metal vacancies, given that the alcohol (65% ethylene glycol) in solvent A may dissolve the metal oxide (a-IGZO) through the formation of alkoxides and water

  5. Determination of the interaction parameter and topological scaling features of symmetric star polymers in dilute solution

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    2015-07-15

    Star polymers provide model architectures to understand the dynamic and rheological effects of chain confinement for a range of complex topological structures like branched polymers, colloids, and micelles. It is important to describe the structure of such macromolecular topologies using small-angle neutron and x-ray scattering to facilitate understanding of their structure-property relationships. Modeling of scattering from linear, Gaussian polymers, such as in the melt, has applied the random phase approximation using the Debye polymer scattering function. The Flory-Huggins interaction parameter can be obtained using neutron scattering by this method. Gaussian scaling no longer applies for more complicated chain topologies or when chains are in good solvents. For symmetric star polymers, chain scaling can differ from ν=0.5(df=2) due to excluded volume, steric interaction between arms, and enhanced density due to branching. Further, correlation between arms in a symmetric star leads to an interference term in the scattering function first described by Benoit for Gaussian chains. In this work, a scattering function is derived which accounts for interarm correlations in symmetric star polymers as well as the polymer-solvent interaction parameter for chains of arbitrary scaling dimension using a hybrid Unified scattering function. The approach is demonstrated for linear, four-arm and eight-arm polyisoprene stars in deuterated p-xylene.

  6. Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host–guest complexation

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    Wang, Jie; Qiu, Zhiqiang; Wang, Yiming; Li, Li; Pham, Duc-Truc; Prud’homme, Robert K

    2016-01-01

    Summary The employment of cyclodextrin host–guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host–guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing. PMID:26877808

  7. Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host-guest complexation.

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    Wang, Jie; Qiu, Zhiqiang; Wang, Yiming; Li, Li; Guo, Xuhong; Pham, Duc-Truc; Lincoln, Stephen F; Prud'homme, Robert K

    2016-01-01

    The employment of cyclodextrin host-guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host-guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing. PMID:26877808

  8. Supramolecular polymer assembly in aqueous solution arising from cyclodextrin host–guest complexation

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    Jie Wang

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available The employment of cyclodextrin host–guest complexation to construct supramolecular assemblies with an emphasis on polymer networks is reviewed. The main driving force for this supramolecular assembly is host–guest complexation between cyclodextrin hosts and guest groups either of which may be discrete molecular species or substituents on a polymer backbone. The effects of such complexation on properties at the molecular and macroscopic levels are discussed. It is shown that cyclodextrin complexation may be used to design functional polymer materials with tailorable properties, especially for photo-, pH-, thermo- and redox-responsiveness and self-healing.

  9. Development of Novel Method for Rapid Extract of Radionuclides from Solution Using Polymer Ligand Film

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    Rim, Jung H.

    Accurate and fast determination of the activity of radionuclides in a sample is critical for nuclear forensics and emergency response. Radioanalytical techniques are well established for radionuclides measurement, however, they are slow and labor intensive, requiring extensive radiochemical separations and purification prior to analysis. With these limitations of current methods, there is great interest for a new technique to rapidly process samples. This dissertation describes a new analyte extraction medium called Polymer Ligand Film (PLF) developed to rapidly extract radionuclides. Polymer Ligand Film is a polymer medium with ligands incorporated in its matrix that selectively and rapidly extract analytes from a solution. The main focus of the new technique is to shorten and simplify the procedure necessary to chemically isolate radionuclides for determination by alpha spectrometry or beta counting. Five different ligands were tested for plutonium extraction: bis(2-ethylhexyl) methanediphosphonic acid (H2DEH[MDP]), di(2-ethyl hexyl) phosphoric acid (HDEHP), trialkyl methylammonium chloride (Aliquat-336), 4,4'(5')-di-t-butylcyclohexano 18-crown-6 (DtBuCH18C6), and 2-ethylhexyl 2-ethylhexylphosphonic acid (HEH[EHP]). The ligands that were effective for plutonium extraction further studied for uranium extraction. The plutonium recovery by PLFs has shown dependency on nitric acid concentration and ligand to total mass ratio. H2DEH[MDP] PLFs performed best with 1:10 and 1:20 ratio PLFs. 50.44% and 47.61% of plutonium were extracted on the surface of PLFs with 1M nitric acid for 1:10 and 1:20 PLF, respectively. HDEHP PLF provided the best combination of alpha spectroscopy resolution and plutonium recovery with 1:5 PLF when used with 0.1M nitric acid. The overall analyte recovery was lower than electrodeposited samples, which typically has recovery above 80%. However, PLF is designed to be a rapid field deployable screening technique and consistency is more important

  10. Solution-processed cathode interfacial layer materials for high-efficiency polymer solar cells

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    Biao Xiao; Hongbin Wu; Yong Cao

    2015-01-01

    Polymer solar cells (PSCs) are a new type of renewable energy source currently being extensively investigated due to perceived advantages; such as being lightweight, low-cost and because of the unlimited materials resource. The power conversion efficiency of state-of-the-art PSCs has increased dramatically in the past few years, obtained mainly through the development of new electron donor polymers, acceptors, and novel device structures through the use of various electrode interfacial materi...

  11. Polymers and surfactants in solution and at interfaces : a model study on detergency

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    Torn, L.H.

    2000-01-01

    This thesis deals with detergency-related adsorption phenomena of (mixtures of) polymers and surfactants. Both types of molecules play an important role in the removal and subsequent stabilization of soil from a substrate. Starting with a model detergency system consisting of polymers, surfactants, soil and a substrate, a division is made into a set of sub-systems, each focusing on the interactions of two or more of these model components.The first chapter gives a short introduction on the ty...

  12. Xanthate-Functional Temperature-Responsive Polymers: Effect on Lower Critical Solution Temperature Behavior and Affinity toward Sulfide Surfaces.

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    Ng, Wei Sung; Forbes, Elizaveta; Franks, George V; Connal, Luke A

    2016-08-01

    Xanthate-functional polymers represent an exciting opportunity to provide temperature-responsive materials with the ability to selectively attach to specific metals, while also modifying the lower critical solution temperature (LCST) behavior. To investigate this, random copolymers of poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (PNIPAM) with xanthate incorporations ranging from 2 to 32% were prepared via free radical polymerization. Functionalization with 2% xanthate increased the LCST by 5 °C relative to the same polymer without xanthate. With increasing xanthate composition, the transition temperature increased and the transition range broadened until a critical composition of the hydrophilic xanthate groups (≥18%) where the transition disappeared completely. The adsorption of the polymers at room temperature onto chalcopyrite (CuFeS2) surfaces increased with xanthate composition, while adsorption onto quartz (SiO2) was negligible. These findings demonstrate the affinity of these functional smart polymers toward copper iron sulfide relative to quartz surfaces, presumably due to the interactions between xanthate and specific metal centers. PMID:27434760

  13. Persistent draining crossover in DNA and other semi-flexible polymers: Evidence from hydrodynamic models and extensive measurements on DNA solutions.

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    Mansfield, Marc L; Tsortos, Achilleas; Douglas, Jack F

    2015-09-28

    Although the scaling theory of polymer solutions has had many successes, this type of argument is deficient when applied to hydrodynamic solution properties. Since the foundation of polymer science, it has been appreciated that measurements of polymer size from diffusivity, sedimentation, and solution viscosity reflect a convolution of effects relating to polymer geometry and the strength of the hydrodynamic interactions within the polymer coil, i.e., "draining." Specifically, when polymers are expanded either by self-excluded volume interactions or inherent chain stiffness, the hydrodynamic interactions within the coil become weaker. This means there is no general relationship between static and hydrodynamic size measurements, e.g., the radius of gyration and the hydrodynamic radius. We study this problem by examining the hydrodynamic properties of duplex DNA in solution over a wide range of molecular masses both by hydrodynamic modeling using a numerical path-integration method and by comparing with extensive experimental observations. We also considered how excluded volume interactions influence the solution properties of DNA and confirm that excluded volume interactions are rather weak in duplex DNA in solution so that the simple worm-like chain model without excluded volume gives a good leading-order description of DNA for molar masses up to 10(7) or 10(8) g/mol or contour lengths between 5 μm and 50 μm. Since draining must also depend on the detailed chain monomer structure, future work aiming to characterize polymers in solution through hydrodynamic measurements will have to more carefully consider the relation between chain molecular structure and hydrodynamic solution properties. In particular, scaling theory is inadequate for quantitative polymer characterization. PMID:26429037

  14. Impact of particle size on interaction forces between ettringite and dispersing comb-polymers in various electrolyte solutions.

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    Ferrari, Lucia; Kaufmann, Josef; Winnefeld, Frank; Plank, Johann

    2014-04-01

    The inter-particle forces play a fundamental role for the flow properties of a particle suspension in response to shear stresses. In concrete applications, cement admixtures based on comb-polymers like polycarboxylate-ether-based superplasticizer (PCE) are used to control the rheological behavior of the fresh mixtures, as it is negatively impacted by certain early hydration products, like the mineral ettringite. In this work, dispersion forces due to PCE were measured directly at the surface of ettringite crystals in different electrolyte solutions by the means of atomic force microscopy (AFM) applying spherical and sharp silicon dioxide tips. Results show an effective repulsion between ettringite surface and AFM tips for solutions above the IEP of ettringite (pH∼12) and significant attraction in solution at lower pH. The addition of polyelectrolytes in solution provides dispersion forces exclusively between the sharp tips (radius ≈ 10 nm) and the ettringite surface, whereas the polymer layer at the ettringite surface results to be unable to disperse large colloidal probes (radius ≈ 10 μm). A simple modeling of the inter-particle forces explains that, for large particles, the steric hindrance of the studied PCE molecules is not high enough to compensate for the Van der Waals and the attractive electrostatic contributions. Therefore, in cement suspensions the impact of ettringite on rheology is probably not only related to the particle charge, but also related to the involved particle sizes. PMID:24491324

  15. Solution-Processed Donor-Acceptor Polymer Nanowire Network Semiconductors For High-Performance Field-Effect Transistors

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    Lei, Yanlian; Deng, Ping; Li, Jun; Lin, Ming; Zhu, Furong; Ng, Tsz-Wai; Lee, Chun-Sing; Ong, Beng S.

    2016-04-01

    Organic field-effect transistors (OFETs) represent a low-cost transistor technology for creating next-generation large-area, flexible and ultra-low-cost electronics. Conjugated electron donor-acceptor (D-A) polymers have surfaced as ideal channel semiconductor candidates for OFETs. However, high-molecular weight (MW) D-A polymer semiconductors, which offer high field-effect mobility, generally suffer from processing complications due to limited solubility. Conversely, the readily soluble, low-MW D-A polymers give low mobility. We report herein a facile solution process which transformed a lower-MW, low-mobility diketopyrrolopyrrole-dithienylthieno[3,2-b]thiophene (I) into a high crystalline order and high-mobility semiconductor for OFETs applications. The process involved solution fabrication of a channel semiconductor film from a lower-MW (I) and polystyrene blends. With the help of cooperative shifting motion of polystyrene chain segments, (I) readily self-assembled and crystallized out in the polystyrene matrix as an interpenetrating, nanowire semiconductor network, providing significantly enhanced mobility (over 8 cm2V‑1s‑1), on/off ratio (107), and other desirable field-effect properties that meet impactful OFET application requirements.

  16. Two-dimensional charge transport in self-organized, high-mobility conjugated polymers

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    Sirringhaus, H.; Brown, P.J.; Friend, R.H.;

    1999-01-01

    Self-organization in many solution-processed, semiconducting conjugated polymers results in complex microstructures, in which ordered microcrystalline domains are embedded in an amorphous matrix(I). This has important consequences for electrical properties of these materials: charge transport is ...

  17. The impact of graphene oxide particles on viscosity stabilization for diluted polymer solutions using in enhanced oil recovery at HTHP offshore reservoirs

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    Over 60% of the original oil in a place (OOIP) is retained in a reservoir after conventional methods have been exploited. Application of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology gives an additional chance to get out possibly about 20% more oil from the reservoir. The use of water-soluble polymers improves the water–oil mobility ratio, therefore, the displacement efficiency increased, and leads to enhanced oil recovery. High-molecular-weight polyacrylamide group is widely and successfully used in EOR. But no commercial polymer composition can be used in conditions of high temperature and hardness brine offshore reservoirs yet. To avoid the time consumption and high expense for selection and synthesis of the appropriate-structural polymer for EOR application, we attempt to find additives to enhance the thermal stability of polymer solutions. In this paper, we report the results of improved viscosity stability of diluted polymer/seawater solutions aged at reservoir conditions for 31days by adding graphite-oxide particles (GOs). In the presence of 300 ppm of GOs, the viscosity stability of 1700 ppm acrylamide-based polymer in sea water solution increases from 92 °C to 135 °C. FESEM pictures show good distribution of GOs in polymer network, which is a result of integration of functional groups in GOs surfaces and hydrophilic polymer chains. (paper)

  18. The impact of graphene oxide particles on viscosity stabilization for diluted polymer solutions using in enhanced oil recovery at HTHP offshore reservoirs

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    Dung Nguyen, Ba; Kien Ngo, Trung; Bui, Truong Han; Khanh Pham, Duy; Loc Dinh, Xuan; Nguyen, Phuong Tung

    2015-03-01

    Over 60% of the original oil in a place (OOIP) is retained in a reservoir after conventional methods have been exploited. Application of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) technology gives an additional chance to get out possibly about 20% more oil from the reservoir. The use of water-soluble polymers improves the water-oil mobility ratio, therefore, the displacement efficiency increased, and leads to enhanced oil recovery. High-molecular-weight polyacrylamide group is widely and successfully used in EOR. But no commercial polymer composition can be used in conditions of high temperature and hardness brine offshore reservoirs yet. To avoid the time consumption and high expense for selection and synthesis of the appropriate-structural polymer for EOR application, we attempt to find additives to enhance the thermal stability of polymer solutions. In this paper, we report the results of improved viscosity stability of diluted polymer/seawater solutions aged at reservoir conditions for 31days by adding graphite-oxide particles (GOs). In the presence of 300 ppm of GOs, the viscosity stability of 1700 ppm acrylamide-based polymer in sea water solution increases from 92 °C to 135 °C. FESEM pictures show good distribution of GOs in polymer network, which is a result of integration of functional groups in GOs surfaces and hydrophilic polymer chains.

  19. Phase stability of a reversible supramolecular polymer solution mixed with nanospheres.

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    Tuinier, Remco

    2011-05-18

    Theory is presented for the phase stability of mixtures containing nanospheres and non-adsorbing reversible supramolecular polymers. This was made possible by incorporating the depletion thickness and osmotic pressure of reversible supramolecular polymer chains into generalized free-volume theory, recently developed for investigating the phase behaviour of colloidal spheres mixed with interacting polymers (Fleer and Tuinier 2008 Adv. Colloid Interface Sci. 143 1-47). It follows that the fluid-fluid phase stability region where reversible supramolecular polymer chains can be mixed with nanospheres is sensitive to the energy of scission between the monomers and to the nanoparticle radius. One can then expect the fluid-fluid coexistence curves to have a strong dependence on temperature and that shifting of phase boundaries within a single experimental system should be possible by varying the temperature. The calculations reveal the width of the stability region to be rather small. This implies that phase homogeneity of product formulations containing reversible supramolecular polymers is only possible at low nanoparticle concentrations. PMID:21525565

  20. Pyramid shape of polymer solar cells: a simple solution to triple efficiency

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    Pyramid-shaped polymer solar cells fabricated on flexible substrates were investigated. Effective light trapping can be realized due to light reflection in all 360° directions, and 100% space utilization is achieved when assembled into arrays. The power conversion efficiency is enhanced by 200% ([60]PCBM as the acceptor) and 260% ([70]PCBM as the acceptor) with a dihedral angle of 30° between the opposite sides of the pyramid compared with a planar device, and a high Voc of 3.5 V in series connection is obtained. Considering the material utilization, an angle of 90° for pyramid-shaped polymer solar cells is proposed. Pyramid-shaped polymer solar cells are particularly suitable for installation on roof of vehicles and houses, which have limited surface area. (paper)

  1. Corrosion at the Polymer-Metal Interface in Artificial Seawater Solutions

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    Amelia M. Anderson-Wile

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Polymer components for liquid sealing applications are employed in a variety of potentially corrosive environments, such as seawater. Frequently, corrosion of the metal is found at or adjacent to the rubber-metal interface rather than at a noncontact area. The corrosion of different metal alloys (titanium, bronze, nickel, aluminum, 316 stainless steel, and 4130 steel in combination with rubber O-rings (Buna-N and EPDM of varying internal diameters and cross-sectional shapes in seawater over a period of four years is described herein. The corrosion of some metals (i.e., 4130 stainless steel was found to be accelerated through interaction with Buna-N rubber O-rings. Theories to account for corrosion at the polymer-metal interface, especially with respect to polymer composition and O-ring size and shape, are discussed.

  2. Mass and Heat Diffusion in Ternary Polymer Solutions: A Classical Irreversible Thermodynamics Approach

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    Es-haghi, S Shams

    2016-01-01

    Governing equations for evolution of concentration and temperature in three-component systems were derived in the framework of classical irreversible thermodynamics using Onsager variational principle and were presented for solvent/solvent/polymer and solvent/polymer/polymer systems. The derivation was developed from the Gibbs equation of equilibrium thermodynamics using the local equilibrium hypothesis, Onsager reciprocal relations and Prigogine theorem for systems in mechanical equilibrium. It was shown that the details of mass and heat diffusion phenomena in a ternary system are completely expressed by a 3x3 matrix whose entries are mass diffusion coefficients (4 entries), thermal diffusion coefficients (2 entries) and three entries that describe the evolution of heat in the system. The entries of the diffusion matrix are related to the elements of Onsager matrix that are bounded by some constraints to satisfy the positive definiteness of entropy production in the system. All the elements of diffusion matr...

  3. Computer simulation studies of static and dynamical scaling in dilute solutions of excluded-volume polymers

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    Ladd, A.J.C.; Frenkel, D.

    1992-01-01

    We have used a novel Monte Carlo method to compute the gyration radius Rg and the hydrodynamic radius RH of excluded-volume polymer chains. The hydrodynamic radius scales as Ng05s (N is the number of bonds) over at least a decade of chain lengths, whereas the gyration radius exponent is close to the theoretical value of 0.59. The anomalous behavior Of RH is well-known experimentally; it is commonly attributed to the belief that polymers in mediocre solvents are not swollen on short length sca...

  4. Effects of Polybenzoxazine on Shape Memory Properties of Polyurethanes with Amorphous and Crystalline Soft Segments

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    Senlong Gu

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available This paper evaluates the role of minor component polybenzoxazine (PB on shape-memory properties of polyurethanes (PU with glassy and crystalline soft segments. The polymer compounds were prepared in two steps. In the first step, benzoxazine, polyurethane pre-polymer, and chain extender butanediol (BD were mixed into a solution followed by chain-extension of the pre-polymer with BD. In the second step, benzoxazine was polymerized at 180 °C for 3 h to obtain shape memory polymer compounds. The atomic force microscopy images revealed that the PB-phase formed uniform dispersions in PU. The presence of PB-phase induced shape-memory behavior in non-shape memory PU with amorphous soft segment and significantly improved the values of shape fixity, recovery ratio, and recovery stress in shape memory polyurethane with crystalline soft segment.

  5. A New Methodology to Select the Preferred Solutions from the Pareto-optimal Set: Application to Polymer Extrusion

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    Most of the real world optimization problems involve multiple, usually conflicting, optimization criteria. Generating Pareto optimal solutions plays an important role in multi-objective optimization, and the problem is considered to be solved when the Pareto optimal set is found, i.e., the set of non-dominated solutions. Multi-Objective Evolutionary Algorithms based on the principle of Pareto optimality are designed to produce the complete set of non-dominated solutions. However, this is not allays enough since the aim is not only to know the Pareto set but, also, to obtain one solution from this Pareto set. Thus, the definition of a methodology able to select a single solution from the set of non-dominated solutions (or a region of the Pareto frontier), and taking into account the preferences of a Decision Maker (DM), is necessary. A different method, based on a weighted stress function, is proposed. It is able to integrate the user's preferences in order to find the best region of the Pareto frontier accordingly with these preferences. This method was tested on some benchmark test problems, with two and three criteria, and on a polymer extrusion problem. This methodology is able to select efficiently the best Pareto-frontier region for the specified relative importance of the criteria

  6. Bulk Heterojunction versus Diffused Bilayer: The Role of Device Geometry in Solution p-Doped Polymer-Based Solar Cells

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    Loiudice, Anna; Rizzo, Aurora; Biasiucci, Mariano; Gigli, Giuseppe

    2012-01-01

    We exploit the effect of molecular p-type doping of P3HT in diffused bilayer (DB) polymer solar cells. In this alternative device geometry, the p-doping is accomplished in solution by blending the F4-TCNQ with P3HT. The p-doping both increases the film conductivity and reduces the potential barrier at the interface with the electrode. This results in an excellent power conversion efficiency of 4.02%, which is an improvement of ∼48% over the p-doped standard bulk heterojunction ...

  7. Sequestration of U(VI) from aqueous solutions using precipitate ion imprinted polymers endowed with oleic acid functionalized magnetite

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    The use of a polymeric sorbent material embedded with oleic acid coated magnetic particles as selective sorbents for the removal of U(VI) ions from industrial waste effluents was studied. In the presence of other competing ions [Th(IV) and Ni(II)], U(VI) was preferentially adsorbed. Inclusion of nano-magnetic particles in the polymer matrix aided the separation of the sorbents from aqueous solutions by application of external magnetic field. High recoveries indicated that the sorbent is suitable for application in contaminated water. (author)

  8. Classical and recent free-volume models for polymer solutions: A comparative evaluation

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    Radfarnia, H.R.; Kontogeorgis, Georgios; Ghotbi, C.;

    2007-01-01

    improve the performance of a recent model, the so-called Freed-FV First, we propose a modification of the Freed-FV model accounting for the anomalous free-volume behavior of aqueous systems (unlike the other solvents, water has a lower free-volume percentage than polymers). The results predicted by the...

  9. Computer simulation studies of static and dynamical scaling in dilute solutions of excluded-volume polymers

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    Ladd, A.J.C.; Frenkel, D.

    1992-01-01

    We have used a novel Monte Carlo method to compute the gyration radius Rg and the hydrodynamic radius RH of excluded-volume polymer chains. The hydrodynamic radius scales as Ng05s (N is the number of bonds) over at least a decade of chain lengths, whereas the gyration radius exponent is close to the

  10. A simple relation for the concentration dependence of osmotic pressure and depletion thickness in polymer solutions

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    Fleer, G.J.; Skvortsov, A.M.; Tuinier, R.

    2007-01-01

    We propose simple expressions II/IIo = 1 + and (omega/omega(ex))(3 alpha-1) and (delta(0)/delta)(2) = 1 + (omega/omega(ex))(2 alpha) for the osmotic pressure II and the depletion thickness 6 as a function of the polymer concentration omega. Here, IIo and delta 0 correspond to the dilute limit, and o

  11. Compressive cyclic ratcheting and fatigue of synthetic, soft biomedical polymers in solution.

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    Miller, Andrew T; Safranski, David L; Smith, Kathryn E; Guldberg, Robert E; Gall, Ken

    2016-02-01

    The use of soft, synthetic materials for the replacement of soft, load-bearing tissues has been largely unsuccessful due to a lack of materials with sufficient fatigue and wear properties, as well as a lack of fundamental understanding on the relationship between material structure and behavior under cyclic loads. In this study, we investigated the response of several soft, biomedical polymers to cyclic compressive stresses under aqueous conditions and utilized dynamic mechanical analysis and differential scanning calorimetry to evaluate the role of thermo-mechanical transitions on such behavior. Studied materials include: polycarbonate urethane, polydimethylsiloxane, four acrylate copolymers with systematically varied thermo-mechanical transitions, as well as bovine meniscal tissue for comparison. Materials showed compressive moduli between 2.3 and 1900MPa, with polycarbonate urethane (27.3MPa) matching closest to meniscal tissue (37.0MPa), and also demonstrated a variety of thermo-mechanical transition behaviors. Cyclic testing resulted in distinct fatigue-life curves, with failure defined as either classic fatigue fracture or a defined increased in maximum strain due to ratcheting. Our study found that polymers with sufficient dissipation mechanisms at the testing temperature, as evidenced by tan delta values, were generally tougher than those with less dissipation and exhibited ratcheting rather than fatigue fracture much like meniscal tissue. Strain recovery tests indicated that, for some toughened polymers, the residual strain following our cyclic loading protocol could be fully recovered. The similarity in ratcheting behavior, and lack of fatigue fracture, between the meniscal tissue and toughened polymers indicates that such polymers may have potential as artificial soft tissue. PMID:26479427

  12. A corrosion-protective coating based on a solution-processable polymer-grafted graphene oxide nanocomposite

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    Highlights: • Solution-processable polymer-grafted graphene nanocomposite is synthesized. • The nanocomposite exhibits synergistic properties of both building blocks. • The nanocomposite can be easily applied to form a protective coating on metals. • The coating can effectively prevent corrosion of copper substrate. - Abstract: A new type of solution-processable graphene coating has been synthesized by grafting polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) brushes on graphene oxide (GO) via surface-initiated atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). One major finding is that the PMMA-grafted GO nanocomposite exhibits synergistic properties of both building blocks, i.e., permeation inhibition of GO and solubility of PMMA in a variety of solvents, which makes it compatible with commonly used coating methods to form uniform coatings with controlled thickness. Our results demonstrate that PMMA-grafted GO coating can effectively block charge transfer at the metal–electrolyte interface and prevent corrosion of the copper substrate under aggressive saline conditions

  13. Variational Formulas and Cocycle solutions for Directed Polymer and Percolation Models

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    Georgiou, Nicos; Rassoul-Agha, Firas; Seppäläinen, Timo

    2016-03-01

    We discuss variational formulas for the law of large numbers limits of certain models of motion in a random medium: namely, the limiting time constant for last-passage percolation and the limiting free energy for directed polymers. The results are valid for models in arbitrary dimension, steps of the admissible paths can be general, the environment process is ergodic under spatial translations, and the potential accumulated along a path can depend on the environment and the next step of the path. The variational formulas come in two types: one minimizes over gradient-like cocycles, and another one maximizes over invariant measures on the space of environments and paths. Minimizing cocycles can be obtained from Busemann functions when these can be proved to exist. The results are illustrated through 1+1 dimensional exactly solvable examples, periodic examples, and polymers in weak disorder.

  14. Light scattering viscosities measurements of dilute solutions of some schiff base polymers

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    Three Schiff base polymers polymethylene-bis (salicylaldehyde) tetramethylethlenediimine (PMSA Ten), polymethylene-bis(salicylaldehyde)meso stillbenediimine(meso-PMSAS) and poly-methylene-bis(2-hydroxyacetophenone) 1,2-propylene diimine (PMHAPn) were prepared and indicated refractive index increments (dn/dc) within 0.22J-0.241 at 436 nm and 0 155-0.130 at 546 nm The data for dn/dc was obtained by extrapolating intercept of plot delta n/c against concentration to zero concentration. The values of Hc/t (t turbidity) were plotted against concentration and reciprocal of the intercept at zero concentration gave the molecular weight in the range of 58100 - 66890. The polymers were examined for reduced, intrinsic, inherent and absolute viscosities. Thermodynamic parameters as energy of activation (delta Gv), /teat of activation (delta Hv) and entropy of activation (delta Sv) of viscous flow were calculated at different temperatures. (author)

  15. Frictional properties of the end-grafted polymer layer in presence of salt solution

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    Raftari, Maryam; Zhang, Zhenyu; Leggett, Graham J.; Geoghegan, Mark

    2012-02-01

    We have studied the frictional behaviour of grafted poly[2-(dimethylamino)ethyl methacrylate] (PDMAEMA) films using friction force microscopy (FFM). The films were prepared on native oxide-terminated silicon substrates using the technique of atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP). These brushes had constant grafting density (1.18 nm2), and of a thickness of ˜66 nm, as measured by ellipsometry. We show that single asperity contact mechanics (Johnson-Kendall-Roberts (JKR) and Derjaguin-M"uller-Toporov (DMT) models) as well as a linear (Amontons) relation between applied load and frictional load all apply to these systems depending on the concentration of salt and the nature of the FFM probe. Measurements were made using gold-coating and polymer functionalized silicon nitride triangular probes. Polymer functionalized probe included growth the PDMAEMA with same method on tips. The frictional behaviour are investigated between PDMAEMA and gold coated and PDMAEMA tips immersed in different concentrations of KCl, KBr and KI.

  16. Derivation of an Analytical Solution to a Reaction-Diffusion Model for Autocatalytic Degradation and Erosion in Polymer Microspheres

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    Ford Versypt, Ashlee N.; Arendt, Paul D.; Pack, Daniel W.; Braatz, Richard D.

    2015-01-01

    A mathematical reaction-diffusion model is defined to describe the gradual decomposition of polymer microspheres composed of poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) that are used for pharmaceutical drug delivery over extended periods of time. The partial differential equation (PDE) model treats simultaneous first-order generation due to chemical reaction and diffusion of reaction products in spherical geometry to capture the microsphere-size-dependent effects of autocatalysis on PLGA erosion that occurs when the microspheres are exposed to aqueous media such as biological fluids. The model is solved analytically for the concentration of the autocatalytic carboxylic acid end groups of the polymer chains that comprise the microspheres as a function of radial position and time. The analytical solution for the reaction and transport of the autocatalytic chemical species is useful for predicting the conditions under which drug release from PLGA microspheres transitions from diffusion-controlled to erosion-controlled release, for understanding the dynamic coupling between the PLGA degradation and erosion mechanisms, and for designing drug release particles. The model is the first to provide an analytical prediction for the dynamics and spatial heterogeneities of PLGA degradation and erosion within a spherical particle. The analytical solution is applicable to other spherical systems with simultaneous diffusive transport and first-order generation by reaction. PMID:26284787

  17. Derivation of an Analytical Solution to a Reaction-Diffusion Model for Autocatalytic Degradation and Erosion in Polymer Microspheres.

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    Ashlee N Ford Versypt

    Full Text Available A mathematical reaction-diffusion model is defined to describe the gradual decomposition of polymer microspheres composed of poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA that are used for pharmaceutical drug delivery over extended periods of time. The partial differential equation (PDE model treats simultaneous first-order generation due to chemical reaction and diffusion of reaction products in spherical geometry to capture the microsphere-size-dependent effects of autocatalysis on PLGA erosion that occurs when the microspheres are exposed to aqueous media such as biological fluids. The model is solved analytically for the concentration of the autocatalytic carboxylic acid end groups of the polymer chains that comprise the microspheres as a function of radial position and time. The analytical solution for the reaction and transport of the autocatalytic chemical species is useful for predicting the conditions under which drug release from PLGA microspheres transitions from diffusion-controlled to erosion-controlled release, for understanding the dynamic coupling between the PLGA degradation and erosion mechanisms, and for designing drug release particles. The model is the first to provide an analytical prediction for the dynamics and spatial heterogeneities of PLGA degradation and erosion within a spherical particle. The analytical solution is applicable to other spherical systems with simultaneous diffusive transport and first-order generation by reaction.

  18. Direct observation of time-dependent photoluminescence spectral shift in CdS nanoparticles synthesized in polymer solutions

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    Mandal, Debabrata; Hosoi, Haruko; Chatterjee, Uma; Tahara, Tahei

    2009-01-01

    Direct observation of time-resolved emission spectra (TRESs) of cadmium sulfide nanoparticles in polymer solutions was carried out with picosecond resolution using a streak camera. The TRESs were found to undergo a pronounced time-dependent Stokes shift, eventually coinciding with the steady-state photoluminescence spectra within an ˜40 ns delay time. Moreover, ˜90% of the shift was complete within the first 1 ns after excitation, in contrast to the fact that overall photoluminescence involves very long time constants of 10-100 ns. The observed Stokes shift dynamics was very similar in CdS nanoparticles stabilized in two very different types of polymer solutions. Thus the solvent and/or polymeric stabilizer appeared to have a minimal effect on the shift. We propose that the relaxation proceeds through an internal mechanism involving the fast decay of high-energy traps into relatively slow-decaying low-energy traps. Time-dependent photoluminescence anisotropy experiments also revealed an ˜1 ns decay component appearing only in the higher-energy end of the photoluminescence spectrum. Because this time constant is too short to represent rotational diffusion of the nanometer-sized particles, it was associated with the rapid relaxation of the high-energy trap states.

  19. Characterization of Linked Polymer Solutions (LPS) – Influence of salinity and divalent ions

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    Lunestad, Sigbjørn Fitjar

    2011-01-01

    Water flooding with addition of polymers cross-linked by polyvalent ions (LPS) has proven to increase the oil recovery both in field applications and laboratory studies, but with constraints on the brine salinity. With of an offshore LPS-application on the Norwegian continental shelf in mind, this thesis aimed to characterize the pressure build-up mechanisms thought to be responsible for the oil mobilization, for LPS in solvents with high ionic strengths, containing both mono- and divalent io...

  20. High-k solution processed BaTiO3 polymer nanocomposite dielectrics for flexible electronics

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    Piana, Francesco; Paruzel, Bartosz; Pfleger, Jiří

    Dresden : Leibniz-Institut für Polymerforschung Dresden e.V. (IPF), 2015. 301 / POE -L-19/. ISBN 978-3-936028-89-8. [European Polymer Federation Congress 2015. 21.06.2015-26.06.2015, Dresden] R&D Projects: GA TA ČR(CZ) TE01020022 Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : flexible electronic * high-k dielectrics * polystyrene Subject RIV: CG - Electrochemistry

  1. NMR studies of collapse transition in aqueous polymer solutions and gels

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    Spěváček, Jiří

    Poznań : Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Faculty of Physics and NanoBioMedical Centre, 2015 - (Jurga, S.). s. 15 [Ampere NMR School. 14.06.2015-20.06.2015, Zakopane] R&D Projects: GA ČR(CZ) GA15-13853S Institutional support: RVO:61389013 Keywords : NMR * collapse phase transition * thermoresponsive polymer Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  2. Corrosion at the Polymer-Metal Interface in Artificial Seawater Solutions

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    Anderson-Wile, Amelia M.; Wile, Bradley M.; Qiang Wen; Hui Shen

    2012-01-01

    Polymer components for liquid sealing applications are employed in a variety of potentially corrosive environments, such as seawater. Frequently, corrosion of the metal is found at or adjacent to the rubber-metal interface rather than at a noncontact area. The corrosion of different metal alloys (titanium, bronze, nickel, aluminum, 316 stainless steel, and 4130 steel) in combination with rubber O-rings (Buna-N and EPDM) of varying internal diameters and cross-sectional shapes in seawater over...

  3. Transient shear and extensional rheology of dilute and semi-dilute polymer solutions

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    Shackleford, D.S.; Gauri, V.; Koelling, K.W. [Ohio State Univ., Columbus, OH (United States)

    1996-12-31

    A filament stretching extensional rheometer is used to measure the transient extensional viscosity of Boger fluids with varying polymer concentrations. Experiments are run at a variety of extension rates and reach large Hencky strains. Comparisons are made to measurements of transient shear flow. Results are modeled using several constitutive equations including the Giesekus Model. The apparent steady-state extensional viscosity is compared to Batchelor`s Model for rigid-rod suspensions.

  4. Concentration effects on turbulence in dilute polymer solutions far from walls

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    de Chaumont Quitry, Alexandre; Ouellette, Nicholas T.

    2016-06-01

    We report measurements of the modification of turbulence far from any walls by small concentrations of long-chain polymers. We consider a range of statistical properties of the flow, including Eulerian and Lagrangian velocity structure functions, Eulerian acceleration correlation functions, and the relative dispersion of particle pairs. In all cases, we find that the polymer concentration has a strong effect on the extent to which the statistical properties are changed compared to their values in pure water. These effects can be captured by the recently proposed energy flux-balance model (when suitably extended into the time domain for Lagrangian statistics). However, unlike previous measurements, which found that the concentration effect could be completely scaled out, we consistently find that our data collapse onto two different master curves, one for small concentration and one for larger concentration. We suggest that the difference between the two may be related to the onset of interactions among polymer chains, which is likely to be more easily observed at the small Weissenberg numbers we consider here.

  5. Enhancement of coil--stretch hysteresis by self-concentration in extensional flows, and its implications for capillary thinning of liquid bridges of dilute polymer solutions

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    Prabhakar, Ranganathan

    2014-01-01

    The coil-stretch transition in extensional flows of viscoelastic dilute polymer solutions is known to be associated with a strong hysteresis in molecular conformations and rheo-optical properties. At infinite dilution, hysteresis is caused by the large difference in frictional drag coefficient between undeformed isotropic polymer coils and highly stretched conformations. At the low extension rates in the hysteresis regime, stretched molecules pervade larger volumes than equilibrium coils sinc...

  6. Distribution of alkaline earth elements between aqueous solutions and polymer sorbents impregnated by 8-hydroxyquinoline

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    Interphase distribution of alkaline-earth element (AEE) microimpurities between solutions of alkali metal chlorides and macroporous copolymer of styrene with divinylbenzene impregnated by 8-hydroxyquinoline is investigated. The effect of phase composition on AEE and 8-hydroxyquinoline distribution coefficient is considered. Advantages of the mixture sorption with impregnated sorbent as compared with liquid extraction for thorough purification of salt solution are shown

  7. Spray-dried HPMC microparticles of Indomethacin: Impact of drug-polymer ratio and viscosity of the polymeric solution on dissolution

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    Polymeric microparticles prepared by spray-drying techniques were investigated to enhance the dissolution rate of indomethacin (IM) in comparison with conventional microparticles prepared by co-precipitation solid dispersion method. Drug-polymer ratios and viscosity of polymeric solutions as potential factors were used in order to enhance the dissolution rate of IM. Spray-drying technique was used for preparing of microparticles using aqueous suspension of IM in hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (HPMC) polymer solution. The effect of drug-polymer ratios on dissolution rates of IM was studied in simulating intestinal medium. IM was analyzed spectrophotometrically at λ =320nm. For each drug-polymer ratios, low and high viscosity polymeric solutions were prepared and their impacts on the dissolution of IM were observed. Microparticles were morphologically characterized by optical microscopy. The interaction between IM and HPMC was studied by differential scanning caloremetry (DSC) and x-ray diffractometry (XRD). Spherical fluffy microparticles of IM were obtained using HPMC. It was observed that the prepared spray-dried microparticles significantly increase the dissolution rate of IM. The increase in dissolution rates was achieved with drug: polymer ratios 1: 1 as well as 1:2 and interestingly, the decrease in drug content in ratio exceeding 1:2 resulted in reduction in dissolution rates. Also, with all drug-polymer ratios, the low viscosity polymeric solutions gave the higher dissolution rates. In conclusion, HPMC microparticles loaded with IM were prepared by spray drying-technique and the potential of this technique to enhance the dissolution was studied. The findings indicate that the dissolution profile of IM microparticles prepared by spray -drying technique relied on drug-polymer ratios and viscosity of polymeric solutions. (author)

  8. Emerging trends in the stabilization of amorphous drugs

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    Laitinen, Riikka; Löbmann, Korbinian; Strachan, Clare J.;

    2013-01-01

    The number of active pharmaceutical substances having high therapeutic potential but low water solubility is constantly increasing, making it difficult to formulate these compounds as oral dosage forms. The solubility and dissolution rate, and thus potentially the bioavailability, of these poorly...... water-soluble drugs can be increased by the formation of stabilized amorphous forms. Currently, formulation as solid polymer dispersions is the preferred method to enhance drug dissolution and to stabilize the amorphous form of a drug. The purpose of this review is to highlight emerging alternative...... methods to amorphous polymer dispersions for stabilizing the amorphous form of drugs. First, an overview of the properties and stabilization mechanisms of amorphous forms is provided. Subsequently, formulation approaches such as the preparation of co-amorphous small-molecule mixtures and the use of...

  9. Adsorption properties of the nanozirconia/anionic polyacrylamide system-Effects of surfactant presence, solution pH and polymer carboxyl groups content

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    Wiśniewska, Małgorzata; Chibowski, Stanisław; Urban, Teresa

    2016-05-01

    The adsorption mechanism of anionic polyacrylamide (PAM) on the nanozirconia surface was examined. The effects of solution pH, carboxyl groups content in macromolecules and anionic surfactant (sodium dodecyl sulfate-SDS) addition were determined. The more probable structure of polymer adsorption layer was characterized based on the data obtained from spectrophotometry, viscosimetry and potentiometric titration methods. The adsorbed amount of polymer, size of macromolecules in the solution and surface charge density of ZrO2 particles in the absence and presence of PAM were assessed, respectively. Analysis of these results indicated that the increase of solution pH and content of carboxyl groups in the polymeric chains lead to more expanded conformations of adsorbing macromolecules. As a result, the adsorption of anionic polyacrylamide decreased. The SDS presence caused the significant increase of PAM adsorbed amount at pH 3, whereas at pH 6 and 9 the surfactant addition resulted in reduction of polymer adsorption level.

  10. Unraveling the Nanostructure and Chain Conformation of Peptide-polymer Conjugates in Solution using Small-angle X-ray Scattering

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    Lund, Reidar; Xu, Ting; Dong, He

    For therapeutics, polymer functionalization, often by poly(ethylene glycol), PEG (``PEGylation''), is an effective method to improve the solubility, increase the life time and protect the proteins from the immune system[1]. However it is essential that the proteins maintain their structural integrity in solution- thus the role of the polymer and their interactions with proteins needs to be understood. In this work we show how small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) can be used as a powerful technique to characterize the structural components of peptide-polymer conjugates in solution [2, 3]. We specifically show that by applying detailed modelling very detailed structural features can be revealed, including the PEG chain conformation. In the presentation we will provide an overview of the methodology, specifically addressing peptides that form either alpha-helical bundles [2, 3] or beta-sheet structures [4, 5] and relate their structure in solution to their crystal structure.

  11. Application of a novel 3-fluid nozzle spray drying process for the microencapsulation of therapeutic agents using incompatible drug-polymer solutions.

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    Sunderland, Tara; Kelly, John G; Ramtoola, Zebunnissa

    2015-04-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate a novel 3-fluid concentric nozzle (3-N) spray drying process for the microencapsulation of omeprazole sodium (OME) using Eudragit L100 (EL100). Feed solutions containing OME and/or EL100 in ethanol were assessed visually for OME stability. Addition of OME solution to EL100 solution resulted in precipitation of OME followed by degradation of OME reflected by a colour change from colourless to purple and brown. This was related to the low pH of 2.8 of the EL100 solution at which OME is unstable. Precipitation and progressive discoloration of the 2-fluid nozzle (2-N) feed solution was observed over the spray drying time course. In contrast, 3-N solutions of EL100 or OME in ethanol were stable over the spray drying period. Microparticles prepared using either nozzle showed similar characteristics and outer morphology however the internal morphology was different. DSC showed a homogenous matrix of drug and polymer for 2-N microparticles while 3-N microparticles had defined drug and polymer regions distributed as core and coat. The results of this study demonstrate that the novel 3-N spray drying process can allow the microencapsulation of a drug using an incompatible polymer and maintain the drug and polymer in separate regions of the microparticles. PMID:24170510

  12. Consistent model reduction of polymer chains in solution in dissipative particle dynamics: Model description

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    Moreno, Nicolas

    2015-06-30

    We introduce a framework for model reduction of polymer chain models for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations, where the properties governing the phase equilibria such as the characteristic size of the chain, compressibility, density, and temperature are preserved. The proposed methodology reduces the number of degrees of freedom required in traditional DPD representations to model equilibrium properties of systems with complex molecules (e.g., linear polymers). Based on geometrical considerations we explicitly account for the correlation between beads in fine-grained DPD models and consistently represent the effect of these correlations in a reduced model, in a practical and simple fashion via power laws and the consistent scaling of the simulation parameters. In order to satisfy the geometrical constraints in the reduced model we introduce bond-angle potentials that account for the changes in the chain free energy after the model reduction. Following this coarse-graining process we represent high molecular weight DPD chains (i.e., ≥200≥200 beads per chain) with a significant reduction in the number of particles required (i.e., ≥20≥20 times the original system). We show that our methodology has potential applications modeling systems of high molecular weight molecules at large scales, such as diblock copolymer and DNA.

  13. Consistent model reduction of polymer chains in solution in dissipative particle dynamics: Model description

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    Moreno, Nicolas; Nunes, Suzana P.; Calo, Victor M.

    2015-11-01

    We introduce a framework for model reduction of polymer chain models for dissipative particle dynamics (DPD) simulations, where the properties governing the phase equilibria such as the characteristic size of the chain, compressibility, density, and temperature are preserved. The proposed methodology reduces the number of degrees of freedom required in traditional DPD representations to model equilibrium properties of systems with complex molecules (e.g., linear polymers). Based on geometrical considerations we explicitly account for the correlation between beads in fine-grained DPD models and consistently represent the effect of these correlations in a reduced model, in a practical and simple fashion via power laws and the consistent scaling of the simulation parameters. In order to satisfy the geometrical constraints in the reduced model we introduce bond-angle potentials that account for the changes in the chain free energy after the model reduction. Following this coarse-graining process we represent high molecular weight DPD chains (i.e.,  ≥ 200 beads per chain) with a significant reduction in the number of particles required (i.e.,  ≥ 20 times the original system). We show that our methodology has potential applications modeling systems of high molecular weight molecules at large scales, such as diblock copolymer and DNA.

  14. Adsorption of (152+154)Eu from Radioactive Waste Solution using Modified /Clay Polymer

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    Removal of (152+154)Eu from it's liquid radioactive wastes using Aswan clay (C), Aswan clay/Polyacrylonitrile (C/P) and Polyacrylonitrile (PAN) was investigated. Factors affecting the polymer preparation as weight/ratio of clay to polymer, initiator percent (benzoyl peroxide) and temperature were tested. Characterization of the prepared matrices as surface area, swelling properties, FTIR and thermal properties were studied. The effect of ph, contact time, grain size, weight of the sorbent material and concentration of the initial adsorbent on the uptake percent of (152+154)Eu from liquid radioactive waste were studied. The data followed the pseudo-first-order kinetic model. The equilibrium sorption data were described by the Langmuir and Freundlich isotherm models. The highest value of Langmuir maximum uptake Qmax was found to be 188.68, 155.58 and 70.92 mg.g-1 for C, C/P and PAN respectively. The ability of C/P to adsorb 152+154Eu in a packed column was investigated. The design parameters such as bed height and flow rate affected the adsorption characteristics of C/P column were studied. The column was regenerated using 1M HCl and sorption-desorption studies were carried out for five cycles.

  15. SOLUTION RHEOLOGY OF HYPERBRANCHED POLYESTERS AND THEIR BLENDS WITH LINEAR POLYMERS

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    In this study, the rheological properties of different generations of hyperbranched polyesters in 1-methyl-2-pyrrolidinone solvent and their blends with poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) have ben investigated. All the hyperbranched polyester solutions exhibited Newtonian behavior...

  16. Restructuring polymers via nanoconfinement and subsequent release

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    Alan E. Tonelli

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available During the past several years my students and I have been utilizing certain small-molecule hosts to create nanostructured polymers. This is accomplished by first forming noncovalently bonded inclusion complexes (ICs between these small-molecule hosts and guest polymers, followed by the careful removal of the host crystalline lattice to obtain a coalesced bulk polymer. We have repeatedly observed that such coalesced polymer samples behave distinctly from those produced from their solutions or melts. Coalesced amorphous homopolymers exhibit higher glass-transition temperatures, while crystallizable homopolymers coalesced from their ICs display higher melting and crystallization temperatures, and sometimes different crystalline polymorphs. When ICs are formed with block copolymers or with two or more different homopolymers, the resulting coalesced samples can exhibit intimate mixing between the copolymer blocks, or between entire homopolymer chains. Each of the distinct behaviors observed for polymers coalesced from their ICs is a consequence of the structural organization of the polymer–host-ICs. Polymer chains in host-IC crystals are confined to occupy narrow channels (diameter ~0.5–1.0 nm formed by the small-molecule hosts around the included guest polymers during IC crystallization. This results in the separation and high extension of the included guest polymer chains, which leads, following the careful removal of the host molecule lattice, to unique behaviors for the bulk coalesced polymer samples. Apparently, substantial degrees of the extended and unentangled natures of the IC-included chains are retained upon coalescence. In this review we summarize the behaviors and uses of coalesced polymers, and attempt to draw conclusions on the relationship between their behavior and the organization/structures/conformations of the constituent polymer chains achieved upon coalescence from their ICs.

  17. Amorphous SiC:H- layers from precursors

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    Mueller, E.; Hilbig, A. [Institute of Ceramic Materials, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Gustav-Zeuner Strasse 3, D-09596 Freiberg (Germany); Wenzel, R.; Trommer, K.; Roewer, G. [Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Leipziger Strasse 29, D-09596 Freiberg (Germany); Sciurova, O.; Niklas, J.R. [Institute of Experimental Physics, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology, Silbermann Strasse 1, D-09596 Freiberg (Germany)

    2002-11-01

    Low-viscous polymers were synthesized in order to produce high purity amorphous SiC layers stabilised by hydrogen, whose optoelectronic properties were then studied in dependence on the pyrolysis conditions. The SiC:H thin layers were deposited by the conversion of an oligomer (chlorovinylsilane) into amorphous silicon carbide. The influence of Si:C ratio and the polymer structure on the composition and ceramic yield of the pyrolysis products is discussed. (Abstract Copyright [2002], Wiley Periodicals, Inc.)

  18. Plasmon-enhanced polymer bulk heterojunction solar cells with solution-processable Ag nanoparticles

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    YAN Qi-qi; QIN Wen-jing; WANG Chao; SONG Peng-fei; DING Guo-jing; YANG Li-ying; YIN Shou-gen

    2011-01-01

    We report the plasmon-enhanced polymer bulk-heterojunction solar cells with Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) obtained via chemical method.Here,the AgNPs films with different particle densities are introduced between the poly (3,4-ethylene dioxythiophene) poly (styrenesulfonate) (PEDOT:PSS) buffer layer and the poly (3-hexythiophene):[6,6]-phenyl-C61 butyric acid methyl ester (P3HT:PCBM) layer.By improving the optical absorption of the active layer owing to the localized surface plasmons,the power conversion efficiency of the solar cells is increased compared with the control device.It is shown that the efficiency of the device increases with the density of AgNPs.For the device employing higher density,the resulted power conversion efficiency is found to increase from 2.89% to 3.38%,enhanced by 16.96%.

  19. Enhanced efficiency of inverted polymer solar cells by using solution-processed TiOx/CsOx cathode buffer layer

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    Zhou, Xiaodong; Fan, Xi; Sun, Xianke; ZHANG, YUNLI; Zhu, Ziqiang

    2015-01-01

    In this work, a double-buffer film of TiOx coated with CsOx (TiOx/CsOx) was solution prepared to be applied in poly(3-hexylthiophene):indene-C60 bisadduct (P3HT:ICBA) and P3HT:[6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM) inverted polymer solar cells (PSCs). Compared with TiOx films and CsOx films, the TiOx/CsOx double-buffer film exhibited a favorable energy-level alignment among TiOx, CsOx, and the electron acceptor of PCBM or ICBA a better surface morphology; and an enhanced wetting an...

  20. Performance improvement of polymer solar cells by using a solution processible titanium chelate as cathode buffer layer

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    Tan, Zhan'ao; Yang, Chunhe; Zhou, Erjun; Wang, Xiang; Li, Yongfang

    2007-07-01

    A solution processible titanium chelate, titanium (diisopropoxide) bis (2,4-pentanedionate) (TIPD), was used as the cathode buffer layer in the polymer solar cells (PSCs) based on the blend of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2'-ethylhexyloxy)-1,4-phenylenevinylene] and [6,6]-phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester. Introducing TIPD buffer layer reduced the interface resistance between the active layer and Al electrode, leading to a lower device resistance. The power conversion efficiency of the PSC with TIPD buffer layer reached 2.52% under the illumination of AM1.5, 100mW/cm2, which is increased by 51.8% in comparison with that (1.66%) of the device without TIPD buffer layer under the same experimental conditions.

  1. Polymer-assisted metal deposition (PAMD): a full-solution strategy for flexible, stretchable, compressible, and wearable metal conductors.

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    Yu, You; Yan, Casey; Zheng, Zijian

    2014-08-20

    Metal interconnects, contacts, and electrodes are indispensable elements for most applications of flexible, stretchable, and wearable electronics. Current fabrication methods for these metal conductors are mainly based on conventional microfabrication procedures that have been migrated from Si semiconductor industries, which face significant challenges for organic-based compliant substrates. This Research News highlights a recently developed full-solution processing strategy, polymer-assisted metal deposition (PAMD), which is particularly suitable for the roll-to-roll, low-cost fabrication of high-performance compliant metal conductors (Cu, Ni, Ag, and Au) on a wide variety of organic substrates including plastics, elastomers, papers, and textiles. This paper presents i) the principles of PAMD, and how to use it for making ii) flexible, stretchable, and wearable conductive metal electrodes, iii) patterned metal interconnects, and d) 3D stretchable and compressible metal sponges. A critical perspective on this emerging strategy is also provided. PMID:24458846

  2. Influence of polymeric electron injection layers on the electrical properties of solution-processed multilayered polymer light-emitting diodes

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    Itoh, Eiji; Kurami, Kazuhiko

    2016-02-01

    In this study, we fabricated multilayered polymer-based light-emitting diodes (pLEDs) with various solution-processed electron-injection layers (EILs), and investigated the influence of the EILs on the electrical properties of pLEDs in indium tin oxide (ITO)/poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene) doped with poly(styrene sulfonic acid) (PEDOT:PSS)/poly[(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-(1,4-phenylene((4-sec-butylphenyl)amino)-1,4-phenylene))] (TFB) (HTL)/poly(9,9-dioctylfluorene-alt-1,4-benzothiadiazole) (F8BT) (EML)/EIL/Al structures. We have used the quaternized ammonium π-conjugated polyelectrolyte derivative (poly[(9,9-di(3,3‧-N,N‧-trimethylammonium)propylfluorenyl-2,7-diyl)-co-(1,4-phenylene)]diiodide salt) (PF-PDTA), a mixture of PF-PDTA and CS2CO3, and the aliphatic-amine-based polymer poly(ethylene imine) (PEI) as solution-processed EILs, and compared them with LiF as a solvent-free EIL. The EILs enhanced the electron injection and improve the pLED performance. High external quantum efficiencies of nearly 4% were obtained in the pLEDs with the combination of a multilayered structure fabricated by a transfer printing technique and EILs of a PF-PDTA:CS2CO3 mixture and PEI. On the other hand, the device with PF-PDTA exhibited lower efficiency, higher driving voltage, and larger leakage current at lower voltage. The migration of ionic charges was suggested from the abnormal dielectric behaviors, and serious damage on the electrode material occurred when both an acid hole-injection layer (PEDOT:PSS) and PF-PDTA were used. On the other hand, the pLEDs with ultrathin PEI showed high performance and stable device operation in terms of the influence of ionic charges.

  3. Surface modification of electrospun polyester nanofibers with cyclodextrin polymer for the removal of phenanthrene from aqueous solution

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    Highlights: • Electrospun PET nanofibers were surface modified with cyclodextrin polymer (CDP). • Three different types of native CD (α-CD, β-CD and γ-CD) were used to form CDP. • Nanofibrous structure of PET mats was preserved after CDP surface modification. • PET/CDP nanofibers have shown enhanced mechanical and thermal properties. • PET/CDP nanofibers efficiently remove PAH (e.g. phenanthrene) from aqueous solution. -- Abstract: Surface modified electrospun polyester (PET) nanofibers with cyclodextrin polymer (CDP) were produced (PET/CDP). CDP formation onto electrospun PET nanofibers was achieved by polymerization between citric acid (CTR, crosslinking agent) and cyclodextrin (CD). Three different types of native CD (α-CD, β-CD and γ-CD) were used to form CDP. Water-insoluble crosslinked CDP coating was permanently adhered onto the PET nanofibers. SEM imaging indicated that the nanofibrous structure of PET mats was preserved after CDP surface modification process. PET/CDP nanofibers have shown rougher/irregular surface and larger fiber diameter when compared to untreated PET nanofibers. The surface analyses of PET/CDP nanofibers by XPS elucidated that CDP was present on the fiber surface. DMA analyses revealed the enhanced mechanical properties for PET/CDP where PET/CDP nanofibers have shown higher storage modulus and higher glass transition temperature compared to untreated PET nanofibers. The surface area of the PET/CDP nanofibers investigated by BET measurements showed slight decrease due to the presence of CDP coating compared to pristine PET nanofibers. Yet, it was observed that PET/CDP nanofibers were more efficient for the removal of phenanthrene as a model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) from aqueous solution when compared to pristine PET nanofibers. Our findings suggested that PET/CDP nanofibers can be a very good candidate as a filter material for water purification and waste treatment owing to their very large surface area as

  4. Surface modification of electrospun polyester nanofibers with cyclodextrin polymer for the removal of phenanthrene from aqueous solution

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    Kayaci, Fatma; Aytac, Zeynep; Uyar, Tamer, E-mail: tamer@unam.bilkent.edu.tr

    2013-10-15

    Highlights: • Electrospun PET nanofibers were surface modified with cyclodextrin polymer (CDP). • Three different types of native CD (α-CD, β-CD and γ-CD) were used to form CDP. • Nanofibrous structure of PET mats was preserved after CDP surface modification. • PET/CDP nanofibers have shown enhanced mechanical and thermal properties. • PET/CDP nanofibers efficiently remove PAH (e.g. phenanthrene) from aqueous solution. -- Abstract: Surface modified electrospun polyester (PET) nanofibers with cyclodextrin polymer (CDP) were produced (PET/CDP). CDP formation onto electrospun PET nanofibers was achieved by polymerization between citric acid (CTR, crosslinking agent) and cyclodextrin (CD). Three different types of native CD (α-CD, β-CD and γ-CD) were used to form CDP. Water-insoluble crosslinked CDP coating was permanently adhered onto the PET nanofibers. SEM imaging indicated that the nanofibrous structure of PET mats was preserved after CDP surface modification process. PET/CDP nanofibers have shown rougher/irregular surface and larger fiber diameter when compared to untreated PET nanofibers. The surface analyses of PET/CDP nanofibers by XPS elucidated that CDP was present on the fiber surface. DMA analyses revealed the enhanced mechanical properties for PET/CDP where PET/CDP nanofibers have shown higher storage modulus and higher glass transition temperature compared to untreated PET nanofibers. The surface area of the PET/CDP nanofibers investigated by BET measurements showed slight decrease due to the presence of CDP coating compared to pristine PET nanofibers. Yet, it was observed that PET/CDP nanofibers were more efficient for the removal of phenanthrene as a model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) from aqueous solution when compared to pristine PET nanofibers. Our findings suggested that PET/CDP nanofibers can be a very good candidate as a filter material for water purification and waste treatment owing to their very large surface area as

  5. The Viscoelastic End Plate Instability in the Stretch of Concentrated Polymer Solutions

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    Rasmussen, Henrik Koblitz; Longin, Pierre-Yves; Bach, Anders; Hassager, Ole

    2001-01-01

    The axis symmetry breaking meniscus instability that occurs under certain conditions at the endplates in the transient filament stretching apparatus is investigated experimentally and with numerical simulations. We use a 12 wt% solution of high molecular weight PS as a model fluid for polymeric...

  6. Quasi-logarithmic spacing law in dewetting patterns from the drying meniscus of a polymer solution

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    Chen, Yong-Jun; Mahara, Hitoshi; Yamaguchi, Tomohiko

    2012-01-01

    We report on a periodic precipitation pattern emerged from a drying meniscus via evaporation of a polystyrene solution in a Petri dish. It appeared a quasi-logarithmic spacing relation in the pattern as a result of stick-slip motion of the contact line towards the wall. A model based on the dynamics of the evaporating meniscus is proposed.

  7. Concentrated Polymer Solutions are Different from Melts: Role of Entanglement Molecular Weight

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    Huang, Qian; Mednova, Olga; Rasmussen, Henrik K.; Javier Alvarez, Nicolas; Skov, Anne Ladegaard; Almdal, Kristoffer; Hassager, Ole

    2013-01-01

    We compare viscoelastic properties of several polystyrene solutions and melts with the same number of entanglements. It is demonstrated that the modulus and time can be shifted such that the linear viscoelastic properties are identical provided the number of entanglements are identical. However t...

  8. Evaluation of polymer inclusion membranes containing crown ethers for selective cesium separation from nuclear waste solution

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    Transport behaviour of 137Cs from nitric acid feed was investigated using cellulose triacetate plasticized polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) containing several crown ether carriers viz. di-benzo-18-crown-6 (DB18C6), di-benzo-21-crown-7 (DB21C7) and di-tert-butylbenzo-18-crown-6 (DTBB18C6). The PIM was prepared from cellulose triacetate (CTA) with various crown ethers and plasticizers. DTBB18C6 and tri-n-butyl phosphate (TBP) were found to give higher transport rate for 137Cs as compared to other carriers and plasticizers. Effect of crown ether concentration, nitric acid concentration, plasticizer and CTA concentration on the transport rate of Cs was also studied. The Cs selectivity with respect to various fission products obtained from an irradiated natural uranium target was found to be heavily dependent on the nature of the plasticizer. The present work shows that by choosing a proper plasticizer, one can get either good transport efficiency or selectivity. Though TBP plasticized membranes showed good transport efficiency, it displayed poor selectivities. On the other hand, an entirely opposite separation behaviour was observed with 2-nitrophenyloctylether (NPOE) plasticized membranes suggesting the possible application of the later membranes for the removal of bulk 137Cs from the nuclear waste. The stability of the membrane was tested by carrying out transport runs for nearly 25 days.

  9. A comparison of lattice-Boltzmann and Brownian dynamics simulations of dilute polymer solutions

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    Ladd, Tony; Kekre, Rahul; Butler, Jason

    2008-11-01

    We have compared lattice-Boltzmann and Brownian dynamics simulations of a single flexible polymer, in isolation and in confined geometries. In the case of the isolated chain we find agreement to within 1% in the diffusion coefficient and the Rouse mode relaxation times. We have obtained good agreement for the concentration profiles in a bounded shear flow, but the Brownian dynamics simulations currently use a superposition of the hydrodynamic fields generated by the walls. We expect to know the effects of the inter-wall correction by the time of the meeting. We have gone to some lengths to match the conditions of both simulations as closely as possible. We use identical potential parameters and correct for the differences between the periodic boundaries used in the LB simulations and the unbounded domains used in the BD simulations. We use very long runs, of the order of 10000 times the longest relaxation time, to reduce the statistical uncertainties to less than 0.1%. We find excellent agreement in the relaxation times over a wide range of temperatures and fluid viscosity. The most quantitative agreement is achieved in the weak coupling limit, where the hydrodynamic radius of the monomers is less than one quarter of the lattice spacing.

  10. Kinetics of the electropolymerization of aminoanthraquinone from aqueous solutions and analytical applications of the polymer film

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    Shymaa S. Medany

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Poly 1-amino-9, 10-anthraquinone (PAAQ films were prepared by the electropolymerization of 1-amino-9,10-anthraquinone (AAQ on platinum substrate from aqueous media, where 5.0 × 10−3 mol L−1 AAQ and 6.0 mol L−1 H2SO4 were used. The kinetics of the electropolymerization process was investigated by determining the change of the charge consumed during the polymerization process with time at different concentrations of both monomer and electrolyte. The results have shown that the process follows first order kinetics with respect to the monomer concentration. The order of the reaction with respect to the aqueous solvent i.e. H2SO4 was found to be negative. The polymer films were successfully used as sensors for the electroanalytical determination of many hazardous compounds, e.g. phenols, and biologically important materials like dopamine. The electroanalytical determination was based on the measurements of the oxidation current peak of the material in the cyclic voltammetric measurements. The cyclic voltammograms were recorded at a scan rate of 100 mV s−1 and different analyte concentrations. A calibration curve was constructed for each analyte, from which the determination of low concentrations of catechol and hydroquinone (HQ as examples of hazardous compounds present in waste water and also for ascorbic acid and dopamine as examples of valuable biological materials can be achieved.

  11. Fully Solution-Processed Inverted Polymer Solar Cells with Laminated Nanowire Electrodes

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    Gaynor, Whitney

    2010-01-26

    We demonstrate organic photovoltaic cells in which every layer is deposited by solution processing on opaque metal substrates, with efficiencies similar to those obtained in conventional device structures on transparent substrates. The device architecture is enabled by solution-processed, laminated silver nanowire films serving as the top transparent anode. The cells are based on the regioregular poly(3- hexylthiophene) and C 61 butyric acid methyl ester bulk heterojunction and reach an efficiency of 2.5% under 100 mW/cm 2 of AM 1.5G illumination. The metal substrates are adequate barriers to moisture and oxygen, in contrast to transparent plastics that have previously been used, giving rise to the possibility of roll-to-roll solutionprocessed solar cells that are packaged by lamination to glass substrates, combining the cost advantage of roll-toroll processing with the barrier properties of glass and metal foil. © 2010 American Chemical Society.

  12. Enzyme-polymer composites with high biocatalytic activity and stability

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    Kim, Jungbae; Kosto, Timothy J.; Manimala, Joseph C.; Nauman, E B.; Dordick, Jonathan S.

    2004-08-22

    We have applied vacuum-spraying and electrospinning to incorporate an enzyme into a polymer matrix, creating a novel and highly active biocatalytic composite. As a unique technical approach, enzymes were co-dissolved in toluene with polymers, and the solvent was then rapidly removed by injecting the mixture into a vacuum chamber or by electrospinning. Subsequent crosslinking of the enzyme with glutaraldehyde resulted in stable entrapped enzyme within the polymeric matrices. For example, an amorphous composite of alpha-chymotrypsin and polyethylene showed no significant loss of enzymatic activity in aqueous buffer for one month. Nanofibers of alpha-chymotrypsin and polystyrene also showed no decrease in activity for more than two weeks. The normalized activity of amorphous composite in organic solvents was 3-13 times higher than that of native alpha-chymotrypsin. The activity of nanofibers was 5-7 times higher than that of amorphous composite in aqueous buffer solution. The composites of alpha-chymotrypsin and polymers demonstrate the feasibility of obtaining a wide variety of active and stable biocatalytic materials with many combinations of enzymes and polymers.

  13. 1H NMR study of thermotropic phase transition in aqueous polymer solutions

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    Spěváček, Jiří; Hanyková, L.

    Poznan : Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznan, 2002 - (Garsztka, M.; Pisula, D.; Wegorowska, W.). s. 237 [Congress AMPERE: Magnetic Resonance and Related Phenomena /31./. 15.07.2002-19.07.2002, Poznan] R&D Projects: GA AV ČR KSK4050111 Grant ostatní: GA UK(CZ) 164/20B Keywords : 1H NMR * thermotropic phase transition * poly(vinyl methyl ether)/D2O solutions Subject RIV: CD - Macromolecular Chemistry

  14. Novel polymer inclusion membrane containing a macrocyclic ionophore for selective removal of strontium from nuclear waste solution

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    A new polymer inclusion membrane (PIM) containing cellulose tri-acetate (CTA) as the monomer, di-tert-butyl-cyclohexane-18-crown-6 (DtBuCH18C6) as the carrier and 2-nitrophenyl octyl ether (NPOE) as the plasticizer was developed for the selective transport of Sr2+ from aqueous nitrate medium. Studies with crown ether concentration variation have indicated a linear dependence on the permeability coefficient (P) suggesting a diffusion mechanism for ion transport. Effects of membrane thickness, nature of plasticizer and plasticizer concentration on the transport of Sr2+ were studied. The effect of feed acidity was also investigated for a possible application in the nuclear waste solution. Selective Sr2+ transport was observed in a synthetic waste solution containing metal ions such as UO22+, MoO22+, Zr4+, Ce3+, Nd3+, Ru3+, Pd2+, Ba2+ and Cs+, etc., in 1 M HNO3 and 2 M NaNO3. Greater than 70% transport of Sr2+ was observed in 24 h while most of the other metal ions were negligibly transported (<0.01%). (authors)

  15. Effect of chain architecture on the size, shape, and intrinsic viscosity of chains in polymer solutions: A molecular simulation study

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    Khabaz, Fardin; Khare, Rajesh

    2014-12-01

    Effect of chain architecture on the chain size, shape, and intrinsic viscosity was investigated by performing molecular dynamics simulations of polymer solutions in a good solvent. Four types of chains - linear, comb shaped, H-shaped, and star - were studied for this purpose using a model in which the solvent particles were considered explicitly. Results indicated that the chain length (N) dependence of the mean squared radius of gyration of the chains followed a power-law behavior intrinsic viscosity of the chains can be calculated by plotting the specific viscosity determined from simulations against the solution concentration. The intrinsic viscosity exhibited linear behavior with the reciprocal of the overlap concentration for all chain architectures studied. The molecular weight dependence of the intrinsic viscosity followed the Mark-Houwink relation, [η] = KMa, for all chain architectures. When comparing the calculated values of exponent a with the literature experimental values, agreement was found only for the H and star chains, and a disagreement for the linear and comb chains. The viscosity shrinking factor of the branched chains was compared with the available experimental data and the theoretical predictions and a general agreement was found.

  16. Inorganic polymers from laterite using activation with phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution: Mechanical and microstructural properties

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    Lassinantti Gualtieri, Magdalena, E-mail: magdalena.gualtieri@unimore.it [Dipartimento di Ingegneria " Enzo Ferrari" , Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Vignolese 905/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Romagnoli, Marcello [Dipartimento di Ingegneria " Enzo Ferrari" , Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via Vignolese 905/a, I-41125 Modena (Italy); Pollastri, Simone; Gualtieri, Alessandro F. [Dipartimento di Scienze Chimiche e Geologiche, Università degli studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Via S. Eufemia 19I, I-41121 Modena (Italy)

    2015-01-15

    Geopolymers from laterite, an iron-rich soil available in developing countries, have great potential as building materials. In this work, laterite from Togo (Africa) was used to prepare geopolymers using both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution. Microstructural properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and mercury porosimetry, whereas thermal properties were evaluated by thermal analyses. The local environment of iron was studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XANES region). The mechanical properties were determined. Modulus of Rupture and Young's modulus fell in the ranges 3.3–4.5 MPa and 12–33 GPa, respectively, rendering the materials good candidates for construction purposes. Heating above 900 °C results in weight-gain, presumably due to iron redox reactions. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy data evidence changes in the chemical and structural environments of iron following thermal treatment of geopolymers. These changes indicate interaction between the geopolymer structure and iron during heating, possibly leading to redox properties. -- Highlights: •Geopolymerization of laterite is promising for fabrication of building materials. •Both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution can be used for activation. •Thermally activated redox properties of the inorganic polymers were observed.

  17. Inorganic polymers from laterite using activation with phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution: Mechanical and microstructural properties

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    Geopolymers from laterite, an iron-rich soil available in developing countries, have great potential as building materials. In this work, laterite from Togo (Africa) was used to prepare geopolymers using both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution. Microstructural properties were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, X-ray powder diffraction and mercury porosimetry, whereas thermal properties were evaluated by thermal analyses. The local environment of iron was studied by X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XANES region). The mechanical properties were determined. Modulus of Rupture and Young's modulus fell in the ranges 3.3–4.5 MPa and 12–33 GPa, respectively, rendering the materials good candidates for construction purposes. Heating above 900 °C results in weight-gain, presumably due to iron redox reactions. X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy data evidence changes in the chemical and structural environments of iron following thermal treatment of geopolymers. These changes indicate interaction between the geopolymer structure and iron during heating, possibly leading to redox properties. -- Highlights: •Geopolymerization of laterite is promising for fabrication of building materials. •Both phosphoric acid and alkaline sodium silicate solution can be used for activation. •Thermally activated redox properties of the inorganic polymers were observed

  18. Characterization of Associating Polymer (AP) Solutions. Influences on flow behavior by the degree of hydrophobicity and salinity

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    Perttamo, Elise Kvåle

    2013-01-01

    The most applied polymer today for chemical improved oil recovery (IOR) processes, such as polymer flood and/or polymer well treatments, is the synthetic partially hydrolyzed polyacrylamide (HPAM) and its derivatives. Several field projects have been carried out utilizing HPAM, and the observed trend is that these polymers show low shear stress stability and low salt tolerance. They are also sensitive to elevated reservoir temperatures. More robust, efficient and cost- effective thickeners ar...

  19. All-Solution-Processed, Ambient Method for ITO-Free, Roll-Coated Tandem Polymer Solar Cells using Solution- Processed Metal Films

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    Angmo, Dechan; Dam, Henrik Friis; Andersen, Thomas Rieks;

    2014-01-01

    terms of surface morphological and topographical properties and to ITO in terms of flexibility. The slot–die coated Ag film demonstrates extremely low roughness (a root-meansquare roughness of 3 nm was measured over 240_320 mm2 area), is highly conductive (<1 W/&), highly flexible, and cost-effective in......A solution-processed silver film is employed in the processing of top-illuminated indium-tin-oxide (ITO)-free polymer solar cells in single- and double-junction (tandem) structures. The nontransparent silver film fully covers the substrate and serves as the bottom electrode whereas a PEDOT......:PSS/Ag grid forms the semitransparent top electrode. All layers are roll-coated/printed on a flexible substrate by using only two techniques: slot–die coating for up to 11 consecutive layers and flexo-printing for the last Ag grid layer. The slot–die coated Ag film is compared to an evaporated Ag film in...

  20. Surface Acidity of Amorphous Aluminum Hydroxide

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    K. FUKUSHI; K. TSUKIMURA; H. YAMADA

    2006-01-01

    The surface acidity of synthetic amorphous Al hydroxide was determined by acid/base titration with several complementary methods including solution analyses of the reacted solutions and XRD characterization of the reacted solids. The synthetic specimen was characterized to be the amorphous material showing four broad peaks in XRD pattern. XRD analyses of reacted solids after the titration experiments showed that amorphous Al hydroxide rapidly transformed to crystalline bayerite at the alkaline condition (pH>10). The solution analyses after and during the titration experiments showed that the solubility of amorphous aluminum hydroxide, Ksp =aAl3+/a3H+,was 1010.3,The amount of consumption of added acid or base during the titration experiment was attributed to both the protonation/deprotonation of dissolved Al species and surface hydroxyl group. The surface acidity constants, surface hydroxyl density and specific surface area were estimated by FITEQL 4.0.

  1. 曝氧和杀菌对含聚污水稀释聚合物溶液黏度的影响%Effect of Oxygen Exposure and Sterilization on Viscosity of Polymer Solution in Polymer Contained Wastewater

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    贾振福; 钟静霞

    2016-01-01

    含聚污水中所含的Fe2+、S2-等还原物质和细菌对聚合物溶液有降解作用,直接用含聚污水配制聚合物溶液影响聚合物溶液的驱油效果.利用曝氧、杀菌及曝氧与杀菌相结合的3种技术,对含聚污水进行处理,再用处理过的含聚污水稀释聚合物溶液,测量稀释后聚合物溶液黏度的变化,分析曝氧和杀菌对含聚污水稀释聚合物溶液黏度的影响.实验表明,采取曝氧(10 min)及投加杀菌剂(40 mg/L)相结合的处理方法,能明显地提高所稀释聚合物溶液的黏度,并改善其稳定性,与采用单一的曝氧或杀菌技术处理污水相比,所稀释聚合物溶液黏度稳定性更好,黏度下降率仅为9.26%.%Fe2+, S2-and other reducing substances and bacteria in polymer contained waste-water, which have the degradation effect to polymer solution. Direct use of poly containing wastewater can affect the effect of polymer solution. Three kinds of treatment technologies were combined,which were oxygen exposure, sterilization, oxygen exposure and sterilization . The polymer solution was treated by the polymer contained wastewater, and the viscosity of polymer solution was measured. The experimental results show that the combination of sterilization (40 mg/L) with oxygen exposure(10 min), can significantly improve the viscosity and improve the stability of dilute polymer solution,and it is more stable than the single aera-tion or sterilization technology. The viscosity decrease rate is only 9.26%.

  2. Amorphous Computing

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    Sussman, Gerald

    2002-03-01

    agents constructed by engineered cells, but we have few ideas for programming them effectively: How can one engineer prespecified, coherent behavior from the cooperation of immense numbers of unreliable parts that are interconnected in unknown, irregular, and time-varying ways? This is the challenge of Amorphous Computing.

  3. Roll to Roll Electric Field "Z" Alignment of Nanoparticles from Polymer Solutions for Manufacturing Multifunctional Capacitor Films.

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    Guo, Yuanhao; Batra, Saurabh; Chen, Yuwei; Wang, Enmin; Cakmak, Miko

    2016-07-20

    A roll to roll continuous processing method is developed for vertical alignment ("Z" alignment) of barium titanate (BaTiO3) nanoparticle columns in polystyrene (PS)/toluene solutions. This is accomplished by applying an electric field to a two-layer solution film cast on a carrier: one is the top sacrificial layer contacting the electrode and the second is the polymer solution dispersed with BaTiO3 particles. Flexible Teflon coated mesh is utilized as the top electrode that allows the evaporation of solvent through the openings. The kinetics of particle alignment and chain buckling is studied by the custom-built instrument measuring the real time optical light transmission during electric field application and drying steps. The nanoparticles dispersed in the composite bottom layer form chains due to dipole-dipole interaction under an applied electric field. In relatively weak electric fields, the particle chain axis tilts away from electric field direction due to bending caused by the shrinkage of the film during drying. The use of strong electric fields leads to maintenance of alignment of particle chains parallel to the electric field direction overcoming the compression effect. At the end of the process, the surface features of the top porous electrodes are imprinted at the top of the top sacrificial layer. By removing this layer a smooth surface film is obtained. The nanocomposite films with "Z" direction alignment of BaTiO3 particles show substantially increased dielectric permittivity in the thickness direction for enhancing the performance of capacitors. PMID:27322765

  4. Selective removal/recovery of RCRA metals from waste and process solutions using polymer filtration{trademark} technology

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    Smith, B.F. [Los Alamos National Lab., NM (United States)

    1997-10-01

    Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) metals are found in a number of process and waste streams at many DOE, U.S. Department of Defense, and industrial facilities. RCRA metals consist principally of chromium, mercury, cadmium, lead, and silver. Arsenic and selenium, which form oxyanions, are also considered RCRA elements. Discharge limits for each of these metals are based on toxicity and dictated by state and federal regulations (e.g., drinking water, RCRA, etc.). RCRA metals are used in many current operations, are generated in decontamination and decommissioning (D&D) operations, and are also present in old process wastes that require treatment and stabilization. These metals can exist in solutions, as part of sludges, or as contaminants on soils or solid surfaces, as individual metals or as mixtures with other metals, mixtures with radioactive metals such as actinides (defined as mixed waste), or as mixtures with a variety of inert metals such as calcium and sodium. The authors have successfully completed a preliminary proof-of-principle evaluation of Polymer Filtration{trademark} (PF) technology for the dissolution of metallic mercury and have also shown that they can remove and concentrate RCRA metals from dilute solutions for a variety of aqueous solution types using PF technology. Another application successfully demonstrated is the dilute metal removal of americium and plutonium from process streams. This application was used to remove the total alpha contamination to below 30 pCi/L for the wastewater treatment plant at TA-50 at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and from nitric acid distillate in the acid recovery process at TA-55, the Plutonium Facility at LANL (ESP-CP TTP AL16C322). This project will develop and optimize the PF technology for specific DOE process streams containing RCRA metals and coordinate it with the needs of the commercial sector to ensure that technology transfer occurs.

  5. Removal of uranium(VI) from aqueous solutions by CMK-3 and its polymer composite

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    The ability of PANI–CMK-3 composite (PANI–CMK-3) by in site polymerizing aniline onto the surface of mesoporous carbon (CMK-3) has been explored for the removal and recovery of uranium from aqueous solutions. The results of FTIR, SEM, TG/DTA and N2 adsorption–desorption demonstrated that aniline was successfully polymerized onto the inside and outside surface of CMK-3 rather than occupying the mesopore. The U(VI) sorption on PANI–CMK-3 was well fitted to the Langmuir adsorption isothermal and pseudo-second kinetics models. The monolayer maximum capacity of PANI–CMK-3 was improved from 50.12 mg g−1 of CMK-3 to 118.30 mg g−1 at 298 K due to the imine and amine groups in PANI. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH, ΔS and ΔG) showed the U(VI) adsorption on CMK-3–PANI and CMK-3 were all endothermic and spontaneous in nature. Selective adsorption experiments (co-existing ions, Na+, Mg2+, Zn2+, Mn2+, Ni2+ and Sr2+) show that the selectivity of CMK-3 was enhanced after aniline polymerization. Moreover, the U(VI) adsorbed on the surface of PANI–CMK-3 can be eluated by 1.0 mol L−1 HCl solution with high desorption rate of 98%

  6. Microfluidic rheometry of a polymer solution by micron resolution particle image velocimetry: a model validation study

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    The main purpose of this study is to model non-Newtonian fluid flows in microgeometries. Velocity fields of dilute xanthan gum solutions in a microfluidic T-junction have been measured for pressure-driven flow using micron resolution particle image velocimetry (µ-PIV). Xanthan gum at a fixed concentration is a power-law fluid. Varying the concentration changes the rheology, effectively altering the power-law parameters reflecting the changes in the fluid's shear response since viscoelasticity and extensional viscosity are negligible for dilute solutions of this substance. As the flow is forced to turn the corner of the T-junction, a range of shear rates, and hence viscosities, is produced. If this feature could be incorporated into a viscometer, then potentially the constitutive parameters of a complex fluid could be ascertained from a single experiment. A mathematical model based on a finite element technique has been developed to simulate the fluid flow in the experimental system. Model predictions of the velocity field are found to agree well (less than 5% error) with observations, thus validating the model

  7. Non-monotonic course of protein solubility in aqueous polymer-salt solutions can be modeled using the sol-mxDLVO model.

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    Herhut, Marcel; Brandenbusch, Christoph; Sadowski, Gabriele

    2016-02-01

    Protein purification is often performed using cost-intensive chromatographic steps. To discover economic alternatives (e.g., crystallization), knowledge on protein solubility as a function of temperature, pH, and additives in solution as well as their concentration is required. State-of-the-art models for predicting protein solubility almost exclusively consider aqueous salt systems, whereas "salting-in" and "salting-out" effects induced by the presence of an additional polymer are not considered. Thus, we developed the sol-mxDLVO model. Using this newly developed model, protein solubility in the presence of one salt and one polymer, especially the non-monotonic course of protein solubility, could be predicted. Systems considered included salts (NaCl, Na-p-Ts, (NH(4))(2) SO(4)) and the polymer polyethylene glycol (MW: 2000 g/mol, 12000 g/mol) and proteins lysozyme from chicken egg white (pH 4 to 5.5) and D-xylose ketol-isomerase (pH 7) at 298.15 K. The results show that by using the sol-mxDLVO model, protein solubility in polymer-salt solutions can be modeled in good agreement with the experimental data for both proteins considered. The sol-mxDLVO model can describe the non-monotonic course of protein solubility as a function of polymer concentration and salt concentration, previously not covered by state-of-the-art models. PMID:26579880

  8. In Vitro Characterization of a Novel Polymeric System for Preparation of Amorphous Solid Drug Dispersions

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    Mahmoudi, Zahra N.; Upadhye, Sampada B.; Ferrizzi, David; Rajabi-Siahboomi, Ali R.

    2014-01-01

    Preparation of amorphous solid dispersions using polymers is a commonly used formulation strategy for enhancing the solubility of poorly water-soluble drugs. However, often a single polymer may not bring about a significant enhancement in solubility or amorphous stability of a poorly water-soluble drug. This study describes application of a unique and novel binary polymeric blend in preparation of solid dispersions. The objective of this study was to investigate amorphous solid dispersions of...

  9. Polymer Chemistry

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    Williams, Martha; Roberson, Luke; Caraccio, Anne

    2010-01-01

    This viewgraph presentation describes new technologies in polymer and material chemistry that benefits NASA programs and missions. The topics include: 1) What are Polymers?; 2) History of Polymer Chemistry; 3) Composites/Materials Development at KSC; 4) Why Wiring; 5) Next Generation Wiring Materials; 6) Wire System Materials and Integration; 7) Self-Healing Wire Repair; 8) Smart Wiring Summary; 9) Fire and Polymers; 10) Aerogel Technology; 11) Aerogel Composites; 12) Aerogels for Oil Remediation; 13) KSC's Solution; 14) Chemochromic Hydrogen Sensors; 15) STS-130 and 131 Operations; 16) HyperPigment; 17) Antimicrobial Materials; 18) Conductive Inks Formulations for Multiple Applications; and 19) Testing and Processing Equipment.

  10. Removal of uranium(VI) from aqueous solutions by CMK-3 and its polymer composite

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    Liu, Yunhai; Li, Qin; Cao, Xiaohong; Wang, Youqun [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Nuclear Resources and Environment, East China Institute of Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanchang 330013 (China); Department of Chemistry, Biological and Materials Sciences, East China Institute of Technology, Fuzhou 344000 (China); Jiang, Xiaohui [Department of Chemistry, Biological and Materials Sciences, East China Institute of Technology, Fuzhou 344000 (China); Tianshan Uranium Co., Ltd., China National Nuclear Corporation, Yining 835000 (China); Li, Min; Hua, Ming [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Nuclear Resources and Environment, East China Institute of Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanchang 330013 (China); Zhang, Zhibin, E-mail: zhangnjut@163.com [State Key Laboratory Breeding Base of Nuclear Resources and Environment, East China Institute of Technology, Ministry of Education, Nanchang 330013 (China); Department of Chemistry, Biological and Materials Sciences, East China Institute of Technology, Fuzhou 344000 (China)

    2013-11-15

    The ability of PANI–CMK-3 composite (PANI–CMK-3) by in site polymerizing aniline onto the surface of mesoporous carbon (CMK-3) has been explored for the removal and recovery of uranium from aqueous solutions. The results of FTIR, SEM, TG/DTA and N{sub 2} adsorption–desorption demonstrated that aniline was successfully polymerized onto the inside and outside surface of CMK-3 rather than occupying the mesopore. The U(VI) sorption on PANI–CMK-3 was well fitted to the Langmuir adsorption isothermal and pseudo-second kinetics models. The monolayer maximum capacity of PANI–CMK-3 was improved from 50.12 mg g{sup −1} of CMK-3 to 118.30 mg g{sup −1} at 298 K due to the imine and amine groups in PANI. The thermodynamic parameters (ΔH, ΔS and ΔG) showed the U(VI) adsorption on CMK-3–PANI and CMK-3 were all endothermic and spontaneous in nature. Selective adsorption experiments (co-existing ions, Na{sup +}, Mg{sup 2+}, Zn{sup 2+}, Mn{sup 2+}, Ni{sup 2+} and Sr{sup 2+}) show that the selectivity of CMK-3 was enhanced after aniline polymerization. Moreover, the U(VI) adsorbed on the surface of PANI–CMK-3 can be eluated by 1.0 mol L{sup −1} HCl solution with high desorption rate of 98%.

  11. Wettability alteration by novel betaines at polymer-aqueous solution interfaces

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    Hu, Song-Shuang; Zhang, Lei; Xu, Zhi-Cheng; Gong, Qing-Tao; Jin, Zhi-Qiang; Luo, Lan; Zhang, Lu; Zhao, Sui

    2015-11-01

    The wettability of alkyl carboxylbetaine (18C) and alkyl sulfobetaine (18S) at polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) surfaces have been investigated and the different physicochemical parameters such as critical micelle concentration (CMC), surface tension, contact angle, surface excess, adhesional tension and work of adhesion have been estimated. The results show that the contact angle of 18C and 18S for both solids keep almost a constant value in a wide range of surfactant concentration, but the sharp decrease of contact angle appears after CMC of individual surfactant solution because of the continued increase in surfactant molecules adsorption at solid-liquid interface above CMC, which is quite different from traditional surfactants reported in the literature. In addition, 18C has significantly lower contact angle values on PTFE at high concentrations. For PTFE and PMMA there is a linear relationship existing between the adhesional and surface tension in a range of certain concentrations for all investigated surfactants. The values of slope suggest that adsorption of 18C and 18S at PTFE/PMMA-liquid interfaces are less than that at air-liquid, and the orientation of the surfactant molecules at PTFE-liquid and PMMA-liquid interfaces should not be the same. Moreover, the decrease of PTFE-liquid interfacial tension has been observed while the PMMA-liquid interfacial tension increases at first and decreases afterwards for 18C and 18S. Especially for PTFE, the decrease of γSL for 18C is larger than that for 18S, which indicates that 18S molecules may be vertical orientation due to steric effect while the hemimicelle has been formed for 18C at the PTFE interface. On the other hand, the addition of surfactant molecules will adsorb onto monolayer at PMMA surface again through hydrophobic interaction with hydrophilic group toward the bulk phase of solution above CMC.

  12. The Shapes of Z-α1-Antitrypsin Polymers in Solution Support the C-Terminal Domain-Swap Mechanism of Polymerization

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    Behrens, Manja Annette; Sendall, Timothy J.; Pedersen, Jan Skov; Kjeldgaard, Morten; Huntington, James A.; Jensen, Jan Kristian

    2014-01-01

    Emphysema and liver cirrhosis can be caused by the Z mutation (Glu342Lys) in the serine protease inhibitor α1-antitrypsin (α1AT), which is found in more than 4% of the Northern European population. Homozygotes experience deficiency in the lung concomitantly with a massive accumulation of polymers...... within hepatocytes, causing their destruction. Recently, it was proposed that Z-α1AT polymerizes by a C-terminal domain swap. In this study, small-angle x-ray scattering (SAXS) was used to characterize Z-α1AT polymers in solution. The data show that the Z-α1AT trimer, tetramer, and pentamer all form ring...

  13. γ-radiation synthesis of temperature sensitive polymer polyNIPAAm and application in concentration of Au3+ in dilute aqueous solution

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    A Water-soluble temperature sensitive polymer, polyNIPAAm, was synthesized by radiation technology in H2O-THF mixed solutions and further, in simple alcohols, ketones and Cl-containing organic compounds as the solvents. The results showed that all the synthesis was successful. Several polyNIPAAms with different molecular weight were obtained in this way. In addition, the concentration effects of Au2+ in dilute aqueous solutions was investigated by using polyNIPAAm obtained in this work. The concentration coefficient could come up to more than 90%. The effects of acidity and concentration coefficient in the solution were investigated. The optimum conditions were obtained

  14. Research on Oil Displacement Feasibility of Polymer Solution Diluted by Polymer Flooding Sewage%聚驱污水稀释聚合物溶液驱油效果可行性研究

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    张继红; 徐思宁

    2016-01-01

    针对大庆油田聚合物驱过程中,清水用量日益紧张、采出污水处理难度加大、采出污水回注问题严重等现状,利用采出污水代替清水稀释聚合物溶液驱油受到普遍重视。本文针对聚驱污水的特点,通过聚驱污水和深度处理污水水质对比分析,确定利用曝氧和杀菌处理后的聚驱污水进行流动特性实验以及驱油实验。结果表明,与深度处理污水相比,处理后聚驱污水稀释的聚合物溶液残余阻力系数高,降低水相渗透率的能力增强,有利于提高采收率;相同渗透率、相同分子质量、相同浓度条件下,与深度处理污水稀释聚合物溶液的驱油效果相比还不理想,采收率提高值相差1%左右;若要达到与深度处理污水稀释的聚合物溶液驱油的效果,则应适当地提高聚驱污水稀释聚合物溶液的浓度。%In the process of polymer flooding in daqing oilfield,there are some problems such as water consumption growing tensions,sewage treatment increasing more differences and the problem of injecting sewage becoming serious.Using the produced sewage instead of water to dilute polymer solution flooding will be widely attached.Aiming at the characteristics of polymer flooding sewage depth by polymer flooding sewage and sewage water quality analysis,polymer flooding sewage by oxygen exposure and sterilization was used to study flow characteristics and oil displacement effect.Results show that, compared with deep treatment sewage,residual resistance coefficient with polymer solution is high after polymer flooding sewage dilution,the ability to reduce water phase permeability is enhanced,and recovery factor is improved.Under the same conditions of permeability,molecular weight,concentration,and depth of sewage displacement effect of polymer solution is not ideal compared to dilute oil,and the value of recovery efficiency differs by about 1%.The same effect with the polymer

  15. Improved Release of Celecoxib from High Drug Loading Amorphous Solid Dispersions Formulated with Polyacrylic Acid and Cellulose Derivatives.

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    Xie, Tian; Taylor, Lynne S

    2016-03-01

    Amorphous solid dispersions (ASDs) have been extensively exploited as a strategy for improving the dissolution performance of poorly water-soluble drugs. However, factors underpinning the observed dissolution profiles are not clearly understood, and the choice of polymeric carriers is largely empirical. In the current study, the dissolution performance of a high drug loading ASD containing the poorly water-soluble, anti-inflammatory agent, celecoxib, was optimized by using binary polymers combinations. Polyacrylic acid (PAA), a highly water-soluble polymer, was used to substantially increase the dissolution rate of the drug, while hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) or HPMC acetate succinate (HPMCAS) were added to stabilize the solid amorphous matrix against crystallization upon hydration, as well as to maintain supersaturation. Quantitative measurements of the impact of the polymers on the solution nucleation and growth rates of celecoxib revealed that, while the cellulose derivatives are effective nucleation inhibitors, it is more difficult to completely prevent crystal growth in solutions containing seed crystals, in particular at high supersaturations. Therefore, it is critical to prevent the formation of crystals in the dissolving matrix during dissolution. By using certain ratios of HPMC and PAA, both rapid release as well as crystallization inhibition could be achieved, even at high drug loadings. Utilizing combinations of polymers may therefore be useful to tailor release profiles while providing optimized crystallization inhibition. PMID:26791934

  16. Self-consistent field theoretic simulations of amphiphilic triblock copolymer solutions: Polymer concentration and chain length effects

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    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available Using the self-consistent field lattice model, polymer concentration φP and chain length N (keeping the length ratio of hydrophobic to hydrophilic blocks constant the effects on temperature-dependent behavior of micelles are studied, in amphiphilic symmetric ABA triblock copolymer solutions. When chain length is increased, at fixed φP, micelles occur at higher temperature. The variations of average volume fraction of stickers φcos and the lattice site numbers Ncols at the micellar cores with temperature are dependent on N and φP, which demonstrates that the aggregation of micelles depends on N and φP. Moreover, when φP is increased, firstly a peak appears on the curve of specific heat CV for unimer-micelle transition, and then in addition a primary peak, the secondary peak, which results from the remicellization, is observed on the curve of CV. For a long chain, in intermediate and high concentration regimes, the shape of specific heat peak markedly changes, and the peak tends to be a more broad peak. Finally, the aggregation behavior of micelles is explained by the aggregation way of amphiphilic triblock copolymer. The obtained results are helpful in understanding the micellar aggregation process.

  17. Investigation of Poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:Poly(styrenesulfonate Hole Transport Layer for Solution-Processed Polymer Solar Cells

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    Chengxi Zhang

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The inverted polymer solar cell was prepared by self-made spray-coating system, and the poly(3,4-ethylenedioxythiophene:poly(styrenesulfonate (PEDOT:PSS hole transport layer was studied. 220 nm poly-(3-hexylthiophene:[6,6]-phenylC61butyric-acid methyl-ester (P3HT:PCBM and 40 nm PEDOT:PSS were deposited on ZnO thin film subsequently by solution spray coating. Different volume of isopropyl alcohol was introduced into PEDOT:PSS to decrease the contact angle and obtain the optimum Marangoni flow. The surface morphology and roughness of PEDOT:PSS films were characterized by atomic force microscopy with varied deposition temperature from 70°C to 160°C. The improvement of power conversion efficiency (PCE was attributed to the enhancement of vertical phase separation in PEDOT:PSS film, which improved the charge transfer in the bulk cell. The highest PCE of spray-coated PSCs reached 2.80% after postannealing for 10 min.

  18. Forward osmosis desalination using polymer hydrogels as a draw agent: influence of draw agent, feed solution and membrane on process performance.

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    Li, Dan; Zhang, Xinyi; Simon, George P; Wang, Huanting

    2013-01-01

    We have previously reported the use of hydrogel particles as the draw agent for forward osmosis desalination. In the present work, the effects of draw agent, feed concentration and membrane on the process performance were systematically examined. Our results showed that the incorporation of carbon filler particles in polymer hydrogels led to enhanced swelling ratios of the draw agents and thus higher water fluxes in the FO process. The composite polymer hydrogel particles of sizes ranging from 100 μm to 200 μm as draw agents induced greater water fluxes in FO desalination as compared with those with larger particle sizes (500-700 μm). Similar to other types of draw solutes, as the salt concentration in the feed increased, the water flux created by the polymer hydrogel draw agent decreased; the use of a cellulose triacetate forward osmosis membrane resulted in higher water flux compared with the use of a polyamide composite reverse osmosis membrane. PMID:23103058

  19. Lithium ion conducting solid polymer blend electrolyte based on bio-degradable polymers

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    Natarajan Rajeswari; Subramanian Selvasekarapandian; Moni Prabu; Shunmugavel Karthikeyan; C Sanjeeviraja

    2013-04-01

    Lithium ion conducting polymer blend electrolyte films based on poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(vinyl pyrrolidone) (PVP) with different Mwt% of lithium nitrate (LiNO3) salt, using a solution cast technique, have been prepared. The polymer blend electrolyte has been characterized by XRD, FTIR, DSC and impedance analyses. The XRD study reveals the amorphous nature of the polymer electrolyte. The FTIR study confirms the complex formation between the polymer and salt. The shifts in g values of 70 PVA–30 PVP blend and 70 PVA–30 PVP with different Mwt% of LiNO3 electrolytes shown by DSC thermograms indicate an interaction between the polymer and the salt. The dependence of g and conductivity upon salt concentration has been discussed. The ion conductivity of the prepared polymer electrolyte has been found by a.c. impedance spectroscopic analysis. The PVA–PVP blend system with a composition of 70 wt% PVA: 30 wt% PVP exhibits the highest conductivity of 1.58 × 10-6 Scm-1 at room temperature. Polymer samples of 70 wt% PVA–30 wt% PVP blend with different molecular weight percentage of lithium nitrate with DMSO as solvent have been prepared and studied. High conductivity of 6.828 × 10-4 Scm-1 has been observed for the composition of 70 PVA:30 PVP:25 Mwt% of LiNO3 with low activation energy 0.2673 eV. The conductivity is found to increase with increase in temperature. The temperature dependent conductivity of the polymer electrolyte follows the Arrhenius relationship which shows hopping of ions in the polymer matrix. The relaxation parameters () and () of the complexes have been calculated by using loss tangent spectra. The mechanical properties of polymer blend electrolyte such as tensile strength, elongation and degree of swelling have been measured and the results are presented.

  20. LOW TEMPERATURE OPTICAL PROPERTIES OF AMORPHOUS OXIDE NANOCLUSTERS IN POLYMETHYL METHACRYLATE MATRIX

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    V. V. VOLKOV; WANG ZHONG-LIN; Zou BING-SUO; XIE SI-SHEN

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    We studied the temperature-dependent steady-state and time-resolved fluorescence properties of very small (1-2 nm) ZnO, CdO, and PbO amorphous nanoclusters prepared in AOT reverse micelles and imbedded in polymethyl methacrylate(PMMA) films. X-ray diffraction and electron diffraction and imaging indicate that these structures are amorphous. These amorphous oxide nanoclusters demonstrate similar structural, electronic, and optical properties. Properties of steady-state fluorescence spectra indicate the unique localization of electronic states due to the amorphous structure. ZnO and CdO show double-band fluorescence structure, which is due to the spin-orbital splitting, similar to Cu2O. Time-resolved fluorescence studies of the nanoclusters in the polymer reveal two lifetime components, as found in solution. The slow component reflects relaxation processes from band-tail states while the fast component may be related to high-lying extended states. The temperature dependence of fast fluorescence component reveals the presence of exciton hopping between anharmonic wells at temperatures higher than 200K. We correlate the barrier height between two wells formed around local atoms with the inter-atomic distance and bond ionicity.

  1. Characterization of proton conducting blend polymer electrolyte using PVA-PAN doped with NH4SCN

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    Premalatha, M.; Mathavan, T.; Selvasekarapandian, S.; Genova, F. Kingslin Mary; Umamaheswari, R.

    2016-05-01

    Polymer electrolytes with proton conductivity based on blend polymer using polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) and poly acrylo nitrile (PAN) doped with ammonium thiocyanate have been prepared by solution casting method using DMF as solvent. The complex formation between the blend polymer and the salt has been confirmed by FTIR Spectroscopy. The amorphous nature of the blend polymer electrolytes have been confirmed by XRD analysis. The highest conductivity at 303 K has been found to be 3.25 × 10-3 S cm-1 for 20 mol % NH4SCN doped 92.5PVA:7.5PAN system. The increase in conductivity of the doped blend polymer electrolytes with increasing temperature suggests the Arrhenius type thermally activated process. The activation energy is found to be low (0.066 eV) for the highest conductivity sample.

  2. Synthesis of a Lewis-acidic boric acid ester monomer and effect of its addition to electrolyte solutions and polymer gel electrolytes on their ion transport properties

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    A polymerizable anion receptor based on a boric acid ester was synthesized. When the anion receptor was added to different electrolyte solutions consisting of an aprotic solvent and a lithium salt, the ionic conductivity of certain electrolyte solutions, composed of low polar solvents or salts with low dissociation abilities, was enhanced appreciably. Viscosity measurements for the electrolyte solutions, with and without the added anion receptor, indicated that the conductivity enhancement was caused by an increase in the ionic dissociation due to the addition of the anion receptor. Pulse-field-gradient spin-echo (PGSE) NMR and 11B-NMR spectra supported that the ionic dissociation was facilitated by interaction between the Lewis-acidic anion receptor and Lewis-basic anions. The polymerizable anion receptor was crosslinked with a polyether macromonomer in different electrolyte solutions. Ionic conductivity of the resulting polymer gel electrolytes was also altered like that of the electrolyte solutions containing the anion receptor monomer

  3. Evaluation of conductive polymers as an adsorbent for eradication of As (III from aqueous solution using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectroscopy (ICP-OES

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    Muhammad Imran Din

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available 1024x768 The main focused of this research work is the preparation of conductive polymers like polypyrrole, polyaniline and polythiophene and their application as adsorbent materials for the removal of hyper toxic metal As (III from aqueous solution. The metal ions get attached on the π-electrons at the back bone of polymer that illustrate excellent affinity for metal ions. The adsorption of As (II ions was carried out on polythiophene due to its redox properties and the stronger interaction between sulfur atoms with arsenic atoms. To attain large surface area and for maximum interaction of As (III ions with polymers, the particle size of polymers was ranged in nano scale. As the surface area increases with decrease in particle size, the active sites for metal ions also increases. These polymers were characterized by FIIR spectroscopy and SEM analysis. Adsorption isothermal data was examined by two parameters (Langmuir, Freundlich, and Dubinin-Radushkevich and three parameters Redlich-Petrson, Sips and Toth models. Experimental results showed that based on standard deviation (SD and Chi square test (χ2 the experimental data was best explained by Freundlich and Toth isotherm. Thermodynamics parameters such as free energy change (ΔG0, enthalpy change (ΔH0 and entropy change (ΔS0 have been calculated respectively, which revealed the spontaneous, endothermic and feasible nature of adsorption process.   Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE

  4. Heat-induced solution mixing in thermo-responsive polymer-coated microchannels for the fluorometric determination of polyamines in saliva.

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    Saitoh, Tohru; Suzuki, Norio; Furuse, Takehiro; Hiraide, Masataka

    2009-12-15

    We developed a simple and easy method for solution mixing based on the heat-induced regulation of capillary action in thermo-responsive polymer-coated microchannels. The channels having two T-junctions were fabricated on a glass plate by a sand-blast technique and then coated with a poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) film. The polymer-coating was performed by the modification with allyltrimethoxysilane and the subsequent radical polymerization of N-isopropylacrylamide and N,N'-methylenebisacrylamide. When the channel was warmed by a Peltier device, a capillarity-based solution flow completely stopped because of the water-repellency of channel surfaces. On the other hand, the cooling of the channels allowed the restart of the solution flow through hydrophilic channels. Solution mixing downstream a T-junction was readily conducted by a Peltier device that had placed at the junction. The technique was applied to the fluorometric analysis of polyamines in saliva. The saliva sample was mixed with nickel(II) chloride solution at the first junction to mask amino acids and then mixed with o-phthalaldehyde solution at the second junction to form the fluorometric derivatives of polyamines. Blue fluorescence was observed downstream the second junction. Linear correlation was obtained between the emission intensity and the spermine concentration in the range of 20-100 microM. No mechanical pump or valve was required for the fluid manipulation. PMID:19836588

  5. Composition and structure of polymer products formed in UO2SO4 extracts with benzene solutions of uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate

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    Methods of 31P NMR and IR spectroscopy were used to establish, that one or two UO2SO4 molecules jointed to certain chains of (UO2X2)p polymer molecules, forming chains of [UO2X2·UO2SO4·2L] and [UO2X2·2UO2SO4·6L] compositions, in UO2SO4 extracts, prepared from its neutral aqueous solutions by benzene solutions of uranyl di-2-ethylhexylphosphate (UO2X2) in the presence of donor-active additions L= TBP or DOSO. The structure of these chains was determined. It is shown that distribution of UO2SO4 molecules over the polymer chain corresponds to average statistic one. 10 refs., 2 figs., 4 tabs

  6. Liquid-liquid transition in supercooled aqueous solution involving a low-temperature phase similar to low-density amorphous water

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    Woutersen, Sander; Zhao, Zuofeng; Angell, C Austen

    2016-01-01

    The striking anomalies in physical properties of supercooled water that were discovered in the 1960-70s, remain incompletely understood and so provide both a source of controversy amongst theoreticians, and a stimulus to experimentalists and simulators to find new ways of penetrating the "crystallization curtain" that effectively shields the problem from solution. Recently a new door on the problem was opened by showing that, in ideal solutions, made using ionic liquid solutes, water anomalies are not destroyed as earlier found for common salt and most molecular solutes, but instead are enhanced to the point of precipitating an apparently first order liquid-liquid transition. The evidence was a spike in apparent heat capacity during cooling that could be fully reversed during reheating before any sign of ice crystallization appeared. Here, we use decoupled-oscillator infrared spectroscopy to define the structural character of this phenomenon using similar down and upscan rates as in the calorimetric study. Th...

  7. Controlling charge injection properties in polymer field-effect transistors by incorporation of solution processed molybdenum trioxide.

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    Long, Dang Xuan; Xu, Yong; Wei, Huai-xin; Liu, Chuan; Noh, Yong-Young

    2015-08-21

    A simply and facilely synthesized MoO3 solution was developed to fabricate charge injection layers for improving the charge-injection properties in p-type organic field-effect transistors (OFETs). By dissolving MoO3 powder in ammonium (NH3) solvent under an air atmosphere, an intermediate ammonium molybdate ((NH4)2MoO4) precursor is made stable, transparent and spin-coated to form the MoO3 interfacial layers, the thickness and morphology of which can be well-controlled. When the MoO3 layer was applied to OFETs with a cost-effective molybdenum (Mo) electrode, the field-effect mobility (μFET) was significantly improved to 0.17 or 1.85 cm(2) V(-1)s(-1) for polymer semiconductors, regioregular poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) or 3,6-bis-(5bromo-thiophen-2-yl)-N,N'-bis(2-octyl-1-dodecyl)-1,4-dioxo-pyrrolo[3,4-c]pyrrole (DPPT-TT), respectively. Device analysis indicates that the MoO3-deposited Mo contact exhibits a contact resistance RC of 1.2 MΩ cm comparable to that in a device with the noble Au electrode. Kelvin-probe measurements show that the work function of the Mo electrode did not exhibit a dependence on the thickness of MoO3 film. Instead, ultraviolet photoemission spectroscopy results show that a doping effect is probably induced by casting the MoO3 layer on the P3HT semiconductor, which leads to the improved hole injection. PMID:26179975

  8. Surface modification of electrospun polyester nanofibers with cyclodextrin polymer for the removal of phenanthrene from aqueous solution.

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    Kayaci, Fatma; Aytac, Zeynep; Uyar, Tamer

    2013-10-15

    Surface modified electrospun polyester (PET) nanofibers with cyclodextrin polymer (CDP) were produced (PET/CDP). CDP formation onto electrospun PET nanofibers was achieved by polymerization between citric acid (CTR, crosslinking agent) and cyclodextrin (CD). Three different types of native CD (α-CD, β-CD and γ-CD) were used to form CDP. Water-insoluble crosslinked CDP coating was permanently adhered onto the PET nanofibers. SEM imaging indicated that the nanofibrous structure of PET mats was preserved after CDP surface modification process. PET/CDP nanofibers have shown rougher/irregular surface and larger fiber diameter when compared to untreated PET nanofibers. The surface analyses of PET/CDP nanofibers by XPS elucidated that CDP was present on the fiber surface. DMA analyses revealed the enhanced mechanical properties for PET/CDP where PET/CDP nanofibers have shown higher storage modulus and higher glass transition temperature compared to untreated PET nanofibers. The surface area of the PET/CDP nanofibers investigated by BET measurements showed slight decrease due to the presence of CDP coating compared to pristine PET nanofibers. Yet, it was observed that PET/CDP nanofibers were more efficient for the removal of phenanthrene as a model polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) from aqueous solution when compared to pristine PET nanofibers. Our findings suggested that PET/CDP nanofibers can be a very good candidate as a filter material for water purification and waste treatment owing to their very large surface area as well as inclusion complexation capability of surface associated CDP. PMID:23959248

  9. Rheological Behavior for Polymer Melts and Concentrated Solutions Part VII: A Quantitative Verification for the Molecular Theory of Non-linear Viscoelasticity with Entanglement Constraints in Polymer Melts

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    Based on the molecular theory of non-linear viscoelasticity with constrained entanglements in polymer melts, the material functions in simple shear flow were formulated, the theoretical relations between η(),ψ10()and shear rate(),and topologically constrained dimension number n'and a were derived. Linear viscoelastic parameters (η0 and G0N)and topologically constrained dimension number (n',a and )as a function of the primary molecular weight(Mn),molecular weight between entanglements (Mc) and the entanglement sites sequence distribution in polymer chain were determined. A new method for determination of viscoelastic parameters (η0,ψ10,G0N and J0e),topologically constrained dimension number(n',a and v)and molecularweight (Mn, Mc and Me) from the shear flow measurements was proposed.It was used to determine those parameters and structures of HDPE, making a good agreement between these values and those obtained by other methods. The agreement affords a quantitative verification for the molecular theory of nonlinear viscoelasticity with constrained entanglement in polymer melts.

  10. Unusual photoanisotropic alignment in amorphous azobenzene polymers

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    Ramanujam, P.S.

    2015-01-01

    560 and 630nm, where the absorption is minimal, results in a possible uniaxial hedgehog arrangement of the molecules. Experiments performed with a dye laser, which can be tuned continuously between 560 and 630nm, are described. Not only azobenzene but also another photosensitive molecule...

  11. MECHANICAL BEHAVIOR OF AMORPHOUS POLYMERS IN SHEAR

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    张赟; 黄筑平

    2004-01-01

    Based on the non-equilibrium thermodynamic theory, a new thermo-viscoelastic constitutive model for an incompressible material is proposed. This model can be considered as a kind of generalization of the non-Gaussian network theory in rubber elasticity to include the viscous and the thermal effects. A set of second rank tensorial internal variables was introduced, and in order to adequately describe the evolution of these internal variables, a new expression of the Helmholtz free energy was suggested. The mechanical behavior of the thermo-viscoelastic material under simple shear deformation was studied, and the "viscous dissipation induced" anisotropy due to the change of orientation distribution of molecular chains was examined. Influences of strain rate and thermal softening produced by the viscous dissipation on the shear stress were also discussed. Finally, the model predictions were compared with the experimental results performed by G'Sell et al., thus the validity of the proposed model is verified.

  12. Hyperbranched Polymer-Based Electrolyte for Lithium Polymer Batteries

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    Takahito Itoh

    2005-01-01

    @@ 1Introduction Solid polymer electrolytes have attracted much attention as electrolyte materials for all solid-state recharge able lithium batteries, and poly ( ethylene oxide) ( PEO)-based polymer electrolytes are among the most intensively studied systems[1-3]. Hyperbranched polymers have unique properties such as completely amorphous, highly soluble in common organic solvent and processible because of the highly branched nature[4,5].

  13. Polymer structure and the compensation effect of the diffusion pre-exponential factor and activation energy of a permeating solute.

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    Zheng, Ju-Meng; Qiu, Jun; Madeira, Luis M; Mendes, Adélio

    2007-03-22

    In the present work, the relation between the pre-exponential factor and the apparent activation energy of diffusion, ln D(0) = alpha + betaE(D), so-called compensation effect, is re-examined and critically discussed for diffusion of gases in rubbery and glassy polymers. In principle, the above equation could be derived from the enthalpy-entropy compensation in the framework of the transition state theory. However, one should consider the influence of the jump length term contained in the pre-exponential factor, which may be affected by permeating species and polymer properties. We found that parameter alpha depends on penetrant size and polymer properties, such as local chain mobility and free volume. This can be interpreted by the fact that the jump length is affected by both penetrant and polymer properties. Finally, methods for estimating the jump length are discussed. PMID:17316040

  14. Specific features of structure and properties of solutions, melts and solid states of polymers in confined nanometric volumes

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    The data on the influence of spatial restrictions on the structure and properties of polymers are analyzed. It is demonstrated that dispersion of polymers into aggregates of nanometre size critically changes all their characteristics in consequence of conformational restructuring of the polymeric chains. The spatial restrictions affect both characteristics of phase transitions in polymers (the crystallization and melting points, heat of melting and the degree of crystallinity decrease) and the processes of orientation of crystallites in asymmetric volumes of nanometre size. It is shown that these effects are primarily related to the changes in relative contribution of the stages of nucleation and growth of crystallite to the overall process occurring in confined volumes. Comparative analysis of the effects of spatial restrictions on the processes of crystallization of polymers and low-molecular-mass compounds is carried out. The similarity in changes in thermodynamic characteristics for both series of compounds is revealed. The bibliography includes 211 references

  15. Exact solution of the thermodynamics and size parameters of a polymer confined to a lattice of finite size: Large chain limit

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    Snyder, Chad R.; Guttman, Charles M.; Di Marzio, Edmund A.

    2014-01-01

    We extend the exact solutions of the Di Marzio-Rubin matrix method for the thermodynamic properties, including chain density, of a linear polymer molecule confined to walk on a lattice of finite size. Our extensions enable (a) the use of higher dimensions (explicit 2D and 3D lattices), (b) lattice boundaries of arbitrary shape, and (c) the flexibility to allow each monomer to have its own energy of attraction for each lattice site. In the case of the large chain limit, we demonstrate how periodic boundary conditions can also be employed to reduce computation time. Advantages to this method include easy definition of chemical and physical structure (or surface roughness) of the lattice and site-specific monomer-specific energetics, and straightforward relatively fast computations. We show the usefulness and ease of implementation of this extension by examining the effect of energy variation along the lattice walls of an infinite rectangular cylinder with the idea of studying the changes in properties caused by chemical inhomogeneities on the surface of the box. Herein, we look particularly at the polymer density profile as a function of temperature in the confined region for very long polymers. One particularly striking result is the shift in the critical condition for adsorption due to surface energy inhomogeneities and the length scale of the inhomogeneities; an observation that could have important implications for polymer chromatography. Our method should have applications to both copolymers and biopolymers of arbitrary molar mass.

  16. Corrosion resistant amorphous alloys

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    A review of publication data on corrosion resistance of amorphous alloys and the methods of amorphization of surface layers of massive materials (laser treatment, iron implantation, detonation-gas spraying, cathode and ion sputtering, electrodeposition) was made. A study was made on corrosion properties of Fe66Cr11B10Si4 alloy in cast state and after laser irradiation, rendering the surface amorphous as well as the samples of Arenco iron and steel 20 with ion-plasma coatings of Fe-Cr-Ni-Ti alloy. It was established that amorphous coatings posses much higher corrosion resistance as compared to crystalline alloys on the same base

  17. Real time x-ray rheology of polymers

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    The ability to probe the structure of a polymer during deformation is of considerable technological interest as it lends an insight into the mechanisms involved in polymer processing. The behavior of Liquid Crystalline Polymers (LCP's) during shear flow has generated much experimental interest by Virtue of their unusual behavior compared to that of simpler polymeric melts. The theory developed by Doi attempts to explain the observed phenomena in terms of considering interactions of rigid-rods. Exact solutions to the Doi theory have been compared to experimental procedures using lyotropic LCP systems. Although much of the available data relates to mechanical measurements, the comparisons with quantitative structural data can provide useful insight. Many different experimental techniques exist in polymer rheology. The dynamic properties of flowing polymer systems have been studied using: standard rheometers; NMR spectroscopy; fluorescence anisotropy; and rheo-optics. Here we present a rheometer used in conjunction with X-Ray scattering to provide in situ Theological measurements during deformation. X-Ray diffraction patterns provide information on the scale of 1-100 Angstrom: the scale of interest for molecular, intermolecular, and atomic polymer structure. X-Ray scattering techniques are also advantageous since X radiation penetrates polymer melts which may be opaque at optical wavelengths. In addition it is possible to distinguish between crystalline and amorphous scattering. 29 refs., 5 figs

  18. Study on the substrate-induced crystallisation of amorphous SiC-precursor ceramics. TIB/A; Untersuchungen zur substratinduzierten Kristallisation amorpher SiC-Precursorkeramiken

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    Rau, C.

    2000-12-01

    In the present thesis the crystallization behaviour of amorphous silicon-carbon materials (SiC{sub x}) was studied. The main topic of the experimental studies formed thereby the epitactical crystallization of thin silicon carbide layers on monocrystalline substrates of silicon carbides or silicon. Furthermore by thermolysis of the polymer amorphous SiC{sub x}-powder was obtained.

  19. Development of Silicate Polymers

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    Søgaard, Erik Gydesen; Simonsen, Morten Enggrob

      The development of inorganic polymers is a new promising technology that may be used in many applications. The syntheses of inorganic polymers are normally carried out either by mixing an amorphous material for example silicium dioxide with a mineral base or dissolving metal oxids or metal...... hydroxide in acid and increase pH to saturation of the metal hydroxide. It is assumed that the syntheses of the inorganic polymer are carried out through polymerisation of oligomers (dimer, trimer) which provide the actual unit structures of the three dimensional macromolecular structure. In this work...

  20. Structural and ionic conductivity behavior in hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) polymer films complexed with sodium iodide (NaI)

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    Rani, N. Sandhya; Sannappa, J.; Demappa, T.; Mahadevaiah

    2013-02-01

    Solid polymer electrolyte films based on Hydroxypropylmethylcellulose (HPMC) complexed with Sodium Iodide (NaI) were prepared using solution cast method. The dissolution of the salt into the polymer host and the micro structural properties of pure and NaI complexed HPMC polymer electrolyte films were confirmed by X - Ray diffraction (XRD) studies. The XRD results revealed that the amorphous domains of HPMC polymer matrix was increased with increase in the NaI salt concentration. The degree of crystallanity and crystallite size is high for pure HPMC samples. Direct current (dc) conductivity was measured in the temperature range of 313-383k. Temperature dependence of dc electrical conductivity and activation energy regions data indicated the dominance of ion type charge transport in these polymer electrolyte films.

  1. Amorphous iron (II) carbonate

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    Sel, Ozlem; Radha, A.V.; Dideriksen, Knud;

    2012-01-01

    Abstract The synthesis, characterization and crystallization energetics of amorphous iron (II) carbonate (AFC) are reported. AFC may form as a precursor for siderite (FeCO3). The enthalpy of crystallization (DHcrys) of AFC is similar to that of amorphous magnesium carbonate (AMC) and more...

  2. Optical multilayer films based on an amorphous fluoropolymer

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    Multilayered coatings were made by physical vapor deposition (PVD) of a perfluorinated amorphous polymer, Teflon AF2400, and with other optical materials. A high reflector for 1064 nm light was made with ZnS and AF2400. An all-organic 1064 nm reflector was made from AF2400 and polyethylene. Oxide (HfO2 and SiO2) compatibility with AF2400 was also tested. The multilayer morphologies were influenced by coating stress and unintentional temperature rises from the PVD process. Analysis by liquid nuclear magnetic resonance of the thin films showed slight compositional variations between the coating and starting materials of perfluorinated amorphous polymers

  3. Locomotion of Amorphous Surface Robots

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    Bradley, Arthur T. (Inventor)

    2016-01-01

    An amorphous robot includes a compartmented bladder containing fluid, a valve assembly, and an outer layer encapsulating the bladder and valve assembly. The valve assembly draws fluid from a compartment(s) and discharges the drawn fluid into a designated compartment to displace the designated compartment with respect to the surface. Another embodiment includes elements each having a variable property, an outer layer that encapsulates the elements, and a control unit. The control unit energizes a designated element to change its variable property, thereby moving the designated element. The elements may be electromagnetic spheres with a variable polarity or shape memory polymers with changing shape and/or size. Yet another embodiment includes an elongated flexible tube filled with ferrofluid, a moveable electromagnet, an actuator, and a control unit. The control unit energizes the electromagnet and moves the electromagnet via the actuator to magnetize the ferrofluid and lengthen the flexible tube.

  4. Photoelectron yield spectroscopy and inverse photoemission spectroscopy evaluations of p-type amorphous silicon carbide films prepared using liquid materials

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    Tatsuya Murakami

    2016-05-01

    Full Text Available Phosphorus-doped amorphous silicon carbide films were prepared using a polymeric precursor solution. Unlike conventional polymeric precursors, this polymer requires neither catalysts nor oxidation for its synthesis and cross-linkage, providing semiconducting properties in the films. The valence and conduction states of resultant films were determined directly through the combination of inverse photoemission spectroscopy and photoelectron yield spectroscopy. The incorporated carbon widened energy gap and optical gap comparably in the films with lower carbon concentrations. In contrast, a large deviation between the energy gap and the optical gap was observed at higher carbon contents because of exponential widening of the band tail.

  5. Solution-processable deep red-emitting supramolecular phosphorescent polymer with novel iridium complex for organic light-emitting diodes

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    Liang, Aihui; Huang, Gui; Wang, Zhiping; Wu, Wenjin; Zhong, Yu; Zhao, Shan

    2016-07-01

    A novel bis(dibenzo-24-crown-8)-functionalized iridium complex with an emission peak at 665 nm was synthesized. Several deep red-emitting supramolecualr phosphorescent polymers (SPPs) as a class of solutionprocessable electroluminescent (EL) emitters were formed by utilizing the efficient non-bonding self-assembly between the resulting iridium complex and bis(dibenzylammonium)-tethered monomers. These SPPs show an intrinsic glass transition with a T g of ca. 90 °C. The photophysical and electroluminescent properties are strongly dependent on the hosts' structures of the supramolecular phosphorescent polymers. The polymer light-emitting diode based on SPP3 displayed a maximal external quantum efficiency (EQE) of 2.14% ph·el-1 and the Commission Internationale de L'Eclairage (CIE) coordinates of (0.70, 0.29).

  6. Effect of the rinse solution to avoid 193-nm resist line collapse: a study for modification of resist polymer and process conditions

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    Masuda, Seiya; Kobayashi, Masakazu; Kim, Woo-Kyu; Anyadiegwu, Clement; Padmanaban, Munirathna; Dammel, Ralph R.; Tanaka, Keiichi; Yamada, Yoshiaki

    2004-05-01

    The device design rule is continuously shrinking toward optical resolution limit where k1 factor is below 0.3. The requirement for 193 nm photoresist below 90 nm node is quite challenging at the manufacturing phase. Using DI water rinse after development gives a significant amount of line collapse when the aspect ratio is over 3. To avoid line collapse, we co-developed special rinse solution for FIRM process with Tokyo Electron Ltd. Utilizing FIRM process, 90 nm dense line collapse was measured by CD SEM using focus-exposure matrices. The line collapse property has been observed using experimental 193 nm positive tone resist by varying monomer ratio of the polymer and process conditions. The surface property of the resist was also studied to investigate the interaction with rinse solution at the de-protected polymer region. However, a high surfactant concentration in the DI water rinse leads the swelling of the resist pattern profile. The resist component is the key to determine adequate surfactant concentration in rinse solution to minimize line collapse and pattern deformation

  7. Triazatruxene-containing hyperbranched polymers:Microwave-assisted synthesis and optoelectronic properties

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    2010-01-01

    Hyperbranched polymer structures represent a class of high-functionality building blocks with excellent three-dimensional topology for the construction of highly substituted conjugated polymers.In this contribution,an efficient microwave synthesis protocol toward the synthesis of conjugated hyperbranched polymers is presented.A novel series of soluble hyperbranched polyfluorenes (PTF1-PTF3) incorporating triazatruxene moiety as the branch units with various branching degrees have thus been successfully constructed with good yields and high molecular weight via a facile "A2+B2+C3" approach.The structures of the hyperbranched polymers were confirmed by NMR and GPC.Their thermal,optical,and electrochemical properties of the hyperbranched polymers were also investigated.The results showed that introduction of triazatruxene units into the hyperbranched structure endowed the polymer with good thermal stability and highly amorphous properties.Photophysical investigation of PTFx revealed strong blue emission in both solution and solid states.Hyperbranched polymers with higher degree of branching and proper content of linear fluorene units exhibited better photophysical properties in terms of narrow emission spectra and relatively high quantum efficiency as well as improved thermal spectral stability.The triazatruxene branching unit also played a role in raising the HOMO energy levels relative to those of polyfluorenes that would help to improve the charge injection and transport properties.The incorporation of triazatruxene unit into hyperbranched polymers has thus explored an effective avenue for constructing optoelectronic polymers with improved functional characteristics.

  8. Indium-Free PTB7/PC71BM Polymer Solar Cells with Solution-Processed Al:ZnO Electrodes on PET Substrates

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    P. Fuchs

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Inverted PTB7/PC71BM polymer solar cells are prepared on solution-processed Al:ZnO transparent contacts on PET substrates. Al:ZnO is deposited by a low temperature chemical bath deposition route (T < 100°C at any step to comply with the temperature sensitive substrate. A maximum conversion efficiency of 6.4% and 6.9% is achieved for the indium-free solar cells on PET and glass substrates, respectively. The devices are relatively stable in air whereby an initial efficiency loss in the order of 15% after storage for 15 days can be fully recovered by light soaking.

  9. Driving High-Performance n- and p-type Organic Transistors with Carbon Nanotube/Conjugated Polymer Composite Electrodes Patterned Directly from Solution

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    Hellstrom, Sondra L.

    2010-07-12

    We report patterned deposition of carbon nanotube/conjugated polymer composites from solution with high nanotube densities and excellent feature resolution. Such composites are suited for use as electrodes in high-performance transistors of pentacene and C60, with bottom-contact mobilities of ?0.5 and ?1 cm2 V-1 s-1, respectively. This represents a clear step towards development of inexpensive, high-performance all-organic circuits. © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  10. Solution-Processed rGO/AgNPs/rGO Sandwich Structure as a Hole Extraction Layer for Polymer Solar Cells

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    Quang Trung Tran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available We found that inserting silver nanoparticles (AgNPs between two layers of reduced grapheme oxide (rGO has an effect on tailoring the work function of rGO. The utilization of rGO/AgNPs/rGO sandwich structure as the hole extraction layer in polymer solar cells is demonstrated. Solution-processable fabrication of this sandwich structure at the ITO/active layer interface facilitates the extraction of hole from active layer into ITO anode because of lowering the barrier level alignment at the interface. It results in an improvement of the short circuit current density and the overall photovoltaic performance.

  11. Application of radio frequency heating to wood bonding with aqueous vinyl polymer solution-isocyanate adhesives: Bond quality of four API adhesives

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    The application of four aqueous vinyl polymer solution-isocyanate (API-resin) adhesives (Koyo Sangyo Co.) to wood bonding with radio frequency (RF) heating was examined. Two different types of cure systems, that is, room-temperature-cure type (Resins A and B) and heat-cure type (Resins C and D) were used. However, all of these adhesives can be used with both cure systems. Two-ply lumber (red meranti, Shorea spp.) was bonded with either RF-through heating or room-temperature curing. The bond quality of these laminates was evaluated with the compression-shear test specified in the Japan Agricultural Standard for laminated lumber

  12. SYNTHESIS OF CONDENSATION POLYMERS OF SALICYLIC ACID, FORMALDEHYDE AND ALKYL PRIMARY AMINES AND ITS APPLICATION AS A CATALYST FOR THE HYDROLYSIS OF p-NITROPHENYL ACETATE (PNPA) IN AQUEOUS SOLUTION

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    HE Binglin(Ho Pinglum); HUANG Wenqiang

    1983-01-01

    As a model of serine hydrolase, the condensation polymers of salicylic acid, formaldehyde and methyl amine, n-propyl amine, n-hexyl amine or n-lauryl amine were prepared by polycondensation catalyzed by sulfuric acid. It was confirmed by potentiometric titration and infrared spectrum that the polymers containing tertiary amino group possess the structure which resembles the internal salt of amino acid in weak basic and weak acidic solution:[-OOC-OH-CH2-H+N-R-CH2-]n R=alkyl group The catalytic reaction of the above polymers for hydrolysis of active ester,p-nitrophenyl acetate (PNPA),was studied .It was found kinetically that the most efficient catalytic effect of polymer was composed of two salicylic acid groups and one tertiary amino group in the polymer chain.The rates of hydrolysis of PNPA increase with increasing of pH values and length of the alkyl group in the side chain of the polymers and the effect of the conformation of the polymer containing tertiary amino group in the buffer solution on the catalytic activity was also investigated. Hydrolysis of PNPA catalyzed by the polymer made of salicylic acid, formaldehyde and n-lauryl amine follows the simple Michaelis-Menten type mechanism . The kinetics parameters were determined as :Km 6.7×10-5 M and Vmax 2.07×10-7 M·min-1.

  13. Amorphous silicon thermometer

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    The carbon glass resistance thermometers (CGRT) shows an unstable drift by heat cycles. Since we were looking for a more stable element of thermometer for cryogenic and high magnetic field environments, we selected amorphous silicon as a substitute for CGRT. The resistance of many amorphous samples were measured at 4K, at 77K, and 300K. We eventually found an amorphous silicon (Si-H) alloy whose the sensitivity below 77K was comparable to that of the germanium resistance thermometer with little magnetic field influence. (author)

  14. Advances in chemical synthesis and application of metal-metalloid amorphous alloy nanoparticulate catalysts

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    WU Zhijie; LI Wei; ZHANG Minghui; TAO Keyi

    2007-01-01

    This paper reviews the advances in the chemical synthesis and application of metal-metalloid amorphous alloy nanoparticles consisting of transition metal (M) and metalloid elements (B,P).After a brief introduction on the history of amorphous alloy catalysts,the paper focuses on the properties and characterization of amorphous alloy catalysts,and recent developments in the solution-phase synthesis of amorphous alloy nanoparticles.This paper further outlines the applications of amorphous alloys,with special emphasis on the problems and strategies for the application of amorphous alloy nanoparticles in catalytic reactions.

  15. Study of amorphous semiconductors doped with rare earths (Gd and Er) and conducting polymers by EPR techniques and magnetic susceptibility; Estudo de semicondutores amorfos dopados com terras raras (Gd e Er) e de polimeros condutores atraves das tecnicas de RPE e susceptibilidade magnetica

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    Sercheli, Mauricio da Silva

    1999-07-01

    This thesis involves the study of amorphous semiconductors and conducting polymers, which have been characterized by EPR and magnetic susceptibility measurements, and to a lesser extent by Raman spectroscopy and RBS. The semiconductors were studied using thin films of silicon doped with rare earth metals, e.g. erbium and gadolinium, which had their magnetic properties studied. Using these studies we could determine the state of valence of the rare earths as well as their concentrations in the silicon matrix. According to our results, the valence of the rare earth metal ions is 3+, and we were able to conclude that 4f electronic shells could not be used for the calculation of the conducting band in this system. Furthermore, the analysis of the data on the magnetic susceptibility of the Er{sup 3+} ion with cubic crystalline acting field, gave us the opportunity to estimate the overall splitting of their electronic states for the first time. The conducting polymers were studied using samples of poly(3-methylthiophene) doped with ClO{sub 4}{sup -}, which show a phase transition in the range of 230 K to 130 K. The electron paramagnetic resonance also gives important information on the crystallization, doping level and the presence of polarons or bipolarons in conducting polymers. (author)

  16. Pitting corrosion protection of low nickel stainless steel by electropolymerized conducting polymer coating in 0.5 M NaCl solution

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    T Dhanabal; G Amirthaganesan; J Ravichandran

    2011-06-01

    Conducting polymers of polyaniline (PANi) and poly(o-phenylenediamine) (PoPD) were electropolymerized by cyclic voltammetric technique on low nickel stainless steel (LN SS) in H2SO4 solution containing aniline and -phenylenediamine monomers. The coatings were characterized by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, UV-visible and scanning electron microscopic techniques and the results are discussed. The corrosion protective properties of PANi and PoPD coatings on LN SS in 0.5 M NaCl were evaluated using potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic (EIS) techniques. The potentiodynamic polarization and electrochemical impedance spectroscopic results indicate that the PoPD coating inhibits the corrosion of LN SS in 0.5 M NaCl solution more effectively than PANi.

  17. Characterization of Amorphous and Co-Amorphous Simvastatin Formulations Prepared by Spray Drying

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    Craye, Goedele; Löbmann, Korbinian; Grohganz, Holger;

    2015-01-01

    In this study, spray drying from aqueous solutions, using the surface-active agent sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) as a solubilizer, was explored as a production method for co-amorphous simvastatin-lysine (SVS-LYS) at 1:1 molar mixtures, which previously have been observed to form a co......-amorphous mixture upon ball milling. In addition, a spray-dried formulation of SVS without LYS was prepared. Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS) revealed that SLS coated the SVS and SVS-LYS particles upon spray drying. X-ray powder diffraction (XRPD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) showed that in...... studied formulations were able to significantly extend the stability of amorphous SVS compared to previous co-amorphous formulations of SVS. The best stability (at least 12 months in dry conditions) was observed when SLS was spray-dried with SVS (and LYS). In conclusion, spray drying of SVS and LYS from...

  18. Polymer Solar Cells with Efficiency >10% Enabled via a Facile Solution-Processed Al-Doped ZnO Electron Transporting Layer

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    Jagadamma, Lethy Krishnan

    2015-04-22

    A facile and low-temperature (125 °C) solution-processed Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layer functioning very effectively as electron accepting/hole blocking layer for a wide range of polymer:fullerene bulk heterojunction systems, yielding power conversion efficiency in excess of 10% (8%) on glass (plastic) substrates is described. The ammonia-treatment of the aqueous AZO nanoparticle solution produces compact, crystalline, and smooth thin films, which retain the aluminum doping, and eliminates/reduces the native defects by nitrogen incorporation, making them good electron transporters and energetically matched with the fullerene acceptor. It is demonstrated that highly efficient solar cells can be achieved without the need for additional surface chemical modifications of the buffer layer, which is a common requirement for many metal oxide buffer layers to yield efficient solar cells. Also highly efficient solar cells are achieved with thick AZO films (>50 nm), highlighting the suitability of this material for roll-to-roll coating. Preliminary results on the applicability of AZO as electron injection layer in F8BT-based polymer light emitting diode are also presented. © 2015 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.

  19. Hydraulic conductivity and swelling pressure of GCLs using polymer treated clays to high concentration CaCl(2) solutions

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    Janssen, J.; Di Emidio, Gemmina; D, Verastegui Flores; Bezuijen, Adam

    2015-01-01

    A Geosynthetic Clay Liner (GCL) is a frequently used h ydraulic barrier system designed to impede the flow of contaminated leachate into the environment. The main objective of this barrier system is to maintain a low hydraulic conductivity that is determined by the bentonite fraction. In this study, calcium bentonite, natural sodium bentonites, and sodium activated bentonite were treated with the HYPER clay technique. This involves the adsorption of an anionic polymer, Sodium CarboxyMethylCel...

  20. PROCESSING OF SERPENTINITE TAILINGS TO PURE AMORPHOUS SILICA

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    Alena Fedorockova; Pavel Raschman; Sucik Gabriel; Plesingerova Beatrice; Popovic Lubos; Briancin Jaroslav

    2015-01-01

    While the published research papers describe preparation of amorphous silica from water glass or using special methods (e.g. hydrolysis of alkoxides), the present study demonstrates a feasible solution for the cheaper synthesis of highly reactive silica using two-stage (acid and alkaline) leaching of serpentinite (Mg3Si2O5(OH)4). The alkaline leaching, the purification of sodium metasilicate solution and the effect of impurities on the precipitation of amorphous silica under the conditions of...