Polymer Brush in Contact with a Mixture of Solvents

J. F. Marko*

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Abstract

We study a polymer brush, in the strongly-stretched regime, in contact with a binary mixture of low-molecular weight solvents. The height of the polymer brush is found to always scale linearly with polymer chemical length. Depending on the solubility of the monomers in the two solvents, a variety of behaviors are possible as the bulk composition of the mixed solvent is varied. In the case of a mixture of a good and bad solvent, we find that, at intermediate concentrations, a collapse of the brush may occur: the collapsed state is distinguished by a step in monomer density at the brush tip. In a mixture of two good solvents, there may be nonmonotonic dependence of the brush thickness on solvent composition.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)313-319
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume26
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry

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