Thermal Analysis of Adsorbed PMMA on Silica
Modulated differential scanning calorimetry has been used to quantify the glass transitions of small adsorbed amounts of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) on silica. While a relatively narrow, single glass transition was found for bulk PMMA, broader two-component transitions were found for the adsorbed polymer. A two-state model based on loosely bound polymer (glass transition similar to bulk) and more tightly bound polymer (glass transition centered around 156 C) was used to interpret the thermograms. On the basis of this model, the amount of tightly bound polymer was found to be approximately 1.3 mg/m2, corresponding to a 1.1 nm thick layer. The change in heat capacity for the tightly bound polymer at the glass transition temperature was estimated to be about 16% of that of the bulk polymer.
F. D. Blum et al., "Thermal Analysis of Adsorbed PMMA on Silica," Langmuir, American Chemical Society (ACS), Apr 2006.
Chemical and Biochemical Engineering
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