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Polymer Engineering & Science
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Dissolution dynamics of some polymers: Solvent‐polymer boundaries

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A critical angle illumination microscopy technique was used to study the in situ dissolution dynamics of polystyrene, poly (α‐methylstyrene) and the two tactic forms of poly (methyl methacrylate), (PMMA), in several solvents. The dissolution characteristics; of polymers were found to be greatly influenced by several factors: type of polymer, processing condition of the sample, type of solvent, and tacticity, Polystyrene was found to exhibit extensive swelling in several solvents while atactic PMMA exhibited extensive cracking on dissolution. Isotactic PMMA, which has a glass temperature of about 70°C lower than the atactic PMMA, showed swelling behavior similar to atactic polystyrene, while the α‐methylstyrene showed the cracking phenomena exhibited by atactic PMMA. Copyright © 1980 Society of Plastics Engineers, Inc.

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25 Aug 2004

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Polymer Engineering & Science

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