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Prediction of the Intrinsic Viscosities of Mixed Hyperbranched - Linear Polymers


Computational and Theoretical Polymer Science, 10 (1-2), 73-81 (2000)


Using an extension of a previously developed methodology, the intrinsic viscosity of mixed hyperbranched - linear polymers is calculated as function of molecular weight, relative reactivity of the functional groups on the brancher AB2-molecules and the amount of linear AB-comonomer used. It is shown that using even relative high amounts of linear AB-comonomer does not increase the intrinsic viscosity too much. For a ratio 4:1 of linear to brancher monomers the intrinsic viscosity only increases with a factor of 2 compared to a hyperbranched polymer originating from brancher AB2-monomers only. The intrinsic viscosity of hyperbranched (co)polymers as function of degree of branching follows a master curve independend on how the polymer (using AB2 or AB-monomers) was formed. This relation only fails at very high and very low degrees of branching where the architecture of the polymer chains becomes a very important factor.
Some considerations are made concerning the question how predictions of the intrinsic viscosity can be extended to predictions at high concentration or in the melt. The possible use of the Polymer-Reference-Interaction- Site model (PRISM) and dissipative particle dynamics is discussed.

Also see: Prediction of the Intrinsic Viscosities of Dendritic, Hyperbranched and Branched Polymers