Blends of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS) have been investigated by differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. Blends were made of a low molecular weight PS with three PMMAs having number-average molecular weights of (1) 18,300, (2) 37,000, and (3) 211,000. The blend was found to be partially miscible. The composition-dependent values of the polymer-polymer interaction parameter (g12) were determined and found to be from 0.015 to 0.029 for solution casting at 25°C. The interaction parameter (g12) increases with increasing PMMA molecular weights in the PMMA/PS blend systems. This result is consistent with the behavior of the glass transition temperatures and with the microscopy study which indicate that compatibility is greater in the PMMA-1/PS blends having the low molecular weight of PMMA than in the PMMA-3/PS blends having the higher molecular weights of PMMA.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Polymer Engineering and Science|
|Publication status||Published - 1988 Nov 1|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Chemical Engineering(all)
- Materials Chemistry
- Polymers and Plastics