Time-resolved SANS for the determination of unimer exchange kinetics in block copolymer micelles
Institut für Festkörperforschung, Forschungszentrum Jülich - 52425 Jülich, Germany
Accepted: 21 June 2001
A time-resolved SANS method was developed for the determination of unimer exchange kinetics of polymeric micelles under equilibrium conditions. Measurements were performed on the system PEP-PEO/DMF exploiting the large difference in scattering length density of protonated and deuterated species. In contrast to theoretical predictions the observed kinetics consists of two well-separated processes. From temperature-dependent measurements the corresponding activation energies could be determined. A comparison on the basis of a scaling prediction of Halperin and Alexander indicates that the fast process can be associated with a single unimer insertion/expulsion mechanism. The slow process, on the other hand, could not be explained on the basis of available microscopic models.
PACS: 61.12.Ex – Neutron scattering techniques (including small-angle scattering) / 61.25.Hq – Macromolecular and polymer solutions; polymer melts; swelling
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