Dynamics of reversible supramolecular polymers : independent determination of the dependence of linear viscosity on concentration and chain length by using chain stoppers

W. Knoben, N.A.M. Besseling, L. Bouteiller, M.A. Cohen Stuart

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    Abstract

    The linear viscoelasticity of solutions of a hydrogen bonded reversible supramolecular polymer in the presence of a chain stopper was studied by rheometry and by dynamic light scattering using probe particles. The use of chain stoppers enabled the independent variation of the degree of polymerisation and the monomer concentration, and the effect of both parameters on rheology was investigated. Scaling exponents were obtained for the chain length and concentration dependence of the zero-shear viscosity and the terminal relaxation time, and these were compared to theoretical values. The results indicate that the reversible supramolecular polymer is semiflexible, and that both breaking and reptation of chains contribute to the stress relaxation. The parameters from macroscopic rheometry were compared to microscopic values obtained from probe particle diffusion. The particles probe the macroscopic viscoelastic parameters if their size is large compared to the correlation length in the system and to the (persistence) length of the polymer chains.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2390-2398
    JournalPhysical Chemistry Chemical Physics
    Volume7
    Issue number11
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2005

    Keywords

    • living polymers
    • micellar solutions
    • complex fluids
    • relaxation
    • microrheology
    • systems
    • moduli
    • rheology

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