Anomalous mixing behavior of polyisobutylene/polypropylene blends: Molecular dynamics simulation study

E Jaramillo and DT Wu and GS Grest and JG Curro, JOURNAL OF CHEMICAL PHYSICS, 120, 8883-8886 (2004).

DOI: 10.1063/1.1742761

The unusual mixing behavior of polyisobutylene (PIB) with head-to-head (hhPP) and head-to-tail polypropylene (PP) is studied using large-scale molecular dynamics (MD). The heats of mixing and Flory chi parameters were computed from MD simulations of both blends using a united atom model. The chi parameters from the simulations were estimated from the structure factors using the random phase approximation in analogy with neutron scattering (SANS) experiments. MD simulations for syndiotactic hhPP/PIB predicted a lower critical solution temperature with a chi parameter in very good agreement with SANS experiments on the atactic hhPP/PIB blend. MD simulations also predicted that the isotactic PP/PIB blend was immiscible at high molecular weight in qualitative agreement with cloud point measurements on atactic PP/PIB. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics.

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