Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2010
Volume 55, Number 2
Monday–Friday, March 15–19, 2010; Portland, Oregon
Session Y19: Focus Session: Polymer Colloids: Dynamics
8:00 AM–10:48 AM, Friday, March 19, 2010
Sponsoring Units: DPOLY DCMP
Chair: Ken Schweizer, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Abstract ID: BAPS.2010.MAR.Y19.5
Abstract: Y19.00005 : The Rheology of Concentrated Cross-Linker-Free Polymeric Microgels: Particulate Dispersions or Polymer Solutions?
9:12 AM–9:24 AM
Microgel particles based on N-isopropylacrylamide and acrylic acid have been synthesized using emulsifier-free radical precipitation polymerization without a cross-linking agent. The resulting particles display very low modulus with pH-, ionic strength-, and thermo-sensitivity. The absence of a cross-linking agent results in dramatic volume \newline shrinkage and expansion in response to the aforementioned stimuli. We study the concentration and temperature dependent rheology of concentrated dispersions of these particles. Several features emerge, including a marked dependence of the yield strain on temperature as well as aging of the complex viscosity over time. We discuss these results in the context of the rheology of stiff particles and that of branched polymer solutions.
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