Condensed Matter Physics, 2011, vol. 14, No. 4, p. 43601:111
DOI:10.5488/CMP.14.43601
arXiv:1202.4595
Title:
Effects of polymer concentration and chain length on aggregation in physically associating polymer solutions
Author(s):

X.G. Han
(Inner Mongolia Key Laboratory for Utilization of Bayan Obo MultiMetallic Resources: Elected State Key Laboratory, School of Mathematics, Physics and Biological engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, 014010 Baotou, China)
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X.F. Zhang
(Inner Mongolia Key Laboratory for Utilization of Bayan Obo MultiMetallic Resources: Elected State Key Laboratory, School of Mathematics, Physics and Biological engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, 014010 Baotou, China)
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Y.H. Ma
(Inner Mongolia Key Laboratory for Utilization of Bayan Obo MultiMetallic Resources: Elected State Key Laboratory, School of Mathematics, Physics and Biological engineering, Inner Mongolia University of Science and Technology, 014010 Baotou, China)
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C.X. Zhang
(Department of Physics, Jilin University, 130021 Changchun, China)
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Y.B. Guan
(Department of Physics, Jilin University, 130021 Changchun, China)

The effects of polymer concentration and chain length on aggregation in associative polymer solutions, are studied using selfconsistent field lattice model. Only two inhomogenous morphologies, i.e. microfluctuation homogenous (MFH) and micelle morphologies, are observed in the systems with different chain lengths. The temperatures at which the above two inhomogenous morphologies first appear, which are denoted by T_{MFH} and T_{m}, respectively, are dependent on polymer concentration and chain length. The variation of the logarithm of critical MFH concentration with the logarithm of chain length fulfils a linearfitting relationship with a slope equaling 1. Furthermore, the variation of the average volume fraction of stickers at the micellar core (AVFSM) with polymer concentration and chain length is focused in the system at T_{m}. It is founded by calculations that the above behavior of AVFSM, is explained in terms of intrachain and interchain associations.
Key words:
concentration, chain length, aggregation, associative polymer
PACS:
61.25.Hp, 87.15.Nr, 82.60.Fa
