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Dec 7 – 8, 2021 Online only
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Co-nonsolvency behavior of responsive polymers in thin film/vapor systems

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Dec 7, 2021, 4:40 PM
Talk Soft Matter Soft Matter


Christina Geiger (Technical University of Munich, Chair of Functional Materials)


After exposure to mixed water/cosolvent vapor, hydrated thin films of stimuli-responsive block copolymers with PNIPAM or PNIPMAM blocks exhibit a co-nonsolvency behavior. In a rapid film contraction, in either system, both water and cosolvent are expelled. Film swelling and contraction kinetics from saturated vapor are investigated in time-of-flight neutron reflectometry (ToF-NR) with simultaneous spectral reflectance (SR). Molecular interactions of the solvent with the respective polymer chains are analyzed with Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy. The response kinetics are found to be dependent on the solvation potential of specific functional groups.

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Christina Geiger (Technical University of Munich, Chair of Functional Materials)


Julija Reitenbach Peixi Wang (Workgroup Polymer Interfaces, TUM Department of Physics, Technical University of Munich) Ms Cristiane Henschel (Institut für Chemie, Universität Potsdam, 14476 Potsdam-Golm, Germany) Gaetano Mangiapia (German Engineering Materials Science Centre (GEMS) am Heinz Maier-Leibnitz Zentrum (MLZ)) Jean-Francois Moulin (Hereon) André Laschewsky Christine Papadakis (Technische Universität München, Physik-Department, Fachgebiet Physik weicher Materie) Peter Müller-Buschbaum (1 Technische Universität München, Fakultät für Physik, Lehrstuhl für Funktionelle Materialien, James-Franck-Str.1, 85748 Garching, Germany 2 Heinz Maier-Leibnitz-Zentrum (MLZ), Technische Universität München, Lichtenbergstr. 1, 85748 Garching, Germany)

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