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Solubility of Polymers

  1. Anja Eckelt1,
  2. John Eckelt1,2,
  3. Bernhard Wolf1

Published Online: 14 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/0471440264.pst345

Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology

Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology

How to Cite

Eckelt, A., Eckelt, J. and Wolf, B. 2011. Solubility of Polymers. Encyclopedia Of Polymer Science and Technology. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Mainz - Institute of Physical Chemistry, Mainz, Germany

  2. 2

    WEE-Solve GmbH, Auf der Burg 6, Mainz, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 14 JAN 2011


Detailed knowledge concerning the phase state (homogeneous or coexistence of two or more condensed phases) of polymer containing mixtures is indispensible in virtually any area related to the production or application of macromolecules. In addition to this qualitative information it is for many purposes highly desirable to dispose of quantitative data regarding solvent quality or, more generally, with respect to the thermodynamic interaction between the components of the mixtures. This contribution starts with a brief presentation of the thermodynamic criteria deciding on the phase state and presents the experimental methods used in this area. The next section gives an overview on typical behaviors of polymer solutions and polymer blends; it is followed by a part recalling widely used theoretical approaches. Finally, a data section collects solvents and non-solvents for a large number of polymers and presents some examples for the quantitative thermodynamic description of polymer solutions.


  • solubility;
  • thermodynamics