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Abstract

The values of Mark–Houwink–Sakurada constants were determined for poly(α-methyl styrene) (PαMs) of high and low molecular weights in a variety of solvents by a new approach, which requires only polydisperse samples. The results are in accord with those reported in the literature. In addition, the present work reports the values of the Flory interaction parameter for PαMs in 13 solvents of distinct solvent power at various temperatures. Three refined methods pertaining to both polar and nonpolar solvents were applied to estimate the solubility parameter (δ2) of PαMs resulting in δ2 = 18.75 ± 0.15 (J/mL)1/2 at 30°C. Finally, the scatter data of the Huggins coefficient over a range of expansion factors varying from 0.7 to 2.6 seem to conform better to a newly proposed empirical equation than to the contemporary model after Imai. © 1993 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.