Study on the morphology of the novel hydrophobically associative acrylamide-based terpolymer in aqueous solution by AFM measurements

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  • Chuanrong Zhong,

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    1. Materials and Chemistry Chemical Engineering College of Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan 610059, China
    2. The State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
    3. The State Key Laboratory of Oil and Gas Reservoir Geology and Exploitation of Southwest Petroleum Institute, Chengdu 610500, China
    • Materials and Chemistry Chemical Engineering College of Chengdu University of Technology, Chengdu, Sichuan 610059, China
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  • Ronghua Huang,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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  • Lin Ye,

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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  • Hua Dai

    1. The State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, Polymer Research Institute of Sichuan University, Chengdu 610065, China
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Abstract

The synthesized hydrophobically associating water-soluble polymer P(AM-BST-NaAMPS) (PASA) exhibits good viscosification properties in the aqueous and brine solution. To study the viscosifying mechanisms of the polymer in the aqueous solution and brine solution, atomic force microscope (AFM) was applied to observe the micromorphology of the polymer solution. The AFM measurements show that continuous network structures have been formed in the aqueous solution of 0.05 g dL−1 PASA, and with the increase in PASA concentration, the network structures become much bigger and more condensed. The network structures of PASA are collapsed by the addition of salt, and tree-like crystals are formed, leading to the decrease in the apparent viscosity of PASA solution. However, by increasing the NaCl concentration or the polymer concentration in the brine solution, the sizes of crystals increase. These results are consistent with the ESEM and viscosity study results. © 2006 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 101: 3996–4002, 2006

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