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Characteristics and iso-baric relaxation phenomenon of pmma monolayers with different molecular weights at different temperatures



Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) monolayers with different molecular weights at the air/water interface were investigated at three different temperatures. The monolayer characteristics of PMMA were studied in terms of surface pressure-area per molecule (π-A) isotherm and isobaric relaxation experiments. The results show that the π-A isotherms of PMMA converge at 40°C regardless of molecular weight. The collapse pressure of PMMA monolayers decreases as the temperature is elevated. It was shown the area relaxation process of PMMA could be described by a model considering the nucleation and growth mechanisms. The simulation parameters of area relaxation of PMMA with different molecular weights at 8 mN/m are very similar, indicating similar mechanisms. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011