Homogeneous mixtures of polybetaines with low molecular weight salts



The prepaparation of amorphous, homogeneous blends of zwitterionic polymers with various low molecular weight salts, and in particular with ionic dyes was studied. Homogeneous miscibility was achieved in many cases up to equimolar amounts of salt, even for bulky compounds. Whether miscibility is achieved, or not, depends in a subtle way on the chemical structure of the salt, but no obvious correlation between structure and miscibility could yet be revealed. Spectral shifts of the dye UV/Vis spectra in solution as well as in bulk suggest strong interactions between the polybetaines and the admixed salts.