Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics

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Online ISSN: 1099-0488

Associated Title(s): Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

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Publishes papers on the physics of polymers, including applications, theory and modeling and experiments. 2012 ISI Impact Factor: 2.221

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  1. Stimuli-triggered phase transfer of polymer-inorganic hybrid hairy particles between two immiscible liquid phases

    Chunhui Bao, Jonathan M. Horton, Zhifeng Bai, Dejin Li, Timothy P. Lodge and Bin Zhao

    Article first published online: 22 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23552

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    Polymer brush-grafted particles (hairy particles) that can undergo stimuli-induced phase transfer between two immiscible liquids are an intriguing class of hybrid materials. This review focuses on recent advances in this burgeoning area, starting with a discussion of the mechanism of particle transfer across a liquid-liquid interface and progressing to the phase transfer of hairy particles induced by various external stimuli including temperature, pH, and light. The applications in phase transfer catalysis are presented.

  2. Miscible blends of polylactide and poly(methyl methacrylate): Morphology, structure, and thermal behavior

    Maurizio Canetti, Adriana Cacciamani and Fabio Bertini

    Article first published online: 17 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23544

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    Polylactide (PLA) is a biodegradable polymer that is synthesizable from renewable resources and has received great interest. Blending of polylactic acid with poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) offers a valuable route to improve its thermal and mechanical behavior. The miscibility between the components is investigated using the dependence of the nucleation on composition and the polymer-polymer interactions calculated according to the melting point depression.

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    From reactor to rheology in industrial polymers

    Daniel J. Read

    Article first published online: 16 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23551

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    This article reviews current efforts towards practical, quantitative methods for prediction of flow properties of industrial polymer resins, based upon their branched molecular structure. Such work spans the fields of polymer reaction engineering and polymer physics, and requires researchers from both to work together to achieve the goal of design of polymeric resins with required processing properties. In this article, both fields are reviewed at an introductory level, with illustrations from several case studies.

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    Experimental techniques and the underlying device physics

    Nir Tessler

    Article first published online: 16 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23550

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    What is the right experimental approach and to what level does it teach us regarding the device physics? Through numerous figures derived using detailed numerical simulations as well as derivation of simple analytical formulas, we provide some intuition that may guide the use of some of the techniques.

  5. Selective solvent annealing induced phase separation and dewetting in PMMA/SAN blend ultrathin films

    Shuangshuang Zhang, Yu Zhu, Tongfei Shi, Hui Zhao, Jichun You and Yongjin Li

    Article first published online: 13 JUL 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/polb.23541

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    In the vapor of acetic acid, the selective solvent for PMMA, a complex structure containing upper droplets (SAN-rich phase) and lower “mimic-films” (PMMA-rich phase) can be obtained, and vice versa. The results are significant for practical applications of polymer blend films in various atmospheres as well as the further understanding of the basic physical phenomena concerning phase separation and dewetting.