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Kinetic analysis of the swelling behavior of poly(n-butylacrylate-1,6-hexanedioldiacrylate) networks in 4-cyano-4′-n-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB)

Kinetic analysis of the swelling behavior of poly(n-butylacrylate-1,6-hexanedioldiacrylate) networks in 4-cyano-4′-n-pentyl-biphenyl (5CB)
Boumédiène Dali Youcef, Tewfik Bouchaour, Ulrich Maschke, Zohra Bouberka
The dynamic swelling behavior of chemically crosslinked poly(n-butylacrylate/1,6-hexanedioldiacrylate) [poly(Abu-HDDA)] networks, immersed in an nematogenic and two isotropic solvents, was experimentally analyzed. These networks were elaborated by ultraviolet (UV)–visible light-induced radical polymerization/crosslinking reactions of Abu/HDDA mixtures, to yield poly(Abu/0.5 wt % HDDA) and poly(Abu/5 wt % HDDA) networks corresponding to weakly and strongly crosslinked systems, respectively. The swelling behavior of these poly(Abu-HDDA) networks was investigated by immersion in excess solvent, followed by subsequent measurements of the variation of the sample size by means of optical microscopy, depending on temperature and immersion time. Methanol and toluene were employed as isotropic solvents and the nematic liquid crystal molecule 4-cyano-4′-n-pentyl-biphenyl, was considered as anisotropic medium. Swelling ratios were calculated by taking into account diameter sizes as function of immersion time compared to the dry state. Experimental data were analyzed using the Komori–Sakamoto approach and the results of this model were found to be in good agreement with the obtained data. The plateau values of the swelling curves at equilibrium were used to establish phase diagrams as function of temperature and solvent concentration. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 134, 45452.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/app.45452

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