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Decoupling of Dynamic and Thermal Glass Transition in Thin Films of a PVME/PS Blend

Decoupling of Dynamic and Thermal Glass Transition in Thin Films of a PVME/PS Blend
Simone Napolitano, Andreas Hertwig, Andreas Schönhals, Regine von Klitzing, Paulina Szymoniak, Sherif Madkour, Michele Sferrazza, Mojdeh Heidari
The discussions on the nanoconfinement effect on the glass transition and glassy dynamics phenomena have yielded many open questions. Here, the thickness dependence of the thermal glass transition temperature Tgtherm of thin films of a PVME/PS blend is investigated by ellipsometry. Its thickness dependence was compared to that of the dynamic glass transition (measured by specific heat spectroscopy) and the deduced Vogel temperature (T0). While Tgtherm and T0 showed a monotonous increase, with decreasing film thickness, the dynamic glass transition temperature (Tgdyn) measured at a finite frequency showed a nonmonotonous dependence that peaks at 30 nm. This was discussed by assuming different cooperativity length scales at these temperatures, which have different sensitivities to composition and thickness. This nonmonotonous thickness dependence of Tgdyn disappears for frequencies characteristic for T0. Further analysis of the fragility parameter showed a change in the glassy dynamics from strong to fragile, with decreasing film thickness.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00625

DOI: 10.1021/acsmacrolett.7b00625

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