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Reversible Gelation Model Predictions of the Linear Viscoelasticity of Oligomeric Sulfonated Polystyrene Ionomer Blends
- Huang, Chongwen, Wang, Chao, Chen, Quan, Colby, Ralph
H., Weiss, R. A.
- Macromolecules 2016 v.49 no.10 pp. 3936-3947
- cations, dissociation, gelation, gels, mixing, models, polystyrenes, prediction, rheology, viscoelasticity
- The linear viscoelastic (LVE) behavior of oligomeric sulfonated polystyrene ionomers (SPS) and binary blends of two SPS ionomers with different sulfonation levels and cations was compared to the predictions of the reversible gelation model for the rheology of ionomers [Macromolecules 2015, 48, 1221−1230]. Binary blends had the same gel point as the neat ionomer components if a linear mixing rule was used to calculate an average sulfonation level for the blend. The binary blends, however, exhibited a broader relaxation time distribution than the neat ionomers having the same number density of ions. A linear mixing rule for the ionic dissociation frequency of the blend was proposed, and when incorporated into the reversible gelation model, reasonable predictions of the terminal relaxation time of the blends were achieved.