Srivastava, S and Basu, JK (2009) Absence of reptation in highly confined polymers. In: Journal of Chemical physical, 130 (22). pp. 224907-1.
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We present results of mechanical stress relaxation measurements on polymers confined at the air-water interface in the form of a monolayer. Systematic measurements allow, to our knowledge, for the first time, observation of the scaling of the stress relaxation time of the highly confined polymers as a function of both surface concentration and molecular weight. The observed scaling is found to be very close to that expected for motion of unentangled polymer solutions with hydrodynamic interactions. Our experimental observations thus clearly rule out the possibility of entanglement and hence reptation as a mode of relaxation in such highly confined polymeric systems.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Additional Information:||Copyright of this article belongs to American Institute of Physics.|
|Department/Centre:||Division of Physical & Mathematical Sciences > Physics|
|Date Deposited:||09 Jul 2009 04:41|
|Last Modified:||19 Sep 2010 05:37|
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