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Home  >  Journal list  >  Polymer Journal  >  Vol.26  No.7 (1994)  >  pp.828-832

Polymer Journal
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Visualization of Network Structure in Poly(butadiene)/Polystyrene Pseudo Interpenetrating Polymer Networks by Transmission Electron Microscopy

H. L. Frisch1) and Yongpeng Xue1)
1) Department of Chemistry, State University of New York at Albany

ABSTRACT:  Pseudo interpenetrating polymer networks (PIPNs) of 1,4-cis-poly(butadiene) and polystyrene (PS) have been prepared to directly examine the polymer network structure in IPNs by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Samples of crosslinked cis-poly(butadiene) (PB) were swollen with styrene monomer, which then was polymerized in situ to form sequential PIPNs. TEM observations were performed using samples stained with 2% osmium tetroxide following the procedure of Shiibashi et al. Network structures of crosslinked cis-PB were visualized in the PIPNs. The mean size of the unit roughly square plaquette of the network seen in the electron micrographs was in relatively good agreement with the unperturbed root mean square end-to-end distance of PB sub-chains between crosslinks.


Keyword:
Pseudo Interpenetrating Polymer Networks/ Network Stucture/ Sub-Chains/ End-to-End Distance/ Transmission Electron Microscopy/ Poly(butadiene)/ Polystyrene

Published online: April 03, 2005
© Copyright, 2005 by The Society of Polymer Science, Japan

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