Surface segregation in end fluorinated polystyrenes

R. B. Mason, C. A. Jalbert, J. F. Elman, Timothy Edward Long, B. Gunesin, J. T. Koberstein

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Surface segregation effects in a neat system of perfluorinated polystyrenes were investigated using contact angle analysis. Surface composition and surface energies for a homologous series of samples ranging in molecular weight from 5000 g/mol to 100,000 g/mol were determined. The surface enrichment of end groups was found to decrease with increasing molecular weight of PS-F. Calculations show that for the 5000 g/mol PS-F the surface tension was 19.9 mN/m, a massive reduction from 32.4 mN/m for non functional PS and approaching that of PTFE at 18.2 mN/m. The 100,000 PS-F had a surface tension of 29.7 mN/m, an 8% decrease from the non functional polymer for a 0.1% concentration of fluorinated end groups. The molecular weight dependence of polymer surface tension will be compared with theoretical predictions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)910-911
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Aug 1
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1997 Boston Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: 1998 Aug 231998 Aug 27

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  • Polymers and Plastics

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    Mason, R. B., Jalbert, C. A., Elman, J. F., Long, T. E., Gunesin, B., & Koberstein, J. T. (1998). Surface segregation in end fluorinated polystyrenes. American Chemical Society, Polymer Preprints, Division of Polymer Chemistry, 39(2), 910-911.