Segmental dynamics of a highly entangled melt of linear polyethylene-alt-propylene with a molecular weight of 200 kDa was studied with a novel proton nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) approach based upon 1H → 2H isotope dilution as applied to a solid-echo build-up function ISE(t), which is constructed from the NMR spin echo signals arising from the Hahn echo (HE) and two variations of the solid-echo pulse sequence. The isotope dilution enables the separation of inter- and intramolecular contributions to this function and allows one to extract the segmental mean-squared displacements in the millisecond time range, which is hardly accessible by other experimental methods. The proposed technique in combination with time-temperature superposition yields information about segmental translation in polyethylene-alt-propylene over 6 decades in time from 10−6 s up to 1 s. The time dependence of the mean-squared displacement obtained in this time range clearly shows three regimes of power law with exponents, which are in good agreement with the tube-reptation model predictions for the Rouse model, incoherent reptation and coherent reptation regimes. The results at short times coincide with the fast-field cycling relaxometry and neutron spin echo data, yet, significantly extending the probed time range. Furthermore, the obtained data are verified as well by the use of the dipolar-correlation effect on the Hahn echo, which was developed before by the co-authors. At the same time, the amplitude ratio of the intermolecular part of the proton dynamic dipole-dipole correlation function over the intramolecular part obtained from the experimental data is not in agreement with the predictions of the tube-reptation model for the regimes of incoherent and coherent reptation.
Segmental dynamics of polyethylene-alt-propylene studied by NMR spin echo techniques
A. Lozovoi, C. Mattea, M. Hofmann, K. Saalwaechter, N. Fatkullin, S. Stapf; Segmental dynamics of polyethylene-alt-propylene studied by NMR spin echo techniques. J. Chem. Phys. 14 June 2017; 146 (22): 224901. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4984265
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