Existing single-chain models for unentangled associating polymers account for the association by assigning the sticky junctions a large value of the monomeric friction coefficient, which prevents them from moving in space unless stickers effectively dissociate. With such an assumption, comparison of model predictions with linear viscoelastic data is not fully successful in the intermediate range of frequency. In this work, we improve agreement with data by developing a single-chain model where sticky junctions are allowed to quickly move in space without dissociating. We also account for a random distribution of the stickers but differently from the recent model by Jiang et al. [Macromolecules 53, 3438–3451 (2020)]. Predictions of the model are successfully compared with unentangled melt data for two different copolymer chemistries and different sticker concentrations. Particularly significant are the data by Cui et al. [J. Rheol., 62, 1155–1174 (2018)] of melts of polymers with only two stickers per chain, revealing that sticky junctions are in fact also endowed with fast mobility.
A single-chain model for the linear viscoelasticity of unentangled melts of associating polymers
Note: This paper is part of the special issue on Double Dynamics Polymeric Networks
Hongwei Liu, Giovanni Ianniruberto, Giuseppe Marrucci; A single-chain model for the linear viscoelasticity of unentangled melts of associating polymers. J. Rheol. 1 November 2022; 66 (6): 1183–1190. https://doi.org/10.1122/8.0000409
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