Scaling equation for viscosity of polydimethylsiloxane in ethyl acetate: From dilute to concentrated solutions

Agasty, A., Wisniewska, A., Kalwarczyk, T., Koynov, K., Holyst, R.

Polymer 203 (2020) 122779


Rheology of polymer solutions suffers from lack of universal model of viscosity applicable across wide range of concentrations. Here we build such a model on the basis of measured viscosity of polydimethylosiloxane (PDMS) in ethyl acetate in a wide range of polymer concentrations: from dilute up to highly concentrated solutions. The relationship between viscosity and different polymer parameters in solution such as coil size, correlation length , monomer–solvent and monomer–monomer interaction parameter were established experimentally as a function of concentrations [from 0.001g/cm3 to 8.000g/cm3], temperature [in a range 283–303K] and molecular masses [9–139kg/mol]. Entanglement onset at the crossover from dilute to semi-dilute solution as well as the solvent–monomer contact reduction at the crossover from semi-dilute to concentrated regime are captured by the model. This model is in accordance with the Eyring rate theory for activated processes.

Full article

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No. 711859.