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Critical solution behavior of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) in ionic liquid-water mixtures.
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PMID:  23299223     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The wide diversity of room-temperature ionic liquids (ILs) presents opportunities for studying, and controlling, polymer phase behavior. We have examined the phase behavior of poly(N-isopropyl acrylamide) (PNIPAM) in imidazolium ILs and their mixtures with water. We find there is a strong influence of the IL anion; specifically, the tetrafluoroborate anion yields a complex phase diagram with both LCST and UCST-type regimes. PNIPAM is generally miscible at intermediate IL-water compositions, although this range depends on the polymer molecular weight. Solvatochromatic characterization of both neat and mixed solvents reveals a key role for the interplay between PNIPAM-IL hydrogen-bonding and ion-pairing within the IL. These results demonstrate that appropriate selection of ILs should allow for increased control over polymer phase behavior.
Purnendu K Nayak; Adam P Hathorne; Harry Bermudez
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-1-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Physical chemistry chemical physics : PCCP     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1463-9084     ISO Abbreviation:  Phys Chem Chem Phys     Publication Date:  2013 Jan 
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Created Date:  2013-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  100888160     Medline TA:  Phys Chem Chem Phys     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA, USA.
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