Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1993, 58, 2396-2402

Polystyrene in N-Methylpyrrolidone: Intrinsic Viscosity-Molar Weight Relations and Polystyrene Unperturbed Dimensions

Martin Konáš and Allan R. Shultz

NSF Science & Technology Center: High Performance Polymeric Adhesive and Composites and Department of Chemistry, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blackburg, Virginia 24061-0121, U.S.A.


Intrinsic viscosity-molar weight relations are reported for polystyrene in N-methylpyrrolidine (NMP) and NMP/LiBr solutions at 30, 45, 60, 75, 90 and 105 °C. Also, Mark-Houwink constants KΘ and the unperturbed dimensions of the polystyrene chains at these temperatures are calculated by applying Stockmayer-Fixman extrapolations of the viscosity/molar weight data. The use of in-line size exclusion chromatography and viscometry is shown to be a facile and accurate method for such studies.