Collect. Czech. Chem. Commun. 1995, 60, 1869-1874

Phase Separation in Liquid-Crystalline Copolymer/Poly(methyl methacrylate) Blends

Anatoly E. Nesterov, Yuri S. Lipatov and Vitaly V. Horichko

Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, National Academy of Sciences, Kiev 253660, Ukraine


The phase separation in the blends of poly(methyl methacrylate) and liquid-crystalline polymer (copolymer of ethylene terephthalate and p-hydroxybenzoic acid) has been studied by the light scattering method and the cloud point curves have been obtained. Simultaneously some morphological features of the blends have been observed. It was found that the initial blends are in the state of forced compatibility and that thermally induced phase separation occurs by the mechanism of spinodal decomposition but presumably in the non-linear regime.