Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Faculty Research

Title

Linear Viscoelastic Properties of Hyperbranched Polyisobutylene

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2001

Abstract

Creep and dynamic mechanical measurements were carried out on a series of hyperbranched polyisobutylenes (PIBs), having a range of molecular weights (⩾106 daltons) and branching frequencies (3–57 branches/molecule). For all samples, the molecular weight of the branches was higher than the entanglement molecular weight of linear PIB, by as much as a factor of 10; nevertheless, only for molecular weights of approximately half-million daltons does the zero-shear viscosity exceed that of linear PIB. Both the viscosity and the length of the entanglement plateau are governed primarily by the branching frequency, rather than by the length of the branches. Such behavior is quite distinct from star-branched polymers. However, the magnitude of the plateau modulus and the temperature dependence of the terminal zone shift factors are the same for hyperbranched, star-branched, and linear PIB.

Publication Title

Journal of Rheology

Volume

45

Issue

3

First Page

759

Last Page

772