Distinguishing linear from star-branched polystyrene solutions with Fourier-transform rheology

Thorsten Neidhöfer, Stella Sioula, Nikos Hadjichristidis, Manfred Wilhelm*

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Fourier-Transform rheology (FT rheology) was used to study the influence of the degree of branching on the nonlinear relaxation behaviour of polystyrene solutions. The results were compared with those obtained under oscillatory shear and step-shear conditions. The different topologies could be distinguished using FT rheology where the other rheological measurements failed. Significant differences occurred under large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS) conditions as particularly reflected in the phase difference of the third harmonic, Φ 3, which could be related to strain-softening and strains-hardening behaviour. Currently, this work is extended towards different topologies in polyolefins (e.g. long chain branched).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1921-1926
Number of pages6
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 12 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • FT rheology
  • Large amplitude oscillatory shear (LAOS)
  • Polystyrene
  • Viscoelastic properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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