Hydrodynamic behavior of anionically prepared linear polyisoprenes and polystyrenes in carbon tetrachloride

Serena Allorio, Stergios Pispas*, Ekaterini Siakali‐Kioulafa, Nikos Hadjichristidis

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Intrinsic viscosity, [η], weight‐average molecular weight, Mw, relationships are reported for narrow molecular weight distribution linear polyisoprene and polystyrene samples in CCl4 at 25°C. Molecular weight values cover a range nearly two orders in magnitude, extending as low as 3 × 103. In the case of polystyrene there exists a molecular weight range (around Mw = 16,700) corresponding to a change in the Mark‐Houwink‐Sakurada (MHS) exponent from α = 0.71 to α = 0.54. Comparisons between the viscometric and hydrodynamic radii, from literature data, are made. For polyisoprene the MHS relationship is reported in CCl4, for the first time. For this case α = 0.713 for the whole range of molecular weights studied. Values for the second virial coefficient from low‐angle light‐scattering measurements support the conclusions drawn from viscometry that CCl4 is a good solvent for both polymers studied. The different behavior of the MHS exponent may be attributed to the difference in chain flexibility. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2229-2234
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number16
StatePublished - Nov 30 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • Mark‐Houwink‐Sakurada relationship
  • chain flexibility
  • hydrodynamic behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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