Journal of Polymer Science Part B: Polymer Physics, Vol.35, No.8, 1261-1267, 1997
Diffusion of Methyl Ethyl Ketone in Polyisobutylene - Comparison of Spectroscopic and Gravimetric Techniques
In this study, vapor sorption FTIR-ATR (Fourier Transform Infrared Attenuated Total Reflectance) spectroscopy was combined with a conventional gravimetric sorption balance to examine diffusion in polymers. Mutual diffusion coefficients of methyl ethyl ketone in polyisobutylene were measured using both methods at various penetrant activities and temperatures in the range 40-60 degrees C. Actual penetrant concentrations were determined from the sorption balance. The diffusion coefficients from the two techniques agree very well with each other. In addition, the diffusivity data from both techniques could be correlated successfully as a function of temperature and concentration with the Vrentas and Duda free-volume model.