Polymer, Vol.41, No.10, 3751-3758, 2000
Structure of isotactic polypropylene-hydrogenated oligo(cyclopentadiene) (iPP-HOCP) blends Part II. HOCP-rich blends
Blends of isotactic polypropylene (iPP) and hydrogenated oligo(cyclopentadiene) (HOCP) were investigated to gain structural information by means of both SAXS and SANS techniques. The composition range (from 30 to 60% w/w HOCP content) and the temperature range (between 25 and 160 degrees C) were chosen in order to cover the miscibility gap in the phase diagram of the material system. In a previous report, blends lying outside the miscibility gap have been investigated and the corresponding SAXS patterns were interpreted in terms of a pseudo-two phase model. For the SAXS patterns, blends lying inside the miscibility gap are rather hard to be interpreted in terms of such a model. On the other hand, SANS patterns display a behaviour that can be directly rationalised in terms of two different coexisting lamellar phases (each corresponding to two domains enriched in either one of the two components). A novel approach is described which allows such a separation of morphological phases. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved.