Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol.91, No.1, 35-39, 2004
Effect of tacticity of poly(methyl methacrylate) on the miscibility with poly(vinyl acetate)
The results of the miscibility between the chemically similar polymers poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) published so far show inconsistent statements concerning miscibility. The problems may be due to differences in molecular weights, tacticity, and preparation methods of the polymers. This investigation was carried out by using either chloroform or tetrahydrofuran (THF) as solvent to prepare the blends, because to our knowledge, nobody has reported any tacticity effect of PMMA on the miscibility with PVAc. Therefore, in this article, different tactic PMMAs were used to mix with PVAc and their miscibility was studied calorimetrically. The results showed little effect of solvent and tacticity. PMMA and PVAc were determined to be almost completely immiscible because of the observation of two T-g's. (C) 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.