Solubility islands for polymer blends - A new option to homogenize incompatible polymers?

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Experimental results of liquid-liquid phase equilibrium in a polydisperse blend of two polyalkylsiloxane are presented here. The UCST has an unusual pressure dependence: pressure induced miscibility at moderate pressures and pressure induced immiscibility at higher pressures, above a double critical point. The cloud point curve has two maxima in (concentration, temperature) as well as in (concentration, pressure) space. Approaching the double critical point, the high and low pressure branches of the cloud point curve merge and in a certain stage of this merging, they form a miscibility island located inside the two-phase region. Islands of this kind can give us a new tool to mix virtually immiscible blends.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-18
Number of pages8
JournalMacromolecular Symposia
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2003


  • Blends
  • Compatibility
  • Miscibility islands
  • Polysiloxanes
  • UCST

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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