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Scanning Activity Gravimetric Analysis

Olsen, Adam P. and Flagan, Richard C. and Kornfield, Julia A. (2006) Scanning Activity Gravimetric Analysis. Macromolecules, 39 (17). pp. 5946-5951. ISSN 0024-9297. doi:10.1021/ma061027r.

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We introduce a new technique -- scanning activity gravimetric analysis (SAGA)for investigating phase transitions in semicrystalline polymers. Isothermal growth and dissolution of polymer crystallites within picogram to milligram samples are manifested by mass changes in response to changes in the activity of sorbed solvent vapor. Single charged particles are levitated and weighed in an electrostatic field, providing access to highly supersaturated states. Phase transitions are inferred from simultaneous sorption and light scattering measurements. Analogous to differential scanning calorimetry, scanning solvent activity up and down exposes broad transitions between the semicrystalline solid state and the dissolved state, which are influenced by sample history. We demonstrate repeated dissolution and crystallization of an 11 ng sample of poly(ethylene oxide) by controlling the activity of sorbed water vapor and observe self-nucleation of crystallites from partially and fully solvated states.

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Additional Information:© 2006 American Chemical Society. Received May 8, 2006; Revised Manuscript Received June 19, 2006. The authors thank Professor Chris Sorenson and Matthew Berg of Kansas State University, Professor Zhen-Gang Wang of California Institute of Technology, and Professor Nitash Balsara of University of California - Berkeley for insightful discussions. This work was funded by the National Science Foundation (DMR-0505393 and the MRSEC Program under Award DMR-0080065).
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Official Citation:Scanning Activity Gravimetric Analysis Adam P. Olsen, Richard C. Flagan, and Julia A. Kornfield Macromolecules 2006 39 (17), 5946-5951 DOI: 10.1021/ma061027r
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