Phase separation kinetics during drying

R. F. Saraf, S. Ostrander, R. M. Feenstra

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Kinetics of phase separation at air/polymer interface in a binary polymer mixture on evaporation of common solvent is studied. The lateral dimension of the highly anisotropic, pancake-like, minority phase increases with a growth exponent of 2/3 identical to 'late-stage' growth under (classical) thermal-quench at interface. In contrast to the thermal-quench, during drying the kinetics depends on the initial condition (i.e., initial concentration, c0) that is rescaled to obtain a master-curve.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)93-101
Number of pages9
JournalMaterials Research Society Symposium - Proceedings
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes
EventProceedings of the 1996 MRS Fall Meeting - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Dec 2 1996Dec 6 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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