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Compression and Escape of a Star Polymer

Sevick, Edith M

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The compression and the expected multiple escape transitions of a star polymer were investigated. The transitions were characterized by a sharp decrease in the measured force with compression and correspond to the partial escape of arms of a center-tethered star polymer. Under weak compression, the radial extent of the star increased to maintain a balance between the stretching energy of the arms and the excluded volume energy of the monomers.

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Date published: 2000
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/89849
Source: Macromolecules
DOI: 10.1021/ma991348l

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