A high-pressure dynamic light-scattering (DLS) technique has been utilized to study the behavior in solution of poly(1,1-dihydroperfluorooctylacrylate) and poly(vinyl acetate) (PFOA-b-PVAC) in supercritical carbon dioxide. The hydrodynamic-radius distribution for each species, such as unimers, micelles, and large aggregates, were determined under both isobaric and isothermal conditions over a pressure range of 9–55.2 MPa, and a temperature range of 25–75 °C, respectively. The DLS results clearly showed both pressure-induced and temperature-induced dissolution and association behavior for the copolymer in supercritical carbon dioxide. Also presented are some preliminary experimental results for the micellar self-assembly of a fluorinated block copolymer, poly(2-tetrahydropyranyl methacrylate)-b-poly(1h,1h-perfluorooctyl methacrylate) (THPMA-b-F7MA), in supercritical carbon dioxide by use of a new high-pressure cell that allows us to conduct simultaneous small-angle x-ray scattering and DLS measurements.
© 2001 Optical Society of America
Original Manuscript: January 8, 2001
Revised Manuscript: April 30, 2001
Published: August 20, 2001
Tadanori Koga, Shuiqin Zhou, and Benjamin Chu, "Dynamic light-scattering study of self-assembly of diblock copolymers in supercritical carbon dioxide," Appl. Opt. 40, 4170-4178 (2001)