The properties of poly(dimethylsiloxane)-silica mixtures are studied by varying the specific area of silica aggregates and the chain molecular weight. The specific area was varied either by changing the nature of the silica (50 or 150 m 2 g-1) or by converting silanol groups into trimethylsilyl groups. It is shown that a single kinetic law applies to the description of the chain adsorption process after the mechanical mixing, whatever the chain molecular weight and the silica concentration. In contrast with this result, the time constant is found to depend upon these two variables. Swelling properties of these mixtures were observed in order to investigate statistical structures corresponding to intermediate states of chain adsorption. A quantitative interpretation of swelling effects is given within the framework of percolation. It is shown that the mean number of contact points of one adsorbed chain with the silica surface is proportional to the square root of the chain molecular weight. This result was shown, in previous work, to characterize equilibrium states of adsorption; it is now extended to intermediate states of chain adsorption.
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Poly(dimethylsiloxane)-silica mixtures: intermediate states of adsorption and swelling properties / J. P. Cohen Addad* and S. Touzet // Polymer. – 1993. – Vol 34. – P. 3490-3498.