Computer simulation and experiments were performed to investigate the miscibility of PLA/PEG blends with different PEG concentrations. Flory-Huggins interaction (χ) parameter used to predict the miscibility for the blends was estimated by molecular dynamic simulation of fully atomistic model. The calculated χ parameter and radial distribution function suggest that the PLA and PEG blends are likely miscible at low PEG concentrations (10–30 wt%), but they become apparently immiscible at higher PEG content (>50 wt%). This result is consistent with density distribution of PLA and PEG beads calculated from dissipative particle dynamics simulation of coarse-grained model. To support the computational results, experiments based on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and rheometry were also performed. The DSC thermograms of 90:10, 80:20, and 70:30 (wt/wt) of PLA/PEG blends showed a single glass transition and PLA melting peak, indicating PLA/PEG is miscible over this composition. In rheometry, frequency (ω) dependence of storage moduli (G′) at low frequencies for 75:25 and 70:30 blends indicate that these samples are near the phase separation point.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Polymers and Plastics
- Organic Chemistry
- Materials Chemistry