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See detailCombination of high performance refractometry and infrared spectroscopy as a probe for chemically induced gelation and vitrification of epoxies
Müller, Ulrich UL; Philipp, Martine UL; Gervais, P. C. UL et al

in New Journal of Physics (2010), 12

A combination of infrared spectroscopy and high performance refractometry was used to investigate the chemically induced sol-gel and glass transition during the polymerization of epoxies. Representations ... [more ▼]

A combination of infrared spectroscopy and high performance refractometry was used to investigate the chemically induced sol-gel and glass transition during the polymerization of epoxies. Representations of the refractive index versus chemical conversion reveal an interesting insight in the optical properties accompanying gelation and vitrification. Whereas the electronic polarizability of the liquid state of small average molecular mass and the glassy state is dominated by the mass density, an unexpected excess polarizability observed during the gelation is attributed to cooperative dipole-dipole interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailInterphases, gelation, vitrication, porous glasses and the generalized Cauchy relation: epoxy/silica nanocomposites
Philipp, Martine UL; Müller, Ulrich UL; Jiménez Riobóo, R. J. et al

in New Journal of Physics (2009), 11(2), 023015

The generalized Cauchy relation (gCR) of epoxy/silica nanocomposites does not show either the chemically induced sol–gel transition or the chemically induced glass transition in the course of ... [more ▼]

The generalized Cauchy relation (gCR) of epoxy/silica nanocomposites does not show either the chemically induced sol–gel transition or the chemically induced glass transition in the course of polymerization. Astonishingly, by varying the silica nanoparticles’ concentration between 0 and 25 vol%in the composites, the Cauchy parameter A of the gCR remains universal and can be determined from the pure epoxy’s elastic moduli. Air-filled porous silica glasses are considered as models for percolated silica particles. A longitudinal modulus versus density representation evidences the aforementioned transition phenomena during polymerization of the epoxy/silica nanocomposites. The existence of optically and mechanically relevant interphases is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganization versus frustration: low temperature transitions in a gelatine-based gel
Philipp, Martine UL; Müller, Ulrich UL; Sanctuary, Roland UL et al

in New Journal of Physics (2008), 10

A commercial physical gel composed of gelatine, water and glycerol shows a sol–gel transition which has been resolved by optical rotation measurements by step-wise heating the gel. This transition is not ... [more ▼]

A commercial physical gel composed of gelatine, water and glycerol shows a sol–gel transition which has been resolved by optical rotation measurements by step-wise heating the gel. This transition is not observable in the longitudinal acoustic mode measured at hypersonic frequencies with Brillouin spectroscopy. Depending on the thermal treatment of the investigated material during the sol–gel transition and within the gel state, Brillouin spectroscopy reflects tremendously different hypersonic dynamics. These distinct dynamics are responsible for the formation of different glassy states at low temperatures including that of a glass-ceramic. The large variety of super-cooled and glassy states is attributed to distinct distributions of the gel's constituents within the samples. Surprisingly, the same gel state can be produced either by annealing the gel over months or by the non-equilibrium effect of thermo-diffusion (Soret effect) in the course of some minutes. [less ▲]

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See detailAcoustic Profilometry Of Interphases In An Epoxy Due To Segregation and Diffusion Using Brillouin Microscopy.
Müller, Ulrich UL; Bactavatchalou, R.; Baller, Jörg UL et al

in New Journal of Physics (2008), 10(2), 023-031

Reactive network forming polymer systems like epoxies are of huge technological interest because of their adhesive properties based on specific interactions with a large variety of materials. These ... [more ▼]

Reactive network forming polymer systems like epoxies are of huge technological interest because of their adhesive properties based on specific interactions with a large variety of materials. These specific interactions alter the morphology of the epoxy within areas determined by the correlation length of these interactions. The changed morphology leads to interphases with altered (mechanical) properties. Besides these surface-induced interphases, bulk interphases do occur due to segregation, crystallization, diffusion, etc. A new experimental technique to characterize such mechanical interphases is μ-Brillouin spectroscopy (μ-BS). With μ-BS, we studied interphases and their formation in epoxies due to segregation of the constituent components and due to selective diffusion of one component. In the latter case, we will demonstrate the influence of changing the boundary conditions of the diffusion process on the shape of the interphase. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent glassy states, as indicated by a violation of the generalized Cauchy relation.
Krüger, Jan-Kristian UL; Britz, Th; le Coutre, A. et al

in New Journal of Physics (2003), 5(80), 1-11

Using Brillouin spectroscopy as a probe for high-frequency clamped acoustic properties, a shear modulus can be measured in addition to the longitudinal modulus already well above the thermal glass ... [more ▼]

Using Brillouin spectroscopy as a probe for high-frequency clamped acoustic properties, a shear modulus can be measured in addition to the longitudinal modulus already well above the thermal glass transition. On slow cooling of the liquid through the thermal glass transition temperature Tg, both moduli show a kink-like behaviour and the function follows a generalized Cauchy relation (gCR) defined by the linear relation , which completely hides the glass transition. In this work we show experimentally that on fast cooling this linear transformation becomes violated within the glassy state, but that thermal ageing drives the elastic coefficients towards the gCR, i.e. towards a unique glassy state. [less ▲]

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