Analytical Sciences

Abstract − Analytical Sciences, 23(7), 877 (2007).

Miscibility Behavior of Ethylene/Vinyl Acetate and C5 Petroleum Resin by FTIR Imaging
Xin ZHOU, Pudun ZHANG, Zhifa LI, and Guoying RAO
School of Science, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing 100029, China
FTIR microscopic imaging was used to investigate the miscibility behavior of ethylene/vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) and C5 petroleum resin. Images with an area of 500 × 500 µm2 were collected in the reflection mode. The miscibility was characterized by probing the spatial distribution of the carbonyl group (C=O) of EVA in the whole images. It was found that a 1:1 hot-melt mixture of EVA and C5 resin showed a good miscibility behavior. For two different EVA copolymers, one with 18% vinyl acetate (VAc) content showed a better miscibility behavior than that with 28% VAc content. Our results demonstrated that this method allowed a direct, convenient and nondestructive visualization. This developed technique promises to become a powerful tool for studying the miscibility behavior of composite materials.