We conducted computer simulations on the phase behavior and gelation of solutions of reversibly associating polymers. The sol-gel transition, near the critical temperature for polymer-solvent phase separation, has thermodynamic signatures reminiscent of the micellization of surfactant solutions. At high temperatures, gelation is a continuous transition. Consequently, the behavior of the sol-gel transition is more complicated than previously thought.
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- Physics and Astronomy(all)