Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Gelation of rodlike polymers was studied by a variety of techniques. Fourier transform video microscopy was used to quantitatively study poly(p-phenylenebenzobisthiazole) in sulfuric acid on a preformed gel and as the gelation process occurred. Differential scanning calorimetry was used to determine the extent of the solvent shell surrounding molecules of hydroxypropyl cellulose upon gel formation and melting. Various light scattering experiments were performed on gels made from poly($\gamma$-benzyl-$\alpha$,L-glutamate) in toluene. Some of the analysis is geared towards a percolative type mechanism. The results and some suggestions for further work are presented.
Tipton, Deborah L., "Gelatin of Rodlike Polymers." (1995). LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 5932.