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Dynamic Behaviors of Solvent Molecules Restricted in Poly (Acryl Amide) Gels Analyzed by Dielectric and Diffusion NMR Spectroscopy

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Graduate School of Science and Technology, Tokai University, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan
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Graduate School of Science, Tokai University, 4-1-1 Kitakaname, Hiratsuka-shi, Kanagawa 259-1292, Japan
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Liberal Arts Education Center in Kumamoto, Tokai University, Toroku 9-1-1, Higashi-ku, Kumamoto-shi, Kumamoto 862-0970, Japan
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Graduate School of Science, Kyushu University, 744, Motooka, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka 819-0395, Japan
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Received: 7 April 2018 / Revised: 1 June 2018 / Accepted: 14 June 2018 / Published: 22 June 2018
Dynamics of solvent molecules restricted in poly (acryl amide) gels immersed in solvent mixtures of acetone–, 1,4-dioxane–, and dimethyl sulfoxide–water were analyzed by the time domain reflectometry method of dielectric spectroscopy and the pulse field gradient method of nuclear magnetic resonance. Restrictions of dynamic behaviors of solvent molecules were evaluated from relaxation parameters such as the relaxation time, its distribution parameter, and the relaxation strength obtained by dielectric measurements, and similar behaviors with polymer concentration dependences for the solutions were obtained except for the high polymer concentration in collapsed gels. Scaling analyses for the relaxation time and diffusion coefficient respectively normalized by those for bulk solvent suggested that the scaling exponent determined from the scaling variable defined as a ratio of the size of solvent molecule to mesh size of polymer networks were three and unity, respectively, except for collapsed gels. The difference in these components reflects characteristic molecular interactions in the rotational and translational diffusions, and offered a physical picture of the restriction of solvent dynamics. A universal treatment of slow dynamics due to the restriction from polymer chains suggests a new methodology of characterization of water structures. View Full-Text
Keywords: poly (acryl amide) gel; time domain reflectometry (TDR) of dielectric spectroscopy; pulse field gradient spin echo method of nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR); scaling analysis; fractal analysis poly (acryl amide) gel; time domain reflectometry (TDR) of dielectric spectroscopy; pulse field gradient spin echo method of nuclear magnetic resonance (PFG-NMR); scaling analysis; fractal analysis
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Saito, H.; Kato, S.; Matsumoto, K.; Umino, Y.; Kita, R.; Shinyashiki, N.; Yagihara, S.; Fukuzaki, M.; Tokita, M. Dynamic Behaviors of Solvent Molecules Restricted in Poly (Acryl Amide) Gels Analyzed by Dielectric and Diffusion NMR Spectroscopy. Gels 2018, 4, 56.

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