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1. Polyisobutylene, also known as "PIB" or polyisobutene, (C4H8)n, is the homopolymer of isobutylene, or 2-methyl-1-propene, on which butyl rubber is based. (Wikipedia, Butyl Rubber, 9/4/2012)

2. “The influence of molecular weight, M, on the fragility and fast dynamics in polyisobutylene (PIB) was studied using dielectric and mechanical relaxation spectroscopies, calorimetry, and Raman spectroscopy. The measurements indicate adecrease in fragility with increasing M for shorter chains, in the range of M whereTg is M-dependent. Such behavior is not observed for other polymers and is at odds with traditional theoretical models that predict an increase in fragility with chain length. These results confirm the unusual character of PIB, as evident in various properties including extremely low gas permeability, a low fragility, and a segmental relaxation spectrum much broader than expected for a low-fragility material. The reason for this anomalous behavior remains unclear, but might be related to the symmetric structure of the PIB repeat unit, together with comparable flexibility of both structural components, the backbone and side groups.” [Kunal et al , J. Polym. Sci., Polym. Phys., 46, 1390–1399 (2008)]

 

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