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Depth Profiling of Poly(methyl methacrylate), Poly(vinyl alcohol) Laminates by Confocal Raman Microspectroscopy

Volume 50, Number 5 (May 1996) Page 558-564

Hajatdoost, Sohail; Yarwood, Jack


We report a molecular depth profiling study of a PMMA/PVOH laminate on quartz using confocal Raman microspectroscopy. It is demonstrated that this technique can be successfully employed to study the hydrogen-bonding interaction between the ester and alcohol groups near the interfacial region. The carbonyl, v(C=O), band of PMMA shows significant broadening in the interfacial region. Various PMMA/PVOH laminates with different PMMA molecular weights have been studied, and it is demonstrated that the PMMA layers with lower molecular weight show a greater degree of interpenetration for a given annealing time.