Crystallization behaviour and morphology of star polyesters with poly(ε–caprolactone) arms
2004 (English)In: Journal of macromolecular science Part B, ISSN 0022-2348, Vol. 43, no 6, 1143-1160 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Star polymers consisting of poly(ε-caprolactone), (PCL), grafted onto third generation dendrimer, which had hyperbranched and dendron cores, were studied by polarized light microscopy together with reference linear PCL. The degree of polymerization of the PCL arms in the star polymers ranged between 14 and 81. The star polymers exhibited a greater tendency than the linear polymers to form spherulites. It is suggested that the preference of the star polymers for forming spherulites is due to the presence of amorphous material—dendritic cores and PCL cilia—between crystal lamellae that generates the necessary pressure to force the lamellae to diverge at lamellar branch points. The linear growth rate data followed a single crystallization regime. The fold surface free energy was higher for the star polymers than for their linear analogs. It is proposed that the presence of the large and rigid dendritic cores on the fold surfaces of the star polymer crystals increases the fold surface energy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2004. Vol. 43, no 6, 1143-1160 p.
Star polymers, Poly(epsilon-caprolactone), Crystallization; Morphology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-5971DOI: 10.1081/MB-200026519ISI: 000225403700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-9944252431OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-5971DiVA: diva2:10523
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