Comparison of crystallization kinetics of miscible blends of syndiotactic polystyrene with atactic polystyrene or poly(1,4-dimethyl-p-phenylene oxide)

Fu Sun Wu, E. M. Woo

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Abstract

Crystallization kinetics were characterized by using isothermal differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) analysis on neat semicrystalline syndiotactic polystyrene (s-PS) and its miscible blends with atactic (amorphous) polystyrene (a-PS) or with poly (1,4-dimethyl-p-phenylene oxide) (PPO). The crystallization behavior of neat s-PS polymer was compared to its miscible blends. The results suggest that the crystal growth in melt-crystallized s-PS is nearly of homogeneous nucleation and that the growth pattern of the spherulites is 3-D spherical. The s-PS component in its miscible blends was found to crystallize with similar behavior to that of neat s-PS, but with lower Avrami exponents, suggesting that the nucleation mechanism is likely more heterogeneous with blending.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)825-832
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Engineering and Science
Volume39
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1999 May

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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