Formation of dendrite crystals in poly(ethylene oxide) interacting with bioresourceful tannin

Kai Cheng Yen, Eamor Woo

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A dendritic morphology, induced by miscibility with strong intermolecular interaction between poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO) and bioresourceful tannin [tannic acid (TA)]. Mechanism was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy, wide-angle X-ray diffraction, and polarized optical microscopy. The cell crystallography preference in correlation to the intermolecular interaction in the dendrites in PEO/TA (70/30) blend was analyzed. Dendritic morphology was more distinct at PEO/TA = 70/30 composition, where the spherulitic growth rate showed a highly nonlinear relationship with respect to crystallization time (R α t 1/2). Diffusion limitation mechanism caused by the crystallography preference attributed to the strong intermolecular interaction between PEO and TA was at work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)225-235
Number of pages11
JournalPolymer Bulletin
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Feb 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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