Metastability studies of syndiotactic polystyrene polymorphism

Rong Ming Ho, Chien Pang Lin, Hsien Yin Tsai, Ea Mor Woo

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Polymorphic behavior (i.e., the development of α and β forms) of melt-crystallized syndiotactic polystyrene, sPS, has been studied by structure analysis of FTIR (Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy), WAXD (wide-angle X-ray diffraction), and ED (electron diffraction) as well as thermal analysis of DSC (differential scanning calorimetry). Significant factors that influence the formation of polymorphism were examined and described. Isolated α crystals and β crystals of sPS crystallized at different crystallization temperatures from the melt have been obtained. The equilibrium melting temperatures, Tmo, of both forms were determined by using linear Hoffman-Weeks (H-W) extrapolation and nonlinear H-W treatment. The Tmo (i.e., structural metastability) of β form in sPS was found to be higher than that of α form. The occurrence of phase stability inversion with lamellar size (i.e., morphological metastability) in sPS was recognized. Transformations from α to β phase in the stage of crystal growth or in the heating scanning process have been evidenced. The interlinkage of structural metastability and morphological metastability in sPS polymorphism was examined. The behavior of phase transformation has been successfully interpreted in terms of the stability inversion phase diagram. The formation of the α form is indeed a kinetic result of crystallization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)6517-6526
Number of pages10
Issue number17
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Aug 22

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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