Extended-Chain Crystals of High-Pressure Crystallized Poly (Ethylene Terephthalate) Oligomer/Bisphenol-A Polycarbonate Blends
In this study, the crystallization behaviors of the poly (ethylene terephthalate) oligomer/bisphenol-A polycarbonate (PETO/BAPC) blends were investigated under high pressure, and the recovered PETO/BAPC samples were characterized using XRD, DSC, SEM and AFM. The results showed that high-quality extended-chain single crystals with large c-axis thickness were formed in the multi-phase system within a relative short time, and the inner defects of the disclosed crystals could be removed by a self-healing process through high-temperature and high-pressure annealing. Morphologies of extended-chain crystals with different characteristics were also revealed with SEM and AFM. Wedge-shaped and bent extended-chain morphologies suggested that sliding diffusion and transesterification occurred simultaneously in the system, and the crystallization of the large crystals was a self-assembling process induced by chemical reactions at high pressure. This process provides a new route to grow large polymer extended-chain crystals and suggests self-assembly under high pressure is a promising method to create materials with new structures and properties.
Jian-Feng Nie and Allan Morton
J. Lu et al., "Extended-Chain Crystals of High-Pressure Crystallized Poly (Ethylene Terephthalate) Oligomer/Bisphenol-A Polycarbonate Blends", Materials Science Forum, Vols. 654-656, pp. 2632-2635, 2010