Equilibrium Melting Temperature of Polymorphic Poly(L-lactide) and Its Supercooling Dependence on Growth Kinetics

Richao Zhang, Dan Sun, Lu Ai, Meiling Zhong, Guangyao Xiong, Yizao Wan

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Abstract

n this study, the isothermal crystallization process of poly(l-lactide) (PLLA) has been investigated using in situ XRD, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), and polarized optical microscopy (POM). Linear and nonlinear extrapolation methods have been deployed to estimate the equilibrium melting temperature ( T0m ), which is used for analyzing the supercooling dependence of the PLLA spherulitic growth rate (G). A double-melting behavior observed for PLLA under crystallization Tc < 120 °C has been attributed to the formation of both α′ and α crystals. The T0m values of both α′ and α crystals have been evaluated using the linear method (172.8 °C) and nonlinear method (196.4 °C), with the nonlinear estimate being 23.6 °C higher. A discontinuity in the temperature dependence of spherulite growth rate is observed around 128.3 °C. Regime II–III transition is found to occur at 128.3 °C when T0m = 196.4 °C as estimated by the nonlinear extrapolation method. View Full-Text
Original languageEnglish
Article number625
JournalPolymers
Volume9
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Nov 2017

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