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Polymers 2018, 10(11), 1181;

Melt Crystallization Behavior and Crystalline Morphology of Polylactide/Poly(ε-caprolactone) Blends Compatibilized by Lactide-Caprolactone Copolymer

College of Chemistry and Materials Engineering, Guiyang University, Guiyang 550005, China
Biomaterials Research Center, School of Biomedical Engineering, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou 510515, China
Guizhou Building Material Quality Supervision Testing Center, Guiyang 550000, China
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Received: 26 August 2018 / Revised: 13 October 2018 / Accepted: 22 October 2018 / Published: 24 October 2018
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Lactide-Caprolactone copolymer (LACL) was added to a Polylactide/Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PLA/PCL) blend as a compatibilizer through solution mixing and the casting method. The melt crystallization behavior and crystalline morphology of PLA, PLA/PCL, and PLA/PCL/LACL were investigated using differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy (POM), respectively. The temperature of the shortest crystallization time for the samples was observed at 105 °C. The overall isothermal melt crystallization kinetics of the three samples were further studied using the Avrami theory. Neat PLA showed a higher half-time of crystallization than that of the PLA/PCL and PLA/PCL/LACL blends, whereas the half-time of crystallization of PLA/PCL and PLA/PCL/LACL showed no significant difference. The addition of PCL decreased the spherulite size of crystallized PLA, and the nuclei density in the PLA/PCL/LACL blend was much higher than that of the PLA and PLA/PCL samples, indicating that LACL had a compatibilization effect on the immiscible PLA/PCL blend, thereby promoting the nucleation of PLA. The spherulites in the PLA/PCL and PLA/PCL/LACL blend exhibited a smeared and rough morphology, which can be attributed to the fact that PCL molecules migrated to the PLA spherulitic surface during the crystallization of PLA. View Full-Text
Keywords: polylactide; poly(ε-caprolactone); compatibilization; melt crystallization polylactide; poly(ε-caprolactone); compatibilization; melt crystallization

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Zhang, C.; Lan, Q.; Zhai, T.; Nie, S.; Luo, J.; Yan, W. Melt Crystallization Behavior and Crystalline Morphology of Polylactide/Poly(ε-caprolactone) Blends Compatibilized by Lactide-Caprolactone Copolymer. Polymers 2018, 10, 1181.

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