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Polymers 2017, 9(2), 42;

Crystallization of Poly(ε-caprolactone) in Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/Poly(ε-caprolactone) Blend

Shaanxi University of Science and Technology, Xi’an 710021, Shaanxi, China
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Academic Editor: Shiao-Wei Kuo
Received: 10 December 2016 / Revised: 15 January 2017 / Accepted: 24 January 2017 / Published: 28 January 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Blends 2017)
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The crystallization behavior of poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) in a poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF)/PCL blend as well as on a highly orientated PVDF substrate was studied by means of POM, DSC and TEM. The results show that the miscibility of the PVDF/PCL blend and the spherulitic morphology of PVDF varies with the blend ratio. For all the compositions, the pre-existing PVDF crystals accelerated the crystallization of PCL because the PVDF exhibits very strong nucleation ability toward PCL as reflected by the occurrence of heteroepitaxy and the transcrystallization of PBA on the PVDF substrate. This is associated with the perfect lattice matching between the PBA and PVDF crystals. View Full-Text
Keywords: poly(ε-caprolactone); poly(vinylidene fluoride); blend; crystallization poly(ε-caprolactone); poly(vinylidene fluoride); blend; crystallization

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Kong, Y.; Ma, Y.; Lei, L.; Wang, X.; Wang, H. Crystallization of Poly(ε-caprolactone) in Poly(vinylidene fluoride)/Poly(ε-caprolactone) Blend. Polymers 2017, 9, 42.

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