Twinning of Polymer Crystals Suppressed by Entropy
AbstractWe propose an entropic argument as partial explanation of the observed scarcity of twinned structures in crystalline samples of synthetic organic polymeric materials. Polymeric molecules possess a much larger number of conformational degrees of freedom than low molecular weight substances. The preferred conformations of polymer chains in the bulk of a single crystal are often incompatible with the conformations imposed by the symmetry of a growth twin, both at the composition surfaces and in the twin axis. We calculate the differences in conformational entropy between chains in single crystals and chains in twinned crystals, and find that the reduction in chain conformational entropy in the twin is sufficient to make the single crystal the stable thermodynamic phase. The formation of cyclic twins in molecular dynamics simulations of chains of hard spheres must thus be attributed to kinetic factors. In more realistic polymers this entropic contribution to the free energy can be canceled or dominated by nonbonded and torsional energetics. View Full-Text
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Karayiannis, N.C.; Foteinopoulou, K.; Laso, M. Twinning of Polymer Crystals Suppressed by Entropy. Symmetry 2014, 6, 758-780.
Karayiannis NC, Foteinopoulou K, Laso M. Twinning of Polymer Crystals Suppressed by Entropy. Symmetry. 2014; 6(3):758-780.Chicago/Turabian Style
Karayiannis, Nikos C.; Foteinopoulou, Katerina; Laso, Manuel. 2014. "Twinning of Polymer Crystals Suppressed by Entropy." Symmetry 6, no. 3: 758-780.