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Title: Effect of PEG on the crystallization of PPDO/PEG blends
Authors: Zheng, L.
Wang, Y.-Z.
Yang, K.-K.
Wang, X.-L.
Chen, S.-C.
Li, J. 
Keywords: Blends
Nonisothermal crystallization
Poly(ethylene glycol)
Issue Date: Jun-2005
Citation: Zheng, L., Wang, Y.-Z., Yang, K.-K., Wang, X.-L., Chen, S.-C., Li, J. (2005-06). Effect of PEG on the crystallization of PPDO/PEG blends. European Polymer Journal 41 (6) : 1243-1250. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: A new biodegradable polymer system, poly(p-dioxanone) (PPDO)/poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) blend was prepared by a solvent casting method using chloroform as a co-solvent. The PPDO/PEG blends have different weight ratios of 95/5, 90/10, 80/20 and 70/30. Crystallization of homopolymers and blends were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). When 5% of PEG was blended, the crystallization exothermal peaks (T c) of PPDO increased sharply and the crystallization exothermal peaks (Tc) of PEG decreased slightly compared with the homopolymers. The crystallization rates of both components increased, and caused greater relative crystallization degree (Xt%). But when the content of PEG was more than 5%, the crystalline behaviors of blends had no more significant changes accordingly. The melting points of each sample varied little over the entire composition range in this study. The nonisothermal crystallization of PPDO homopolymer and blend (PPDO/PEG = 70/30) were also studied by DSC. The crystallization began at a higher temperature when the cooling rates were slower. The nonisothermal crystallization kinetics of blends was analyzed by Ozawa equation. The results showed that the Ozawa equation failed to describe the whole crystallization of the blend, but Mo equation could depict the nonisothermal crystallization perfectly. © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: European Polymer Journal
ISSN: 00143057
DOI: 10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2004.12.018
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