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Title: Crystallization of C60-end-capped poly(ethylene oxide)s
Authors: Huang, X.D.
Goh, S.H. 
Issue Date: 8-May-2001
Citation: Huang, X.D., Goh, S.H. (2001-05-08). Crystallization of C60-end-capped poly(ethylene oxide)s. Macromolecules 34 (10) : 3302-3307. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The isothermal crystallization of poly(ethylene oxide) (PEO), single-C60-end-capped PEO (FPEO), and double-C60-end-capped PEO (FPEOF) has been evaluated using polarized optical microscopy (POM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Comparison studies were also made on a physical mixture of PEO and C60 with the same C60 content as in FPEO. Wide-angle X-ray diffraction experiments indicate that the crystal structures of the PEO fractions in all samples are identical. The equilibrium melting temperatures of FPEO and FPEOF are lower than that of PEO. Both the overall crystallization rate and the spherulite growth rate of C60-end-capped PEO are markedly slower as compared to PEO, whereas there is no apparent change in the rates for PEO in the physical mixture. Kinetic analyses of the crystallization data from both DSC and POM agree quite well. The fold surface free energy of FPEO is of about 1.8 times larger than that of PEO, while that of FPEOF is about 2.5 times larger than that of PEO. This increase in fold surface free energy has been attributed to hindrance exerted by the bulky C60 end groups.
Source Title: Macromolecules
ISSN: 00249297
DOI: 10.1021/ma0014822
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