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Nonisothermal crystallization behavior of a biodegradable segmented copolymer constituted by glycolide and trimethylene carbonate units

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  • Elena Díaz-Celorio,

    1. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Av. Diagonal 647, E-08028, Barcelona, Spain
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  • Lourdes Franco,

    1. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Av. Diagonal 647, E-08028, Barcelona, Spain
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  • Jordi Puiggalí

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    1. Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Av. Diagonal 647, E-08028, Barcelona, Spain
    • Departament d'Enginyeria Química, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Av. Diagonal 647, E-08028, Barcelona, Spain
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Abstract

Nonisothermal crystallization of a segmented copolymer constituted by glycolide and trimethylene carbonate units was studied from both the melt and the glass state by optical microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry and time-resolved X-ray diffraction techniques. Positive spherulites with a fibrilar appearance were always obtained and corresponded to the crystallization of the polyglycolide hard segments. A single crystallization regime and the kinetic parameters were inferred from optical microscopy data on crystallizations performed at different cooling/heating rates. The parameters were in good agreement with values previously deduced from isothermal experiments. Isoconversional data of melt and glass nonisothermal crystallizations were combined to obtain the Lauritzen and Hoffman parameters from calorimetric data. Results revealed again the existence of a single crystallization regime with a secondary nucleation constant close to that deduced from isothermal DSC experiments. Morphological changes occurring during the hot and cold crystallization were evaluated by time-resolved SAXS/WAXD experiments employing synchrotron radiation. Measurements showed that significant differences on the lamellar thicknesses exist depending on the crystallization process. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011

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