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Morphologies of Polymer Crystals in Thin Films

  • Günter Reiter
  • Ioan Botiz
  • Laetitia Graveleau
  • Nikolay Grozev
  • Krystyna Albrecht
  • Ahmed Mourran
  • Martin Möller
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 714)

Abstract

We present microscopy investigations on the morphology of crystals of poly-2-vinylpyridine-polyethyleneoxid diblock copolymers (P 2 V P - PEO) in thin films with thicknesses below and above the thickness of a single lamella. For crystallisation temperatures above 45°C, nucleation is highly unlikely. Thus, the resulting morphologies represent essentially single crystals, allowing us to relate morphology to the kinetics of crystal growth. In several examples we demonstrate the influence of thermal history and film thickness on molecular orientation and pattern formation during crystal growth. We discuss the analogies and differences between crystallisation of small molecules and polymers.

Keywords

Atomic Force Microscopy Image Side Branch Growth Front Height Range Depletion Zone 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Günter Reiter
    • 1
  • Ioan Botiz
    • 1
  • Laetitia Graveleau
    • 1
  • Nikolay Grozev
    • 1
  • Krystyna Albrecht
    • 2
  • Ahmed Mourran
    • 2
  • Martin Möller
    • 2
  1. 1.Institut de Chimie des Surfaces et Interfaces, ICSI-CNRSMulhouse CedexFrance
  2. 2.DWI an der RWTH AachenAachenGermany

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