Crystal Growth and the Properties of Polymers

  • D. C. Bassett
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 210)


Crystal growth is especially important in polymers because it exerts such a strong influence on properties. At the same time the legacy of crystal growth processes is a rich record of microstructure whose study has developed’ into a field of its own: Polymer Morphology[1]. This can be read not only to reveal the history of a sample and its molecular characteristics but also to provide insight into crystal growth mechanisms themselves. This contribution seeks to introduce the principal and salient facts of polymeric growth, relate these to properties, both known and potential and to outline the current state of understanding.


Crystal Growth Crystalline Polymer Lamellar Thickness Crystal Thickness Liquid Crystal Polymer 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. C. Bassett
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  1. 1.J.J. Thomson Physical LaboratoryUniversity of Reading, WhiteknightsReadingUK

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