Chain Trajectory of Semicrystalline Polymers as Revealed by 13C-13C Double Quantum NMR

  • Wei Chen
  • You-lee Hong
  • Shichen Yuan
  • Toshikazu MiyoshiEmail author
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Chain-folding structure of semicrystalline polymers in melt- and solution-grown crystals has been debated over the past several decades. Recently, 13C-13C double quantum (DQ) NMR spectroscopy and spin dynamics simulation have been applied to trace chain trajectory of 13C-labeled polymers in melt- and solution-grown crystals. We highlight the versatile approaches of using 13C-13C DQ NMR and isotope labeling for revealing (i) chain trajectory in melt- and solution-grown crystals, (ii) conformation of the folded chains in single crystals, (iii) self-folding in the early stage of crystallization, and (iv) unfolding of the folded chains under stretching.


13C-13C Double Quantum NMR Chain Trajectory Semicrystalline Polymer Polymer Crystallization 



This work was financially supported by the National Science Foundation (grant no. DMR-1105829 and 1408855) and a UA start-up fund.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Chen
    • 1
    • 2
  • You-lee Hong
    • 1
    • 3
  • Shichen Yuan
    • 1
  • Toshikazu Miyoshi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Polymer ScienceThe University of AkronAkronUSA
  2. 2.State Key Lab of Pollution Control and Resource Reuse Study, College of Environmental Science and EngineeringTongji UniversityShanghaiChina
  3. 3.RIKEN CLST-JEOL Collaboration CenterRIKENYokohamaJapan

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