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

  • Wei Chen
  • You-lee Hong
  • Shichen Yuan
  • Toshikazu Miyoshi
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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
  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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