Enhanced Templating in the Crystallisation of Poly(E-caprolactone) Using 1,3:2,4-di(4-Chlorobenzylidene) Sorbitol
Wangsoub, S., Davis, F. J., Mitchell, G. R. and Olley, R. H. (2008) Enhanced Templating in the Crystallisation of Poly(E-caprolactone) Using 1,3:2,4-di(4-Chlorobenzylidene) Sorbitol. Macromolecular Rapid Communications, 29 (23). pp. 1861-1865. ISSN 1022-1336
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We show that small quantities of 1,3:2,4-di(4-chlorobenzylidene) sorbitol dispersed in poly(epsilon-caprolactone) provide a very effective self-assembling nanoscale framework which, with a flow field, yields extremely high levels of polymer crystal orientation. During modest shear flow of the polymer melt, the additive forms highly extended nano-particles which adopt a preferred alignment with respect to the flow field. On cooling, polymer crystallisation is directed by these particles. This chloro substituted dibenzylidene sorbitol is considerably more effective at directing the crystal growth of poly(epsilon-caprolactone) than the unsubstituted compound.