Title

SANS study of the early stages of crystallization in polyethylene solutions

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-28-2006

Abstract

Crystallization of low molecular weight polyethylene from solution has been studied using small angle neutron scattering (SANS). The detection sensitivity of the volume fraction degree of crystallinity is estimated to be 10-5, allowing for the measurement of the very early stages of crystal growth. SANS spectra for both the early and late stages of crystallization can be satisfactorily interpreted with a lamellar crystal model; there is no evidence of diverging or spinodal-decomposition-like density fluctuations during the early stage of crystallization in polyethylene solutions. A possible explanation of the dominant wavevector in small angle X-ray scattering that led to the proposal of 'spinodal decomposition' mechanism for early stage crystallization is suggested. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Publication Title

Polymer

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