Polymer and Materials Science
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
Chemistry and Pharmacology
In order to elucidate the relations between morphological habits, thermal behaviour and chemical structure of polymers, aliphatic polyesters with variable amount of trans-double bonds along the backbone chain were crystallized from dilute solutions in 1-propanol and 1-butanol. The crystals were studied with electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and wide angle X-ray diffraction. The morphology of solution grown single crystals and some thermodynamic quantities such as the equilibrium dissolution and melting temperature and the enthalpy and entropy of fusion are influenced by the percentage of unsaturated comonomer. The thermal behaviour and the X-ray diffraction of these crystals suggest that saturated and unsaturated repeating units are able to cocrystallize.
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