Research Group of Prof. Dujin Wang

—— polymer morphology and processing group

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The Prof. Wang's Group

Enhanced Crystallization from the Glassy State of Poly(l-lactic acid) Confined in Anodic Alumina Oxide Nanopores


Yu Guan†, Guoming Liu*†, Guqiao Ding‡, Tieying Yang§, Alejandro J. Müller∥⊥, and Dujin Wang*†

† Beijing National Laboratory for Molecular Sciences, CAS Key Laboratory of Engineering Plastics, Institute of Chemistry, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100190, China

‡ State Key Laboratory of Functional Materials for Informatics, Shanghai Institute of Microsystem and Information Technology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 200050, China

§ Shanghai Synchrotron Radiation Facility, Shanghai Institute of Applied Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai 201204, China

∥ POLYMAT and Polymer Science and Technology Department, Faculty of Chemistry, University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Paseo Manuel de Lardizabal 3, 20018 Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain

⊥ IKERBASQUE - Basque Foundation for Science, Bilbao, Spain

Macromolecules, 2015, 48 (8), pp 2526–2533 DOI: 10.1021/acs.macromol.5b00108


Abstract:The crystallization behavior of poly(l-lactic acid) (PLLA) infiltrated in anodic alumina oxide templates (AAO) was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and wide-angle X-ray diffraction (WAXD). During heating from the glassy state, the crystallization of infiltrated PLLA was unexpectedly enhanced as compared with bulk PLLA. The cold crystallization temperature of infiltrated PLLA from the glassy state was much lower than that of bulk PLLA. The half-crystallization time (t1/2) of infiltrated PLLA at 75 °C decreased with the diameter of AAO nanopores. The glass transition temperature of PLLA was not influenced by the geometrical confinement. The enhanced crystallization from the glassy state was explained by surface-induced nucleation of AAO walls on PLLA. Our results provide the first observation of enhanced cold crystallization of polymers in confined geometry.

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