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Isothermal crystallization kinetics and spherulite morphologies of poly(lactic acid)/ethylene acrylate copolymer blends

Isothermal crystallization kinetics and spherulite morphologies of poly(lactic acid)/ethylene acrylate copolymer blends
Cho Yin Tham, Razaina Mat Taib
Isothermal crystallization kinetics and spherulite morphologies of partially immiscible blends of poly(lactic acid) (PLA) and ethylene acrylate copolymer (EAC) were investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and polarized optical microscopy. The DSC data obtained was analyzed using the Avrami equation. Crystallization kinetics of PLA from the melt was strongly influenced by the blend composition and the crystallization temperature. At a given crystallization temperature, the overall crystallization rate value was greater in the blends than in PLA suggesting that the presence of EAC enhanced crystallization of PLA. Polarized optical micrographs showed that the crystallization of PLA initially took place at the PLA/EAC interface. At high EAC content (>1 wt %), EAC domains acted as hindrance to crystallization reducing the overall crystallization rate of PLA in the blends. Based on the DSC analysis, the crystallization rate was maximum when PLA blend with 1 wt % EAC was isothermally crystallized at 103 °C. © 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017, 134, 45487.

Publisher URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/resolve/doi

DOI: 10.1002/app.45487

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