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The Role of Surface-Induced Ordering in the Crystallisation of PET Films

Durell, Martin, Macdonald, John Emyr, Trolley, D., Wehrum, A., Jukes, P. C., Jones, R. A. L., Walker, C. J. and Brown, S. 2002. The Role of Surface-Induced Ordering in the Crystallisation of PET Films. Europhysics Letters 58 , pp. 844-850. 10.1209/epl/i2002-00451-1

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The molecular configuration and long-range order at the surface of spin-cast poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) thin films spin-cast onto an etched Si(001) surface during crystallisation from the amorphous state has been investigated for a range of annealing temperatures. The structural ordering at the surface of the film was compared directly with that in the bulk of the film by employing grazing-incidence X-ray diffraction with incident angles below, at and above the critical angle for total reflection. Ordering was observed at the surface at annealing temperatures of 80–95°C, lower than that in the bulk, involving local parallel alignment of chains in the plane of the surface with the benzene rings oriented preferentially with the ring plane parallel to the surface. Comparison with atomic-force microscopy images enables the fold configuration at the surface to be deduced.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Physics and Astronomy
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Soft matter; liquids and polymers; Surfaces; interfaces and thin films; Condensed matter: structural, mechanical & thermal
ISSN: 0295-5075
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:41

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