Crystallization kinetics of compatibilized blends of a liquid crystalline polymer with polypropylene

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-715
Journal / PublicationJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 1997


Blends of a maleic anhydride-grafted polypropylene (m-PP) and a liquid crystalline polymer (LCP) based on a copolyester of hydroxynapthoic acid and hydroxybenzoic acid were fabricated. The morphology and isothermal and nonisothermal crystallization kinetics behavior of the m-PP copolymer and m-PP/LCP blends were investigated using polarizing optical microscopy, depolarized light intensity, and differential scanning calorimetry. A polarizing optical micrograph revealed that the m-PP is very effective to promote a finer dispersion of the LCP phase in the PP matrix. Consequently, the LCP domains or fibrils acted as potential sites for the spherulite nucleation. The isothermal kinetics measurements also indicated that the rate of crystallization is enhanced in the maleated PP/LCP blends which exhibit transcrystallinity. In general, the nonisothermal kinetics results were in good agreement with those obtained from the isothermal kinetics measurements. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Research Area(s)

  • Compatibilizer, Crystallization kinetics, Liquid crystalline polymer, Morphology, Polypropylene