Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 471–477

Homogeneous nucleation of the dispersed crystallisable component of immiscible polymer blends

  • O. O. Santana
  • A. J. Müller

DOI: 10.1007/BF00587890

Cite this article as:
Santana, O.O. & Müller, A.J. Polymer Bulletin (1994) 32: 471. doi:10.1007/BF00587890


Immiscible melt mixed blends of a crystallisable polyolefin (isotactic polypropylene, PP) and atactic polystyrene (PS) were prepared in a wide composition range. It was found that when PP is the major component in the blend its crystallisation behaviour is not affected by blending it with PS. However if PP is the minor component, it will be dispersed in the immiscible PS matrix, hence the nucleation mechanism changes from predominantly heterogeneous to predominantly homogeneous as long as the size of the dispersed PP droplets is below a critical value (of the order of 1–2 μm).

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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. O. Santana
    • 1
  • A. J. Müller
    • 1
  1. 1.Grupo de Polímeros USB, Departamento de Ciencia de los MaterialesUniversidad Simón BolívarCaracasVenezuela

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