, Volume 37, Issue 20, pp 4273-4277

FTIR investigation of structural modifications during low-temperature ageing of polycarbonate

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Conformational changes are sought during low-temperature ageing of solution-cast films of BPA-polycarbonate, by observing the conformationally sensitive IR aromatic breathing band at 1600 cm−1. Preliminary results using the carbonyl band at 1775 cm−1 had shown some indication of ageing-induced changes in the distribution of conformations. The present results obtained on the 1600 cm−1 band show no indication whatever of conformational rearrangements. This result, at variance with observations of conformational rearrangements accompanying sub-T g annealing, lends support to the concept that sub-T g annealing and low temperature ageing are two distinct processes.