Crystallization and Melting of β-Nucleated Isotactic Polypropylene
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Ca salts of suberic (Ca-Sub) and pimelic acid (Ca-Pim) were synthesized and used as β-nucleating agents in different grades of isotactic polypropylene (IPP). Propylene homo-, random- and block-copolymers containing these additives crystallize principally in pure β-modification as demonstrated in isothermal and non-isothermal crystallization experiments. Ca-Sub proved the most effective β-nucleating agent known, so far. It broadens the upper crystallization temperature range of pure β-IPP formation up to 140°C. The effect of the additives on the crystallization and melting characteristics of the polymers was studied. The degree of crystallinity of the β-modification was found to be markedly higher than that of α-IPP. High temperature melting peak broadening was first observed and discussed in literary results regarding the same phenomenon for α-IPP.
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