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Prof. Jun Xu "A Microscopic Kinetics Model for Polymer Crystallization and its Application"

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Department of Chemical Engineering, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China -- Humboldt Research Fellow, presently at the Institute of Physics, University of Freiburg

  • Seminar
When Nov 02, 2011
from 02:15 PM to 03:00 PM
Where “Hörsaal Makromolekulare Chemie”, Stefan-Meier-Str. 31, Freiburg
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Though crystallization has been studied for centuries, there are still much unknown, especially for polymer crystallization far from equilibrium. For example, what are the precursors of a crystal like? What is the distinct nature of polymer crystallization? How does crystallization choose a route when there are different pathways? These questions still remain unsolved. Here, a microscopic model for crystallization based on the attaching and detaching kinetics is proposed, attempting to understand these questions. The key concept of the model is correlation of the unit motifs in the crystal. For crystallization of polymers, there is additional correlation between segments along the chain direction. From our kinetics model, the equivalent free energy change and the interfacial free energy can be deduced.  Besides the equilibrium melting temperature, we predict other characteristic temperatures in case of polymer crystallization. Some deductions of the microscopic kinetics model are consistent with the observed results and the others remain for validation. Furthermore, the difference of our model and the previous crystallization theories will be commented. The model can be applied to other kinetic phenomenon, such as crystallization of copolymers, crystallization in blends or solutions, and diffusion of macromolecules, etc.


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