Crystallization in electric fields of a semiflexible copolymer: p- hydroxybenzoate ethylene terephthalate

Samuel I Stupp, P. G. Martin

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This work has studied crystallization in electric fields of a semiflexible polymer containing poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) segments. Electric (E) stimuli were found to either suppress or enhance PET crystallization depending on E-field strength. Over a relatively narrow field range the effect changes from suppression to enhancement of crystallinity. It is suggested that either inter-chain cooperative phenomena or electromechanical effects in the context of nucleation and/or growth may be affecting crystallization. For example, electrical alignment of rigid (mesogenic) segments in the copolymer structure leading to distension of the crystallizable and more flexible PET segments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)682-688
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1985



  • crystallization
  • electric fields
  • electromechanical)
  • poly(ethylene terephthalate)
  • semiflexible

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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