Crystallization in Block Copolymers

  • I. W. Hamley
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 148)


Crystallization in block copolymers has a profound effect on their structure. This review article focusses on the morphology of semicrystalline block copolymers, and those containing two crystallizable blocks. The effect of crystallization on mechanical properties is briefly considered. The extent of chain folding upon crystallization is discussed, as is the orientation of crystal stems with respect to the microstructure. The effect of selective solvent on solution crystallization is also highlighted. Recent work on crystallization kinetics is summarized and finally the theories for crystallization in block copolymers are outlined.


Block copolymers Crystallization Chain folding 


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  • I. W. Hamley
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  1. 1.School of ChemistryUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK

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