Radulescu, A.; Goerigk, G.; Fetters, L.; Richter, D.: Morphology of crystalline-amorphous olefin block copolymers in solution characterized by small-angle neutron scattering and microscopy. Journal of Applied Crystallography 48 (2015), p. 1860-1869
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The single-chain properties and self-assembly behavior in dilute solution of olefin block copolymers obtained by chain-shuttling technology and consisting of alternating crystallizable and amorphous ethylene/1-octene blocks were investigated by pinhole and focusing small-angle neutron scattering techniques, optical microscopy in bright-field and crossed-polarizer modes, and differential scanning calorimetry. The complex hydrocarbon soluble (precipitant free) macro-aggregates formed with decreasing temperature are characterized by spherulitic textures. The spherulites yield, on one hand, a morphology that depends on the chain structure properties and, on the other hand, multiple structural levels with a hierarchical organization that ranges from 10 A ° up to tens of micrometres. This morphology displays peculiarities dictated by the polydisperse character of these materials.