Amorphous rigidification and cooperativity drop in semi−crystalline plasticized polylactide
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Plasticization of amorphous polylactide shifts the glass transition and extends its temperature range of crystallization to lower temperatures. In this work, we focus on how low−temperature crystallization impacts the mobility of the amorphous phase. Plasticizer accumulates in the amorphous phase because it is excluded from the growing crystal. The formation of rigid amorphous fraction is favored by the low crystallization temperature. It reaches values up to 50% in plasticized polylactide. The increase in the content of rigid amorphous fraction coincides with both the increase of free volume quantified by positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy, and the decrease in the cooperativity length obtained from the temperature fluctuation approach. The drop of cooperativity is interpreted in terms of mobility gradient due to the amorphous rigidification.
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