Structural Recovery of a Single Polystyrene Thin Film Using Nanocalorimetry to Extend the Aging Time and Temperature Range

Yung P. Koh, Luigi Grassia, Sindee Simon

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Abstract

The structural recovery of a single polystyrene thin film is investigated using nanocalorimetry at aging times as short as 0.01 s, as well as aging at temperatures as high as15 K above the nominal glass transition temperature for high fictive-temperature glasses obtained at high cooling rates. The results indicate that structural recovery progresses as expected when the aging temperature is low compared to the initial fictive temperature; in this case, the fictive temperature evolves smoothly towards the aging temperature at a rate that depends on the aging temperature and initial fictive temperature (i.e., on the cooling rate prior to aging), and at equilibrium, the fictive temperature Tf = Ta. For the case when the aging temperature is much higher than the initial fictive temperature, no relaxation occurs during isothermal aging. For the intermediate case when the aging temperature is in the vicinity of the initial fictive temperature, relaxation occurs both during isothermal aging
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)Published Online August 2014; DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2014.08.025
JournalThermochimica Acta
StatePublished - Aug 2014

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