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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 4849798, 8 pages
Research Article

Interfacial Effects on the Spherulitic Morphology of Isotactic Polystyrene Thin Films on Liquid Substrates

1Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Fukui, 3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fukui 910 8507, Japan
2Department of Frontier Fiber Technology and Science, University of Fukui, 3-9-1 Bunkyo, Fukui 910 8507, Japan

Received 26 April 2016; Revised 24 July 2016; Accepted 26 July 2016

Academic Editor: Luigi Nicolais

Copyright © 2016 Takashi Sasaki et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The influence of interfaces on the morphology of flat spherulites of isotactic polystyrene (iPS) grown in thin films on liquid substrates was investigated. Amorphous iPS thin films spin-cast from a solution were annealed for cold crystallization on glycerol and silicone oil (nonsolvents for iPS). The number density of grown spherulites was revealed to be higher on the glycerol substrate than on the silicone oil substrate. This implies that the primary nucleation rate of crystallization is greater at the iPS/glycerol interface than at the iPS/silicone oil interface. The results may be consistent with the previous findings that concern the molecular interaction between atactic polystyrene and nonsolvents at the interface. In some cases, holes were formed in the thin films during the cold crystallization due to dewetting, which also significantly affect the spherulite morphology via, for example, transcrystallization.