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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2015, Article ID 690718, 9 pages
Research Article

Kinetics of Phase Transformation of Indium in the Presence of Polytetrafluoroethylene: Implications for DSC Measurements on Polymers and Their Composites

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Istituto per i Polimeri, Compositi e Biomateriali, Via Campi Flegrei 34, Pozzuoli, 80078 Naples, Italy

Received 18 March 2015; Accepted 5 May 2015

Academic Editor: Vitor Sencadas

Copyright © 2015 Maria Raimo. 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 present work focuses on the influence, at nominal constant temperatures, of an inert polymer on the crystallization kinetics of a highly conductive metal as indium (In) to show not only that the presence of a polymer allows obtaining information on the In crystallization directly from differential scanning calorimeter (DSC) curves, but also that appropriate corrections of thermal measurements on low conductivity samples are needed.