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CRISTAPRESS: An optical cell for structure development in high-pressure crystallization

Abstract : An original optical high-pressure cell, named CRISTAPRESS, has been especially designed to investigate phase transitions of complex liquids, i.e., polymers, polymer blends, nano-composites, etc. The design of the cell is based on the optical properties of morphological entities through in situ light depolarizing microscopic observations. Pressure up to 200 MPa with a fine temperature control up to 300 °C can be applied. A striking advantage of this cell is the possibility to select the pressure transmitting medium that can be water, silicone oil, a fluid in the supercritical state, etc. The potential of the novel technique was demonstrated by carrying out time-resolved measurements during polymer crystallization induced by water pressure. These preliminary experimental investigations permit to discriminate the role of the barometric and thermal histories on the kinetics of polymer growth, as well as on the subsequent morphologies. It should lead to new reliable crystallization kinetics models.
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Séverine A.E. Boyer, F.E.J. Fournier, Charles-André Gandin, Jean-Marc Haudin. CRISTAPRESS: An optical cell for structure development in high-pressure crystallization. Review of Scientific Instruments, American Institute of Physics, 2014, 85 (1), pp.Article 013906. ⟨10.1063/1.4862473⟩. ⟨hal-00960121⟩



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