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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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Polymer Science and Engineering


In spite of the large amount of work expended in the study of crystallization of polymers , the nature of the surfaces responsible for heterogeneous nucleation and the mechanism as to how foreign surfaces induce nucleation are poorly understood. The present investigation has been directed toward a better understanding of the behavior of surfaces in the nucleation of polymer crystals from the melt.