63. Impact of Exposure Conditions on the Morphology of Polyethylene by Compact NMR

Yadollah Teymouri, Alina Adams, Bernhard Blümich, Macromolecular Symposia, (2018) DOI: 10.1002/masy.201600156

This current work reviews the potential of compact NMR for monitoring and quantifying morphological changes in PE exposed to elevated temperatures and/or contact with different solvents. To prove the reliability of compact proton NMR relaxation measurements, the results are compared with data from conventional high-field proton wide-line NMR spectroscopy, DSC, and FTIR spectroscopy. It could be shown that simple, static proton relaxation measurements garner detailed information about the exposure-induced morphological changes through the quantification of phase composition and chain dynamics. Moreover, the NMR method has a key advantage over other methods, because the chain mobility of the soft amorphous phase is a very sensitive microscopic parameter under exposure conditions. The various presented examples and the good agreement of the NMR results with those of other analytical methods show that low-field NMR is a promising option for in-situ aging studies.