Thermal analysis FTIR spectroscopy of poly(ε-caprolactone)

K. Phillipson, James Hay, Michael Jenkins

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Vibrational spectra of poly(ε-caprolactone) have been measured as a function of temperature and time to assign the molecular origins of the absorption bands, to distinguish crystalline and amorphous bands and measure fractional crystallinity. While many changes occur within the spectrum on crystallization and melting those which occur to the carbonyl absorption band proved to be the most useful in determining the fractional crystallinity and following the development of crystallinity with time.
Two-dimensional IR correlation mapping applied to the carbonyl band clearly showed that the broad band at 1735 cm−1 was due to the stretching of the ester carbonyl group in the amorphous regions which decreased in intensity on isothermal crystallization. At the same time a narrower more intense band developed at 1725 cm−1 attributed to the absorption of the ester carbonyl group in the crystalline regions. Deconvoluting the band into these components enabled the intensities of the two to be determined and the fractional crystallinity measured.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)74-82
JournalThermochimica Acta
Early online date27 Aug 2014
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2014


  • Poly(ε-caprolactone)
  • Two-dimensional correlation spectroscopy
  • Synchronous and asynchronous mapping
  • Phase transitions


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