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High-Pressure Raman Spectroscopy and X-ray Diffraction Studies of a Terpolymer of Tetrafluoroethylene-Hexafluoropropylene-Vinylidene Fluoride: THV 500

Volume 62, Number 2 (Feb. 2008) Page 142-148

Emmons, E.D.; Velisavljevic, N.; Schoonover, J.R.; Dattelbaum, D.M.

High-pressure Raman spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction of THV 500, a terpolymer of tetrafluoroethylene-hexafluoropropylene-vinylidene fluoride, were performed using diamond anvil cells (DAC). Changes in the interatomic spacing as well as shifts of several of the vibrational bands as a function of pressure were measured up to ∼10 GPa. The changes in interatomic spacing and shifts of the vibrational bands are compared to those of polytetrafluoroethylene, showing the effects of copolymerization and reduced crystallinity. The high-pressure behavior of polymers is a relatively unexplored field but is becoming increasingly important due to applications where polymers experience extreme conditions.