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Phase Transition in Poly(vinylidene fluoride) Investigated with Micro-Raman Spectroscopy

Volume 59, Number 3 (March 2005) Page 275-279

Constantino, C.J.L.; Job, A.E.; Simões, R.D.; Giacometti, J.A.; Zucolotto, V.; Oliveira, O.N.; Gozzi, G.; Chinaglia, D.L.

The phase transition from the non-polar α-phase to the polar β-phase of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) has been investigated using micro-Raman spectroscopy, which is advantageous because it is a nondestructive technique. Films of α-PVDF were subjected to stretching under controlled rates at 80 °C, while the transition to β-PVDF was monitored by the decrease in the Raman band at 794 cm−1 characteristic of the α-phase, along with the concomitant increase in the 839 cm−1 band characteristic of the β-phase. The α→β transition in our PVDF samples could be achieved even for the sample stretched to twice (2×-stretched) the initial length and it did not depend on the stretching rate in the range between 2.0 and 7.0 mm/min. These conclusions were corroborated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and X-ray diffraction experiments for PVDF samples processed under the same conditions as in the Raman scattering measurements. Poling with negative corona discharge was found to affect the α-PVDF morphology, improving the Raman bands related to this crystalline phase. This effect is minimized for films stretched to higher ratios. Significantly, corona-induced effects could not be observed with the other experimental techniques, i.e., X-ray diffraction and infrared spectroscopy.