The influence of solvent evaporation rate, in the dry-casting process, on crystallinity and morphology of crystallizable polymeric membrane was studied. Poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) was taken as an example. The membranes were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). By controlling the solvent evaporation rate, samples with various crystallinities were prepared. From higher to lower crystallinity the membranes exhibit three types of surface morphology in sequence: granule, stripe and smooth.
|ScienceOpen disciplines:||Polymer science, Materials technology, Materials characterization, General engineering, Polymer chemistry|