Based on results of small-angle X-ray scattering and differential scanning calorimetric measurements, the equilibrium melting temperature and basal surface energy (σe) of crystalline poly(9,9-di-n-octyl-2,7-fluorene) (PFO) were preliminarily estimated as ca 451.6 K and 0.084 J m-2, respectively, via Gibbs-Thomson analysis. This σe value leads to a value of 76 kJ mol-1 for the work of fold that greatly exceeds the values for typical polymers, reflecting the semi-rigid nature of the PFO backbone and consistent with the large-loop folds proposed earlier for this particular conjugated-backbone polymer. This is in strong contrast to the commonly held belief that conjugated polymers are generally too rigid to form folded-chain lamellar crystals. © International Union of Crystallography 2007.
Chen, S. H., Su, C. H., Su, A. C., Sun, Y. S., Jeng, U., & Chen, S. A. (2007). Gibbs-Thomson analysis of crystalline poly(9,9-di-n-octyl-2,7-fluorene). In Journal of Applied Crystallography (Vol. 40). https://doi.org/10.1107/S0021889806048229