HDPE solution crystallization induced by electrospun PA66 nanofiber
Nanohybrid shish–kebab (NHSK), induced by polyamide 66 (PA66) nanofiber, was successfully fabricated in high-density polyethylene (HDPE)/xylene solution via isothermal crystallization. The crystalline morphological features of NHSK were observed by scanning electron microscopy. In the structure of NHSK, PA66 nanofiber serves as shish and HDPE lamellae act as kebabs periodically surrounding the nanofiber. Additionally, it reveals that both HDPE solution concentration and crystallization time have significant effects on the size of HDPE kebab. That is, as the concentration and crystallization time increase, the diameter of the kebab increases. Moreover, when crystallization time further increases, the crystals decorated on PA66 nanofiber exhibit a three-dimensional growth (i.e., aggregate of crystallites) rather than a two-dimensional one (i.e., disk-like lamellae normal to the axis of nanofiber).