par Monnier, Xavier;Napolitano, Simone ;Cangialosi, Daniele
Référence Nature communications, 11, 1, 4354
Publication Publié, 2020-12
Article révisé par les pairs
Résumé : Tuning the thermodynamic state of a material has a tremendous impact on its performance. In the case of polymers placed in proximity of a solid wall, this is possible by annealing above the glass transition temperature, Tg, which induces the formation of an adsorbed layer. Whether heating to higher temperatures would result in desorption, thereby reverting the thermodynamic state of the interface, has so far remained elusive, due to the interference of degradation. Here, we employ fast scanning calorimetry, allowing to investigate the thermodynamics of the interface while heating at 104 K s−1. We show that applying such rate to adsorbed polymer layers permits avoiding degradation and, therefore, we provide clear-cut evidence of desorption of a polymer melt. We found that the enthalpy and temperature of desorption are independent of the annealing temperature, which, in analogy to crystallization/melting, indicates that adsorption/desorption is a first order thermodynamic transition.