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nucleation of phase separation

in polymer chemistry
Initiation of phase domain formation through the presence of heterogeneities.
Note:
In a metastable region of a phase diagram, phase separation is initiated only by nucleation.
Source:
PAC, 2004, 76, 1985 (Definition of terms related to polymer blends, composites, and multiphase polymeric materials (IUPAC Recommendations 2004)) on page 1997
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IUPAC. Compendium of Chemical Terminology, 2nd ed. (the "Gold Book"). Compiled by A. D. McNaught and A. Wilkinson. Blackwell Scientific Publications, Oxford (1997). XML on-line corrected version: http://goldbook.iupac.org (2006-) created by M. Nic, J. Jirat, B. Kosata; updates compiled by A. Jenkins. ISBN 0-9678550-9-8. doi:10.1351/goldbook.
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