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Figure 7
The melting process of the semicrystalline lamellae. Schematically shown (left) are stacked lamellae of well packed crystalline nanoclusters of amylopectin (blue) and amylose (red) chains. Melting of defect-rich regions leads to partial loss of integrity of the lamellae, into layers alternatingly rich and poor in tilted and partially disordered nanoclusters (shaded background in blue), as shown in the middle. The process ends with disperse and molten nanoclusters (bright blue) of amylopectin loosely associated with relatively untangled linear amylose chains (right).

Volume 1| Part 6| October 2014| Pages 418-428
ISSN: 2052-2525