The thermal degradation of a series of three novel bridged polyhedral oligomeric silsesquioxanes (POSS)/ polystyrene (PS) nanocomposites, at different POSS content (3%, 5% and 10%), was studied in both inert (flowing nitrogen) and oxidative (static air) atmospheres, in order to investigate the effects of this new dumbbell-shaped structure on the fillerepolymer interaction and then on the thermal stability of the obtained materials. Nanocomposites were synthesized by in situ polymerization of styrene in the presence of POSS which has not polymerizable groups, aiming to obtain well dispersed POSS/PS systems. The actual filler concentration in the obtained nanocomposites was checked by 1H NMR spectroscopy. Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and FTIR spectroscopy evidenced the presence of fillerepolymer interactions. Degradations were carried out into a thermobalance, in the scanning mode, at various heating rates, and the characteristic parameters of thermal stability, namely temperature at 5% mass loss (T5%) and the activation energy (Ea) of degradation, of the various nanocomposites were determined. The results were discussed and interpreted.
|Titolo:||A kinetic study of the thermal and thermal oxidative degradations of new bridged POSS/PS nanocomposites.|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|