Thermal Behavior and Degradation Kinetics of Compatibilized Metallocene-Linear Low Density Polyethylene/Nanoclay Nanocomposites
2014 (English)In: Polymer-plastics technology and engineering (Softcover ed.), ISSN 0360-2559, E-ISSN 1525-6111, Vol. 53, no 9, 890-902 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Morphology, thermal degradation and kinetics of metallocene-linear-low-density polyethylene (m-LLDPE)/m-LLDPE-graft-maleic anhydride (m-LLDPE-g-MA)/nanoclay nanocomposites were compared with m-LLDPE/nanoclay, m-LLDPE-g-MA/nanoclay and m-LLDPE/m-LLDPE-g-MA systems. X-ray diffraction measurements revealed intercalated and "highly intercalated'' morphologies for the nanocomposites. Thermogravimetric analysis demonstrated that although thermal degradation of m-LLDPE systems were delayed upon the inclusion of nanoclay in air, an inverse effect was perceived for the nanoclay under inert atmosphere. This conclusion was supported by kinetic analysis in terms of reaction order and activation energy. The results obtained from kinetics models also put forward the contribution of m-LLDPE-g-MA, as a compatibilizer, to the thermal stability enhancement through intermolecular cross-linking augmentation.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 53, no 9, 890-902 p.
Metallocene-linear low-density polyethylene, Nanocomposites, Thermal degradation kinetics, Thermal stability
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-148198DOI: 10.1080/03602559.2014.886055ISI: 000337591700003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84901608589OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-148198DiVA: diva2:736107
QC 201408052014-08-052014-08-042014-08-05Bibliographically approved