The thermal stability of cross-linked polymers: methyl methacrylate with divinylbenzene and styrene with dimethacrylates

F.M. Uhl, G.F. Levchik, S.V. Levchik, C. Dick, J.J. Liggat, Colin Snape, C.A. Wilkie

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Abstract

Cross-linking of polymers is frequently presumed to enhance the thermal stability of polymer systems. Methyl methacrylate has been reacted with divinylbenzene and styrene with various dimethacrylates. These systems have been characterized by gel content, swelling ratio, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, TGA/FT-IR, and solid state NMR. Both systems show enhanced thermal stability and char formation. This is most pronounced in the cases of methyl methacrylate with divinylbenzene and styrene with bisphenol A dimethacrylate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-325
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Volume71
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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Keywords

  • Thermal stability
  • Cross-linking
  • Methyl methacrylate
  • Styrene
  • Divinylbenzene
  • Dimethacrylates

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