Thermal degradation of polycarbonate, poly(vinyl acetate) and their blends

2006-12-01
Uyar, Tamer
Tonelli, Alan E.
Hacaloğlu, Jale
We have recently developed a novel approach for intimately mixing thermodynamically incompatible polymers, which utilizes the formation of inclusion compounds (ICs) formed with host cyclodextrins (CDs), followed by removal of CD and coalescence of the common guest polymers into a blend. In this paper direct insertion probe pyrolysis mass spectrometry (DIP-MS) analyses of polycarbonate (PC), poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) and PC/PVAc blends, obtained by coalescence from their inclusion compounds formed with host gamma-CD (coalesced blend) and by coprecipitation (physical blend), have been performed. Variations in the thermal stabilities of the coalesced polymers were recorded both by TGA and DIP-MS and compared to the corresponding as-received polymers. It has been determined that for both coalesced and physical blends of PC/PVAc, CH3COOH formed by deacetylation of PVAc above 300 degrees C, reacts with PC chains decreasing their thermal stability. This process was more effective for the physical blend, most likely due to enhanced diffusion of CH3COOH, produced by deacetylation of PVAc, into the PC domains, where it can further react producing low molecular weight PC fragments bearing methyl carbonate chain ends
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T. Uyar, A. E. Tonelli, and J. Hacaloğlu, “Thermal degradation of polycarbonate, poly(vinyl acetate) and their blends,” Polymer Degradation and Stability, pp. 2960–2967, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/30764.