Thermal degradation of poly(vinylpyridine)s

Elmaci, Ayşegül
Hacaloğlu, Jale
The thermal stability and the temperature at which maximum degradation yields are detected were quite similar for both poly(2-vinylpyridine) (P2VP) and poly(4-vinylpyridine) (P4VP). However, considerable differences among the thermal degradation products of both polymers were detected indicating a correlation between the polymer structure and the degradation mechanism. Direct pyrolysis mass spectrometry analyses revealed that P2VP degrades via a complex degradation mechanism, yielding mainly pyridine, monomer, and protonated oligomers, whereas depolymerization of P4VP takes place in accordance with the general thermal behaviour of vinyl polymers. The complex thermal degradation behaviour for P2VP is associated with the position of the nitrogen atom in the pyridine ring, with sigma-effect.

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A. Elmaci and J. Hacaloğlu, “Thermal degradation of poly(vinylpyridine)s,” Polymer Degradation and Stability, vol. 94, no. 4, pp. 738–743, 2009, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: