Title

Polyethylene and Polypropylene Nanocomposites based upon an Oligomerically-Modified Clay

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2005

Source Publication

Thermochimica Acta

Abstract

Montmorillonite clay was modified with an oligomeric surfactant, which was then melt blended with polyethylene and polypropylene in a Brabender mixer. The morphology was characterized by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy, while thermal stability was evaluated from thermogravimetric analysis and the fire properties by cone calorimetry. The nanocomposites are best described as mixed immiscible/intercalated/delaminated systems and the reduction in peak heat release rate is about 40% at 5% inorganic clay loading.

Comments

Thermochimica Acta, Volume 430, Issues 1-2, pp 107-113 (June, 2005). DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2005.01.028