Title

Cross-linking of Polystyrene by Friedel-Crafts Chemistry: Reaction of p-Hydroxymethylbenzyl Chloride with Polystyrene

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2001

Source Publication

Polymer Degradation and Stability

Source ISSN

0141-3910

Abstract

p-Hydroxymethylbenzyl chloride was found to be an effective cross-linking agent for polystyrene. The reaction was found to occur by Friedel–Crafts alkylation between the benzyl alcohol/chloride functional groups in the additive and phenyl ring in polystyrene. The reaction was studied by TGA–IR to monitor the evolution of hydrogen chloride and water, and the structure of the resultant gel was analyzed by solid state NMR and elemental analysis. The potential application in flame-retardancy was evaluated using Cone calorimetry.

Comments

Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol. 72, No. 3 (June 2001): 399-405. DOI.