Polymer Degradation and Stability
An oligomerically-modified clay containing maleic anhydride was used to prepare polystyrene-clay nanocomposites by melt blending and the effect of this modified clay on the thermal stability and fire performance was studied. These nanocomposites were characterized by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, thermogravimetric analysis and cone calorimetry. The results show a mixed immiscible/intercalated/delaminated morphology. The maleic anhydride modified clay improved the compatibility between the clay and the polystyrene.
Zheng, Xiaoxia; Jiang, David D.; and Wilkie, Charles A., "Polystyrene nanocomposites based on an oligomerically-modified clay containing maleic anhydride" (2006). Chemistry Faculty Research and Publications. 109.
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