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Polymer Degradation and Stability

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A substituted tropylium ion can be ion-exchanged onto montmorillonite to give a novel organically-modified clay. One can prepare a polystyrene nanocomposite of this clay by emulsion, but not bulk, polymerization. This is the first example of a clay that contains a carbocation and its use to prepare a polymer-clay nanocomposite. Both the clay and its nanocomposites exhibit outstanding thermal stability. Characterization by X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, cone calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis and the evaluation of mechanical properties shows that a mixed intercalated-exfoliated nanocomposite is obtained.


Accepted version. Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol. 83, No. 2 (February 2004): 301-307. DOI. © 2003 Elsevier Ltd. Used with permission.

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