Title

Inhibition by Red Phosphorus of Unimolecular Thermal Chain-scission in Poly(methyl methacrylate): Investigation by NMR, FT-IR and Laser Desorption/fourier Transform Mass Spectroscopy

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

6-1986

Publisher

Wiley

Source Publication

Journal of Polymer Science: Part A, Polymer Chemistry

Source ISSN

0887-624X

Abstract

The reaction of red phosphorus with poly(methyl methacrylate) under pyrolysis conditions was investigated with a number of physical techniques. A random methyl methacrylate/cyclic anhydride copolymer is formed from atatic PMMA, whereas a random methyl methacrylate/methacrylic acid copolymer is obtained with isotactic PMMA. The backbones of both these copolymers are more stable toward depolymerization than that of PMMA. The flame‐retardant activity of red phosphorus with PMMA may arise in part from stabilization of the polymer toward depolymerization via modification of the sidechains.

Comments

Journal of Polymer Science: Part A, Polymer Chemistry, Vol. 24, No. 6 (June 1986): 1297-1311. DOI.

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