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MARIA LUISA SALADINO

The effect of silica nanoparticles on the morphology, mechanical properties and thermal degradation kinetics of PMMA

  • Autori: Saladino, M.; Motaung, T.; Luyt, A.; Spinella, A.; Nasillo, G.; Caponetti, E.
  • Anno di pubblicazione: 2012
  • Tipologia: Articolo in rivista (Articolo in rivista)
  • OA Link: http://hdl.handle.net/10447/62334

Abstract

SilicaePMMA nanocomposites with different silica quantities were prepared by a melt compounding method. The effect of silica amount, in the range 1e5 wt.%, on the morphology, mechanical properties and thermal degradation kinetics of PMMA was investigated by means of transmission electron microscopy (TEM), X-ray diffractometry (XRD), dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA), thermogravimetric analyses (TGA), Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), 13C cross-polarization magic-angle spinning nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy (13C{1H} CP-MAS NMR) and measures of proton spinlattice relaxation time in the rotating frame (T1r(H)), in the laboratory frame (T1(H)) and cross-polarization times (TCH). Results showed that silica nanoparticles are well dispersed in the polymeric matrix whose structure remains amorphous. The degradation of the polymer occurs at higher temperature in the presence of silica because of the interaction between the two components.