Effect of nano-filler dispersion on the thermal, mechanical and water sorption properties of green environmental polymer

Sher Bahadar Khan, Kalsoom Akhtar, Jongchul Seo, Haksoo Han, Malik Abdul Ru

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Partially exfoliated nanocomposite (2) has been synthesized by intercalation of poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC) into commercial clay, Cloisite 20B (PPC/C-20B). Nanocomposite 2 was characterized phiso-chemically and exhibited high thermal, mechanical and anti-water sorption properties as compared to PPC and intercalated nanocomposite (1) of PPC/C- 20B having same amount of clay. TGA results revealed that the thermal decomposition temperature (Td, 50%) of 2 increased significantly, being 40 K and 17 K higher than that of pure PPC and 1, respectively, while DSC measurements indicated that the nano-filler dispersion of 2 increased the glass transition temperature from 21°C to 31°C. Accordingly, 2 showed high elastic modulus, hardness and anti-water absorption capacity. These thermal, mechanical and anti-water absorption improvements are of great importance for the application of PPC as packaging and biomaterials.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)735-743
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Polymer Science (English Edition)
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Sept

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* This work was financially supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea Grant funded by the Korean Government (MEST) (NRF-2009-C1AAA001-2009-0092926) and the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) grant funded by the Korea government (MEST) (No. 2011-0016750). ** Corresponding author: Sher Bahadar Khan, E-mail: sbkhan@kau.edu.sa Haksoo Han, E-mail: hshan@yonsei.ac.kr Received December 21, 2011; Revised March 2, 2012; Accepted March 6, 2012 doi: 10.1007/s10118-012-1168-5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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