Polymer-clay nanocomposites thermal stability: Experimental evidence of the radical trapping effect

This article was published online 01 Oct 2013 in RSC advances.

The radical trapping flame retardant mechanism of polymer-clay nanocomposites is frequently claimed to be responsible for improving the thermal stability of polymers. However it had so far never been demonstrated. Herein using in situ time-resolved X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) we present experimental evidence that Fe3+ embedded in the clay can act as electron acceptors during polymer thermal decomposition. Therefore it contributes to improve the polymer thermal stability. Read more…


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