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The thermal stability of cross-linked polymers: methyl methacrylate with divinylbenzene and styrene with dimethacrylates

Uhl, F.M. and Levchik, G.F. and Levchik, S.V. and Dick, C. and Liggat, J.J. and Snape, Colin and Wilkie, C.A. (2001) The thermal stability of cross-linked polymers: methyl methacrylate with divinylbenzene and styrene with dimethacrylates. Polymer Degradation and Stability, 71 (2). pp. 317-325. ISSN 0141-3910

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Abstract

Cross-linking of polymers is frequently presumed to enhance the thermal stability of polymer systems. Methyl methacrylate has been reacted with divinylbenzene and styrene with various dimethacrylates. These systems have been characterized by gel content, swelling ratio, infrared spectroscopy, thermal analysis, TGA/FT-IR, and solid state NMR. Both systems show enhanced thermal stability and char formation. This is most pronounced in the cases of methyl methacrylate with divinylbenzene and styrene with bisphenol A dimethacrylate.