The effect of end groups on the thermal degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate)

Yu Hsiang Hu, Chuh Yung Chen

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The thermal degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate) was studied using a system of thiols as initiators. Depolymerization is the dominant reaction in the thermal degradation of such polymers, according to thermal analysis. The degradation mechanism involves only main-chain scission. Three methods of degradation were applied to elucidate the thermal degradation behaviour. The activation energy for the degradation of PMMA-thiols is 170 kJ/mol, higher than that of PMMA-AIBN (60 kJ/mol), as measured by the Flynn method. According to Ozawa's method, the activation energy is 210 kJ/mol higher than that of an AIBN-initiated polymer (148-151 kJ/mol). By Kissinger's measurement method, this system has a frequency factor (∼ 1010) five orders of magnitude higher than the ordinary PMMA (∼ 105). The observed results are explained as a "blocking effect".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Sep 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry

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