The thermal degradation mechanism and kinetic analysis of hydrogenated bisphenol-A polycarbonate

Yuan Hsiang Wu, Cheng Chien Wang, Chuh Yung Chen

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Hydrogenated bisphenol-A polycarbonate (PHBPA) was successfully synthesized from dimethyl carbonate (DMC) and hydrogenated bisphenol-A (HBPA) by the method of two-step polycondensation. The chemical structure and the molecular weight of PHBPA was identified by 1H-NMR spectra and gel permeation chromatography (GPC), respectively. In order to analyze the thermal degradation mechanism of PHBPA, a non-isothermal pyrolysis process was conducted and the violate products were detected using Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) and gas chromatography–mass spectrometry (GC-MS). There were some reactions occurred during the pyrolysis including decarboxylation, disproportionation of the C–H transfer and β–H transfer, and the Fries rearrangement. In addition, the well-known Flynne–Walle–Ozawa (FWO) and Coats–Redfern kinetic analysis methods were used to calculate the values of activation energy and pre-exponential factors. Furthermore, isothermal pyrolysis experiments were performed and revealed that the reaction of decarboxylation occurred at 225 °C. This decarboxylation suggests that the molecular chain of PHBPA does not easily grow to a high-molecular-weight polymer.

Original languageEnglish
Article number246
JournalJournal of Polymer Research
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Aug 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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