A random ethylene-propylene copolymer (EPM) functionalized with grafted diethylsuccinate groups was melt blended with increasing amount (to 20 wt%) of organophilic montmorillonite (OMMT) to prepare nanocomposites with different morphologies as evidenced by XRD and TEM analysis. All the nanocomposites were treated with boiling toluene that did not extract a significant amount of EPM. The increase of not-extracted EPM with the increasing quantity of OMMT suggested strong interactions of the polymer chains with the inorganic substrate. The DSC measurements of nanocomposites and the corresponding insoluble residues revealed a higher T, values with larger amount of inorganic particles. The dielectric relaxation analysis confirmed the evidence of strong interactions among montmorillonite and the polar diethylsuccinate groups for the macromolecules trapped due to the presence of the inorganic layers. The results were discussed with reference to their relevance as an evidence of nanoconfinement at polymer clay interface and correlated with the clay basal distance variation due to the intercalation process. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Autori:||Passaglia E; Bertoldo M; Ciardelli F; Prevosto D; Lucchesi M|
|Titolo:||Evidences of macromolecular chains confinement of ethylene-propylene copolymer in organophilic montmorillonite nanocomposites RID E-9799-2011|
|Anno del prodotto:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.eurpolymj.2008.02.011|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|