Step-Scan DSC Study on the Melting Behavior of Polypropylene/Attapulgite Nanocomposites
Attapulgite(AT) was modified by grafting with butyl acrylate(BA) via polymerizations initiated by Gamma radiation. The polypropylene(PP)/AT nanocomposites were synthesized via melting extrude in a twin-screw extruder. The thermogravimetry(TG) and scanning electron microscopy (SEM) were used to assess the graft ratio of the hybrid materials and the dispersion of AT, respectively. Step-scan differential scanning calorimetry(SSDSC) was used to study the influence of AT on the crystallization and subsequent melting behavior. The results indicated that PP and PP/AT nanocomposites underwent multiple melting and secondary crystallization processes during heating. The melting behaviours of PP and PP/AT nanocomposites varied with the variation of crystallization temperature and AT content.
Xiaoming Sang, Pengcheng Wang, Liqun Ai, Yungang Li and Jinglong Bu
L. L. Sun et al., "Step-Scan DSC Study on the Melting Behavior of Polypropylene/Attapulgite Nanocomposites", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 284-286, pp. 763-768, 2011