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The cure kinetics of triglycidyl p-amino phenol (TGAP) epoxy resin with a diamine (4,4-diamino diphenyl sulphone [DDS]), reinforced with montmorillonite (MMT), has been studied by differential scanning calorimetry. The isothermal cure reaction consists of two parts: a rapid intra-gallery reaction, attributed to homopolymerization of the TGAP catalyzed by the MMT and the extra-gallery cross-linking reaction of the TGAP with the DDS. Increasing cure temperature promotes the intra-gallery reaction, which should promote an exfoliated nanostructure; this is confirmed by transmission electron microscopy. These results indicate that this system (TGAP/DDS/MMT) is an excellent candidate for achieving exfoliated polymer-layered silicate nanocomposites and identifies a protocol for optimizing the degree of exfoliation.
CitationShiravand, F.; Hutchinson, J.M.; Calventus, Y. Influence of the isothermal cure temperature on the nanostructure and thermal properties of an epoxy layered silicate nanocomposite. "Polymer engineering and science", 08 Març 2013, p. 1-8.
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