Thermochimica Acta, Vol.456, No.2, 128-133, 2007
Thermogravimetric study of some crosslinked copolymers based on poly(acrylonitrile-co-divinylbenzene)
Copolymer networks based on acrylonitrile (AN)/divinylbenzene (DVB) have been investigated by thermogravimetric analysis (TG) to evaluate their thermal stability in nitrogen atmosphere. Thermal stability was determined from TG-DTG curves to investigate the influence of AN and DVB in the synthesis of copolymers on the copolymer thermal properties. The TG and DTG curves of copolymers clearly show two thermodegradation stages. The solid residues produced after thermodegradation stages were analyzed by FTIR and elemental analysis (CHN). The decomposition temperatures were dependent on amount of AN and DVB used as the crosslinking agent. The degradation temperatures of copolymers were influenced by the diluent system during their synthesis. FTIR analyses indicate that the cyclization of the polymer proceeds before any mass loss. (c) 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.