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Thermal properties of poly(vinyl alcohol)/poly(diallyldi-methylammonium chloride) interpenetrating polymer networks



Interpenetrating polymer networks (IPNs) constructed with poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(diallyldimethyl ammonium chloride) (PDADMAC) using a sequential IPN method were prepared. The thermal characterization of the IPNs was investigated by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dielectric analysis (DEA), and thermogravimtric analysis (TGA). Decreases in the melting temperature of PVA segments in IPNs were observed with increasing PDADMAC content using DSC. DEA was employed to ascertain glass transition temperature of IPNs. The thermal decomposition of IPNs was investigated using TGA, and thermal decomposition of IPNs could be decelerated by changing PVA content. © 2003 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 88: 1346–1349, 2003