Optimization of the thermomechanical behavior of a poly(chromium(III) trisphosphinate)



A two-component reactive system consisting of a poly(chromium(III) bisphosphinate) and dioctylphosphinic acid reacts to form a poly(chromium(III) trisphosphinate). Extensive thermomechanical hysteresis is displayed throughout the temperature range −180°C to >300°C by specimens containing filaments of glass. Thermal pretreatment to about 400°C (the limit of thermal stability) eliminated these instabilities. These results correlate with the reported brittle and tough character of films of the poly(chromium (III) bisphosphinate) and poly(chromium (III) trisphosphinate), respectively. Regardless of thermal history (between 200°C and 400°C), the polymer system displayed three major transition regions: the glass transition centered at about 0°C, another centered at about 230°C, and a third at about −200°C.