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Thermal decomposition of cellulose/synthetic polymer blends containing grafted products. V. Cellulose/polystyrene blends

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Homogeneous grafting of styrene onto cellulose was carried out in a dimethylacetamide/lithium chloride solvent system. The grafted products were added to cellulose/polystyrene (PS) blends as compatibilizers. The thermal decomposition behavior of the blends was investigated by thermogravimetry. The thermal stability of the blends decreased with an increase in grafted product content. The crystallinity of the blends decreased with grafted product content. The microphase-separated structures of the blends became finer with grafted product content. The glass transition temperatures for cellulose and PS in the blends were lowered with grafted product content. Differences in thermal decomposition behavior of the blends were correlated with compatibility. Thermogravimetry was effective for compatibility estimation in cellulose/PS blends containing grafted products. © 2010 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2010

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