Rapid synthesis of poly(p-dioxanone)/montmorillonite nanocomposites under microwave irradiation

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  • Xiu-Li Wang,

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    1. Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, National Engineering Laboratory of Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials (Sichuan), Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
    • Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, National Engineering Laboratory of Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials (Sichuan), Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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  • Ying Li,

    1. Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, National Engineering Laboratory of Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials (Sichuan), Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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  • Bo Li,

    1. Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, National Engineering Laboratory of Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials (Sichuan), Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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  • Yu-Zhong Wang

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    1. Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, National Engineering Laboratory of Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials (Sichuan), Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
    • Center for Degradable and Flame-Retardant Polymeric Materials, College of Chemistry, State Key Laboratory of Polymer Materials Engineering, National Engineering Laboratory of Eco-Friendly Polymeric Materials (Sichuan), Sichuan University, Chengdu 610064, China
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Abstract

A rapid and “green” synthesis of poly(p-dioxanone) (PPDO)/montmorillonite (MMT) nanocomposites was carried out smoothly and effectively nder constant microwave powers of 30, 60, 90, and 120 W in a microwave oven at a frequency of 2.45 GHz. The temperature of polymerization was in the range 103–224°C. PPDO, with a viscosity-average molecular weight of 111,000 g/mol and a conversion of 85%, was obtained at 60 W for 10 min, in which the ratio of p-dioxanone to AlEt3 was 300/1 (mol/mol). The intercalated structure of PPDO/MMT nanocomposites was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and transmission electron microscopy. Thermogravimetry data showed that the thermal stability of the nanocomposites prepared under microwave irradiation was improved with respect to those prepared via conventional heating. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2012

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