Universal Journal of Chemistry Vol. 1(2), pp. 21 - 29
DOI: 10.13189/ujc.2013.010202
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Thermal Degradation Behavior of Polyvinyl Alcohol/Starch/Carboxymethyl Cellulose/ Clay Nanocomposites

Mohammad Taghi Taghizadeh, Narges Sabouri*
Department of Physical chemistry, Faculty of Chemistry, University of Tabriz, P.O. Box 51666-16471, Tabriz, Iran


Polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) / starch (S) /Carboxy methyl cellulose (CMC) / Montmorillonite (MMT) bionanocomposite films were prepared from PVA, MMT, CMC and soluble starch aqueous suspensions by casting method in the presence of a plasticizer that contained glycerol. The kinetics of thermal degradation of PVA/S/CMC/MMT blends was investigated by thermogravimetry (TGA) and derivative thermogravimetry (DTG). Experiments under non-isothermal conditions were carried out for samples in nitrogen (the inert atmosphere in order to avoid thermoxidative degradation) at heating rates of 7.5, 10 and 150C/min. The Ozawa method was used to calculate the activation energy of thermal degradation for PVA/S/CMC and PVA/S/CMC/MMT blends. The thermal stability of PVA/S/CMC/MMT blends is higher than that of PVA/S/CMC suggesting that the addition of MMT improved the thermal stability of PVA/S/CMC blend. At least four degradation distinct stages were identified in the PVA/S/CMC/MMT blends by means of using TGA, being assigned to the mass loss due to the plasticizer leaching, and to the degradation of the starch, CMC and PVA fractions.

Thermogravimetry, Thermal Stability, Montmorillonite, Clay, Nanocomposite

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Mohammad Taghi Taghizadeh , Narges Sabouri . "Thermal Degradation Behavior of Polyvinyl Alcohol/Starch/Carboxymethyl Cellulose/ Clay Nanocomposites." Universal Journal of Chemistry 1.2 (2013) 21 - 29. doi: 10.13189/ujc.2013.010202.