Al2O3 and ZnO filled poly(methyl methacrylate) nanocomposites were synthesized by free radical (bulk) polymerization. Efficient dispersion was achieved by predispersing the nanoparticles in propylene glycol methyl ether acetate (PGMEA) followed by ultrasonication of nanoparticles into the PMMA syrup. Thermal analysis confirms chemisorption between PGMEA and metal oxide particles. The addition of nanoparticle affects degradation mechanism and consequently improves thermal stability of PMMA. The reduction of polymer chain mobility and the tendency of nanoparticles to eliminate free radicals are the principal effects responsible for these enhancements.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Condensed Matter Physics
- Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
- Poly(methyl methacrylate)
- Polymer nanocomposites
- Thermal analysis