FTIR study of poly(propylene carbonate)/bisphenol A blends

Bin Fei, Cheng Chen, Shuwen Peng, Xiaojiang Zhao, Xianhong Wang, Lisong Dong

Research output: Journal article publicationJournal articleAcademic researchpeer-review

58 Citations (Scopus)


A systematic investigation by FTIR spectroscopy was undertaken on blends of poly(propylene carbonate) (PPC and bisphenol A (BPA). It provided direct evidence of the hydrogen bond (H-bond) between BPA O-H groups and PPC C=O groups. Using a curve-fitting method, qualitative as well as quantitative information concerning this H-bond interaction was obtained. The inter-H-bond in PPC/BPA blends was weaker than the self-H-bond in BPA. The absorptivities of the free and the H-bonded C=O groups were nearly equal. The fraction of H-bonded C=O in the blends increased with BPA content and leveled off at a value close to 40 %. Finally, FTIR-temperature measurements of pure PPC and a representative blend were reported: by monitoring the peak areas of C=O absorptions, the dissociation of the inter-H-bonds and the thermal degradation of PPC were observed. It revealed that the presence of BPA clearly retarded the thermal degradation of PPC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2092-2098
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer International
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Blends
  • Degradation
  • FTIR
  • Poly(propylene carbonate)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics


Dive into the research topics of 'FTIR study of poly(propylene carbonate)/bisphenol A blends'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this