Thermal degradation kinetics of uncapped and end-capped poly(propylene carbonate)

Shuwen Peng, Yuxian An, Cheng Chen, Bin Fei, Yugang Zhuang, Lisong Dong

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In order to improve its thermal stability, poly(propylene carbonate)(PPC) was end-capped by different active agents. Thermogravimetric data show that the degradation temperature of uncapped PPC was lower than that of end-capped PPC. The kinetic parameters of thermal degradation of uncapped and end-capped PPC were calculated according to Chang's method. The results show that different mechanisms operate during the whole degradation temperature range for uncapped PPC. In the first stage, chain unzipping dominates the degradation. With increasing temperature, competing multi-step reactions occur. In the last stage, random chain scission plays an important role in degradation. For end-capped PPC, random chain scission dominates the whole degradation process.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer Degradation and Stability
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Kinetics
  • Poly(propylene carbonate)
  • TG
  • Thermal degradation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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