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Grafting of m-isopropenyl-alpha, alpha-dimethylbenzyl-isocyanate (m-TMI) onto isotactic polypropylene: Synthesis and characterization

Karmarkar, A and Aggarwal, P and Modak, J and Chanda, M (2003) Grafting of m-isopropenyl-alpha, alpha-dimethylbenzyl-isocyanate (m-TMI) onto isotactic polypropylene: Synthesis and characterization. In: Journal of Polymer Materials, 21 (1). pp. 101-107.

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A novel vinyl monomer with an isocyanate functional group, m-isopropenyl-alpha,alpha-dimethylbenzyl-isocyanate (m-TMI), was grafted onto isotactic polypropylene (i-PP) using dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as the initiator. This would open up the possibility of using the grafted polymer with the reactive isocyanate group as compatibilizer for blending carbohydrates such as cellulose with. polypropylene. The grafting was carried out in a Brabender Plasticoder at 180degreesC. The effects of monomer and initiator concentrations on the yield of grafting were investigated by performing statistical analysis. While the grafting yield increased with the concentration of DCP at any given concentration of m-TMI, the variation of the grafting yield with m-TMI concentration, for a given concentration of DCP, went through a maximum, the optimum yield of 7.8% (w/w) being obtained at 10 wt.% concentration of both DCP and m-TMI. The grafting reaction is. accompanied by considerable chain scission of I-PP, resulting in a decrease in the molecular weight of the grafted polymer. While the molecular weight drops sharply even at a low concentration of DCP, there occurs no further significant change in the molecular weight even at much higher concentrations of the initiator.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Polymer Materials
Publisher: A.A.Balkema Publishers
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to A.A.Balkema Publishers.
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2011 07:22
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2011 07:22
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/40101

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