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Flame retardancy and thermal properties of carboxyl‐containing polysiloxane derivatives in polycarbonate

Carboxyl‐containing polysiloxane (LCCP) has been successfully applied in the flame retardancy of polycarbonate (PC). The LCCP was synthesized by hydrosilylation and condensation reaction. The presence of carboxyl groups has been demonstrated to be crucial to provide high flame retardant effectiveness. The flame retardancy of LCCP–PC composites is investigated by limiting oxygen index (LOI), vertical burning tests (UL‐94). At the mole ratio of diethoxymethyl (1‐propionyloxy) silane/diethoxydimethylsilane = 8/100 in LCCP(3), the best flame retardant performance of LCCP‐PC composites was obtained. The LOI value of the composites is 38.5 and the UL‐94 rating reaches V‐0 when the content of LCCP(3) is as low as 0.5 wt %. Evolution of the thermal behaviors of the composites tested by thermogravimetric analysis shows that addition of LCCP(3) in PC can reduce the degradation speed of PC and induce a reduction of the initiated decomposition temperature of PC. © 2013 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2014, 131, 39814.

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» Author: Rongjun Song, Liyan Chang, Bin Li*

» Reference: Journal of Applied Polymer ScienceSpecial Issue: Polycarbonates and Green ChemistryVolume 131, Issue 5, March 5, 2014

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