Thermal Degradation Behavior of Methyl Methacrylate Derived Copolymer

Kaya E., Kurt A., Er M.

JOURNAL OF NANOSCIENCE AND NANOTECHNOLOGY, vol.12, no.11, pp.8502-8512, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 11
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.1166/jnn.2012.6670
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.8502-8512
  • Süleyman Demirel University Affiliated: No


A novel copolymer of 2-hydroxy-3-menthyloxy-1-(4-methoxyphenyl)-3-oxopropyl methacrylate (HMOPMA) and methyl methacrylate (MMA), [poly(HMOPMA-co-MMA)], was synthesized by free radical polymerization. The percentages of HMOPMA and MMA units obtained in the copolymer composition were 19% and 81%, respectively. The solubility parameter of poly(HMOPMA-co-MMA) was found to be 10.3 cal(1/2) cm(-3/2) by turbidimetric titration method. Thermal degradation mechanism and activation energies for initial decomposition process under non-isothermal conditions were determined by integral approximation methods from the thermogravimetric study. The decomposition activation energies of poly(HMOPMA-co-MMA) using Kissinger and Flyn-Wall-Ozawa methods were calculated as 119.99 kJ/mol and 125.34 kJ/mol, respectively. The study of kinetic equations showed that the reaction mechanism of decomposition process in the conversion range studied progressed with D-1 mechanism, one-dimensional diffusion of deceleration type of solid state mechanism.