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Development of epoxy-cyanate ester-clay nanocomposites offering enhanced thermally stability

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Original languageEnglish
Article number47754
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number28
Early online date18 Mar 2019
DateAccepted/In press - 28 Feb 2019
DateE-pub ahead of print - 18 Mar 2019
DatePublished (current) - 20 Jul 2019


The preparation and characterization of blends of a series of dicyanate monomers such as 2,2′-bis(4-cyanatophenyl) propane (DCDPP), bis-4-cyanato-biphenyl (DCBP), bis-4-cyanatonaphthalene (DCN), 3,3′-bis(4-cyanatophenyl)sulphide (DCTDP), 3,3′-bis(4-cyanatophenyl)sulphone (DCDPS), and the diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A are reported. These copolymers are combined with a montmorillionite nanoclay and both epoxy-cyanate blends and epoxy-cyanate blends-nanoclay composites are all analyzed for thermal stability, thermal degradation kinetics, flame retardancy, and impact strength. The nanocomposites are further characterized by X-ray diffraction and SEM to determine morphological features, from which structure–property relationships are determined. Dispersion of the nanoclay is of paramount importance, but its inclusion serves to improve char yield and impact strength, when this is achieved.

    Structured keywords

  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS

    Research areas

  • cyanate esters, degredation kinetics, epoxy resins, nanoclay



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