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Multiwalled carbon nanotubes (CNTs) functionalized with hindered phenol moieties are dispersed in ultra‐high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE), and the stabilizing action of the antioxidant (AO) functionalized CNTs (AO‐f‐CNTs) is studied through a combination of rheological and spectroscopic (FT‐IR) analyses. The effectiveness of two alternative compounding methods, namely hot compaction (HC) and melt mixing (MM), is compared. The combination of high temperature and mechanical stress experienced during MM brings about noticeable degradation phenomena of the matrix already in the course of the compounding step. Differently, the milder conditions of the HC process preserve the stability of the polymer, making this method preferable when dealing with highly viscous matrices. In addition, HC guarantees a better CNT dispersion, allowing for the maximization of the stabilizing action of the AO …
Publication date: 
5 Sep 2015

Nadka Tzankova Dintcheva, Rossella Arrigo, Cristian Gambarotti, Sabrina Carroccio, Serena Coiai, Giovanni Filippone

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Volume: 132 Issue: 33
Journal of Applied Polymer Science