This book summarizes recent developments in the study of the thermal degradation of polymers.
It presents an overview of thermal degradation mechanisms and kinetics, and decribes the use
of thermogravimetry and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), in combination with mass
spectroscopy and infrared spectrometry, to investigate thermal decomposition. The book discusses the
thermal degradation of various polymers, copolymers, high-performance plastics, blends, and
composites, including polyolefins, styrenes, polyvinyl chloride, polyamides, polyurethanes,
polyesters, polyacrylates, and others.
From the Preface: ...The degradation of materials could either worsen the properties and therefore
be undesired, or lead to a useful phenomenon in terms of compatibilisation and stabilisation of
the polymer via degradation-induced cross-reactions or recycling of polymer waste through thermal
Target Audience: Polymer researchers and processing technologists requiring an understanding of
the implicatoins of thermal degradation on material and end-use performance.
Table of Contents:
Mechanisms of Thermal Degradation of Polymers
Kinetics of Thermal Degradation
Polymers, Copolymers and Blends
Reinforced Polymer Nanocomposites
High Temperature-Resistant Polymers
Recycling of Polymers by Thermal Degradation
Thermal Degradation During Processing of Polymers
Modelling of Thermal Degradation Processes