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  • 1 Centre for Materials Science & Technology Indian Institute of Technology 110016 Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi India
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4,4′-bismaleimidophenyl methane (BM) and 3,3′-bismaleimidophenyl sulfone (BS) were blended in solution using weight ratios 3∶1 (MS31), 2∶1 (MS21), 1∶1 (MS11), 1∶2 (MS12) and 1∶3 (MS13). Chain extended bismaleimide resins were also prepared by treating BS/BM with 4,4′-diaminodiphenyl ether in molar ratios of 1∶0.3 (BM-E and BS-E resins). These resins were also blended with bismaleimides and the curing characteristics were evaluated by differential scanning calorimetry. Increase in BM content in BM∶BS blends or increase in chain extended bismaleimide content in BM-E∶BS or BS-E ∶ BM blends resulted in a reduction of melting and curing temperatures. Indication about the extent of cross-linking was obtained from solubility measurements (in DMF) of isothermally cured resins (180 °C, lh and 220 °C, lh in an air oven). Thermogravimetric analysis of samples isothermally cured at 180 °C and 220 °C (lh each) was carried out in nitrogen atmosphere. Improvement in thermal stability of chain extended bismaleimides was observed on blending.