Poly(monoitaconates) containing octyl, decyl and dodecyl groups and random monoalkylitaconate-co-vinylpyrrolidone copolymers
were studied by thermogravimetric analysis. Copolymers of mono-n-octylitaconate (MOI), mono-n-decylitaconate (MDI), and mono-n-dodecylitaconate (MDoI), respectively, with N-vinyl-2-pyrrolidone (VP) of different compositions were studied by dynamic
thermogravimetric analysis. The thermal stability of the copolymers depends on the structure of the monoitaconate comonomer
and on the composition of the copolymer The kinetic analysis of the degradation data shows that the thermal decomposition
of these copolymers can be described by several kinetic orders depending on the copolymer and on the composition. The relative
thermal stability of the copolymers increases as the VP content increases and as the length of the side chain of the itaconate
increases, following the same trend as the flexibility of the copolymers in solution.