Thermal analysis could be used as a powerful technique to check the purity of the sample. In this paper thermogravimetric
analysis (TG) and differential thermal analysis (DTA) have been used to check the purity of fullerene sample prepared by different
techniques. Hence it is possible to compare the purity of the samples, too. The analyzed results have been compared and hence
correlated with the other characterization techniques, e.g. FAB-Mass, FTIR, UV-VIS and SEM.
The thermal behaviours of polystyrene (PS), polymethylacrylate (PMA), polyacrylonitrile (PAN), polystyrene-co-methylacrylate [P(S: MA)](alternate and random), polystyrene-co-acrylonitrile [P(S: AN)] (alternate) and a terpolymer of styrene, methylacrylate and acrylonitrile [P(S: MA: AN)] are discussed on the basis of non-isothermal thermogravimetric studies. The thermal stabilities of the copolymers have been found to be intermediate between of those of the individual homopolymers. The stability of the [P(S: AN)] copolymer is higher than those of the individual homopolymers. The activation energy values are also in accordance with the thermal behaviours of these polymers.
Studies have been made on differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), thermogravimetric analysis (TG) and dynamic mechanical
analysis (DMA) of binary blends of isobutylene-isoprene (IIR) copolymer and polychloroprene (CR) elastomers. Blends of IIR
and CR are incompatible and showed separateTg peaks in DSC curves similar to Tanδ peaks. However, addition of chlorinated polyethylene (CM) elastomer, as compatibilizer,
imparts miscibility between IIR and CR which could be judged both through DSC as well as by dynamic loss measurements (Loss
modulusE″ and Tanδ). The storage modulus (E′) showed variation of stiffness due to structural changes associated with the addition of compatibilizer. TG plots for these
blends showed improvement of thermal stability both by addition of a suitable compatibilizer as well as due to formation of
crosslinked structures associated with the vulcanization of the blends by standard curative package.