Nanocomposites containing both polyethylene and montmorillonite clay organically modified with four different types of quaternary
ammonium salts were obtained via direct melt intercalation. Thus, the main purpose of this work was to evaluate the effect
of the organoclay on the thermal stability of polyethylene. The organoclays were characterized by XRD, FTIR, DSC and TG. The
polyethylene/organoclay nanocomposites were studied by XRD, TEM, TG, besides an evaluation of their mechanical properties.
The results showed that the salts were incorporated by intercalation between the layers of the organoclay and, apparently
that the nanocomposites were more thermally stable than pure polyethylene.