In this work, a multi-scale approach with different analytical methods is applied to study thecuring process and the structural properties of a diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) epoxyresin. This monomer, thermally cured using 4,4′-diaminodiphenilsulfone (DDS) as hardener,is analyzed after 10, 45, 90, and 120 min of reaction time at 180 °C to obtain information onsamples with different cross-linking densities. Samples are also characterized after extractionin acetone in order to obtain structural information on the insoluble parts. For this purpose, differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMTA), solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (ss-NMR), and positron annihilation lifetime spectroscopy (PALS) areemployed. The importance of this multi-method approach lies in the possibility to obtain a more complete knowledge of the investigated system, overcoming the limits inherent to the use of a single technique, through the correlation among results obtained from different structural investigationmethodologies.
|Numero di pagine||9|
|Rivista||Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics|
|Stato di pubblicazione||Published - 2015|
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