What is it about?

The present study is to examine the photo-stabilization effect of an antioxidant on the photo-oxidation of ethylene-propylene-diene monomer (EPDM)–clay nanocomposites. During the preparation of EPDM–clay nanocomposites via melt processing antioxidants are usually incorporated along with clay, which allows phenolic antioxidant molecules to get adsorbed onto acidic clay platelets and their interaction with metallic impurities reduces the stabilizing efficiency of the antioxidant.

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Why is it important?

photo-degradation was lowered by the antioxidant and the efficiency of the antioxidant could be improved by initial incorporation of antioxidant in the EPDM matrix. In EPDM–clay nanocomposites, a stabilizing activity of the antioxidant was observed above some threshold concentration of the antioxidant.

Perspectives

The relationship between the nanoclay reinforcement and stabilizing efficiency in terms of photo-oxidation and surface morphology for their applicability are discussed. The methodology adopted for this study is also justified through our observation.

Dr Pratheep K Annamalai
University of Queensland

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This page is a summary of: Photo-stabilization of EPDM–clay nanocomposites: effect of antioxidant on the preparation and durability, Polymers for Advanced Technologies, January 2007, Wiley, DOI: 10.1002/pat.925.
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