Thermal and structural behavior of Buriti oil/poly(methyl methacrylate) and Buriti oil/polystyrene materials

  • Jussara A. Durães
  • Adriana L. Drummond
  • T. A. P. F. Pimentel
  • Maria M. Murta
  • S. G. C. Moreira
  • Maria J. A. SalesEmail author
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This work reports the thermal and structural changes promoted by Buriti (Mauritia flexuosa L.) oil incorporation into polystyrene (PS) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) matrices. Buriti oil, which was used due to its high β-carotene content has a good thermal stability and can provide some stability to PS and PMMA as it was shown by TG and TMA data. DSC results showed that both PMMA and PS-based materials were plasticized by the oil and demonstrated that they are immiscible materials. SEM images depict the materials’ morphology.


Buriti oil polymer additives poly(methyl methacrylate) polystyrene 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jussara A. Durães
    • 1
  • Adriana L. Drummond
    • 1
  • T. A. P. F. Pimentel
    • 1
  • Maria M. Murta
    • 2
  • S. G. C. Moreira
    • 3
  • Maria J. A. Sales
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratório de Pesquisa em Polímeros (LabPol)Instituto de Química, Universidade de BrasíliaBrasília-DFBrazil
  2. 2.Laboratório de Isolamento e Transformação de Moléculas Orgânicas, Instituto de QuímicaUniversidade de BrasíliaBrasília-DFBrazil
  3. 3.Departamento de FísicaUniversidade Federal do ParáBelém-PABrazil

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