DMA analysis, thermal study and morphology of polymethylsilsesquioxane nanoparticles-reinforced HDPE nanocomposite

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High-density polyethylene (HDPE) nanocomposites were prepared by a melting-compounding process with a polymethylsilsesquioxane (PMSQ) as nanofiller. In this process, the PMSQ nanoparticles were swollen in an organic solvent using a Ultra-Turrax system and sonication and blended with molten HDPE using a twin-screw extruder. This was followed by solvent removal. Nanocomposites with different PMSQ mass contents from 0 to 1% were prepared. The nanocomposites were characterized with Fourier transformed infrared, transmission electron microscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, scanning electron microscopy and by thermal conductivity. The mechanical and thermomechanical properties of the materials were studied. The HDPE–PMSQ nanocomposites presented a remarkable increase in the elastic modulus (E′) compared to the neat HDPE. The obtained mechanical and thermomechanical properties of HDPE–PMSQ nanocomposites were found to be related to the barrier effect of the PMSQ nanoparticles.

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Baatti, A., Erchiqui, F., Godard, F. et al. DMA analysis, thermal study and morphology of polymethylsilsesquioxane nanoparticles-reinforced HDPE nanocomposite. J Therm Anal Calorim 139, 789–797 (2020).

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  • DMA analysis
  • Mechanical properties
  • Thermomechanical properties
  • PMSQ nanoparticles
  • Reinforced HDPE Nanocomposite