Catalytic effects of nickel (cobalt or zinc) acetates on thermal and flammability properties of polypropylene-modified lignin composites

Yu, Youming and Song, Ping'An ORCID: and Jin, Chunde and Fu, Shenyuan and Zhao, Liping and Wu, Qiang and Ye, Jiewang (2012) Catalytic effects of nickel (cobalt or zinc) acetates on thermal and flammability properties of polypropylene-modified lignin composites. Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research, 51 (38). pp. 12367-12374. ISSN 0888-5885


Previous work has demonstrated that functionalized lignin (PN-lignin) was shown to enhance thermal stability and flame retardancy of polypropylene (PP). To further strength these effects, nickel (cobalt or zinc) acetates were introduced into PP/PN-lignin systems in the present work. Thermogravimetric analysis demonstrates that adding 2 wt % nickel acetate (Ni(Ac) 2) catalytically degrades PP/PN-lignin but significantly increases the char residues in both N 2 and air conditions. For instance, the presence of Ni 2+ reduced the initial degradation temperature (Ti) by ~13 °C but doubled the char residue in the N 2 condition relative to those of PP/PN-lignin. In comparison, the addition of cobalt or zinc acetate has little effect on thermal properties and char residues of PP/PN-lignin. Cone calorimeter results indicate that although the presence of Ni(Ac) 2 shortens slightly the time to ignition (t ign) from ~38 s to ~31 s, it reduces the peak heat release rate (PHRR) from 380 kW/m 2 to 330 kW/m 2, suggesting a further improved flame retardancy of PP/PN-lignin. Moreover, the addition of Ni(Ac) 2 significantly increases char residue by ~44%. Limited oxygen index (LOI) measurements show that adding Ni(Ac) 2 increases the LOI value from 22 for PP/PN-lignin (17.5 for pure PP) up to 26, also indicating a better flame retardancy. Unlike Ni(Ac) 2, cobalt or zinc acetate still has no obvious effect on flame retardancy. Char residue analysis shows that not only does Ni(Ac) 2 participate in the char-forming process of PN-lignin by itself but its degradation products, NiO and Ni(0), also promote the carbonization through the catalytic action of the PP matrix, both of which are primarily responsible for the enhanced flame retardancy of the PP/PNlignin system.

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Date Deposited: 30 May 2017 00:14
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Air conditions; Catalytic effects; Char residues; Cone calorimeter; Degradation products; Degradation temperatures; Flame retardancy; Flammability properties; Functionalized; Limited oxygen index; Nickel acetate; Peak heat release rates; PP matrix; Time to ignition; Zinc acetate; Organic Polymers; Organic Compounds; Chemical Reactions; Chemistry; Others, incl. Bismuth, Boron, Cadmium, Cobalt, Mercury, Niobium, Selenium, Silicon, Tellurium; Nickel; Zinc and Alloys;
Fields of Research (2008): 03 Chemical Sciences > 0303 Macromolecular and Materials Chemistry > 030304 Physical Chemistry of Materials
Fields of Research (2020): 34 CHEMICAL SCIENCES > 3403 Macromolecular and materials chemistry > 340305 Physical properties of materials
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970103 Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences
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