Polypropylene + Polystyrene Blends with a Compatibilizer. Part I. Morphology and Thermophysical Properties

Witold Brostow, Tamara Holjevac Grguric, Oscar Olea-Mejia, Vesna Rek, Jaykumar Unni
2008 E-Polymers  
AbstractVarious concentrations of polypropylene (PP) and polystyrene (PS) blends were prepared with styrene-ethylene/butylene-styrene block copolymer (SEBS) added as a compatibilizer between the two main polymers. We have investigated the effect of SEBS on processing, morphology and thermophysical properties of the blends. The compatibilizing agent improves the blend morphology since smaller particles of the dispersed PS phase in the PP matrix blends are obtained; adding more than 5 % SEBS has
more » ... than 5 % SEBS has no further effect on the blends. The presence of SEBS lowers the crystallinity of the PP-rich phase - as reflected in the enthalpy of fusion and also in the enthalpy of crystallization.
doi:10.1515/epoly.2008.8.1.355 fatcat:mu2zlgas6zhjpdrtd6odrvwm7u