Title Effect of clay modification on structure-property relationships and thermal degradation kinetics of $\beta$-polypropylene/clay composite materials Author Papageorgiou, Dimitrios G. Filippousi, Maria Pavlidou, Eleni Chrissafis, Konstantinos Van Tendeloo, Gustaaf Bikiaris, Dimitrios Faculty/Department Faculty of Sciences. Physics Publication type article Publication 2015 , 2015 Subject Physics Chemistry Source (journal) Journal of thermal analysis and calorimetry. - Place of publication unknown Volume/pages 122(2015) :1 , p. 393-406 ISSN 1388-6150 ISI 000361431200042 Carrier E Target language English (eng) Full text (Publishers DOI) Affiliation University of Antwerp Abstract The influence of neat and organically modified montmorillonite on the structureproperty relationships of a β-nucleated polypropylene matrix has been thoroughly investigated. High-angle annular dark field scanning transmission electron microscopy revealed that the organic modification of clay facilitated the dispersion of the clay, while X-ray diffractograms showed the α-nucleating effect of the clays on the β-nucleated matrix. The results from tensile tests showed that the organic modification of MMT affected profoundly only the tensile strength at yield and at break. The effect of the organic modification of the clay on the thermal stability of the composites was finally evaluated by thermogravimetric analysis, where the samples filled with oMMT decomposed faster than the ones filled with neat MMT, due to the decomposition of the organic salts that were initially used for the modification of MMT. A kinetics study of the thermal degradation of the composites was also performed, in order to export additional conclusions on the activation energy of the samples. E-info https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/iruaauth/3a75fe/13ea13a1b8f.pdf Full text (open access) https://repository.uantwerpen.be/docman/irua/2e57b2/10753.pdf E-info http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000361431200042&DestLinkType=RelatedRecords&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=ef845e08c439e550330acc77c7d2d848 http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000361431200042&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=ef845e08c439e550330acc77c7d2d848 http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000361431200042&DestLinkType=CitingArticles&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=ef845e08c439e550330acc77c7d2d848 Handle