Polymer degradation studies using laser pyrolysis-FTIR microanalysis

B. Bodzay, B. B. Marosfoi, T. Igricz, K. Bocz, G. Marosi

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In this study a new method (LP-FTIR) was introduced to promote the better understanding of polymer degradation, as well as the effect of flame-retardant additives. The technique is based on FTIR analysis of gaseous products which originate from laser induced decomposition in a specific combustion cell. In situ FTIR analysis of the gaseous degradation products, produced by pyrolysing various samples of polymer and flame-retarded polymer composites (in air or inert atmosphere) at different laser power (0.1-10 W), allows their identification and quantification without loss of any component. Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) and polypropylene (PP) were used as model substrate for setting the parameters and for investigation of dependence of the results and the reproducibility on the laser power and atmosphere. The method has been utilized for determining the degradation products of EVA/Al(OH)3/melamine borate flame-retarded composites, which were also characterized by FTIR coupled cone calorimeter technique. In order to study the chemical changes in solid phase LP-FTIR technique was combined with ATR-IR spectroscopy. Based on the results, the new and a conventional method (cone calorimeter-FTIR) were compared.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)313-320
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Analytical and Applied Pyrolysis
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - May 2009



  • EVA
  • FTIR
  • Flame retardant
  • Gas analysis
  • Laser pyrolysis
  • PP

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Fuel Technology

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