Characterization of photo-oxidative degradation process of polyolefins containing oxo-biodegradable additives

Adchara Padermshoke, Tomoko Kajiwara, Yingjun An, Mamiko Takigawa, Toan Van Nguyen, Hiroyasu Masunaga, Yutaka Kobayashi, Hiroshi Ito, Sono Sasaki, Atsushi Takahara

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The effects of oxo-biodegradable additives on the photo-oxidation of four types of polyolefin polymers, namely high-density polyethylene (HDPE), low-density PE (LDPE), linear low-density PE (LLDPE), and isotactic polypropylene (itPP) were investigated. Scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy, differential scanning calorimetry, and wide- and small-angle X-ray scattering were employed to gain insights into the chemical and structural modifications induced by the degradation process. The photo-oxidation preferentially occurred at the sample surface and was favored in the amorphous region of the polymers. The carbonyl index calculated for the neat and additive-containing samples suggested that the additives promoted the photo-oxidative degradation, particularly of the PE polymers, which are intrinsically resistant to oxidation, without altering their degradation pathways. The overall degradation rate of the additive-containing polymers was in the order of itPP > LDPE > LLDPE > HDPE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number125455
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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