Bisphenol, Diethylstilbestrol, Polycarbonate and the Thermomechanical Properties of Epoxy–Silica Nanostructured Composites

Francisco Torrens, Gloria Castellano


The report has a double character: it deals with the synthesis and preparation of a series of polymers based on bisphenol-A (BPA) monomer; a series of physical and thermomechanical properties are examined for one type (diglycidyl ether of BPA, DGEBA with nanosilica) of the prepared materials. The reactions involved in diepoxy curing with a diamine, functional group modelling for cross-linked polymers, formation of a polymer DGEBA, BPA polyaddition to DGEBA forming a polyether, DGEBA curing with Jeffamine and cross-linking to form a resin are analyzed. Nanocomposites of silica, coated with cross-linked epoxy–amine, are synthesized and examined by 29Si-magic-angle-spinning nuclear magnetic resonance and Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopies, thermogravimetric and dynamic mechanical analyses, differential scanning calorimetry and scanning electron microscopy. Epoxy matrix is filled with nanosilica to design materials with defined properties. A low weight percentage of filler results in matrix improvement.


Polycarbonate, polymer, nanocomposite, nanosphere, nanosilica, amine, nanostructure, nanomaterial

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ISSN: 1929-5995