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Effect of N,N′‑Dicyclohexyldicarboxamide Homologues on the Crystallization and Properties of Isotactic Polypropylene

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posted on 23.03.2021, 16:10 by Flóra Horváth, Levente Bihari, Dominika Bodrogi, Tibor Gombár, Bendegúz Hilt, Balázs Keszei, Tamás Krain, András Simon, Alfréd Menyhárd
Application of nucleating agents is the most versatile and industrially applied way to manipulate the crystalline structure of isotactic polypropylene (iPP). Various materials possess a nucleating effect, but from the viewpoint of dispersibility, the partially soluble ones are the most advantageous. Our objective was to synthesize new N,N′-dicyclohexyldicarboxamide homologues and study their applicability as nucleating agents in iPP. Carbon-13 nuclear magnetic resonance (13C NMR) and infrared spectroscopy were used to prove that the synthesis reactions were successful. Thermal stability of the compounds was investigated with simultaneous thermal analysis. Nucleating efficiency and solubility were characterized by polarized light microscopy and differential scanning calorimetry. Polarized light microscopy was also applied to study the effect of novel additives on the morphology of iPP. The properties, important from the viewpoint of applicability, were also investigated. Tensile tests were performed to characterize the main mechanical properties, and standard haze measurements were performed to characterize optical properties. It can be concluded that the investigated compounds are partially soluble nucleating agents and influence the crystalline structure of iPP. Most of the studied compounds have a moderate nucleating efficiency, but a very interesting dendritic structure develops in their presence. Two of them proved to be non-selective β-nucleating agents, which result in a remarkable improvement of impact resistance and higher opacity.