Journal of Applied Spectroscopy

, Volume 77, Issue 5, pp 619–625 | Cite as

FTIR study of the melt grafting of high density polyethylene with amino, sulfonate, and mercapto esters


High-density polyethylene (HDPE) was melt-functionalized with three different esters at 160oC in the presence of dicumyl peroxide (DCP), a free radical initiator, under nitrogen atmosphere at different % weight loadings of esters. DCP and the esters were taken for the melt functionalization reaction in 1:1 ratio. FTIR spectroscopy was used to determine the % grafting of esters onto the HDPE backbone quantitatively. Diethyl mercaptosuccinate (DEMS) produced the highest % grafting with lowest % cross-linking values, whereas anthranilic acid cinnamoyl ester (AACE) yielded the highest % cross-linking with the lowest % grafting values.


melt grafting HDPE esters FTIR-RI kinetics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Mechanical Engineering, MEMS Thermal Control LabNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiROC
  2. 2.Department of Polymer Technology, KCETVirudhunagarIndia

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