Polymer-clay nanocomposites thermal stability: experimental evidence of the radical trapping effect
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The radical trapping flame retardant mechanism of polymer-clay nanocomposites is frequently claimed to be responsible for improving the thermal stability of polymers. However it had never been demonstrated. Herein using in situ time-resolved X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS) we present experimental evidence that Fe3+ embedded in the clay can act as electron acceptors during polymer thermal decomposition. Therefore it contributes to improve the polymer thermal stability.