Bisphenol A polycarbonate degrades due to sunlight, humidity and oxygen. In this study two possible techniques to stabilize the polymer were compared, i.e. blending of UV-absorbers (UVAs) into the polymer or using block copolymers based on resorcinol polyarylates. Combination of different analysis techniques shows that the protection by UVAs is not as good as by the resorcinol polyarylate block copolymers. The block copolymer rearranges itself through a photo-Fries rearrangement within hours into a UV-absorbing top layer. Two different block compositions were studied, and the copolymer with the highest concentration of resorcinol polyarylate groups shows the best protection.
|Journal||Polymer Degradation and Stability|
|Publication status||Published - 2009|