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Journal of Chemistry
Volume 2019, Article ID 4782745, 8 pages
Research Article

Modification of Poly(vinyl chloride) by N-Phenyl Itaconimides for the Improvement of Its Thermal Stability

Chemistry Department, College of Science, Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University, P.O. Box 1982, 31441 Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Correspondence should be addressed to Abir S. Abdel-Naby; as.ude.uai@ybanledbaa

Received 2 April 2019; Revised 7 June 2019; Accepted 24 June 2019; Published 15 July 2019

Academic Editor: Marinos Pitsikalis

Copyright © 2019 Asma M. Elsharif et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) is modified by N-phenyl itaconimide derivatives (N-(RPh)IM) as modifying agents or graft comonomers. The resulting modified polymers or graft copolymers were characterized using FTIR and UV/Vis spectrophotometry. The thermal properties of the modified polymers were investigated using thermogravimetry (TGA), which revealed that the synthesized polymers exhibited high thermal stability, as shown from the value of their initial decomposition temperatures and the percentage of weight loss at high temperatures. The polymer modified by 4-bromo itaconimide exhibited the most thermal stability. A mechanism for the modification reaction and the graft copolymerization of PVC was suggested.