Phosphorus-Nitrogen Synergism in Fire Retarding Styrenic Polymers: Some Preliminary Studies

Aloshy Baby, Svetlana Tretsiakova-McNally, Paul Joseph, Jianping Zhang

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The primary strategies to improve the fire retardance of commercially important styrene-based polymers are largely reliant on halogenated fire retardants. Currently, these compounds are considered to be hazardous to public health. As a result, many halogen-based fire retardants have been withdrawn, especially, from their use in products that form construction elements in built environments. Among the possible halogen-free options, P- and N-containing compounds have gained great attention owing to their excellent fire-retarding efficiencies and environmentally-friendly attributes. Therefore, the current paper is focused on the modification of polystyrene with P-/N-containing moieties, and characterisation of the modified materials with regards to their thermal degradation and combustion attributes.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Sept 2021
EventEuropean Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials - Budapest, Hungary
Duration: 29 Aug 20211 Sept 2021


ConferenceEuropean Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials
Abbreviated titleFRPM21
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  • styrenic polymers
  • fire retardance
  • thermal stability
  • phosphorus- and nitrogen-containing monomers
  • chemical modification


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