Modification of montmorillonite with aminopropylisooctyl polyhedral oligomeric silsequioxane

Feng Zhao, Chaoying Wan, Xujin Bao, Bala Kandasubramanian

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Sodium montmorillonite (Na-MMT) was modified with various amounts of aminopropylisooctyl polyhedral oligomeric silsequioxane (POSS) and a second surfactant (alkyl ammonium based) via ion-exchange reactions. Interlayer spacing, interlamellar structure, and thermal and surface properties of these organoclays were characterized by wide angle X-ray diffraction, thermogravimetric analysis, and contact angle measurement. The interlayer space of POSS-modified clay (POSS-MMT) was strongly dependent on the arrangement of POSS surfactant but less dependent on the POSS concentration. The sodium ions in Na-MMT were only partially exchanged by protonized POSS due to the steric hindrance effect. In addition, the dual-surfactant-modified clays exhibited increased exchange ratios by controlling the amount of the second surfactant, resulting in a good balance in hydrophobicity and polarity of the modified clays. The resultant organoclays were mixed with polypropylene (PP) via a melt-compounding method. It was found that the dual-surfactant-modified clays with low polarity and similar hydrophobicity to PP were well dispersed in the PP matrix.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)164-170
JournalJournal of Colloid and Interface Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2009


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