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R Soc Open Sci. 2017 Aug 9;4(8):170512. doi: 10.1098/rsos.170512. eCollection 2017 Aug.

Flame-retardant polyvinyl alcohol membrane with high transparency based on a reactive phosphorus-containing compound.

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Key Laboratory of Optoelectronic Chemical Materials and Devices of Ministry of Education, Flexible Display Materials and Technology Co-innovation Center of Hubei Province, Jianghan University, Wuhan 430056, People's Republic of China.


Flame-retardant polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) membranes with high transparency and flexibility were prepared by mixing an aqueous solution of a phosphorus-containing acrylic acid (AOPA) with PVA. The reaction between AOPA and PVA, the transparency, the crystallinity and the flexibility of the membrane were investigated with Fourier transform infrared spectrometry (FTIR), UV-vis light transmittance, X-ray diffraction and tensile tests, respectively. The limited oxygen index (LOI) and vertical flame (UL 94 VTM), microscale combustion calorimetry, thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and TGA-FTIR were employed to evaluate the flame retardancy as well as to reveal the corresponding mechanisms. Results showed that PVA containing 30 wt% of AOPA can reach the UL 94 VTM V0 rating with an LOI of 27.3% and retain 95% of the original transparency of pure PVA. Adding AOPA reduces crystallinity of PVA, while the flexibility is increased. AOPA depresses the thermal degradation of PVA and promotes char formation during combustion. The proposed decomposition mechanism indicates that AOPA acts mainly in the condensed phase.


flame-retardant; phosphorus-containing compounds; polyvinyl alcohol; transparency

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