Very recently, deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) has proven to be an efficient renewable, natural flame suppressant and retardant, due to its intrinsic intumescent features. In our previous work, we have explored its flame retardant activity by applying as a surface coating on cotton fabrics and observed that on exposure to heat, the DNA was able to form a foamed char on the surface of the fabric. These remarkable results have stimulated the present study on in-depth understanding of mechanism of thermal degradation of DNA. A number of characterization techniques have been exploited to investigate DNA decomposition, namely: thermogravimetry coupled with infrared spectroscopy or combined with differential thermal analysis, pyrolysis-combustion flow calorimetry and analysis of degradation residues. A scheme of DNA degradation mechanism is proposed to account for the results of the study.
|Titolo:||Thermal degradation of DNA, an all-in-one natural intumescent flame retardant|
ALONGI, JENNY (Corresponding)
|Parole Chiave:||Intumescent flame retardants; Pyrolysis-Combustion Flow Calorimeter; TGA; TGA-IR; Thermal degradation; Polymers and Plastics; Materials Chemistry; Metals and Alloys; Mechanics of Materials; Condensed Matter Physics|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore CHIM/04 - Chimica Industriale|
|Data di pubblicazione:||mar-2015|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.polymdegradstab.2014.11.001|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|