Polystyrene dopped with Schiff base to reduce outdoor plastic degradation for sustainable environment

Hadeel S. Mansoor, Raghda Alsayed, Mustafa Abdallh, Dina S. Ahmed, Muna Bufaroosha, Nadia Salihe, Emad Yousif

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There is an increase demand for materials that can be reused or last for longer time to achieve a more sustainable environment, not only in terms of chemical and energy required to produce these products but also the energy required to dispose these materials. In this study, a Schiff base was used as anti-aging compound to reduce the effect of UV light on polystyrene. Schiff base compound 1 was dispersed within polystyrene matrix. The obtained materials were subjected to an accelerated aging process under continuous UV radiation. The effectiveness of the polystyrene film containing Schiff base was compared to a polystyrene (blank) film. Weight loss, scanning electron microscopy, and FTIR spectroscopy tests were performed to confirm that the new polymers had more resistant to UV light.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-59
Number of pages7
JournalSouth African Journal of Chemical Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021


  • Photostabilizer
  • Polystyrene
  • Sustainability
  • Uv radiation
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Catalysis
  • Education
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • Process Chemistry and Technology
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Filtration and Separation


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