Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Chemistry (MSChem)



First Advisor

Dr. Neef Jody

Second Advisor

Dr. Khamis Siam

Third Advisor

Dr. Santra Santimukul

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Tayo Benjamin


Epoxy resins are thermosetting resins that are used in a variety of applications such as electrical and electronic devices. However, epoxy resins can be inherently flammable. To circumvent this problem, epoxy resins were prepared by incorporating ferrocene carboxylic acid into the epoxy prior to thermal setting, as a flame retardant. Ferrocene carboxylic acid was prepared by condensing o-chlorobenzoyl chloride with ferrocene followed by hydrolysis. The synthesized ferrocene carboxylic acid was characterized by 1H-NMR spectroscopy, 13C-NMR spectroscopy, and FT-IR spectroscopy. Epoxy films were then prepared by reacting ferrocene carboxylic acid (10, 15, and 20% by wt) with bisphenol A diglycidyl ether followed by thermal setting of thin films using m-phenylene diamine. Epoxy thin films were tested via a standard burn test and thermogravimetric analysis. Additionally, differential scanning calorimetry was also utilized to study the thermal transitions of the prepared films. Thin films were also prepared with ferrocene carboxylic acid and triphenylphosphine oxide to determine the potential synergistic effects.



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