Study of the pyrolysis mechanism of SiBCN polymer precursor

Conference Dates

September 17-20, 2017


The pyrolysis mechanisms occurring during the conversion of polyborosilazane (PBSZ) into amorphous SiBCN cerasmic have been investigated. TGA–TDG experiment have been applied to investigate the mass loss behaviour during ceramization. Solid-state 11B, 13C and 29Si NMR spectroscopy has been applied to probe the local environment of all NMR active nuclei in the precursor, the thermolysis intermediates and the ceramic residue. IR spectroscopy has been performed to receive valuable information on the chemical bonding in all materials. At temperature below 400oC, Si-N bonds are formed via condensation reaction involving N-H and Si-H units with hydrogen released. It is followed by evolution of hydrocarbons due to the cleavage of bonds and formation of methane and hydrogen at 600 oC. After heating to 1000 oC, ceramization complete and free carbon, BN3 domains as well as Si–C–N units coexist SiCxN4-x,x=0,1,2,3. And BN3 keep unchanged during the whole ceramization stage.

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