Abstract

In this work, the isothermal curing process of diglycidyl ether of bisphenol A (DGEBA) cured with 4,4′-diaminodiphenylmethane (DDM) was monitored <i>in situ</i> by mid-infrared (MIR) and near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. With the help of generalized two-dimensional (2D) correlation analysis, the results obtained showed that, during curing, the change of amine and epoxy groups was simultaneous, taking place prior to the change of hydroxyl groups, followed by the change of CH<sub>2</sub>/CH groups, resulting from the ring-opening reaction of epoxy groups. In addition, 2D MIR×NIR hetero-spectral correlation analysis and second-derivative analysis were also employed, by means of which direct evidence of the curing mechanism could be obtained and obscure NIR band assignments in the overlapped CH combination region could be made.

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