Emulsion Polymerisation and Latex Applications by C.D. Anderson, E.S. Daniels

By C.D. Anderson, E.S. Daniels

The time period latex covers emulsion polymers, polymer dispersions and polymer colloids. This evaluation file offers a normal review of the emulsion polymerisation approaches and explains how the ensuing latices are utilized in business purposes. The sessions of emulsion polymers are surveyed and the industrial applied sciences and strength destiny makes use of mentioned. an extra listed part containing a number of hundred abstracts from the Polymer Library provides important references for additional studying.

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Finally, there is polymer chain interdiffusion (172, 203) across the particle interfaces (d) if the particles are soft and the polymer chains are mobile (85). Coalescing agents may be used to further soften the latex polymers and accelerate the film formation process (93). Increasing the temperature will also accelerate the rate of film formation. The minimum film formation temperature (MFFT) is determined by casting a latex on a substrate, subjecting the latex to a temperature gradient, and observing the formation of the resulting film (133).

These potential applications are somewhere between concept and large scale production; some are in the initial development stages, and some are in small-scale production. 1 Latexes as Scientific Tools Latex particles make excellent adsorption surfaces in scientific experiments (206). The latex particles have a specific capacity to adsorb surface active materials, and for this reason, are useful in quantitative adsorption 30 studies. The particle surfaces must initially be free of adsorbed materials, so they must be cleaned prior to use.

Table 4 shows a basic recipe for the production of a vinyl acetate latex. Because the polymerisation of vinyl acetate is highly exothermic, it is safest to add the monomer semi-continuously. 4 Because the solubility of vinyl acetate in water is quite significant, a large number of oligoradicals are formed during the nucleation stage, which subsequently micellise and aggregate to create polymer particles. Grafting reactions by chain transfer (357) in vinyl 25 Emulsion Polymerisation and Applications of Latex acetate polymerisations often result in gel formation.

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