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|Title:||Latex interpenetrating polymer networks of epoxidised natural rubber/ poly(methyl methacrylate): An insight into the mechanism of epoxidation|
|Keywords:||Chemical Engineering;Chemistry;Materials Science|
|Citation:||Colloid and Polymer Science. Vol.284, No.6 (2006), 634-643|
|Abstract:||Composite latex particles consisting of epoxidised natural rubber (ENR) and poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) were synthesised to obtain interpenetrating polymer networks. Among the ENR latices having 9 to 36 mol% epoxide, prepared by in situ reaction using performic acid, the ENR latex with 25 mol% epoxide was selected for prevulcanisation by sulphur or γ-radiation system. The swelling ratios of sheets cast from the sulphur-prevulcanised ENR (SPENR) latices decreased with increasing prevulcanisation time while those cast from the γ-radiation-prevulcanised ENR latices were also inversely proportional to the irradiation dose. By applying the phase transfer/ bulk polymerisation/transmission electron microscopy (TEM) technique, a homogeneous network structure in each of the SPENR particles and also a relative dense network near the surface in γ-radiation (RV) ENR particle were noticed. When 10 to 30 wt% of MMA swollen in ENR particles was polymerised, the mesh structure was observed in each particle. The dense network near the RVENR particle surface might be used as additional evidence that the degree of epoxidation and, hence, the presence of swollen n-butyl acrylate in the outer zone were higher than in the internal region. © Springer-Verlag 2006.|
|Appears in Collections:||Scopus 2006-2010|
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