Advances in Polymer Latex Technology


Vikas Mittal (Author) – Institute of Chemical and Bioengineering, Zurich, Switzerland

Series: Polymer Science and Technology

The polymer latex technology by emulsion polymerization offers significant advantages as compared to bulk and solution polymerization technologies owing to the better control of heat and viscosity of the medium along with the possibility of increasing the molecular weight of the polymer chains without affecting the rate of polymerization. These emulsion polymerization methods have undergone significant advances in the recent years and now a days, synthesis of structured latexes with well defined morphologies and properties has been possible. The development of miniemulsion polymerization has helped to polymerize very hydrophobic and very hydrophilic monomers, which otherwise are difficult to be polymerized with the conventional emulsion polymerization. The combination of controlled living polymerization methods like nitroxide mediated polymerization, atom transfer radical polymerization as well as reversible addition fragmentation chain transfer with the emulsion and miniemulsion polymerization methods has resulted into the synthesis of functional block copolymer chains, graft copolymer chains and star or multi arm copolymer chains in the polymer particles. Apart from that, specific surface modifications on the surface of the emulsion particles have been achieved which have expended the area of application of such polymer particles. The kinetics and mechanism of particle generation with the living polymerization in emulsion and miniemulsion are very complex, however, the recent advances have helped to understand these systems more clearly, thus, allowing to steer them to the advantage. Therefore, these recent advances in the latex technology need to be brought into a cumulative text in order to provide insight into the various possibilities of achieving the optimum latexes.

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Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Polymers and polymerization, pp. 1-21

Chapter 2. Kinetics of polymerization, pp. 23-53

Chapter 3. Emulsion Polymerization, pp. 55-84

Chapter 4. Advances in emulsion homopolymerization by living polymerization methods, pp. 85-119

Chapter 5. Living and non-living miniemulsion polymerization, pp. 121-149

Chapter 6. Generation of copolymer or core shell particles by conventional polymerization, pp. 151-175

Chapter 7. Generation of copolymer or core shell particles by controlled living polymerization, pp. 177-205

Chapter 8. Characterization of latexes by microscopy, pp. 207-230

Chapter 9. Latex stabilization, high solids and scale up, pp. 231-256

Chapter 10. Thermally switchable polymer particles: a special study, pp. 257-286

Index pp.287-295

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