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Title: Synthesis and characterisation of polyethylene graft copolymers
Author: Azam, Mohammad
ISNI:       0000 0001 3434 2197
Awarding Body: Loughborough University of Technology
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 1992
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Graft copolymers based on a non-polar polyethylene backbone and polar poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), poly(phenyl ethyl methacrylate) (PPHETMA) and poly(butyl acrylate) (PBA) side chains were synthesised by non-ionic grafting onto method. Carboxyl terminated prepolymers and hydroxyl group containing backbones were synthesised and characterised separately and then condensed in a common solvent to form a graft copolymer. Carboxyl terminated prepolymers PMMA, PPHETMA and PBA of molar masses in the range of 1400 to 4400 g mol-1 were prepared by free-radical polymerisation using 4, 4-azobis (4-cyanovaleric acid) (ACVA) as initiator and thioglycollic acid (TGA) as chain transfer agent. Backbones containing hydroxyl groups were synthesised by hydrolysing ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) copolymers to ethylene-vinyl alcohol (EVOH) copolymer with a VOH content of 9.8 mole %, with a VOH content of 21 mole % and a partially hydrolysed terpolymer ethylene-vinyl alcohol-vinyl acetate with a VOH content of 8.0 mole %.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Ministry of Science and Technology, Pakistan
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Organic chemistry