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Title: Composite materials from copolymers incorporating renewable resources
Author: McElroy, C. R.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3623 9409
Awarding Body: Keele University
Current Institution: Keele University
Date of Award: 2008
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A robust method for the production of an emulsion polymer based on styrene-acrylic acid-acrylic ester was developed to give enhanced physical properties and/or reduced envhonmental impact. Replacing the methyl methacrylate content with n-butyl acrylate, tert-butyl acrylate and ethyl acrylate all gave stable polymer emulsions. Replacing methyl methacrylate with fatty acid based monomer containing no more than one polymerisable acrylate group per molecule also led to the production of a stable emulsion, with the fatty acid based monomer also acting as a self-emulsifying agent if having sufficient amphiphilic character. All stable emulsions were successfully used to produce composite materials.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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