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Butyl Acrylate/Vinyl Acetate Copolymer Latex Synthesis Using Ultrasound As an Initiator

G Cooper, F Grieser, S Biggs

Journal of Colloid and Interface Science | Published : 1996


The polymerization of oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions of monomeric species has been performed at 30°C (±5°C) under ultrasonic irradiation, in the absence of any added chemical initiators. Emulsions of butyl acrylate and vinyl acetate as well as emulsified mixtures of the two monomers have been reacted in this way. In all cases, the radicals formed as a result of the ultrasonic cavitation were sufficient to cause polymerization. Stable blue-white or white dispersions of polymer latex particles were obtained. The kinetics of the copolymerization process were monitored. The data obtained here show that the polymerization rate depends strongly upon the monomer concentration dissolved in the aqueous..

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