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Title: Nanostructured polymeric materials from microemulsion polymerization using poly(ethylene oxide) macromonomer
Authors: Liu, J.
Gan, L.M. 
Chew, C.H. 
Teo, W.K. 
Gan, L.H.
Issue Date: 26-Nov-1997
Citation: Liu, J.,Gan, L.M.,Chew, C.H.,Teo, W.K.,Gan, L.H. (1997-11-26). Nanostructured polymeric materials from microemulsion polymerization using poly(ethylene oxide) macromonomer. Langmuir 13 (24) : 6421-6426. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Transparent nanostructured polymeric materials have been produced from the direct polymerization of bicontinuous microemulsions using the macromonomer ω-methoxy-poly(ethylene oxide)40-undecyl-α-methacrylate (C1-PEO-C11-MA-40) as a polymerizable nonionic surfactant. Besides the PEO macromonomer, the system also consisted of methyl methacrylate (MMA), 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), water, and the cross-linker ethylene glycol dimethacrylate (EGDMA). Most of the bicontinuous microemulsions investigated could be gelled within 10 min at 30 °C using a redox initiator. The transparent microemulsions were eventually transformed to transparent solid polymers. These polymeric materials were characterized by thermoporometry, SEM observation, and the pore size evaluation for the polymer films by PEG filtration. The pore size of these transparent polymeric materials ranges from about 1 to 10 nm in diameter. It was larger for the systems containing higher ratios of water to HEMA or water to C1-PEO-C11-MA-40 and smaller for higher ratios of HEMA to C1-PEO-C11-MA-40. The results from PEG filtration provide the direct evidence that bicontinuous nanostructured polymeric materials can readily be prepared via the polymerization of these nonionic bicontinuous microemulsions.
Source Title: Langmuir
ISSN: 07437463
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