Reinforcement of Polymeric Latexes by In Situ Polymerization
Two silicas with different particle sizes have been synthesized by the Stöber method. The particles have been functionalized with methacryloyl groups. In situ emulsion polymerization of butyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate in the presence of functionalized silica particles was performed. The ratio of butyl acrylate to methyl methacrylate was varied in order to optimize the composition for improvement of tribological and thermophysical properties. The silica particles morphology and functionalization have been determined respectively by scanning electronic microscopy and infrared spectroscopy. The composites were characterized also by thermogravimetric analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, microscratch testing and static light scattering. The latex reinforced with the smallest functionalized silica exhibits higher thermal stability than the non reinforced latex, along with lower penetration depth and higher residual depth in progressive load scratch testing. Thus, the resistance to penetration is increased while viscoelastic healing is hampered by silica particles.
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Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2009-11-01
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