Polymer Science Faculty Research

Title

Self-Emulsion Polymerization of Baylis–Hillman-Derived α-Hydroxymethyl-Substituted Acrylates

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 3-28-2015

Abstract

Amphiphilic alkyl α-hydroxymethyl acrylates can be polymerized via self-emulsion polymerization (i.e., without surfactants) under conventional radical and reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer polymerization conditions. The α-hydroxymethyl acrylates can be copolymerized at very low percentages (∼5%) with conventional monomers such as butyl acrylate under surfactant free conditions. The hydroxyl group of the α-hydroxymethyl acrylates in the resultant latex could potentially be used for further functionalization or for modulation of surface properties.

Publication Title

Journal of Polymer Science Part A: Polymer Chemistry

Volume

53

Issue

15

First Page

1743

Last Page

1747