Picture of athlete cycling

Open Access research with a real impact on health...

The Strathprints institutional repository is a digital archive of University of Strathclyde's Open Access research outputs. Strathprints provides access to thousands of Open Access research papers by Strathclyde researchers, including by researchers from the Physical Activity for Health Group based within the School of Psychological Sciences & Health. Research here seeks to better understand how and why physical activity improves health, gain a better understanding of the amount, intensity, and type of physical activity needed for health benefits, and evaluate the effect of interventions to promote physical activity.

Explore open research content by Physical Activity for Health...

Application of the "strathclyde route" to branched vinyl polymers in suspension polymerization: architectural, thermal, and rheological characterization of the derived branched products

Chisholm, M. and Sherrington, D.C. and Hudson, N.E. and Kirtley, N. and Vilela, F. (2009) Application of the "strathclyde route" to branched vinyl polymers in suspension polymerization: architectural, thermal, and rheological characterization of the derived branched products. Macromolecules, 42 (20). pp. 7745-7752. ISSN 0024-9297

Full text not available in this repository. Request a copy from the Strathclyde author

Abstract

Copolymerizations of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and ethyl acrylate (EA), both monofunctional monomers, with ethylene glycol diacrylate (EGDA) as the brancher (a difunctional monomer) have been carried out via free-radical solvent-free suspension polymerization using 2,2′-azobis(isobutyronitrile) (AIBN) as the source of radicals, in the presence of a chain transfer agent (CTA) to avoid cross-linking and produce only branched polymers. Investigation of various CTAs led to the choice of 1-dodecanethiol (DDT) mainly due to its low volatility and hydrophobicity. Typically, EGDA/DDT mole ratios of ≤0.7 ensure that cross-linking is avoided. The molar mass and the branching architecture of the polymers have been characterized by MALS/SEC and the thermal and rheological behavior by DSC and melt rheology, respectively. The results confirm earlier indications from solution and emulsion polymerizations of the versatility of the 'Strathclyde methodology' in producing branched polymers, in this instance in the form of free-flowing spherical particulates and have allowed demonstration of the differences in the thermal and rheological behavior of the branched products relative to their linear analogues.