Grafting onto wool. XX. Graft copolymerization of vinyl monomers by use of redox initiators. Comparison of monomer reactivities

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Methyl methacrylate (MMA) and ethylacrylate (EA) have been graft copolymerized onto Himachali wool in aqueous medium by using a ferrous ammonium sulfate–hydrogen peroxide (FAS[BOND]H2O2) system as redox initiator. Percentage of grafting has been determined as functions of concentration of monomer, molar ratio of [FAS]/[H2O2], time and temperature. Percentage of grafting is found to depend upon the molar ratio of [FAS]/[H2O2]. An attempt has been made to compare the reactivities of the acceptor monomer (MMA and EA) with that of the donor monomer (VAc) toward grafting onto wool.

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