Grafting of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate onto chrome tanned collagen fibers

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Grafting of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate and methyl methacrylate onto chrome tanned collagen fibers, initiated by the bisulfite/pesulfate redox system, has been investigated. Using the method of statistical planning of experiments, regression equations have been obtained describing the effects of the monomers concentration and the composition of the initiating system on the monomers conversion, degree of grafting and on physical properties of grafted collagen. The relationship between the polyacrylate content in the composites prepared and their swelling ability, water absorption capacity, and the tensile strength is discussed.

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