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Keywords:

  • initiators;
  • polystyrene;
  • impact strength

Abstract

This work deals with the synthesis of high-impact polystyrene (HIPS) using a novel cyclic multifunctional initiator, the diethyl ketone triperoxide (DEKTP), analyzing its effect on the prepolymerization step and its influence over the HIPS final properties. DEKTP showed a low selectivity toward grafting reactions at any of the concentrations of initiator and temperatures evaluated, and when it was used under a temperature ramp (120–130°C, heating rate = 2°C/min), the synthesis of HIPS was possible with an adequate development of morphology and impact strength (i.e., 67 J/m) depending on DEKTP concentration. © 2009 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2009