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Interpenetrating polymer networks based on poly(styrene-co-butylacrylate-co-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) and SiO2

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  • Hamid Javaherian Naghash

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University, Shahreza Branch, P.O. Box 311-86145, Shahreza, Isfahan, Iran
    • Department of Chemistry, Islamic Azad University, Shahreza Branch, P.O. Box 311-86145, Shahreza, Isfahan, Iran
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Abstract

Copolymer such as poly(styrene-co-butylacrylate-co-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) p (St-BA-HEMA) was prepared via free radical emulsion polymerization method. The resulting copolymer was converted to silicone secondary crosslinked interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) by condensation reaction with tetraethyl orthosilicate (TEOS). The obtained copolymers were characterized by using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR). Thermal properties of the copolymers were studied by using thermogravimetric analysis (TGA) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). Optical microscopy (OM) is used for studying the morphology, and then the effects of silicone concentrations, the reflux time, and composition on the phase morphology of P (St-BA-HEMA)-SiO2 IPNs were discussed. The broadening of the transition region was observed with the prolongation of the reflux time, and the tendency for aggregation of silicone on the surface was observed with Teflon as substrate plate. However, an optically transparent film was easily achieved at higher temperature due to the chemical crosslink and physical entanglement between the two phases of P (St-BA-HEMA)-SiO2. © 2011 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci, 2011

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