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Radiation-induced graft copolymerization of α-methyl styrene and butyl acrylate mixture into polyetheretherketone films

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  • Deepti Gautam,

    1. Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi-110016, India
    2. Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, India
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  • Bhuvanesh Gupta,

    1. Bioengineering Laboratory, Department of Textile Technology, Indian Institute of Technology, New Delhi-110016, India
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  • Saiqa Ikram

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    1. Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, India
    • Department of Chemistry, Jamia Millia Islamia (Central University), New Delhi-110025, India
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Abstract

Radiation-induced graft copolymerization of α-methyl styrene (AMS), butyl acrylate (BA) monomers, and their mixture was investigated on poly(etheretherketone) films. The graft polymerization was carried out using ethyl methyl ketone as the medium for the copolymerization and the maximum degree of grafting of 27% was achieved. It was observed that the grafting is significantly influenced by the reaction conditions, such as reaction time, preirrradiation dose, monomer concentration, monomer ratio, and the reaction temperature. The degree of grafting increases as the monomer concentration increases up to 30%, beyond which a decrease in the grafting was observed. The degree of grafting showed a maximum at 40% BA content in the monomer mixture. The temperature dependence of the grafting process shows decreasing grafting with the increase in the reaction temperature. The presence of AMS and BA grafts in the film was confirmed by FTIR spectra. The relative change in the PBA/PAMS fraction with respect to the reaction temperature has been found in this study. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci., 2013

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