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One-pot surfactant-free functional latexes by controlled radical polymerization in ab initio emulsion

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Abstract

Acrylic acid is commonly added to industrial formulations in order to enhance the stability and the properties of the final latexes. Herein, we report the first one-pot surfactant-free batch ab initioemulsion polymerization process to obtain acrylic acid functionalized polymer latexes by controlled radical polymerization. Reverse Iodine Transfer Polymerization (RITP) is successfully used to synthesize stable and uncolored latexes with good control over the molecular weights. The in situ synthesis of amphiphilic poly(acrylic acid-co-butyl acrylate) gradient copolymers, which provide an electrosteric stabilization to the latex, enables the polymerization in a surfactant-free process. The living character of this novel functional latex is demonstrated by successful block copolymer synthesis.

Graphical abstract: One-pot surfactant-free functional latexes by controlled radical polymerization in ab initio emulsion

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The article was received on 31 Jan 2008, accepted on 12 Mar 2008 and first published on 15 Apr 2008


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/B801752B
Soft Matter, 2008,4, 1255-1260

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    One-pot surfactant-free functional latexes by controlled radical polymerization in ab initio emulsion

    J. Tonnar and P. Lacroix-Desmazes, Soft Matter, 2008, 4, 1255
    DOI: 10.1039/B801752B

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