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A new strategy to elaborate polymer composites via Pickering emulsion polymerization of a wide range of monomers

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Abstract

We report a novel strategy to prepare polymer composites reinforced with cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) via Pickering emulsion polymerization. Acetylated CNCs (CNCAs) with different surface properties were prepared by transesterification of vinyl acetate, and were subsequently used to stabilize a large panel of oil/water monomer emulsions of increasing polarity and solubility in water. Free radical polymerization of these systems was later performed to produce composite latexes, which were characterized in terms of size, uniformity and molecular weight. The most promising latexes were then shaped by extrusion molding, and the impact of the CNCA fillers and latex size (micro or nanobeads) on the mechanical properties of the composites was investigated.

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The article was received on 11 Jul 2018, accepted on 10 Sep 2018 and first published on 14 Sep 2018


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01022F
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2018,9, 5043-5050
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    A new strategy to elaborate polymer composites via Pickering emulsion polymerization of a wide range of monomers

    A. Werner, G. Sèbe and V. Héroguez, Polym. Chem., 2018, 9, 5043
    DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01022F

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