Polymer encapsulated gibbsite nanoparticles: efficient preparation of anisotropic composite latex particles by RAFT-based starved feed emulsion polymerization

S.I. Ali, J.P.A. Heuts, B.S. Hawkett, A.M. Herk, van

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Abstract

Anisotropic polymer-inorganic composite latex particles were synthesized by using a RAFT-based encapsulation approach on cationic gibbsite platelets. By using the RAFT agent dibenzyl trithiocarbonate, a series of amphipatic living random RAFT copolymers with different combinations of acrylic acid and butyl acrylate units were synthesized. These RAFT copolymers were used as living stabilizers for the gibbsite platelets and chain extended to form a polymeric shell by starved feed emulsion polymerization. Cryo-TEM characterization of the resulting composite latexes demonstrates the formation of anisotropic composite latex particles with mostly one platelet per particle. Monomer feed composition, chain length, and hydrophilic-lipophilic balance of the RAFT copolymer were found to be important factors for the overall efficiency of the encapsulation. Good control over platelet orientation and high encapsulation efficiency were achieved via this route. © 2009 American Chemical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10523-10533
JournalLangmuir
Volume25
Issue number18
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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