Thermodynamics of swelling of latex particles with two monomers: a sensitivity analysis

I.A. Maxwell, E.F.J. Noel, H.A.S. Schoonbrood, A.L. German

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A sensitivity anal. is performed to det. at what conditions the simplified model for swelling of latex particles by two monomers or two solvents is valid. This model proposes that, inter alia, the fractions of two monomers in the latex particles and in the monomer droplets are equal. The model is a simplified version of that proposed by Ugelstad et al. and results from the use of three assumptions, namely (1) the molar volumes of the monomers are equal, (2) the interaction parameters between the two monomers are equal and (3) the interaction parameters between each of the monomers and the polymer are equal. Simulation shows that these assumptions are of algebraic necessity only. The simple model is always valid when utilizing realistic values for all the appropriate parameters for partially water sol. monomers that swell the polymer
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-274
JournalMakromolekulare Chemie, Theory and Simulations
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1993


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