Date Approved

2004

Date Posted

8-19-2013

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Engineering Technology

Committee Member

John Texter, PhD, Chair

Committee Member

Weidian Shen, PhD

Committee Member

Bob Lahidji, PhD

Abstract

L1 and L2 domains of the water/AOT/MMA ternary system were investigated at 22±1°C. Free radical polymerizations were conducted in L2 domain. Only opaque polymer rods were obtained. Acrylamide, a water soluble monomer, plays a role of co-surfactant which greatly expands the L2 domain. However, polymerizations only yielded opaque material. SEM showed images of phase separation.

MDOS (2-Methacryloyloxy)ethyl trimethylammonium bis(2-ethylhexyl) sulfosuccinate, was synthesized by ion exchange method. L1 and L2 domains of the water/MDOS/MMA ternary system were also investigated at 22±1°C. Free radical polymerizations were conducted in L2 domain. Transparent polymer was produced. The “L2” domain after polymerization was almost as large as L2 domain. Polymerizations with acrylamide in the aqueous phase also produced transparent copolymer with up to 14% water. Polymer materials so produced were characterized by TGA, DSC, SEC, SEM.

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