Open Access Thesis
Master of Science (MS)
John Texter, PhD, Chair
Weidian Shen, PhD
Bob Lahidji, PhD
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.
Ge, Liehui, "Synthysis of polymer/nano-droplet composites from reverse microemulsion polymerization" (2004). Master's Theses and Doctoral Dissertations. 477.