The effect of high-intensity ultrasound on solid polymers

Gareth J. Price, Amanda J. White, Andrew A. Clifton

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Powders of polyethylene, polypropylene, poly(vinyl chloride) and poly(methyl methacrylate) have been subjected to irradiation with high-intensity ultrasound while suspended in water. Changes in the particle sizes and the surface morphology were noted and the pattern of the results was correlated with the physical properties of the materials. In anticipation of sonochemically enhanced reactions at polymer surfaces, the effect on a polyethylene sheet was also examined. The implications of the results for preparative methods as well as surface reactions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4919-4925
Number of pages7
Issue number26
Publication statusPublished - 1995


  • physical properties
  • polymer particles
  • ultrasonic irradiation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry


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