Ultrasonic production of block copolymers as in situ compatibilizers for polymer mixtures

Gareth J. Price, Peter J. West

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Abstract

The use of high-intensity ultrasound for forming copolymers by sonication of mixtures of homopolymers is discussed. It is shown that the block copolymers formed in situ by this method can be used to compatibilize blends of immiscible polymers. The mixtures used in this preliminary study were polystyrene with either poly(cis-butadiene) or poly(methyl phenyl silane). The sonochemical method was found to be convenient and easy to use compared with the usual procedure of adding preformed block copolymers as compatibilizing agents.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3975-3978
Number of pages4
JournalPolymer
Volume37
Issue number17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1996

Keywords

  • Compatibilization
  • Polymer blends
  • Sonication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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