Dispersion polymerization of styrene in supercritical carbon dioxide: Importance of effective surfactants


Journal Article

The dispersion polymerization of styrene in supercritical CO2 using amphiphilic diblock copolymers to impart steric stabilization was investigated. Lipophilic, CO2-insoluble materials can be effectively emulsified in carbon dioxide using amphiphilic diblock copolymer surfactants. The resulting high yield (>90%) of polystyrene is obtained in the form of a stable polymer colloid comprised of submicronsized particles. The particle diameter and distribution of sizes were shown to be dependent on the nature of the stabilizing block copolymer.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Canelas, DA; Betts, DE; DeSimone, JM

Published Date

  • April 8, 1996

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 29 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2818 - 2821

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0024-9297

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1021/ma951642n

Citation Source

  • Scopus