Polyacrylates with high biomass contents for pressure-sensitive adhesives prepared via mini-emulsion polymerization

Gang Pu, Matthew R. Dubay, Jiguang Zhang, Steven J. Severtson, Carl J. Houtman

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Abstract

n-Butyl acrylate and other acrylic monomers were copolymerized with an acrylated macromonomer to produce polymers for pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) applications. Macromonomers were generated through the ring-opening copolymerization of l-lactide and ε-caprolactone with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA) at an average molar composition of 5:4:1, respectively. Conversion in the mini-emulsion polymerization was followed using Raman spectroscopy and was nearly complete within 2 h. Testing of these adhesive polymers indicates that performance properties meet or exceed those of commercial water-based acrylic PSAs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)12145-12149
Number of pages5
JournalIndustrial and Engineering Chemistry Research
Volume51
Issue number37
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 19 2012

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