Dispersion polymerization in non-polar solvent: Evolution toward emerging applications

Richez, Alexandre P., Yow, Huai Nyin, Biggs, Simon and Cayre, Oliver J. (2013) Dispersion polymerization in non-polar solvent: Evolution toward emerging applications. Progress in Polymer Science, 38 6: 897-931. doi:10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2012.12.001

Author Richez, Alexandre P.
Yow, Huai Nyin
Biggs, Simon
Cayre, Oliver J.
Title Dispersion polymerization in non-polar solvent: Evolution toward emerging applications
Journal name Progress in Polymer Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0079-6700
Publication date 2013-06-01
Year available 2012
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.progpolymsci.2012.12.001
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 38
Issue 6
Start page 897
End page 931
Total pages 35
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Language eng
Abstract Currently, there is a resurgence of interest in the preparation of monodisperse, size-controlled latex particles in non-polar solvents by dispersion polymerization. This technique has great potential for manufacturing designed latex particles for emerging applications such as the use of latex particles in electrophoretic displays, where one of the numerous requirements is that the particle systems be suspended in low dielectric constant, non-polar solvents. This article reviews the academic literature around the typical monomers used in non-polar dispersion polymerization. It briefly introduces the origin of the technique and the initial seminal work carried out in this area. It also describes how such particles have been used in the past as model colloids for academic purposes and provides recent examples where dispersion polymerization is used to create novel functional particles. Subsequently, the article provides a thorough knowledge basis for each monomer used in non-polar dispersion polymerization, with a focus on the evolution of the technique, including progress in controlling the final particle characteristics and in designing novel effective stabilizers. Finally, a brief review on the use of the technique to prepare well-controlled latex particles in supercritical fluids is presented.
Keyword Colloid
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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