Dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate in supercritical carbon dioxide using a silicone-containing fluoroacrylate stabilizer

Deniz S., Baran N., Akgun M., Uzun I., Dincer S.

POLYMER INTERNATIONAL, vol.54, no.12, pp.1660-1668, 2005 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 54 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/pi.1898
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1660-1668
  • Yıldız Technical University Affiliated: Yes


Free radical dispersion polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) was carried out, in supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO(2)) using poly((heptadecafluorodecyl acrylate)-co-3-[tris(trimethylsilyloxy)silyl]propyl methacrylate) (p(HDFDA-co-SiMA)) as stabilizer. Dry, fine powdered spherical poly(methyl methacrylate) (pMMA) particles with well-defined sizes were produced. The resulting high yield of spherical and relatively uniform micron-size pMMA particles was formed utilizing various amounts of p(HDFDA-co-SiMA) random copolymer. The particle diameter was shown to be dependent on the weight percent of the stabilizer added to the system. The effects of varying the concentration of stabilizer (1-7 wt%), reaction time (4-12h) and pressure (15-35MPa) upon the polymerization yield, molar mass and morphology of pMMA were investigated. (c) 2005 Society of Chemical Industry.