Characterisation of polysiloxane/polyacrylate composite latexes

A recently published study examines the fabrication and characterisation of polysiloxane/polyacrylate composite latexes with balanced water vapor permeability and mechanical properties and the effect of the silane coupling agent.

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In order to improve the water vapor permeability and mechanical properties of latex films, polysiloxane/polyacrylate (PSi/PA) composite latexes were fabricated via seeded emulsion polymerization of methyl methacrylate and butyl acrylate onto PSi latex particles, and the effects of the silane coupling agent 3-methacryloyloxypropyl trimethoxysilane (MATS) on the morphologies of the latex particles and films, as well as the microphase separation degree, the water vapor permeability and the mechanical properties of the latex films were investigated.

Influences of MATS content are opposite

Results indicated that MATS was essential for obtaining the PSi/PA composite latex particles with PSi as core and PA as shell and made a great contribution to restrict the phase separation. The PSi/PA core/shell latex films showed similar tensile strength and elongation with pure PA film, while exhibiting promising water vapor permeability. It was found that the influences of MATS content on the water vapor permeability and mechanical properties were opposite, and on the premise of the requirements for mechanical properties, lower MATS content could provide the PSi/PA core/shell latex films with better water vapor permeability.

The study is published in: Journal of Coatings Technology and Research  January 2018, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 165–173.

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