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Ring opening metathesis polymerisation (ROMP) as a tool for polyhipes with extraordinary mechanical properties
Sebastijan Kovačič, 2013, professional article

Abstract: PolyHIPE materials have been prepared by Ring Opening Metathesis Polymerisation (ROMP) of dicyclopentadiene. Two characteristic features for successful stabilization of high internal phase emulsions (HIPEs) were tuned in order to achieve improvements regarding mechanical properties of polyHIPEs.Mechanical properties of the new materials were related to variations of the surfactant concentration and the volume ratio of the internal phase in HIPEs. Values for Youngʼs moduli were about a hundred times higher than in standard polyHIPE materials with the same level of porosity, which represents a major improvement for highly porous cellular polymeric materials. Moreover, fully interconnected macroporous morphology was found forpolyHIPEs, where respective HIPEs were stabilized with only 0.25 v% of surfactant.
Keywords: emulsion templating, ring opening metathesis polymerization, dicyclopentadiene, ROMP, mechanical characteristics, polyHIPEs
Published: 21.12.2015; Views: 983; Downloads: 60
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Sebastijan Kovačič, 2011, dissertation

Abstract: A new class of polyHIPE materials has been prepared using high internal phase emulsions (HIPEs) with monomers in both phases. Resulting materials, namely hybrid polyHIPE materials, are obtained consisting of hydrophobic matrix (consisted of styrene cross-linked with DVB or dicyclopentadiene) filled with hydrophilic polymer gel (polyacrylic acid or polyNIPAM) and exhibit morphology changes according to pH and temperature of the surrounding medium. Our focus with regards to the production of hybrid polyHIPE materials was the responsiveness of such materials used for flow control. This property is beneficial for controlling the flow of the solution through the monolithic polymers. Furthermore, polyHIPE materials have also been prepared by using ring opening metathesis polymerisation of monomers, such as dicyclopentadiene and norbornene. Obtained materials have Young’s moduli in the range of hundred times higher than standard polyHIPE materials with the same level of porosity which represents a very important improvement in the development of highly porous cellular polymeric materials.
Keywords: emulsions, high internal phase emulsions, polymers, polyHIPEs, hybrid, hybrid polyHIPE materials, ROMP, flow-through, styrene, DVB, acrylic acid, NIPAM
Published: 04.05.2011; Views: 2557; Downloads: 224
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