Free radical graft modification of polyethylene with methacrylic acid and styrene monomer

Authors

  • Muhammad shahzad kamal Polymer and Process Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore
  • Ghulam Mustafa Mamoor Polymer and Process Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore
  • Nida Qamar Polymer and Process Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore
  • Muhammad Farooq Polymer and Process Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore
  • muhammad Sarfraz Polymer and Process Engineering Department, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/cerb.v15i1.7419

Keywords:

Degree of grafting, Meth acrylic acid, Free radical, Vinyl monomer, DCP

Abstract

Polar groups can be introduced on polyethylene by using polar monomer like acryl amide, acrylic acid and methacrylic acid. In present work binary monomer mixture of methacrylic acid and styrene were grafted onto low density polyethylene in the presence of dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as an initiator. Grafted polyethylene was characterized by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), melt flow Indexer (MFI) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (FTIR). Low value of MFI as compared to virgin polyethylene, presence of carbonyl peaks in the spectrum of grafted polyethylene and higher endothermic peaks in thermogram of grafted polyethylene confirmed grafting of methacrylic acid and styrene onto polyethylene. MFI values at different loads were used for further rheological study of virgin & grafted polyethylene.

Key words: Degree of grafting, Meth acrylic acid, Free radical, Vinyl monomer, DCP

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3329/cerb.v15i1.7419

Chemical Engineering Research Bulletin 15 (2011) 34-38

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2011-08-09

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kamal, M. shahzad, Mamoor, G. M., Qamar, N., Farooq, M., & Sarfraz, muhammad. (2011). Free radical graft modification of polyethylene with methacrylic acid and styrene monomer. Chemical Engineering Research Bulletin, 15(1), 34–38. https://doi.org/10.3329/cerb.v15i1.7419

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