A Process for Melt Grafting Itaconic Anhydride Onto Polyethylene
by Suhaiza Hanipah (9783639105742)

A Process for Melt Grafting Itaconic Anhydride Onto Polyethylene
 

Suhaiza Hanipah


Release Date: 01 December 2008
Format: Paperback
Pages: 100
Category: Chemistry
Publisher: VDM Verlag
ISBN: 9783639105742
ISBN-10: 3639105745



Currently, extensive research in using bio-derived polymers is being done, highlighting the importance of sustainable, green polymeric materials. Some sustainable alternatives to synthetic polymers include lignin, starch, cellulose or blends of these with petroleum-based polymers. In this study, free radical grafting of itaconic anhydride (IA) onto polyethylene was investigated. IA was selected because it is capable of reacting with polyethylene and amino acid residues, such as lysine. The objective of the research was to identify and investigate the effect of reaction parameters on grafting. These were: residence time, temperature, initial monomer concentration as well as peroxide concentration and type. Grafting was characterized in terms of the degree of grafting (DOG), percentage reacted and the extent of side reactions.

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