3 years ago

A green Pickering emulsion stabilized by cellulose nanocrystals via RAFT polymerization

Wenxiang Wang, Hong Man, Dongcheng Yang, Liangjiu Bai, Hou Chen, Hui Xu, Yongquan Liu, Beifang Liu

Abstract

As environmental-friendly and renewable materials, cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), has great potential for replacing the poisonous chemicals. Herein, we investigate a green Pickering emulsion stabilized of CNCs by using reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) polymerization. The preparation of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) with controlled molecular weights and low M w/M n values were successfully synthesized by the Pickering emulsion. Moreover, the well-defined PMMA can be obtained in Pickering emulsion with “green” CNCs as a sole emulsifier and the used CNCs are easy to recycle and reuse.

Publisher URL: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10570-017-1559-4

DOI: 10.1007/s10570-017-1559-4

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