Membranes Prepared from a Blend of Poly(acrylic Acid) and Natural Rubber-Graft-Poly(vinyl Alcohol) (PAA/NR-g-PVA)
The blend membranes from PAA and NR-graft-PVA were prepared. By introducing potassium persulfate (KPS) initiator, PVA can be chemically attached to the NR latex particles which was confirmed by FT-IR spectroscopy. Most of added-PVA was grafted on the NR latex particles as indicated by the almost-linear increasing of grafting percentage. The swelling of the PAA/NR-g-PVA blend membranes was performed in different concentrations of water-ethanol solutions. For the water concentration lesser than 30 vol.%, all membranes showed almost no-swelling but beyond 30 vol.% water, the degree of swelling revealed the substantial swelling with the degree of swelling increased as PAA content in the membrane increased.
S. Suttiruengwong and W. Sricharussin
W. Wongthep, C. Ruksakulpiwat, S. Amnuaypanich, "Membranes Prepared from a Blend of Poly(acrylic Acid) and Natural Rubber-Graft-Poly(vinyl Alcohol) (PAA/NR-g-PVA)", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 93-94, pp. 268-271, 2010