Nanocomposites Based on Montmorillonite/Acrylic Copolymer for Aqueous Coating of Soft Surfaces
Nanocomposites based on layered silicate organically modified montmorillonite (Cloisite 20A) and acrylic comonomers (butyl acrylate and methyl methacrylate) were prepared by simple “in situ” batch emulsion polymerization method. The particle size and zeta potential of the emulsions were analyzed. The structural characterizations of the nanocomposites were performed by FTIR, thermal behaviors of the films were investigated by DSC, mechanical properties of the films were tested by DMA and intercalation success was viewed by XRD. The mechanical properties of the nanocomposites were improved significantly especially at the temperatures above Tg. The ultrasonication process was found to be useful for increasing the homogeneity of the emulsions and intercalation success. The obtained nanocomposite emulsions were applied on garment leathers in a finishing formulation as aqueous binders sharing good film forming ability and elasticity.
O. Yılmaz et al., "Nanocomposites Based on Montmorillonite/Acrylic Copolymer for Aqueous Coating of Soft Surfaces", Solid State Phenomena, Vol. 151, pp. 129-134, 2009