Preparation of monodisperse ellipsoidal polystyrene particles
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A method is described for the preparation of monodisperse ellipsoidal particles of polystyrene in the colloidal size range. Monodisperse polystyrene particles were dispersed in a solution of polyvinyl alcohol. This dispersion was then allowed to form, by evaporation, a thin film of polyvinyl alcohol containing spherical polystyrene particles. Strips of this film were clamped into a metal frame, heated rapidly in an oil bath to 200°C and stretched to a predetermined extent in order to convert the spherical particles into ellipsoids; the film was then cooled. A wide range of axial ratios for a variety of initial particle sizes was obtained by this method.
Key wordsPolystyrene polyvinylalcohol latices ellipsoidal particles
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