Particle Formation in Polymer Colloids, III: Prediction of the Number of Particles by a Homogeneous Nucleation Theory

  • Robert M. Fitch
  • C. H. Tsai


The formation of particles in polymer colloids ordinarily is accomplished by the free radical polymerization of an organic monomer in a liquid which is a non-solvent (diluent) for the polymer. A surface active material, such as a soap or other amphipathic molecule, is usually added to stabilize the colloidal particles as they are formed. The particle size distribution varies from very narrow to extremely broad depending primarily upon the solubility of the monomer in the diluent, the stabilizer concentration and the ionic strength.


Primary Particle Particle Formation Monomer Concentration Polystyrene Latex PMMA Particle 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert M. Fitch
    • 1
  • C. H. Tsai
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of ConnecticutStorrsUSA
  2. 2.Research DepartmentDow Corning Corp.MidlandUSA

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