Physical-chemical behavior of novel copolymers composed of methacrylic acid and 2-acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid
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Onjia, Antonije E.
Veličković, Sava J.
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This article described the synthesis and characterization of new copolymer hydrogels containing two hydrophilic units-methacrylic acid (MAA) and 2-Acrylamido-2-methylpropane sulfonic acid (AMPS). The resulting hydrogels were characterized by various techniques: FTIR, Elemental analysis, SEM, Dynamic Molecular simulation, Dynamic-Mechanical analysis and DSC in order to confirm the structure of hydrogels and to predict the best ratio composition with enhanced physical chemical properties. The swelling behavior in water was studied as a function of ratio of monomers and their concentration in medium. An increase in AMPS content led to expansion of network and increase in swelling degree capacity in water. An increase in AMPS content did not significantly influence the glass transition temperature of copolymers, indicated that the physical properties of initial components were preserved. The equal amount of monomers contributed to the highest strength of hydrogels. Meanwhile, the introduct...ion of AMPS to the system was an effective method for improving the performances of the poly(methacrylic acid)- based hydrogels. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Keywords:Polymers / Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) / Electron microscopy (STEM, TEM and SEM) / Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR)
Source:Materials Chemistry and Physics, 2016, 174, 156-163
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