Amit Tripathi

Thesis Topic: Modeling the Effect of Functional Monomers on Particle Morphology Formed by Emulsion Polymerization

Functional monomers like acrylic acid and 2-hydroxyethyl acrylate are widely used in small amounts in emulsion polymerization, depending on application. Incorporation of these monomers in the latex particle provides features like excellent colloidal stability and improved adhesion to metals. These monomers are relatively polar in nature and contain both hydrogen bonding acceptor and donor groups. Despite wide usage, there are very few reports in literature that deal with the kinetic and thermodynamic understanding of emulsion copolymerization in presence of these monomers. My research work includes the study of distribution of functional monomers between all phases in emulsion polymerization, understanding the effect of these functional monomers of reaction kinetics and thermodynamics and, ultimately, incorporating this knowledge in UNH KMORPH® to effectively simulate the particle morphology in presence of these functional monomers.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

  1. Tripathi, A.K; Tsavalas, J.G.; Sundberg, D.C., "Partitioning of Functional Monomers in Emulsion Polymerization: Distribution of Carboxylic Acid and Hydroxy (Meth)acrylate Monomers between Water and Polymers", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2014) 53 (16), pp 6600–6612, DOI: 10.1021/ie500492q
  2. Tripathi, A.K.; Sundberg, D.C., "Partitioning of Functional Monomers in Emulsion Polymerization: Distribution of Hydroxy (Meth)acrylate Monomers between Water and Single and Multimonomer Systems", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2013), 52 (48), pp 17047–17056, DOI: 10.1021/ie402733w
  3. Tripathi, A.K.; Sundberg, D.C., "Partitioning of Functional Monomers in Emulsion Polymerization: Distribution of Carboxylic Acid Monomers between Water and Monomer Phases", Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2013), 52 (9), pp 3306–3314, DOI: 10.1021/ie400038q
  4. Tripathi, A.K.; Tsavalas, J.G.; Sundberg, D.C., "Quantitative Measurements of the Extent of Phase Separation During and After Polymerization Using Differential Scanning Calorimetry", Thermochimica Acta (2013), Volume 568, pp 20–30, DOI: 10.1016/j.tca.2013.06.013
  5. Tripathi, A.K.; Sundberg, D.C., “Partitioning of Functional Monomers in Emulsion Polymerization: Distribution of Carboxylic Acid Monomers between Water and Multi-monomer Systems”, Industrial & Engineering Chemistry (2013), 52 (29), pp 9763–9769, DOI: 10.1021/ie401433a

Awards

  1. John A. Gordon Best Paper Award, Third Place. Awarded for "The effect of carboxylic acid monomers on latex particle morphology" with D. Sundberg at ACA CoatingsTech Conference, 2011, Chicago, USA
  2. Best Lecture Prize, IPCG Polymer Colloids Conference Graduate Research Seminar, 2011, Durham, NH, USA

 

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