Macromolecular Research

, Volume 26, Issue 9, pp 819–824 | Cite as

Preparation and Characterization of Poly(methyl methacrylate) Particles by Combined Dispersion and Emulsion Polymerization

  • Ibrahim Badr
  • Hadjira Lahmar
  • Chariya Kaewsaneha
  • Salima Saidi-Besbes
  • Abdelhamid Elaissari


Monodispersed poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) nanoparticles were synthesized by combined dispersion and emulsion polymerization, using aqueous alcohol (methanol/water) as the dispersion medium. The influence of the dispersion medium ratio, stabilizer concentration, and initiator type and concentration on the colloidal stability, particle size, size distribution, and %conversion, was investigated. Submicron PMMA particles with a size of approximately 760 nm with a narrow size distribution, high conversion (91%) and good stability throughout the polymerization were obtained using a 50/50 methanol/water ratio, 1 wt% 2,2’-azobisisobutyronitrile (based on monomer), and 1 wt% polyvinylpyrrolidone (based on medium). With increasing the polarity of the dispersion medium (30/70 methanol/water ratio), the size and conversion of PMMA particles decreased to 345 nm and 72%, respectively.


submicron PMMA particles controllable particle size monodispersed latex particle dispersion polymerization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ibrahim Badr
    • 1
  • Hadjira Lahmar
    • 1
    • 2
  • Chariya Kaewsaneha
    • 1
    • 3
  • Salima Saidi-Besbes
    • 2
  • Abdelhamid Elaissari
    • 1
  1. 1.Univ Lyon, University Claude Bernard Lyon-1, CNRS, LAGEP-UMR 5007LyonFrance
  2. 2.Université Oran 1 Ahmed Ben Bella, Laboratoire de Synthèse Organique Appliquée (LSOA), Département de Chimie, Faculté des Sciences Exactes et AppliquéesOranAlgeria
  3. 3.School of Bio-Chemical Engineering and Technology, Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT)Thammasat UniversityPathum ThaniThailand

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