Morphology of Composite Polymer Latexes: An Update on Synthesis and Applications, Modeling, and Characterization

  • Shaghayegh HamzehlouEmail author
  • Jose Ramon LeizaEmail author
Part of the Advances in Polymer Science book series (POLYMER, volume 281)


Polymer latexes are used in a wide range of technological and industrial products. Polymer–polymer and polymer–inorganic composite (hybrid) latexes have found specific applications in coatings, adhesives, impact modifiers, and medical diagnostics, among others. Control of latex particle morphology is a key factor to achieve a desired application in structured polymer latex particles. Fundamental knowledge of the effects of different synthetic routes and reaction parameters such as temperature, glass transition temperature, and functional groups is vital to obtain the required morphology of polymer–polymer and polymer–inorganic hybrids. Subsequently an unambiguous characterization of particle morphology is essential, which requires determining the shape of the particles, the surface composition, and the internal composition. In this review, we focus on the most recent developments (of the last 5 years) in the synthesis and application of composite (hybrid) latex particles, including polymer–polymer and polymer–inorganic latex systems. Furthermore, we discuss the most recent modeling efforts to simulate the development of particle morphology in composite polymer latexes synthesized by (mini)emulsion polymerization and the latest advances and improvements in characterization techniques to determine the morphology of composite polymer latexes.


Characterization Composite Emulsion Latex Mathematical model Particle morphology Polymer hybrid Polymerization 



The financial support of MINECO (grant CTQ2014-59016-P) and Basque Government (IT 999-16) is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.POLYMAT, Kimika Aplikatua saila, Kimika Zientzien FakultateaUniversity of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)Donostia/San SebastiánSpain

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