Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Latex

  • Jan W. Gooch
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_6797

\lā-teks\ n [NS latic-. latex, from L. fluid] (1835) (pl lattices or latexes) (1) An emulsion of a polymeric substance in an aqueous medium. (2) The sap of the hevea(rubber) tree and other plants, or emulsions prepared from the same. Latices of interest to the coatings and plastics industry are based mainly on styrene-butadiene copolymers, polystyrene, acrylics, and vinyl polymers and copolymers. (3) Fine dispersion of rubber or resin, natural or synthetic, in water; the synthetic is made by emulsion polymerization. Latex and emulsion are often used synonymously in the paint industry. Emulsified monomers once polymerized become solids or plasticized gel particles and not emulsions but aqueous suspensions. (Emulsion polymerization and emulsion polymers. Lovell PA, El-Aasser (eds), Wiley, New York, 1997); Martens CR (1964) Emulsion and water-soluble paints and coatings. Reinhold, New York; Vanderhoff JW, Gurnee EF (1956) Motion picture investigation of polymer latex phenomena. TAPPI...

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA