Poly(2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate) (PHEMA) grafted polyethylene/polypropylene (PE/PP) nonwoven fabric by gamma-initiation: Synthesis, characterization and benefits of RAFT mediation


KODAMA Y., BARSBAY M. , GUVEN O.

RADIATION PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY, cilt.105, ss.31-38, 2014 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

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Polyethylene/polypropylene (PE/PP) nonwoven fabrics were functionalized by gamma-initiated RAFT mediated grafting of 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (HEMA), and the characterization of the grafted samples was carried out using various techniques. FTIR and XPS analysis showed an increase in the oxygenated content till a certain degree of grafting. The results implied a grafting process following the concept of 'front mechanism'. The initial grafting occurred on the topmost surface layer, and then moved further into the bulk of the polymer matrix. Reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) mediated grafting yielded a better controlled grafting when compared to those obtained in conventional grafting. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.