Reinforcement of Natural Rubber with Core-Shell Structure Silica-Poly(Methyl Methacrylate) Nanoparticles

Qinghuang Wang, Yongyue Luo, Chunfang Feng, Zhifeng Yi, Quanfang Qiu, L. X. Kong, Zheng Peng
2012 Journal of Nanomaterials  
A highly performing natural rubber/silica (NR/SiO2) nanocomposite with a SiO2loading of 2 wt% was prepared by combining similar dissolve mutually theory with latex compounding techniques. Before polymerization, double bonds were introduced onto the surface of the SiO2particles with the silane-coupling agent. The core-shell structure silica-poly(methyl methacrylate), SiO2-PMMA, nanoparticles were formed by grafting polymerization of MMA on the surface of the modified SiO2particles via in situ
more » ... cles via in situ emulsion, and then NR/SiO2nanocomposite was prepared by blending SiO2-PMMA and PMMA-modified NR (NR-PMMA). The Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy results show that PMMA has been successfully introduced onto the surface of SiO2, which can be well dispersed in NR matrix and present good interfacial adhesion with NR phase. Compared with those of pure NR, the thermal resistance and tensile properties of NR/SiO2nanocomposite are significantly improved.
doi:10.1155/2012/782986 fatcat:rg2eujdfbnh3rfrc7a5jgam5ii