In waterborne polymer systems, the stability of the final product is conventionally ensured by the use of low molar mass ingredients, such as surfactants. For particular applications, latex design sometimes relies on the use of macromolecular species to ensure the stabilization of the resulting particles. The molar mass, the chemical nature and the architecture of these macromolecules directly impact the final applications in which the resulting dispersions are used.
The present project involves the preparation of a wide range of well-defined amphiphilic (block) copolymers by (controlled) radical polymerization, their characterization and their evaluation as efficient surfactants in emulsion polymerization.
In this context, the successful applicant will conduct a research in polymer science performed in close collaboration with an industrial partner, major international actor in the field.

Publié le 17/02/2019