Camesano, Terri Anne
Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Industries Chimique
Interest in nanoparticles has skyrocketed in the past decade. With uses in medicine, cosmetics, and specialty chemicals there is a competition to synthesize new formulations of nanoparticles. Using the low energy, Near-PIT emulsification method followed by polymerization, nanoparticles containing a mixture of styrene and glycidyl methacrylate were synthesized. It was found that the average synthesized nanoparticle size was 91.5 nm, making the Near-PIT nanoparticles smaller than those synthesized by ultrasound, where the average particle size was 123.4 nm. The percent of epoxy groups on the surface of the synthesized nanoparticles was found to be 12.1%, slightly higher than that on the surface of nanoparticles synthesized by ultrasound, which was 11.6%.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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