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Polymers 2018, 10(2), 172; doi:10.3390/polym10020172

Microencapsulated Comb-Like Polymeric Solid-Solid Phase Change Materials via In-Situ Polymerization

State Key Laboratory of Separation Membranes and Membrane Processes, Tianjin Key Laboratory of Advanced Fibers and Energy Storage, School of Material Science and Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, Tianjin 300387, China
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Received: 4 January 2018 / Revised: 2 February 2018 / Accepted: 8 February 2018 / Published: 11 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Tailored Polymer Synthesis by Advanced Polymerization Techniques)
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To enhance the thermal stability and permeability resistance, a comb-like polymer with crystallizable side chains was fabricated as solid-solid phase change materials (PCMs) inside the cores of microcapsules and nanocapsules prepared via in-situ polymerization. In this study, the effects on the surface morphology and microstructure of micro/nanocapsules caused by microencapsulating different types of core materials (i.e., n-hexadecane, ethyl hexadecanoate, hexadecyl acrylate and poly(hexadecyl acrylate)) were systematically studied via field emission scanning electron microscope (FE-SEM) and transmission electron microscope (TEM). The confined crystallization behavior of comb-like polymer PCMs cores was investigated via differential scanning calorimeter (DSC). Comparing with low molecular organic PCMs cores, the thermal stability of PCMs microencapsulated comb-like polymer enhanced significantly, and the permeability resistance improved obviously as well. Based on these resultant analysis, the microencapsulated comb-like polymeric PCMs with excellent thermal stability and permeability resistance showed promising foreground in the field of organic solution spun, melt processing and organic coating. View Full-Text
Keywords: comb-like polymer; phase change materials; microcapsule; permeability resistance; thermal stability comb-like polymer; phase change materials; microcapsule; permeability resistance; thermal stability

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Li, W.; Geng, X.; Huang, R.; Wang, J.; Wang, N.; Zhang, X. Microencapsulated Comb-Like Polymeric Solid-Solid Phase Change Materials via In-Situ Polymerization. Polymers 2018, 10, 172.

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