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Improvement in Wood Bonding Strength of Poly (Vinyl Acetate-Butyl Acrylate) Emulsion by Controlling the Amount of Redox Initiator

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Beijing Key Laboratory of Lignocellulosic Chemistry, Beijing Forestry University, No. 35 Tsinghua East Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100083, China
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Research Institute of Wood Industry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, 1 Dong Xiao Fu, Xiang Shan Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100091, China
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Materials 2018, 11(1), 89; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11010089
Received: 18 December 2017 / Revised: 4 January 2018 / Accepted: 5 January 2018 / Published: 8 January 2018
Polyvinyl acetate emulsion adhesive has been widely used due to its good bonding performance and environmentally friendly properties. Indeed, the bonding performance can be further improved by copolymerizing with other monomers. In this study, the effect of the adjunction of redox initiator (hydrogen peroxide–tartaric acid, H2O2–TA) on the properties of the poly (vinyl acetate-butyl acrylate) (P (VAc–BA)) emulsion adhesive was investigated. With increasing dosage, the reaction became more complete and the obtained film was more compact, as identified via SEM. The core-shell structure of the emulsion particles was confirmed via TEM. Results indicate that while the initiator content increased from 0.5 to 1.0%, a clearer core-shell structure was obtained and the bonding strength of the plywood improved from 2.34 to 2.97 MPa. With the further incorporation of H2O2–TA (i.e., 1.5%), the bonding performance deteriorated. The optimum wood bonding strength (2.97 MPa) of the prepared P (VAc-BA) emulsion adhesive was even better than that (2.55 MPa) of a commercial PVAc emulsion adhesive, suggesting its potential application for the wood industry. View Full-Text
Keywords: poly (vinyl acetate-butyl acrylate); redox initiator; emulsion polymerization; core-shell structure poly (vinyl acetate-butyl acrylate); redox initiator; emulsion polymerization; core-shell structure
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Zhang, Y.; Pang, B.; Yang, S.; Fang, W.; Yang, S.; Yuan, T.-Q.; Sun, R.-C. Improvement in Wood Bonding Strength of Poly (Vinyl Acetate-Butyl Acrylate) Emulsion by Controlling the Amount of Redox Initiator. Materials 2018, 11, 89.

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