This work demonstrates the fabrication of terpene based sustainable methacrylate polymers by an environmentally benign emulsion polymerization method. The polymerization reaction has been found to be influenced by the side chain length of the methacrylate(s), which has been quantitatively calculated from the density functional theory. Apart from the analysis of the copolymer microstructure, various properties of the synthesized polymers have been studied and correlated with the structure of the methacrylate(s). The sub-ambient glass transition temperature indicates rubbery nature of the synthesized copolymers. While the presence of residual unsaturations from the terpene moiety could act as an additional crosslinking site, the methacrylate group may facilitate the dispersion of polar additives. The completely new class of terpene-based sustainable rubbery methacrylate polymers is thus envisaged as promising materials for polymer and allied industries.
© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Polym. Sci., Part A: Polym. Chem. 2017