Improvement of thermal properties of pigmented acrylic resin using silica aerogel

In this study, two different types of acrylic resins were synthesized through emulsion polymerization. The first category of acrylic resins contained methyl methacrylate, 2-ethylhexyl acrylate, and acrylic acid monomers. The second composition had an additional monomer named acrylamide (AAm). The kinetic behavior of polymerization reaction was investigated. The results showed that the presence of the AAm monomer increased the monomer conversion (>90% in the first 10 min) and the rate of polymerization. Furthermore, the latexes were characterized by Dynamic Light Scattering (DLS) Fourier Transform Infrared, and differential scanning calorimeter analysis. To study the effect of silica aerogel as a thermal barrier additive for acrylic resins, samples were mixed with silica aerogel using sodium dodecyl sulfate as a surfactant. In the next step, the above-mentioned resins were used to make white acrylic-based paints. The heat transfer measurements revealed that the thermal insulation properties were not affected by the composition of the resin. On the other hand, the use of AAm monomer increased the paint adhesion properties and helped the resin to receive more aerogel (up to 5 wt %) which in turn decreased the heat loss of the painted wall.

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© 2017 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J. Appl. Polym. Sci. 2017134, 45640.

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