Preparation of a superabsorbent polymer and exploration of its properties

Jagdev, Amrita (2007) Preparation of a superabsorbent polymer and exploration of its properties. MSc thesis.



Natural polymers (from the Greek poly meaning “many” and meros meaning “parts”) are found in many forms such as horns of animals, tortoise shell, shellac (from the lac beetle), rosin (from pine trees), asphalt, and tar from distillation of organic materials. One of the most useful of the natural polymers was rubber, obtained from the sap of the hevea tree. (Rubber was named by the chemist Joseph Priestley who found that a piece of solidified latex gum was good for rubbing out pencil marks on paper. In Great Britain, erasers are still called “rubbers”.) Natural rubber had only limited use as it became brittle in the cold and melted when warmed. In 1839, Charles Goodyear discovered, through a lucky accident, that by heating the latex with sulfur, the properties were changed making the rubber more flexible and temperature stable. That process became known as vulcanization.

Item Type:Thesis ( MSc)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Polymers, Molecular arrangement
Subjects:Chemistry > Environmental Chemistry
Divisions: Sciences > Department of Chemistry
ID Code:4364
Deposited By:Hemanta Biswal
Deposited On:12 Jul 2012 10:07
Last Modified:12 Jul 2012 10:07
Supervisor(s):Patel, R K

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