Submitted to: Meeting Abstract
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: May 10, 2009
Publication Date: May 20, 2009
Citation: Willett, J.L., Finkenstadt, V.L. 2009. Initiator Effects in Reactive Extrusion of Starch Graft Copolymers. Meeting Abstract. Technical Abstract: Graft copolymers of starch with water-soluble polymers such as polyacrylamide have potential applications including hydrogels, superabsorbents, and thickening agents. Reactive extrusion is a rapid, continuous method for production of starch graft copolymers with high reaction and grafting efficiencies. A number of water-soluble or dispersible free radical initiators have been evaluated in the reactive extrusion process for efficiency and impact on grafting parameters. The results obtained with different initiators will be compared.