Free radical graft modification of polyethylene with methacrylic acid and styrene monomer

M. Shahzad Kamal, G. M. Mamoor, Nida Qamar, Muhammad Farooq, S. Muhammad

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Polar groups can be introduced on polyethylene by using polar monomer like acryl amide, acrylic acid and methacrylic acid. In present work binary monomer mixture of methacrylic acid and styrene were grafted onto low density polyethylene in the presence of dicumyl peroxide (DCP) as an initiator. Grafted polyethylene was characterized by using differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), melt flow Indexer (MFI) and Fourier transform infrared spectroscope (FTIR). Low value of MFI as compared to virgin polyethylene, presence of carbonyl peaks in the spectrum of grafted polyethylene and higher endothermic peaks in thermogram of grafted polyethylene confirmed grafting of methacrylic acid and styrene onto polyethylene. MFI values at different loads were used for further rheological study of virgin and grafted polyethylene.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-38
Number of pages5
JournalChemical Engineering Research Bulletin
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • DCP
  • Degree of grafting
  • Free radical
  • Methacrylic acid
  • Vinyl monomer

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  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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