A Natural Rubber Waste Derived Surfactant for High Internal Phase Emulsion Templating of Poly(Dicyclopentadiene)

Viktor Schallert, Christian Slugovc*

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The use of a surfactant derived from the degradation of natural rubber gloves via cross-metathesis with methyl acrylate and subsequent saponification of the ester group for the stabilization of water in dicyclopentadiene high internal phase emulsions is described. The versatility of the resulting high internal phase emulsion is demonstrated by polymerizing the continuous dicyclopentadiene phase via ring-opening metathesis polymerization yielding macroporous poly(dicyclopentadiene) foams with a porosity of 82%. The use of the ionic surfactant allows for the preparation of foams, which are resistant to absorb water. This property is hitherto not accessible with protocols involving the use of nonionic surfactants commonly employed in emulsion templating of polymers.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2100110
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Issue number14
Early online date13 May 2021
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2021


  • chemical recycling
  • macroporous polymers
  • natural rubbers
  • poly(dicyclopentadiene)
  • ring-opening metathesis polymerization
  • surfactants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Materials Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry

Fields of Expertise

  • Advanced Materials Science


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