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Offline martainthebox

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benzoyl peroxide with methyl methacrylate??
« on: November 07, 2009, 08:11:20 AM »
Hi,
I did this experiment a while ago as my work experience where I embedded bones into plastic so that bones could be analysed and can't remember why certain things happened so was wondering if anyone knows?
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I polymerised methyl methacrylate with benzoyl peroxide as an initiator for radical polymerisation. I also added dibutyl phthalate as a plastisicer which should have made the plastic flexible. However my plastic then set over a couple of days and became hard and I was wondering how the plastic could become hard if I added a plasticiser?

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Re: benzoyl peroxide with methyl methacrylate??
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2009, 01:09:34 PM »
How much plasticizer did you add?

I'm not familiar with methyl methacrylate.  With PVC, it is not uncommon to add up to 40%, by weight, of plasticizer.   Smaller amounts, say 20%, can leave a plastic stiff.

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