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Modelling and Simulation in Life and Material Sciences

Dynamic modelling of multiphase latex particle morphology

Elena Akhmatskaya

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This project was done in collaboration with J.M. Asua, POLYMAT, University of the Basque Country, Spain.

We developed the first model able to describe dynamics of the development of morphologies for multicomponent (three or more phases) waterborne particles [1]. For three-phase systems the number of possible morphologies is unknown. Our model is able to reproduce many multiphase morphologies such as core-shell (Video 1) and hemispheres (Video 2).

Possible applications of this model are the synthesis of hybrid waterborne materials for coatings, adhesives, additives in paper and textiles, impact modifiers for plastic matrices, additives for constructing materials and cosmetics.

[1] Asua J. M., Akhmatskaya E., Dynamical modelling of morphology development in multiphase latex particles, European Success Stories in Industrial Mathematics,ed. by Thibaut Lery, Mario Primicerio, Maria J. Esteban, Magnus Fontes, Yvon Maday, Volker Mehrmann, Goncalo Quadros, Wilhelmus H.A. Schilders, Andreas Schuppert, Heather Tewkesbury, Springer, 2011

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Eusko Jaurlaritza - Gobierno Vasco ikerbasque - Basque Foundation for Science Bizkaia xede. Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia innobasque - Agencia vasca de la innovación Universidad del PaÌs Vasco (UPV/EHU)