Research into the synthesis of sequential, poly(n-butyl acrylate), PnBA/polystyrene,
PS, IPN microgel (μ-gel) dispersions in organic media was performed. Poly(styreneco-
divinylbenzene), PSIDVB (0, 1, 5 & 10 weight % DVB), particles were
synthesised by emulsion copolymerisation and these microgels were characterised by
dynamic mechanical thermal analysis (DMT A), gel permeation chromatography and
diffuse reflectance Fourier transform infrared (DRIFT) spectroscopy.....
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.