The morphology of submicronsized core–shell latex particles: An electron microscopy study
The core–shell structure of a range of acrylic–acrylic latexes has been investigated by combining different specimen preparation methods with transmission electron microscopy (TEM), dark-field scanning transmission electron microscopy (DSTEM) and low-voltage scanning electron microscopy (LV-SEM), including the first reported use of LV-SEM to observe composite latex particles at ambient and subambient temperatures. Spin-coating of liquid latex dispersions directly onto TEM grids or SEM stubs is shown to be a relatively straightforward mean of avoiding film formation during specimen preparation. In conjunction with double staining techniques, it has been found to be particularly convenient for characterizing the fine structure of particles with diameters down to below 100 nm.
Keywords: Rubber toughened PMMA ; Core–shell latex ; Morphological characterization ; Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) ; Low-voltage scanning ; electron microscopy (LV-SEM) ; Spin-coating ; Multiple chemical staining
Record created on 2012-06-29, modified on 2016-08-09