Polystyrene/wood composites and hydrophobic wood coatings from water-based hy drophilic-hydrophobic block copolymers (1)
Publication Name: Clean Products and Processes
Publication URL: https://www.fs.usda.gov/research/treesearch/8165
The combination of synthetic thermoplastic polymers and wood is normally problematic because wood surfaces are hydrophilic while typical thermoplastic polymers are hydrophobic. A possible solution is to use block copolymer coupling agents. In this work we show the use of a potentially useful synthetic method of producing hydrophilic-hydrophobic block copolymers as hydrophobic coatings and coupling agents in polystyrene/wood flour composites.