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Advances in Materials Science and Engineering
Volume 2016, Article ID 9480451, 6 pages
Research Article

The Synthesis and Characterization of Poly(methyl methacrylate-tourmaline acrylate)

Beijing Key Laboratory of Materials Utilization of Nonmetallic Minerals and Solid Wastes, National Laboratory of Mineral Materials, School of Materials Science and Technology, China University of Geosciences, Beijing 100083, China

Received 2 June 2015; Revised 24 February 2016; Accepted 25 February 2016

Academic Editor: Jainagesh A. Sekhar

Copyright © 2016 Yingmo Hu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In order to synthesize the tourmaline-containing functional copolymer, the polymerizable organic tourmaline acrylate was prepared by the surface modification on tourmaline powder and then copolymerization with methyl methacrylate to get poly(methyl methacrylate-tourmaline acrylate). The synthetic processes were optimized, and the structures of the as-prepared samples were characterized by IR, SEM, and X-ray fluorescence analysis. The characterization results indicated that the tourmaline has been introduced into the copolymer by means of surface modification with acryloyl chloride and following copolymerization with methyl methacrylate. The results from the negative ions measurement revealed that the amounts of released negative ions from both the modified tourmaline and its copolymer are much larger than that of tourmaline.