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Dear Julius, Your question refers to poly[vinyl acetate] adhesive. The polymer is made by emulsion polymerization from vinyl acetate, at room temperature in a water-based emulsion, in the presence of an anionic surfactant (long-chain alkyl sulfonate), a protective colloid (e.g. polyvinyl alcohol) and a water-soluble radical initiator (potassium persulfate). The resulting emulsion can be used directly as an adhesive (glue). The monomer, vinyl acetate, is made industrially from ethylene and lithium acetate in the presence of palladium and copper catalyst, at 80..150 deg. centigrade. For details see: Handbook of polymer synthesis, Hans R. Kricheldorf, ed., Marcel Dekker Inc., New York 1992. Part A. Lindemann, M.K. in: Encyclopedia of Polymer Science and Technology, Vol. 15, H.F. Mark et al.,eds, Wiley-Interscience, New York 1971, p. 577 Best regards Werner Sieber
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