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Surface Modification of Hollow Glass Microspheres

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Hollow Glass Microspheres are high-strength, low-density additives made from water resistant and chemically-stable soda-lime-borosilicate glass. These hollow glass microspheres offer a variety of advantages over conventional irregularly-shaped mineral fillers or glass fiber. Their spherical shape helps reduce resin content in a variety of applications. They also create a ball bearing effect that can result in higher filler loading and improved flow. In this research, amine terminated hollow glass microspheres were prepared by adopting three different routes. The results were investigated using FT-IR and SEM to establish the formation of amine groups and observe the morphological structure of the modified HGMs. The results obtained were used to select a suitable less toxic and environmental friendly modification method based on the chemicals used.

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F. Mutua, P. Lin, J. Koech and Y. Wang, "Surface Modification of Hollow Glass Microspheres," Materials Sciences and Applications, Vol. 3 No. 12, 2012, pp. 856-860. doi: 10.4236/msa.2012.312125.

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