# What is polymer emulsion?

Jan 20, 2016

Polymer emulsion means water-soluble polymers, such as certain polyvinyl alcohols or hydroxylate celluloses, can also be used to act as emulsifiers/stabilizers.

#### Explanation:

Emulsion polymerization is a type of radical polymerization that usually starts with an emulsion incorporating water, monomer, and surfactant. The most common type of emulsion polymerization is an oil-in-water emulsion, in which droplets of monomer (the oil) are emulsified (with surfactants) in a continuous phase of water.

Emulsion polymerization is used to manufacture several commercially important polymers. Many of these polymers are used as solid materials and must be isolated from the aqueous dispersion after polymerization.