Project

Fundamental kinetic modeling of the atom radical transfer polymerization of styrenes

Duration
01 January 2007 → 31 October 2011
Funding
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
  • Engineering and technology
    • Automotive engineering
    • Catalysis and reacting systems engineering
    • Chemical product design and formulation
    • General chemical and biochemical engineering
    • Process engineering
    • Separation and membrane technologies
    • Transport phenomena
    • Other (bio)chemical engineering
Keywords
styrene kinetic modelling CRP ATRP
 
Project description

ATRP is one of the most successful techniques to control the radical polymerization (CRP) of a great variety of monomers. ATRP allows control of molecular mass, molecular mass distribution and functionality in the polymerization of styrenes and enables synthesizing new polymeric materials having specific properties. Although ATRP is a well established technique, its industrial application requires more insight into the kinetics and thermodynamics of the reactions involved in the polymerization process.