A kinetic model suitable to deal with the case of branched polymers produced in emulsion both in the case of chain transfer to polymer and propagation to terminal double bond is briefly presented and numerically solved through the method of the moments. Thanks to the ''numerical fractionation'' approach, the whole molecular weight distribution of the polymer is evaluated while accounting for the compartmentalized nature of the system. The results of some illustrative calculations concerning the effects upon the molecular properties of the final polymer of starved semibatch monomer feed policies, addition of a chain transfer agent and propagation to terminal double bond are discussed.

Kinetics of long-chain branching in emulsion polymerization

MAZZOTTI, MARCO GIUSEPPE;MORBIDELLI, MASSIMO;STORTI, GIUSEPPE
1996

Abstract

A kinetic model suitable to deal with the case of branched polymers produced in emulsion both in the case of chain transfer to polymer and propagation to terminal double bond is briefly presented and numerically solved through the method of the moments. Thanks to the ''numerical fractionation'' approach, the whole molecular weight distribution of the polymer is evaluated while accounting for the compartmentalized nature of the system. The results of some illustrative calculations concerning the effects upon the molecular properties of the final polymer of starved semibatch monomer feed policies, addition of a chain transfer agent and propagation to terminal double bond are discussed.
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