Chapter 18. RAFT Polymerization in Bulk and Emulsion

  1. Prof. Dr. Michael Buback2 and
  2. A. M. van Herk3
  1. Alessandro Buttè,
  2. A. David Peklak,
  3. Giuseppe Storti and
  4. Massimo Morbidelli

Published Online: 31 MAY 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610860.ch18

Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 248

Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 248

How to Cite

Buttè, A., Peklak, A. D., Storti, G. and Morbidelli, M. (2007) RAFT Polymerization in Bulk and Emulsion, in Radical Polymerization: Kinetics and Mechanism, Volume 248 (eds M. Buback and A. M. van Herk), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610860.ch18

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Institute of Physical Chemistry, Georg-August-University Göttingen, Tammannstrasse 6, D-37077 Göttingen, Germany

  2. 3

    Laboratory for Polymer Chemistry, Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry, Eindhoven University of Technology, PO Box 513, 5600 MB Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Author Information

  1. Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering, Department of Chemistry and Applied Biosciences, ETH Zurich, 8093 Zurich, Switzerland

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 31 MAY 2007
  2. Published Print: 13 APR 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527320561

Online ISBN: 9783527610860



  • radical polymerization;
  • kinetics;
  • mechanism;
  • polymer reaction engineering;
  • polymer materials;
  • RAFT polymerization in bulk;
  • RAFT polymerization in emulsion;
  • experiments;
  • models


Detailed models of the RAFT polymerization in both non-segregated (bulk) and segregated (seeded emulsion) systems are presented. It is shown that satisfactory agreements between experiments and models can be achieved, and that effects such as inhibition and retardation, or the polymerization behaviour at high conversions can be readily explained. In all cases the model parameter fitting has been minimized, being mostly limited to the rate coefficients of the addition/fragmentation reactions in the RAFT polymerization. Therefore, such models are believed to be invaluable tools towards a deeper understanding of the main phenomena underlying RAFT polymerization.