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Keywords:

  • styrene;
  • 2-ethylhexylacrylate;
  • copolymerization;
  • modeling;
  • radical polymerization

Abstract

The monomer reactivity ratios for styrene/2-ethylhexylacrylate in bulk at 80°C were investigated by studying the resulting copolymer composition via 1H-NMR. Composition results were summarized and various methods were employed to estimate the reactivity ratios including the use of the Error-in-Variables-Model (EVM) approach by using the Mayo–Lewis model. The estimates of the reactivity ratios from the EVM method are found to be rs = 0.979 and rEHA = 0.292. The resulting copolymer has a tendency toward alternation with an azeotrope of f(styrene) = 0.972. © 2004 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. J Appl Polym Sci 92: 3368–3370, 2004