Jonathan J. Kurland, a Research Scientist in the Solvents and Coatings Materials Division of Union Carbide earned his B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania and his A.M. and Ph.D. in chemistry at Harvard University. He joined Carbide in 1968 after post-doctoral work at Columbia University. He is active in research in oxidation and free-radical chemistry and in process development and serves on an Intercompany Committee on Handling Acrylic Monomers.
Shipboard polymerization of acrylic acid
Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
Copyright © 1987 American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Volume 6, Issue 4, pages 203–207, October 1987
How to Cite
Kurland, J. J. and Bryant, D. R. (1987), Shipboard polymerization of acrylic acid. Plant/Oper. Prog., 6: 203–207. doi: 10.1002/prsb.720060412
- Issue published online: 17 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 17 JUN 2004
In 1975 glacial acrylic acid polymerized in a tank of the S.S. Alchemist four days from port. Vapor and liquid vented at high pressure for three hours. Retained acid was stable. Probably steam leaking into steam coils or a deadheaded pump caused overheating that set off polymerization.