Macromolecular Symposia

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January 31, 2012

NEW TECHNOLOGIES: Mathematical Modeling of Acid-Catalyzed 1,3-Propanediol Polymerization

NEW TECHNOLOGIES: Mathematical Modeling of Acid-Catalyzed 1,3-Propanediol Polymerization

Philipp A. Mueller,* Bhuma Rajagopalan, John P. Congalidis, Edward R. Murphy

This mechanism for the acid-catalyzed condensation polymerization of 1,3-propanediol to form poly(trimethylene ether glycol) is used to derive population balances for chain distributions. Upon coupling mass transfer to the kinetics, the fully predictive reaction model with a single set of parameters shows excellent agreement with the experimental data over a wide range of conditions.

Macromol. React. Eng. DOI: 10.1002/mren.201100069

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