Modeling Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization of Butyl Acrylate
Hendrik Schroeder, Johannes Buback, Jens Schrooten, Michael Buback and Krzysztof Matyjaszewski
Article first published online: 14 JAN 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mats.201300153
Butyl acrylate (BA) atom-transfer radical polymerization (ATRP) has been modeled within an extended range of polymerization conditions. Polymerization rate is enhanced with pressure, although to a weaker extent than in the ATRP of styrene and methyl methacrylate. Modeling of experimental data suggests that backbiting in BA polymerization is significantly accelerated towards higher pressure.