Macromolecular Reaction Engineering

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  1. Poly(Urea–Urethane) Synthesis by Miniemulsion Polymerization Using Microwaves and Conventional Polymerization

    Alexsandra Valério, Montserrat Fortuny, Alexandre F. Santos, Pedro H. H. Araújo and Claudia Sayer

    Article first published online: 18 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mren.201400029

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    The effect of microwave irradiation during step growth polymerization in miniemulsion to form poly(urea–urethane) nanoparticles is evaluated for different reaction temperatures and polyol types, including oil soluble and water soluble polyols.

  2. Modeling of RAFT Polymerization using Probability Generating Functions. Detailed Prediction of Full Molecular Weight Distributions and Sensitivity Analysis

    Cecilia Fortunatti, Claudia Sarmoria, Adriana Brandolin and Mariano Asteasuain

    Article first published online: 6 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mren.201400020

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    A model based on the pgf transform is presented that simulates the RAFT polymerization according to any of the three main kinetic mechanisms discussed in the literature. The full MWD and the bivariate distribution corresponding to the two-arm intermediate adduct are obtained. A sensitivity analysis over several of the kinetic constants is also performed.

  3. Preparation of Nanocomposites of Polypropylene with Carbon Nanotubes via Masterbatches Produced by In Situ Polymerization and by Melt Extrusion

    Rafael S. Araujo, Renato J. B. Oliveira and Maria de Fátima V. Marques

    Article first published online: 6 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mren.201400012

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    A new PP/multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) masterbatch is synthesized via in situ polymerization and compared with a masterbatch obtained by melt mixing. Both masterbatches are used for the realization of PP/MWCNT nanocomposites by mixing with a commercial PP in a extruder. It is shown that the use of the masterbatch synthesized in situ provides additional enhanced thermal stability and mechanical properties.

  4. High Temperature High Pressure Tandem Polymerization of Ethylene for Synthesis of Ethylene-1-Hexene Copolymers from Single Reactor with SNS-Cr and CGC-Ti Catalysts

    Song Guo, Hong Fan, Zhiyang Bu, Bo-Geng Li and Shiping Zhu

    Article first published online: 6 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mren.201400027

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    Ethylene-1-hexene copolymers are synthesized from ethylene using the tandem catalyst system of SNS-Cr and CGC-Ti with MAO. The tandem polymerization is carried out in a high temperature high pressure solution process. Applying a short period of pre-trimerization effectively increases the 1-hexene content in copolymer and produces chains having uniform microstructure. The resulting copolymer exhibits competitive mechanical properties with a commercial ethylene-1-octene copolymer.

  5. Copolymerization of n-Butyl Methacrylate and D-Limonene

    Yujie Zhang and Marc Arnold Dubé

    Article first published online: 4 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1002/mren.201400023

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    D-Limonene, a renewable monomer mainly existing in orange oils, is identified as a candidate to produce more renewable polymers. Copolymers of D-limonene and n-butyl methacrylate are produced via a free radical mechanism and the reactivity ratios are estimated. Degradative chain transfer events are shown to play a significant role in the polymerization kinetics.