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Title: Microemulsion polymerization modeling based on the experimental conversion trend and its derivative
Author: Lopez-Serrano, F.
Lopez-Aguitar, J.E.
Mendizábal, E. M.
Puig, J.E.
Alvarez, J.
Issue Date: 2008
Abstract: In this work, the microemulsion polymerization modeling problem is addressed with an integrodifferential approach. The procedure was applied to experimental data, previously presented, on the microemulsion polymerization of hexyl methacrylate (C6MA) and styrene (STY). It was found that: (i) the nucleation rate is not linear with time, as assumed before, (ii) a vitreous effect is observed even in reactions where the polymer's glass transition temperature is lower than the reaction temperature, (iii) radical entry to polymer particles and coagulation among particles are negligible, (iv) the rate decrease interval is also caused by a reduction of active sites, (v) a mechanism in which micelles provide monomer to living particles was detected, and (vi) a simple three-parameter mechanistic model was obtained, capable of describing the studied systems. Copyright © 2008 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA.
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