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R. Szymański, S. Sosnowski

Modeling of polymerization kinetics as a tool for investigation of mechanism and predicting progress

Polimery 2016, No 6, 387


DOI: dx.doi.org/10.14314/polimery.2016.387

Summary

The paper discusses the usefulness of modeling the kinetics of polymerization processes in studying their mechanism and predicting the progress, including evolution of their molecular characteristics. The presented examples of modeling (co)polymerization helped to clarify some important issues : (1) understanding why polymerization of 1,3-dioxolane is slower than polymerization of 1,3-dioxepane, (2) explanation for the differences in the extent of branching in radical polymerizations of acrylates, proceeding as free radical and controlled radical processes, (3) evaluation of the impact of the differences in homopropagation rate constants on the molar mass distribution in random copolymerization, (4) predicting the evolution of reversible copolymerization up to the state of thermodynamic equilibrium and (5) verification of the hypothesis explaining some characteristics of the segmental exchange in polymerization of lactide.
Keywords: kinetics, mechanism, modeling, Monte Carlo, polymerization
e-mail: rszymans@cbmm.lodz.pl
R. Szymański, S. Sosnowski (1.33 MB)
Modeling of polymerization kinetics as a tool for investigation of mechanism and predicting progress