Nitroxide-mediated polymerization of styrene, butyl acrylate, or methyl methacrylate by microflow reactor technology

Takahide Fukuyama, Yoshito Kajihara, Ilhyong Ryu*, Armido Studer

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Abstract

The nitroxide-mediated radical polymerization (NMP) of styrene and butyl acrylate in microflow tubular reactors was examined. In comparison with polymerizations conducted in a batch reactor under otherwise identical conditions, the microflow setup gave higher conversions and produced polymers with lower polydispersity indices. Block copolymers of the two monomers could be synthesized by connecting two microflow tubular reactors through a T-junction. The NMP of methyl methacrylate in a microflow tubular reactor was also investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2555-2559
Number of pages5
JournalSynthesis (Germany)
Volume44
Issue number16
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2012

Keywords

  • flow reactors
  • microfluidics
  • polymers
  • radical reactions

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