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.
- flow reactors
- radical reactions