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Continuous photopolymerization in a novel thin film spinning disc reactor

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Kamelia Boodhoo, Dr Roshan Jachuck


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n-Butyl acrylate has been polymerized in bulk by UV initiation using a novel spinning disc reactor (SDR). Very high conversions were achieved in seconds, whilst the polymer so produced was unbranched. This observation contradicts the accepted view that acrylates give insoluble network polymers even at low conversions when bulk polymerization is attempted. We present here the principles underlying the development of the SDR, and its application to photopolymerization. The results of our work with n-butyl acrylate and the effects of disc rotational speed, monomer feed rate, and UV radiation intensity are presented and qualitatively discussed. Application of the SDR to continuous polymerization processes, and its potential in reducing plant space i.e. process intensification will also be discussed briefly in this chapter.

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Author(s): Jachuck RJ; Boodhoo KVK; Dunk WAE

Editor(s): Belfield, K.D., Crivello, J.V.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Photoinitiated Polymerization

Year of Conference: 2003

Pages: 437-450

ISSN: 0097-6156

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Series Title: ACS Symposium Series

ISBN: 9780841238138