Emulsion polymerization: State of the art in kinetics and mechanisms

  • Stuart C. Thickett, Robert G. Gilbert
  • Polymer, November 2007, Elsevier
  • DOI: 10.1016/j.polymer.2007.09.031

Kinetics and Mechanism of Emulsion Polymerization

What is it about?

This review paper summarizes the key findings across 60 years of research into emulsion polymerization. The paper is written from the perspective of understanding how polymer particles form, and what that can influence - the molecular weight of the polymer, the size of the particles, and so on. This has significant implications for end-use properties of the polymers formed.

Why is it important?

This paper is significant due to the fact that it summarizes the key processes (kinetic and mechanistic) of emulsion polymerization in the one place. Emulsion polymerization is the dominant method of synthesizing polymer on an industrial scale in the world today and so understanding the underlying process provides significant information to practitioners in the lab and in industry.

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