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Watanabe, Takaichi Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University ORCID Kaken ID researchmap
Karita, Kengo Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University
Tawara, Koki Department of Applied Chemistry, Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama University
Soga, Takuya Department of Material and Energy Science, Graduate School of Environmental and Life Science, Okayama University
flow process for the production of poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) particles is proposed by soap‐free emulsion polymerization using a water‐in‐oil (W/O) slug flow in a microreactor. Thin oil films generated around the dispersed aqueous phase of the W/O slug prevent the prepared particles from adhesion to the microchannel wall, enabling the continuous production of PMMA particles without clogging. The effects of the linear flow rate of the slug flow and the addition of ethanol in the dispersed aqueous phase on the polymerization are evaluated. It is found that increasing the linear flow rate of the slug flow or the addition of ethanol in the dispersed aqueous phase results in PMMA particles with high molecular weight (≈1500 kg mol−1) in 20 min reaction time. It is believed that this process would be a promising way to prepare polymer particles with high molecular weight in a short reaction time.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Takaichi Watanabe, et. al. Rapid synthesis of poly(methyl methacrylate) particles with high molecular weight by soap-free emulsion polymerization using water-in-oil slug flow. Macromol. Chem. Phys.,220, 1900021 (2019) , which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1002/macp.201900021. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.
Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics
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