Critically evaluated rate coefficients for free-radical polymerization, 5. Propagation rate coefficient for butyl acrylate

J.M. Asua, S. Beuermann, M. Buback, P. Castignolles, B. Charleux, R.G. Gilbert, R.A. Hutchinson, J.R. Leiza, A.N. Nikitin, J.P. Vairon, A.M. Herk, van

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Abstract

Propagation rate coefficients, kp, for free-radical polymerization of butyl acrylate (BA) previously reported by several groups are critically evaluated. All data were determined by the combination of pulsed-laser polymerization (PLP) and subsequent polymer analysis by size exclusion (SEC) chromatography. The PLP-SEC technique has been recommended as the method of choice for the determination of kp by the IUPAC Working Party on Modeling of Polymerization Kinetics and Processes. Application of the technique to acrylates has proven to be very difficult and, along with other experimental evidence, has led to the conclusion that acrylate chain-growth kinetics are complicated by intramolecular transfer (backbiting) events to form a mid-chain radical structure of lower reactivity. These mechanisms have a significant effect on acrylate polymerization rate even at low temperatures, and have limited the PLP-SEC determination of kp of chain-end radicals to low temperatures (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2151-2160
JournalMacromolecular Chemistry and Physics
Volume205
Issue number16
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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Asua, J. M., Beuermann, S., Buback, M., Castignolles, P., Charleux, B., Gilbert, R. G., ... Herk, van, A. M. (2004). Critically evaluated rate coefficients for free-radical polymerization, 5. Propagation rate coefficient for butyl acrylate. Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics, 205(16), 2151-2160. https://doi.org/10.1002/macp.200400355