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Processes 2016, 4(1), 1; doi:10.3390/pr4010001

Modeling of the Copolymerization Kinetics of n-Butyl Acrylate and d-Limonene Using PREDICI ®

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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Centre for Catalysis Research and Innovation, University of Ottawa, 161 Louis Pasteur Pvt., Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5, Canada
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Facultad de Química, Departamento de Ingeniería Química, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México D.F. 04510, Mexico
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Academic Editor: Masoud Soroush
Received: 29 November 2015 / Accepted: 16 December 2015 / Published: 24 December 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Polymer Modeling, Control and Monitoring)
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Abstract

Kinetic modeling of the bulk copolymerization of d-limonene (Lim) and n-butyl acrylate (BA) at 80 °C was performed using PREDICI®. Model predictions of conversion, copolymer composition and average molecular weights are compared to experimental data at five different feed compositions (BA mol fraction = 0.5 to 0.9). The model illustrates the significant effects of degradative chain transfer due to the allylic structure of Lim as well as the intramolecular chain transfer mechanism due to BA. View Full-Text
Keywords: modeling; polymerization kinetics; n-butyl acrylate; d-limonene modeling; polymerization kinetics; n-butyl acrylate; d-limonene
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Ren, S.; Vivaldo-Lima, E.; Dubé, M.A. Modeling of the Copolymerization Kinetics of n-Butyl Acrylate and d-Limonene Using PREDICI ®. Processes 2016, 4, 1.

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