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Processes, Volume 6, Issue 1 (January 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Alkyl acrylates (such as methyl, ethyl, and n-butyl acrylate) self-initiate polymer chains at high [...] Read more. Alkyl acrylates (such as methyl, ethyl, and n-butyl acrylate) self-initiate polymer chains at high temperatures. The reaction mechanism and kinetics of the self-initiation had been studied theoretically using computational quantum chemistry. This work estimates the kinetic parameters of the n-butyl acrylate self-initiation apparent reaction from monomer-conversion measurements using a macroscopic-scale mechanistic model. The polymerization is carried out in n-heptane (solvent) at high temperatures without adding any conventional initiators. The estimated reaction kinetic parameters agree well with those predicted by computational quantum chemistry. View this paper