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Processes, Volume 5, Issue 4 (December 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The study of radical copolymerization in water is challenging due to the influence of both solvent [...] Read more. The study of radical copolymerization in water is challenging due to the influence of both solvent and ionic charges on reactivity. In this work nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy is used to follow the individual consumption rates of both acrylamide and an anionic comonomer (SHMeMB) formed from saponification of a bio-sourced butyrolactone monomer. A model developed to represent the system is used to demonstrate that a reduced termination rate combines with slow and reversible SHMeMB propagation to control the copolymerization kinetics during synthesis of superabsorbent hydrogels. View this paper