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New, Aqueous Radical (Co)Polymerization of Olefins at Low Temperature and Pressure

by Devid Hero 1 and Gergely Kali 1,2,*
Organic Macromolecular Chemistry, Saarland University, Campus C4.2, D-66123 Saarbrücken, Germany
Center for Chemistry and Biomedicine, Department of Pharmaceutical Technology, Institute of Pharmacy, University of Innsbruck, Innrain 80/82, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria
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Processes 2020, 8(6), 688;
Received: 8 May 2020 / Revised: 9 June 2020 / Accepted: 11 June 2020 / Published: 12 June 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Redesign Processes in the Age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution)
In this communication, we describe our preliminary results for the development of a new method of ethylene and propene (co)polymerization at low pressure at room temperature, using cyclodextrin-assisted aqueous radical polymerization for the first time. For polypropylene homopolymerization, the cyclodextrin was entirely removed, and the partially soluble polymer was characterized. The purification of polyethylene was not complete, since the threaded cyclodextrins remained on the polymer chain, enhancing its solubility and enable to analyze the sample. With this environmentally benign method, polyolefines could be produced, for the first time. The estimated yield was low, and therefore the conditions should be further tuned for industrial application. This straightforward approach could also be applied to synthesize poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate) copolymer with an ethylene content of 20 mol% and enhanced yield. Although the procedure in this stage of research has some limitations, the theory behind can later be applied to develop new, energy-efficient, and versatile industrial processes for olefin copolymerizations for a wide range of comonomers. View Full-Text
Keywords: polyethylene; polypropylene; cyclodextrin; poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate); free-radical polymerization polyethylene; polypropylene; cyclodextrin; poly(ethylene-co-vinyl acetate); free-radical polymerization
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Hero, D.; Kali, G. New, Aqueous Radical (Co)Polymerization of Olefins at Low Temperature and Pressure. Processes 2020, 8, 688.

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