The use of novel F-RAFT agents in high temperature and high pressure ethene polymerization: Can control be achieved?

Busch, M., Roth, M., Stenzel, M. H., Davis, T. P., & Barner-Kowollik, C. (2007) The use of novel F-RAFT agents in high temperature and high pressure ethene polymerization: Can control be achieved? Australian Journal of Chemistry, 60(10).

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Simulations are employed to establish the feasibility of achieving controlled/living ethene polymerizations. Such simulations indicate that reversible addition?fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) agents carrying a fluorine Z group may be suitable to establish control in high-pressure high-temperature ethene polymerizations. Based on these simulations, specific fluorine (F-RAFT) agents have been designed and tested. The initial results are promising and indicate that it may indeed be possible to achieve molecular weight distributions with a polydispersity being significantly lower than that observed in the conventional free radical process. In our initial trials presented here (using the F-RAFT agent isopropylfluorodithioformate), a correlation between the degree of polymerization and conversion can indeed be observed. Both the lowered polydispersity and the linear correlation between molecular weight and conversion indicate that control may in principle be possible.

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ID Code: 99145
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cited By :13
Export Date: 5 September 2016
Correspondence Address: Busch, M.; Ernst-Berl-Institute for Technical Chemistry and Macromolecular Science, Technical University of Darmstadt, Petersenstraße 20, D - 64287 Darmstadt, Germany; email:
Keywords: Computer simulation, Correlation methods, Fluorine, Polydispersity, Polymerization, Temperature measurement, Fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT), High pressure ethene polymerization, Linear correlation, Hydrocarbons
DOI: 10.1071/CH07200
ISSN: 00049425
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Chemistry, Physics & Mechanical Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Deposited On: 22 Sep 2016 04:50
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2016 23:41

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