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Eliokems R&D department innovates in the polymers of the future
Article Type: New materials and equipment From: Anti-Corrosion Methods and Materials, Volume 55, Issue 4
Eliokem’s R&D Department has set up a new process of manufacturing emulsifier free-controlled nanolatex made by Controlled Radical Polymerization (CRP) in a single reactor using only commercially available reactants.
The CRP technique allows the control of polymer composition, enabling new structures (such as block copolymers), new architectures and the control over functions, giving new properties obtained from the same raw materials that are used in conventional radical polymerization.
Eliokem’s researchers have developed a process which avoids the destabilisation of the latex during reversible addition-fragmentation chain transfer (RAFT) radical polymerization in emulsion. The new technology uses a single reactor strategy, with only commercially available raw materials, to produce a surfactant free nanolatex containing only controlled polymer. This controlled seed that can be used for further synthesis to manufacture emulsions made of controlled polymer under RAFT control.
The new process technology can be considered as a tool of the future for the industrials to produce new materials with nanotechnologies by making use of the “bottom up” approach such as auto structuring of controlled polymer structures.
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