Redox for main polymerization of Emulsion Polymers.

Redox reactions have been successfully used in emulsion polymerization to reduce free monomer after the main polymerization for decades. New work will be presented on the benefits this chemistry can bring to initiating the main polymerization as opposed to using a conventional thermal initiation.
By utilizing redox chemistry in the main polymerization, lower polymerization temperatures are possible.

Redox reactions have been successfully used in emulsion polymerization to reduce free monomer after the main polymerization for decades. New work will be presented on the benefits this chemistry can bring to initiating the main polymerization as opposed to using a conventional thermal initiation.
By utilizing redox chemistry in the main polymerization, lower polymerization temperatures are possible.

The ability to start the polymerization at lower temperature and allowing the reaction to heat adiabatically may also offer shorter cycle times and cleaner reactions. It is also expected that the lower temperature polymerization will result in a more linear, higher molecular weight emulsion polymer which should give improved performance.

BIO:

Paul Fithian is a Regional Sales Manager for Brueggemann Chemical U.S. Inc. Holding a BS Chemical Engineering degree from Purdue University, Paul has held with DuPont and Lighthouse Industries as well. Paul resides in Long Beach, IN with his lovely wife Denise.