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Living cationic ring-opening polymerization of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline following sustainable concepts: microwave-assisted and droplet-based millifluidic processes in an ionic liquid medium

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Abstract

The polymerization of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline in an ionic liquid has been studied using batch and continuous processes, and different heating sources. The living radical polymerization has been performed in batch and in a droplet-based millifluidic device under conventional or microwave-assisted heating, from 80 to 140 °C. The use of a droplet-based fluidic process leads to an enhanced polymerization rate as demonstrated by the determination of the activation energy (Ea = 61 kJ mol−1) while keeping polymerization control and taking advantage of safer, versatile and cost-effective conditions.

Graphical abstract: Living cationic ring-opening polymerization of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline following sustainable concepts: microwave-assisted and droplet-based millifluidic processes in an ionic liquid medium

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The article was received on 26 Jul 2017, accepted on 30 Aug 2017 and first published on 31 Aug 2017


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01255A
Citation: Polym. Chem., 2017, Advance Article
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    Living cationic ring-opening polymerization of 2-ethyl-2-oxazoline following sustainable concepts: microwave-assisted and droplet-based millifluidic processes in an ionic liquid medium

    C. Petit, B. Grassl, E. Mignard, K. P. Luef, F. Wiesbrock and S. Reynaud, Polym. Chem., 2017, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C7PY01255A

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