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Modelling and control of the microstructure of comb-like poly(MAA-co-PEGMA) water-soluble copolymers

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Abstract

Water-soluble copolymers of methacrylic acid and poly(ethylene glycol) methacrylate (poly(MAA-co-PEGMA)) present a comb like structure. These macromolecules under alkaline conditions present an anionic backbone and uncharged side chains. The control of their microstructure is of paramount importance for application as cementitious admixtures. With this in mind, open-loop control strategies including monomer starved and optimal addition policies were employed to obtain homogeneous composition copolymers. A detailed mathematical model was developed for the copolymerization of MAA and PEGMA5 and was used to develop optimal feeding strategies. The mathematical model provides a good representation of the experimental data sets and copolymers with desired homogeneous copolymer compositions were synthesized within the shortest possible reaction times.

Graphical abstract: Modelling and control of the microstructure of comb-like poly(MAA-co-PEGMA) water-soluble copolymers

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The article was received on 11 Nov 2018, accepted on 17 Jan 2019 and first published on 17 Jan 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01599F
Polym. Chem., 2019,10, 1000-1009

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    Modelling and control of the microstructure of comb-like poly(MAA-co-PEGMA) water-soluble copolymers

    I. Emaldi, S. Hamzehlou, E. Erkizia, J. Sanchez Dolado, A. Etxeberria and J. R. Leiza, Polym. Chem., 2019, 10, 1000
    DOI: 10.1039/C8PY01599F

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