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Chapter 7

Supercritical Carbon Dioxide as Reaction Medium for Fluoropolymer Synthesis and Kinetic Investigations into Radical Polymerizations of VDF and HFP

Fluoropolymers are mostly insoluble in organic solvents. An attractive alternative reaction medium for the synthesis and processing of fluoropolymers is supercritical carbon dioxide, which is non-toxic, abundant, and considered to be environmentally benign. Moreover, supercritical carbon dioxide allows for the shaping of the polymers, e.g. in the preparation of well-defined polymer particles or porous materials. The material properties may be changed by the choice of pressure and temperature, which strongly affect the physicochemical properties of supercritical carbon dioxide. Supercritical carbon dioxide may be considered as a tunable reaction medium for fluoropolymer synthesis and detailed investigations into polymerization kinetics and mechanisms.

Print publication date: 28 Oct 2016
Copyright year: 2017
Print ISBN: 978-1-78262-415-8
PDF eISBN: 978-1-78262-671-8
ePub eISBN: 978-1-78262-935-1
From the book series:
Polymer Chemistry Series