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Rusconi, Simone


  • Mathematical Modeling of Controlled Radical Polymerization

    Politecnico di Milano
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    Controlled radical polymerization (CRP) is a process to form polymers by successive monomers additions. This growing process is mainly made by three events: propagation, if the next monomer is linearly added to the chain, backbiting, when the free radical changes its position and a new branch will start growing perpendicular to the previous one, and termination, if the chain stops to grow. We have proposed a model describing the CRP process and offered two different approaches for solving it: Partial Differential Equations solutions (PDE) and stochastic simulation algorithm based on Monte Carlo estimations (MC). In this work, the model and the two approaches are summarized and their benefits as well as drawbacks are discussed. Then, we realize that both the approaches can not explain some particular experimental results. MC method’s flexibility allows us to modify the model, varying the hypothesis on which it is built, in order to give an explanation to those experimental results.
Eusko Jaurlaritza - Gobierno Vasco ikerbasque - Basque Foundation for Science Bizkaia xede. Bizkaiko Foru Aldundia innobasque - Agencia vasca de la innovación Universidad del PaÃŒs Vasco (UPV/EHU)