Polymerization and polymer synthesis

Polymer synthesis is a complex procedure that can take place in a variety of ways. The main challenge faced by polymerization chemists is to achieve the desired polymer size and polydispersity. In order to achieve this, it is important to understand the polymerization reaction and study practical ways for controlling the reaction.

Syrris is unique in providing both batch reactors and continuous flow reactors to the polymerization sciences.

Why choose Syrris for your polymerization chemistry needs?

Syrris offers innovative, modular, reliable and easy to use batch reactor systems, calorimetry products, and advanced flow chemistry systems which enable precise control of reaction parameters required in polymerization studies.

Atlas batch chemistry systems for polymerization

Atlas batch reactor systems offer automation and excellent control over parameters such as temperatures, pressures, mixing, concentrations, as well as reaction times. This enables chemists to reduce the polydispersity and achieve batch to batch reproducible results.

Petroleum and Petrochemical provider PTT in Thailand has invested in Atlas 3 bar reactor systems to test polymerization:

“We synthesize catalysts for the production of polyolefins such as polyethylene and polypropylene and test the polymerization in slurry and gas phase processes. To help with this work, we have invested in Atlas modular products, which are very adaptable and can form a wide range of chemical reactors.”

Precision calorimetry for polymerization scale-up safety studies

The Chemisens Reaction Calorimeter is the world’s most optimized reaction calorimeter for studying polymerization kinetics in real-time and without prior calibration.

The real-time reaction power data from the CPA reaction calorimeter allows polymerization scientists to see the polymerization rate and the overall polymerization reaction profile. This calibration free real-time data is obtained thanks to the True Heat Flow Technology which provides calorimetric polymerization data that is impervious to viscosity changes, density changes and reactor fouling.

The benefits of using the Syrris Chemisens reaction calorimeter for studying polymerizations are summarized in the table below.

Feature Benefit
Calibration-free The calibration-free nature of the calorimeter means that the polymerization rate of reaction can be seen in real time from initiation to completion
Resistant to reactor phase changes This reaction calorimeter operates independently of the heat transfer coefficient within the reactor. The changes such as reactor fouling, viscosity changes, phase changes etc. that would affect data collection in a classic reaction calorimeter do not impact the Syrris Chemisens calorimeter
Independent of reactor fill-volume Changes in the fill-volume of most calorimeters cause a change in the wetted area, which therefore demands additional calibration steps. Syrris Chemisens calorimeter operates independently of the fill level within the reactor allowing monomers, reagents, initiators, and polymers to be pumped in and out of the reactor without affecting the quality of the data
A product photograph of the Syrris Chemisens Reaction Calorimeter
A product photograph of the Syrris Chemisens Reaction Calorimeter

Flow chemistry systems for polymerization chemistry

Asia flow chemistry systems are ideal for achieving high control of the polymerization reaction. Key advantages of flow chemistry such as ultrafast mixing, improved temperature control, and easy scale-up benefit result in better, cleaner and more efficient polymerization reactions.

Microfluidic continuous flow for polymerization

Syrris’ sister company, Dolomite Microfluidics, specializes in microfluidic components, and also has examples of how continuous flow can improve polymerization processes:

      • Continuous polymer bead production
      • Continuous Agarose bead production
      • Continuous production of polymer nanoparticles
Syrris Asia System on Black Background
Syrris Asia Flow Chemistry Systems

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