Microstructure, kinetics, and transport in oil-in-water microemulsion polymerizations

Jennifer O'Donnell, Eric W. Kaler

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The kinetics of microemulsion polymerization depend on the structure of the initial microemulsion and the transport of species between the aqueous domain, the micelles, and the polymer particles. The water solubility of the monomer and the proximity of the initial microemulsion composition to a phase boundary are key considerations for studying microemulsion polymerization kinetics and producing the desired products. Complications frequently arise in the synthesis of copolymers or the incorporation of controlled polymerization mechanisms because of the compartmentalized nature of microemulsion polymerizations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1445-1454
Number of pages10
JournalMacromolecular Rapid Communications
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 17 2007


  • Kinetics (polym.)
  • Microemulsion polymerization
  • Microstructure
  • Thermodynamics


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