[en] A redox initiating system was developed in order to bypass 2,2'-azobis(4-methoxy-2,4-dimethylvaleronitrile) (V70) as the initiator of the cobalt-mediated radical polymerization (CMRP) of vinyl acetate (VAc) in the presence of cobalt(II) acetylacetonate (Co(acac)(2)). It is indeed a problem to stock up with V70 because of needed storage at -20 degrees C during transportation. This paper reports on the controlled CMRP of VAc initiated by ascorbic acid combined with either lauroyl peroxide or benzoyl peroxide at 30 degrees C. Substitution of citric acid for ascorbic acid results in faster polymerization whereas the polymerization control is maintained. All these improvements facilitate the implementation of the vinyl acetate CMRP and open the door to the scale-up of the process.
Center for Education and Research on Macromolecules (CERM)
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