Chemists “re-write polymerisation process”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Chemists at the University of Pennsylvania have created a new process, known as SET-LRP, for free radical polymerisation. This method takes place at room temperature, uses less metal catalyst to drive the reaction and requires a very short reaction time, said the University.

We have basically re-written the equation of how the polymerisation process can work, said Virgil Percec, a professor in Penn’s Department of Chemistry. “The applications for the technology are enormous, ranging from medicine to coatings, from mouldable forms of rubber…

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