A New Approach in Copolymerization: Monte Carlo Method for the Reactivity Ratios Calculation in Copolymerization of Furfuryl Acrylate with 2-Hydroxyethyl Methacrylate.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-14281999000100005 Polímeros: Ciência e Tecnologia, vol.9, n1, p.1-1, 1999
Copolymers of furfuryl acrylate (A) with 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate (H) were prepared by free radical copolymerization in DMF solution at 50°C, using 2,2'-azobisisobutyronitrile (AIBN) as initiator. The reactivity ratios of both monomers were calculated according to the general copolymerization equation using the Fineman-Ross and Kelen-Tüdos linearization methods, as well as the Tidwell-Mortimer non linear leastsquares treatment and the Monte Carlo random method. The reactivity ratios obtained were rA = 0.93 and rH = 1.42. Similar results were obtained by both, the Monte Carlo and the non-linear least squares methods. The microstructure of copolymer chains based on the first order Markov statistics is described.
Reactivity ratios, copolymerization microstructure, furfuryl acrylate, 2-hydroxyethyl methacrylate