Polymer Reaction Engineering


Who should attend?

  • This course provides a technical explanation about the polymerization processes available for the industrial production of commodity polymers and their impact on the final product.
Public :
  • Process, project and technology engineers whishing to improve their technical knowledge in the field of the polymerization processes for commodity polymers.

Level : Proficiency

Course Content


      • Main characteristics of polymerization reaction: reaction enthalpy, polymerization initiation, propagation and termination. Use of initiators and catalysts. Types of catalysts.
      • Chain growth versus step growth polymerization.
      • Polymer structure - Configuration - Properties relationships.
      • Polymer characteristics and morphology.
      • Characterization methods relevant to industrial polymerization: molecular weight distribution, melt index, intrinsic viscosity, nuclear magnetic resonance, gel permeation chromatography, light scattering.

      • Definition of polymer reaction engineering.
      • Place of the reactor in the whole process. Operation constraints.
      • Type of industrial polymerization reactors.
      • Comparison of bulk, solution, suspension, emulsion polymerization processes, with examples of industrial licenses.
      • Case study: PE gas phase production in fluidized bed reactors.

Learning Objectives

  • Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to:
  • explain the relation between a polymer structure and its associated properties,
  • describe how the different types of reactor and use of comonomers impact polymer final properties,
  • explain the underlying motivations and constraints encountered in developing polymerization processes for the productions of commodity polymers.

Ways & Means

  • Detailed course material with pictures, videos and animation. Non-confidential information about licenses available in the market.
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