Encyclopedic Dictionary of Polymers

2011 Edition
| Editors: Jan W. Gooch

Bulk Polymerization

  • Jan W. Gooch
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-6247-8_1670

n The polymerization of a monomer (mass polymerization) in the absence of any medium other than a catalyst or accelerator. The monomer is usually a liquid, but the term also applies to the polymerization of glass and solids in the absence of solvents or any other dispersing medium. Polystyrene, polymethyl methacrylate, low-density polyethylene, and styrene-acrylonitrile copolymers are examples of polymers most frequently produced by bulk polymerization. Acrylic monomers may be simultaneously polymerized and formed into products by conducting the polymerization in molds such as those for rods and sheets. (Odian GC, (2004) Principles of polymerization, Wiley, New York; Mark JE (ed) (1996) Physical properties of polymers handbook. Springer, New York)

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  • Jan W. Gooch
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  1. 1.AtlantaUSA