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Recent Trends in Polymer Reaction Engineering

May 13, 2019 / Stefan Spiegel

Polymers are ubiquitous in the materials that surround us. They are used for packaging, coatings, adhesives, fibers, pharmaceutical delivery, and other medical applications. Design of synthetic polymer products, and the engineering knowledge required to produce them on large scale, stimulates our appetite for discovery and innovation.
While modeling at its core needs to develop base assumptions where one only gains confidence by experimental validation, it is exciting to discover the individuality of particular systems. Challenging assumption then leads to refined understanding of key process details, and herein lies the beauty of polymer reaction engineering: the story is incomplete unless both experimentation and modeling are melodically in tune.