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JournalMaterials world
DatePublished - 1 Jan 2009
Pages34-35
Number of pages2
Original languageEnglish

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The UK Polymer IRC and the Polymer Engineering Group launched the Microscale Polymer Processing initiative in 1999 to develop polymers for commercial production. The project aimed at designing new plastics at the molecular level, with all the subsequent processing and product properties targeted from the design of the polymerization process. A joint research team was created that self-connected to industrial teams in BP Chemicals, BASF, DSM, Dow Chemical, Du Pont Teijin, and Lucite International. Theories used to calculate stress-fields and flow of melts were also developed to make predictions for scattering experiments. The structure of the project generated several advantages, such as conceptual steering receiving significant information from the industry throughout its operation. Experiments on well-defined polymers with known molecular weights and architectures were also used to test and improve the theoretical models before being applied to more complex and less well characterized industrial materials.

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