Polymerization reactor for polyolefin synthesisWhen reality deviates from spec
The inquiry seemed relatively simple: “We’re looking for a glass or metal polymerization reactor; plus a frame, agitator, gas regulator and probably a thermostat. We want to use tit for research into the synthesis of polyolefins.” No problem for Autoclave; after all, 95% of its deliveries are customer-specific solutions. However, when the fume cupboard dimensions turned out to be very different from the original spec, it became quite a challenge. In the end, it was a collaboration between Autoclave, two departments of Büchi, and thermostat supplier Huber that came up with the ideal solution.
Within the University of Maastricht, Dario Romano and his colleagues conduct research into the synthesis of polyolefins. As part of their investigations, they test existing and new catalytic systems for the synthesis of both olefin and bio-based polymers. The materials produced by these processes vary from basic plastics (feedstocks) to polymers for high-end engineering applications;