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Simon Kuhn's Biography

Simon Kuhn, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, KU Leuven Belgium

Simon Kuhn received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from TU Munich and his PhD from ETH Zurich. After a stay as post-doctoral fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), he joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at University College London as assistant professor. In 2014, he was appointed as professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at KU Leuven. His research interests lie in the characterization of transport processes in complex flows using experiments and modeling, scaling-up microchemical systems, and design of novel flow reactors.

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Emulsion Polymerization in Ultrasonic Microreactors

Monday, 27 March 2023 at 10:00

Add to Calendar ▼2023-03-27 10:00:002023-03-27 11:00:00Europe/LondonEmulsion Polymerization in Ultrasonic MicroreactorsFlow Chemistry European Summit 2023 in Rotterdam, The NetherlandsRotterdam, The

Polymeric dispersions have broad applications in adhesives, coatings, catalyst support, encapsulation, and drug delivery. One approach is the generation of miniemulsions (50nm<d<1000nm) and subsequent polymerization to synthesize polymer nanoparticles that can achieve the desired size and morphology for targeting a specific application. Ultrasonic microreactors have proven to be effective in the generation of miniemulsions, although with a high polydispersity (PDI > 0.3). To address this issue, an ultrasonic microreactor was developed, which enables the generation of a monodisperse miniemulsion (PDI < 0.3) to synthesize polymer nanoparticles. This ultrasonic microreactor consists of serpentine channels with a square cross-section of 1.2 mm in borosilicate glass with a piezoelectric plate transducer attached to one side. The miniemulsion created by the cavitation activity in the ultrasonic microreactor is then fed into a temperature controlled (75°C) coiled loop reactor for the continuous polymerization of monomer droplets. Specifically, we study the cross-linking polymerization of butyl methacrylate, for which the continuous phase is water with a surfactant (Lutensol AT50), and the dispersed phase consists of the monomer butyl methacrylate, the cross-linking agent ethyl glycol dimethacrylate, the costabilizer hexadecane and the thermal initiator AIBN. Preliminary results highlight the performance of the developed system. For a dispersed to continuous volumetric flow rate ratio of 1:4, residence time of 4 min at a US frequency and power of 47kHz and 15W, particles with a mean hydrodynamic diameter of 94 nm and PDI of 0.15 were obtained. The influence of the operating parameters (load power, frequency, surfactant concentration, flow rate ratio and residence time) on the size of the miniemulsion droplets and to control the final particle size will be discussed in detail.

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