Polystyrene and Styrene copolymers Applications, Synthesis and Kinetics

Styrene is the main component of all reactions in this thesis. This monomer is chosen as it is versatile and well-known. Styrene is polymerised in the extruder by means of a radical mechanism. In most experiments, one or two comonomers are added to styrene yielding co and terpolymers. This chapter gives an overview of the applications of polystyrene and styrene copolymers. Furthermore, the polymerisation rates of styrene and styrene-n-butyl methacrylate are evaluated theoretically and experimentally.