Comparison of chemical and enzymatic emulsion polymerization of styrene

Hyuk Sung Kwon, Eunyong Chung, Dong Ig Lee, Chang Ha Lee, Ik Sung Ahn, Ju Young Kim

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For the reasonable comparison of chemical and enzymatic polymerization, manganese(III) acetate and manganese peroxidase (MnP)-catalyzed synthesis of polystyrenes were chosen and studied with respect to the yield and the polydispersity of polymer particles. MnP allowed the production of polystyrene in a higher yield and higher polydispersity (82.34% and 2.61) than manganese(III) acetate (77.90% and 1.75). This is believed to be due to a gradual supply of initiator radicals via a catalytic cycle in MnP-catalyzed polymerization, whereas radicals are generated all at once in Mn(III)-mediated polymerization. NMR spectroscopy revealed that atactic polystyrene was produced by emulsion polymerization using Mn(III) or MnP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2935-2941
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Applied Polymer Science
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009 Jun 5

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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