Catalytic Polymerisation Processes

Econic’s catalytic polymerisation processes enable the production of polymers from COand epoxides. The two chemicals are linked together in chains by Econic’s catalysts to form a polymer.

Epoxides are small organic molecules which can react with less reactive molecules such as carbon dioxide in the presence of a catalyst. The epoxides, for example propylene oxide and ethylene oxide, are normally derived from petroleum.

Econic’s catalytic polymerisation process

During polymerisation, the raw materials (Epoxides) are linked together alternately: an unreactive CO2molecule is linked to a reactive epoxide, which is linked to another CO2 molecule and so on. This reaction can be controlled using efficient and stable catalysts.

This addition process is repeated many times, creating extended polycarbonate chains that contain up to 50% CO2 by weight. The length and the number of side branches of the chain can be modified to suit the application requirements of the polycarbonates.

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The benefits of Econic’s Catalytic Process

The Econic catalytic process is very cost-effective and has the following attributes:

  • Low pressure requirements
  • Novel, stable and effective catalyst
  • Potential for retro-fit into existing industry reactors

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