Stochastic simulation of polymerization reactions
- Process Systems Engineering
- Focus/Key Topic:
Microgels are polymer networks of 10 – 10,000 nm with a wide range of functionalities. Responsive microgels react to diverse influencing factors (temperature, pH) and therefore are suited for a wide range of potential applications (drug delivery system, surface coating). For the targeted synthesis of functional microgels, a fundamental understanding of the influencing process parameters and their effect on microgel properties is essential.
For a better understanding of the microgel synthesis, experimental investigations are incorporated in a mathematical model of the microgel synthesis.
In the progress of this thesis, the polymerization reactions within microgel particles shall be described by a stochastic approach. Based on an existing model, mechanisms occurring during polymerization such as mass transfer between particle and solution phase shall be investigated.
The implementation will be in Matlab.