Different fractions from a polymerisation reactor

Polymers such as those used in clothing and the foam layer of running shoes are manufactured through a polymerisation reaction, most commonly free radical polymerisation. Hence, depending on how the reaction is tuned and controlled, different grades of polymers would predominate in the products stream coming out of the reactor.   However, irrespective of the … More Different fractions from a polymerisation reactor

Industrial chemistry and chemical engineering

We are surrounded by plastics, disposable drinks bottles, and clothing made of synthetic materials such as polyesters. But, where do these materials come from? The common notion would be chemical engineering. The answer is correct, but what is chemical engineering?   Chemical engineering is a discipline that evolved from industrial chemistry in the early 1900s. … More Industrial chemistry and chemical engineering