Title

Nonlinear Dynamics in Frontal Polymerization

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

Abstract

Thermal frontal polymerization is a mode of converting monomer into polymer via a localized exothermic reaction zone that propagates through the coupling of thermal diffusion and the Arrhenius reaction kinetics of an exothermic polymerization. We review the range of nonlinear phenomena that have been observed in frontal polymerization systems and report new results on the role of gravity in spin modes and the development of spherically-propagating fronts.

Publication Title

ACS Symposium Series

Volume

869

First Page

106

Last Page

120