Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry Group
Prof. Dr. Michael Buback
Institute of Physical Chemistry
Tel. +49 (0)551 / 39-33141
Fax +49 (0)551 / 39-33144
The scientific work of
the Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry Group is focused on the
kinetics and selectivity of chemical processes in a wide pressure and
temperature range and in supercritical fluid conditions. The main work is
centered on the kinetics of free-radical homo- and
copolymerizations with special interest focused on the investigations into
the kinetic coefficients of the individual reaction steps, i.e.
initiation, propagation, chain transfer and termination, which directly
influence the properties of the final polymeric material. Polymerizations
in bulk and solution, especially scCO2 and water, are studied in detail.
Additionally, living free radical processes, such as ATRP and RAFT polymerizations, are subject
of ongoing research with respect to their mechanism and kinetics.