Branching Kinetics of Epoxy Polymerization of 1,4-Butanediol Diglycidyl Ether with cis-1,2-Cyclohexanedicarboxylic Anhydride

  • Benjamin Chu
  • Chi Wu


The copolymerization of epoxy (1,4-butanediol diglycidyl ether (DGEBA) with anhydride (cis-l,2-cyclohexanedicarboxylic anhydride (CH) in the presence of benzyl dimethyl amine (CA) as a catalyst produces a branched epoxy polymer. We show that the branching kinetics of the copolymerization reaction and the molecular weight of the branched polymers formed during the copolymerization reaction before the gelation threshold can be approximated by using Smoluchowski’s coagulation equation.


Methyl Ethyl Ketone Diglycidyl Ether Epoxy Polymer Laser Light Scattering Copolymerization Reaction 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Chu
    • 1
  • Chi Wu
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ChemistryState University of New York at Stony BrookLong IslandUSA

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