Supercritical Floropolymerization Unit

Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials (SEAM) Laboratory

Front View of the Supercritical Fluoropolymerization Unit.

The supercritical fluoropolymerization unit comprises of an 4 ft by 3 ft by 7 ft steel enclosure which is caster mounted. The front of the enclosure has operator accessible valves, pressure gauges, heater control, and booster pump control. A computerized data acquisition and control system controls the pressure in the reactor and records the temperature at multiple locations.

Reactor: 300 mL 316 Stainless Steel Agitated Bolt Closure, Autoclave Engineers
Reactor MAWP: 5400 psig at 650°F
Modes of Operation: Batch, semibatch, continuous
Working Fluid: Supercritical fluids such as carbon dioxide, alkanes, alcohols and binary mixtures thereof. Excludes water and highly corrosive or oxidative environments
Pressure Development: Two booster pumps (pneumatically driven compressor) and micrometering pump
Control and Aquisiton: Electronic heater control, computer based data aquisition, computer based pressure control
Principle Applications: Free radical initiated fluoropolymerization in supercritical carbon dioxide, supercritical polymerization, graft copolymerization, supercritical infusion, supercritical polymer blending and nanocomposite materials.

300 mL 316 Stainless Steel Bolt Closure Reactor with magnetically driven agitation.

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