Chain Transfer Agents
Mercaptans are commonly used as reactants in the manufacturing processes of many common rubber and thermoplastic materials.
The use of mercaptans allows for fine control of the molecular chain length during polymerization, leading to easy processing conditions and mechanical performance of the resulting polymer.
Products in this range
DMDO for chain transfer agent
Normal Dodecyl Mercaptan
Normal Octyl Mercaptan
Tertiary Dodecyl Mercaptan
Using a chain transfer agent enables a narrower molecular weight distribution, leading to easy processing conditions and enhanced mechanical performance of the resulting polymer.
Arkema provides a range of chain transfer agents:
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How to choose the right chain transfer agent?
It is recommended that you choose your chain transfer agent based on the physical properties that are required for the material, as reviewed below.
Properties of final materials:
- Melt flow
- Heat resistance
- Chemical resistance
- Secondary function
Constraints of process:
- Cost effectiveness
- Efficiency of CTA
- Reaction rate
- Phase of reaction
- Open/Closed system
Choice of CTA:
- Normal Octyl Mercaptan (NOM)
- Normal Dodecyl Mercaptan (NDM)
- Tertiary Dodecyl Mercaptan (TDM)
- Tertiary Nonyl Mercaptan (TNM)
- 1,8- Dimercapto- 3,6- dioxaoctane (DMDO)
Thioglycolic Acid (TGA)
A wide range of applications
Arkema’s chain transfer agents are heavily used by customers in a variety of polymer manufacturing processes in a wide array of industries, such as automotive, adhesives, rheology modifiers, and many many more. These processes include the production of polymers such as the ones based on butadiene and styrene (rubber and latex), the styrenics, the acrylics and derivatives PMMA and ABS), and the PS.
Several factors affect a material’s performance, such as the polymerization recipe, the polymer structure (molecular weight and MFR sensitivity), and the material performance properties, including service temperature, MFR, mechanical properties, product consistency, and thermal stability.
Automotive and transportation
- Polymer and rubber
Chemical and plastics industry
- Polymer engineering
Packaging and Paper
- Paper and board
- Rigid packaging
- Specialty paper
Paint, coatings and adhesives
- Acrylic resins
Chain transfer agent