Joint Centers of Excellence Program

Development of Single Site Polymerisation Catalysts

In an age where many of the items used on a daily basis are produced from polymers, a need to improve the processes currently employed are considered a primary goal. Polymerisation catalysts will be designed and developed which promote better chain growth control. The interaction of the monomer units may be examined by a number of complimentary techniques such as; in-situ Laser Raman spectroscopy, high resolution NMR spectroscopy and MS-MS. Through this the polymerisation mechanism will be studied and optimisation of the process parameters will be achieved.