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International Journal of Polymer Science
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 469353, 12 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/469353
Review Article

Highlight on the Mathematical Modeling of Controlled Free Radical Polymerization

Department of Chemical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran 31261, Saudi Arabia

Received 15 October 2014; Accepted 8 March 2015

Academic Editor: Frederik Wurm

Copyright © 2015 Mamdouh A. Al-Harthi. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Over the last quarter century, controlled free radical polymerization (CFRP) has received great attention by the researchers of polymer science and engineering. In addition to the experimental studies, many publications in the literature dealt with the modeling of CFRP processes. A review of acknowledged and well-received researches on mathematical modeling in the area of CFRP is presented in this work. Three main categories of CFRP (namely, ATRP, RAFT, and NMP) are taken into consideration in the review. The different techniques used in modeling CFRP processes are also enumerated with more emphasis on Monte Carlo simulation and the method of moments. The review provides a better understanding of the processes and the recent efforts to model CFRP.