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Bulk Polymerization

The conventional production process for polymers requires large volumes of solvent. With its KneaderReactors LIST can offer an efficient alternative.

The LIST KneaderReactor is able to polymerize the monomers and catalyts in a highly concentrated, solvent-free phase. Conversion rates of 90% ... 99% can be easily reached. In a second stage following the polymerization, the polymer mass is directly devolatilized to a residual monomer content of 1000 ppm or even lower.

Especially in exothermic bulk (co)- polymerization processes the large heat exchange surface of LIST KneaderReactors in combination with the evaporative cooling are helping to precisely control the product temperature.

The unique geometry of the mixing elements provides constant surface renewal optimizing heat transfer and minimizes product accumulation and dead zones.


Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)
In a LIST KneaderReactor bulk polymerization of Methacrylic Acid Derivates is reaching a conversion rate of up to 98%. Polydispersity Index (PDI) values of 1.5 ... 2.0 can be reached.


Super Absorbent Polymer (SAP)
Acrylic acid is polymerized in an aqueous bulk polymerization process with a polymer content up to 45% and a conversion rate > 99%. The precise temperature control in a LIST KneaderReactor results in a very narrow Polydispersity Index (PDI) distribution. The SAP is discharged as free flowing material.

Your Benefits

  • Effective self-cleaning to minimize dead zones, product accumulation and product degradation
  • High surface renewal efficiency
  • Low shear processing
  • Narrow residence time distribution combined with a wide and flexible range of residence times
  • High conversion rates
  • Poly Dispersity Index < 2
  • Preventing local overheating


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Reactor for solvent-free polymer processing Converting the polymer industry to solvent-free polymerisation processes and avoiding unnecessary recirculation decreases energy consumption and reduces waste production. This can be achieved with the horizontal large-volume Kneader Reactor with superior mixing and homogenisation performance. The casing, shafts and mixing elements are indirectly heated by heat transfer fluids and dynamically self-cleaning. English 2012
Bulk Polymerisation or Copolymerisation in a Novel Continuous Kneader Reactor A new type of kneader reactor is proposed for the continuous radical (co-) polymerisation without solvent, based on the proven design of mature (kneader-) dryer technology. The reactor has been developed to satisfy all major aspects required for (co-) polymerisation while maintaining the safety and reliability of the previous mechanical design. The new kneader reactor offers a perfect combination of surface renewal and evaporative cooling to control temperature to high conversion (85 to 95%), even for bulk systems that have a strong gel effect (Trommsdorff’s effect) and high exothermicity. English 2006
Bulk polymerisation of MMA in a kneader reactor The bulk free radical polymerization of methyl methacrylate (MMA) or the bulk free radical copolymerization of MMA based monomer recipes face a gel effect (Trommsdorff’s effect) and exothermicity. The kneader reactor offers a perfect combination of surface renewal and evaporative cooling to control temperature at high conversion (85 to 95%). English 2006
CKR for continous polymerisations producing solid granular polymers A review of the existing polymerisation processes is proposed, with particular attention to the control of viscosity and heat removal. Up to the present time, different types of reactor have been developed in order to improve the stability of the polymerisation process. A review of these reactors is presented for the heterogeneous and homogeneous polymerisations. The production of solid polymer granules directly in a kneader reactor under evaporative cooling is seen as an efficient and reliable polymerisation technology. English 2001
Continous polymerisation Various types of reactor have been developed to date for improving the stability of the polymerisation process. This review describes a few examples of heterogeneous and homogeneous polymerisation, focusing particularly on viscosity control and heat removal. The production of solid polymer granules directly in a kneader-reactor with evaporative cooling is one efficient and reliable polymerisation technology. English 2003
Prediction of Kneader Reactor Bulk Co-Polymerization Continuous Processes Batch trials were performed on a kneader reactor where a bulk co-polymerization was carried out. Polymerization conversion, viscosity build, reaction kinetics, and heat transfer calculations were performed using the experimental data from the batch trials. A continuous process was proposed for this bulk copolymerization and the models and results from the batch trials were used in designing the continuous process. Predictions of the continuous process using the batch trial data are compared to the actual continuous process, with a focus on polymer conversion, heat transfer, and torque prediction. English 2007
Saying goodbye to solvents Are you looking for a solvent-free, safe, eco-friendly and energy-efficient way of producing new types of products with new levels of quality? New technology is available to help you do exactly that. English 2009
Es geht auch ohne Lösungsmittel Sie suchen ein lösungsmittelfreies, sicheres, umweltfreundliches und energieeffizientes Herstellungsverfahren, das neue Produkttypen mit neuen Qualitätsmerkmalen hervorbringt? Eine neue Technologie macht’s möglich. Deutsch 2009
Ganz ohne Lösungsmittel - Syntheseverfahren in der konzentrierten Phase Mit lösemittelfreier Prozessführung, dem sogenannten Dry Processing, lassen sich zwei entscheidende Ziele erreichen: umweltfreundliche Prozesse und eine deutliche Senkung der Investitions- und Betriebskosten. Die Schweizer Firma List konzentriert sich dabei nicht auf einzelne Verfahrensschritte, sondern auf den Prozess als Einheit, um eine ganzheitliche verfahrenstechnische und wirtschaftliche Optimierung zu erreichen. Deutsch 2009