Polymer chemistry in flow: New polymers, beads, capsules, and fibers

Jeremy L. Steinbacher, D. Tyler McQuade

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The union between polymer science and microfluidics is reviewed. Fluids in microreactors allow the synthesis of a wide range of polymeric materials with unique properties. We begin by discussing the important fluid dynamics that dominate the behavior of fluids on the micrometer scale. We then progress through a comprehensive analysis of the polymeric materials synthesized to date. This highlight concludes with an overview of the methods used to make microreactors. We enthusiastically endorse microreactors as a powerful approach to making materials with controlled properties, al though we have tried to provide a critical eye to help the nonexpert enter the field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6505-6533
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part A: Polymer Chemistry
Issue number22
StatePublished - Nov 15 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • Colloids
  • Microencapsulation
  • Microfluidics
  • Microparticles
  • Particle size distribution

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Materials Chemistry


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