Date of Award

4-5-2021

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Department

Chemistry & Biochemistry

First Advisor

Ryan T. Hayes

Abstract

The objective of this research was to determine kinetic and thermodynamic data about the reaction between ethylene diamine and methyl acrylate which is used in the production of PAMAM dendrimers. Establishing a rate law and finding values such as rate constant, activation energy, and Arrhenius coefficient will help in determining the best possible conditions for the reaction. A rate law was established through the method of initial rates, comparing the rates of reactions with different initial concentrations to one another. Additional reactions were run with active cooling to observe the effects on rate and reaction progress, and finally reactions were run with varied reactant feed rates in order to test temperature controllability for future optimization work.

Subject Area

Dendrimers; Ethylenediamine; Methyl acrylate

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