In this study, a state-of-the-art high-throughput experimentation (HTE) workflow for catalytic olefin polymerization, covering an unprecedented wide part of the polymer knowledge and value chains from catalytic synthesis all the way down to "engineering"microrheology, was thoroughly assessed with respect to its ability to prepare new materials and produce large and accurate databases for the investigation of quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPRs). Olefin blocks copolymers (OBCs) produced under chain-shuttling polymerization conditions were used as a demonstration case. The results of a thorough microstructural, structural, mechanical, morphological, and rheological characterization of OBC replicas prepared with the HTE synthetic platform and a commercial sample, chosen as a benchmark, demonstrate the robustness of the approach. The proposed workflow can become a paradigm for the high-throughput synthesis and investigation of novel materials, thus reducing the time to market of new products. In our opinion, this opens the door to integrated HTE and artificial intelligence approaches to QSPR problem solving in the numerous cases for which a thorough understanding of the theory is not sufficient to deterministically unravel the complexity of practical applications.

Extending the High-Throughput Experimentation (HTE) Approach to Catalytic Olefin Polymerizations: From Catalysts to Materials

Vittoria A.;Urciuoli G.;Costanzo S.;Tammaro D.;Cannavacciuolo F. D.;Pasquino R.;Cipullo R.;Auriemma F.;Grizzuti N.;Maffettone P. L.;Busico V.
2022

Abstract

In this study, a state-of-the-art high-throughput experimentation (HTE) workflow for catalytic olefin polymerization, covering an unprecedented wide part of the polymer knowledge and value chains from catalytic synthesis all the way down to "engineering"microrheology, was thoroughly assessed with respect to its ability to prepare new materials and produce large and accurate databases for the investigation of quantitative structure-property relationships (QSPRs). Olefin blocks copolymers (OBCs) produced under chain-shuttling polymerization conditions were used as a demonstration case. The results of a thorough microstructural, structural, mechanical, morphological, and rheological characterization of OBC replicas prepared with the HTE synthetic platform and a commercial sample, chosen as a benchmark, demonstrate the robustness of the approach. The proposed workflow can become a paradigm for the high-throughput synthesis and investigation of novel materials, thus reducing the time to market of new products. In our opinion, this opens the door to integrated HTE and artificial intelligence approaches to QSPR problem solving in the numerous cases for which a thorough understanding of the theory is not sufficient to deterministically unravel the complexity of practical applications.
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