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Reaction kinetics dates back to the 19th century (Wilhelmy 1850 and Arrhenius 1889) and has since developed into a very useful method for chemists and physicists. It allows a reaction to be described in mathematical terms. Even more important is the possibility of predicting the behavior of a sample outside the practical measurement range. Reaction kinetics yields information on aging, oxidation stability, product lifetime, shelf life and process optimization without the need for time-consuming measurements. Model Free Kinetics is a new approach that makes no assumptions about the reaction model. As a result, you cannot choose the wrong model and the results become more reliable. 

The advantages of Model Free Kinetics are:

  • kinetic evaluations can be made without having to choose a reaction model,
  • the method can be applied to both simple and complex reactions,
  • simulation studies are possible, e.g. prediction of the reaction kinetics under other conditions.

In this presentation, we will explain the fundamentals of reaction kinetics and describe some interesting application examples. Reaction kinetics is the study of the rates at which chemical reactions proceed. The method investigates the effect of temperature, catalysts, and other factors on chemical reactions and yields information about reaction mechanisms. A good understanding of kinetics is very important, for example in the chemical industry for process development and safety investigations as well as in the polymer industry for understanding the curing behavior of thermosets. 

In this presentation, we will discuss the basic principles of kinetics and present some interesting applications. 

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