Prof. Gerard T. Caneba, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Professor at Michigan Technological University

Professor Gerard T. Caneba (B.S. Chemical Engineering, 1979) donated his 2 books entitled,  “Free-Radical Retrograde-Precipitation Polymerization (FRRPP): Novel Concept, Processes, Materials, and Energy Aspects” and  Emulsion-based Free-Radical Retrograded-Precipitation Polymerization (FRRPP) to the University Library.

Professor Gerard T. Caneba is a Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering Professor at Michigan Technological University. His research expertise and interests include controlled chain, polymerizations, radiation-Initiated FRRPP, Thermoreversible Nanobiomaterials, Sustainability polymer materials/systems, Enhanced oil recovery and cleanup operations, Mathematical modeling/computer simulation of dynamic systems and Carbon Nanotube/polymer composites. Read his biographical information and professional achievements at this link, http://www.mtu.edu/chemical/department/faculty/caneba/ (Access date: June 5, 2012)

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Free-Radical Retrograde-Precipitation Polymerization (FRRPP): Novel Concept, Processes, Materials, and Energy Aspects was published by Springer in 2010. The book is about the FRRPP process that was discovered by Prof. Caneba at Michigan Technological University in the 1990s as a chain polymerization method, whereby phase separation is occurring while reactive sites  are above the lower critical solution temperature (LCST). The book pertains to unique phenomenological features of a potentially runaway polymerization reaction process that is apparently brought under control through a mass and energy confining mechanism. It integrates the combination of various concepts in order to explain a collection of experimental observations, which includes entrapment of reactive intermediates as well as their energy contents, nucleated thermal hot spots beyond adiabatic rise temperatures, and nanoscale confinement behavior that has been used for fine patterning of polymers. Toward the end, the author of the book will try to use whatever understanding that has been formulated about the Free-Radical Retrograde-Precipitation Polymerization (FRRPP) process to relate it to various materials including environmentally-reponsible and energy-relevant types, and inherent control of energetic systems.

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Emulsion-based Free-Radical Retrograde-Precipitation Polymerization was published by Springer in 2011 and co-authored with Yadunandan Dar. This monograph is a follow-up material to the first FRRPP book by Gerard Caneba in 2010. It includes additional conceptual results, implementation of the FRRPP process in emulsion media to produce various block copolymers, and other FRRPP-related supplementary topics. Conceptual topics include the application of the quantitative analysis presented in the first FRRPP monograph for the occurrence of the FRRPP process to the polysterene-styrene-ether (PS-S-Ether) and poly(methacrylic acid)-methacrylic acid-water (PMAA-MAA-Water) systems, as well as extensions through unsteady state analysis of the occurrence of flat temperature profiles.  Also, the generalization of the quantitative analysis is done to consider molecular weight effects, especially based on changes of the phase envelope to an hourglass type. Topics in implementation of the FRRPP process from pre-emulsions of monomers and the solvent/precipitant are highlighted.  Additional FRRPP topics are included in this monograph that pertain to more recent efforts of Gerard Caneba, such as  oil spill control, oil dispersant system, and caustic sludge remediation from emulsion-based FRRPP materials, hydrolysis of vinyl acetate-acrylic acid-based copolymers, and other polymer modification studies from FRRPP-based emulsions.

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