# What are the advantages and disadvantages of emulsion polymerization as compared to bulk and solution polymerization?

Dec 14, 2016

I'd say more advantages than disadvantages. The most obvious one being that you can avoid dangerous heat build up, and the emulsion is much easier to handle (than bulk).......

#### Explanation:

Gives potential for rapid polymerisation to yield high molecular weight polymer with low polydispersity.

Viscosity of polymer emulsion is much lower than that of straight polymer in melt phase. Easier to process but also allows production of polymers that are extremely sticky as 100% polymer.

Final product can easily be removed from reactor due to lower viscosity (and can be washed out with water).

Continuous phase (water) acts as a heat sink and allows temperature to be much better controlled, avoiding dangerous overheating.