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 webinar, we will discuss the basic principles of kinetics and present some interesting applications.
Kinetic methods are of fundamental importance for process development and the optimization of chemical processes. They provide us with information about the influence of temperature, time, concentration, catalysts, inhibitors, and other parameters on reactions.
Kinetic methods are practical for calculating the conversion of a starting material into a final product. This so-called global reaction describes how fast the overall reaction occurs.
Simulate reaction behavior
We can use mathematical models to simulate reaction behavior. This allows us to reduce the number of practical experiments to a minimum and provides us with valuable information about safety, scale-up, and stability.
Predicting reaction behavior
The most important application of kinetic methods in thermal analysis is to predict reaction behavior under conditions where measurements are difficult to perform or where the reaction times are very short or very long.
In brief, this webinar discusses various kinetic methods and why they are so attractive. It begins with an overview of kinetic theory and shows you how we can obtain suitable experimental data from differential scanning calorimetry and thermogravimetric analysis. Finally, several applications that demonstrate how we can use the results to predict reaction behavior are presented. Some of the examples also illustrate how to check predictions.