Monte Carlo simulations have been used to predict the molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, and composition of copolymers. The method is particularly suited to the simulation of copolymerizations carried out in the presence of chain-transfer agents (e.g., thiols). Calculations have been performed to show that selectivity shown in the initiation and termination reactions can have a dramatic influence on the composition and molecular weight distribution of cooligomers and copolymers.
Vol. 20, no. 3 (May 1987), pp. 675-679