A study of the oxidation of polymers using excited oxygen species
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In this thesis, the work is concerned with the effects of exposing various polymers, both in the solid state and in solution, to 'active' oxygen species. In this case the active species are mainly 1△g molecular oxygen and atomic oxygen produced by microwave discharge of molecular oxygen. The experimental work is in two parts, the first is concerned with solid phase reactions and the second with reactions in solution. The information derived may perhaps be used to elucidate the mechanisms by which polymers are oxidised, leading to a better understanding of polymer oxidations as a whole.
Thesis, PhD Doctor of Philosopy
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