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Optimum temperature for oxidative degradation of poly(vinyl acetate) in solution

Madras, Giridhar and Chattopadhyay, Sujay (2001) Optimum temperature for oxidative degradation of poly(vinyl acetate) in solution. In: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING SCIENCE, 56 (17). pp. 5085-5089.

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The oxidative degradation of poly(vinyl acetate) (PVAc) was carried out in presence of benzoyl peroxide at 70-123 degreesC in a batch reactor by dissolving PVAc in chlorobenzene. The molecular weight distributions(MWDs) were measured as a function of reaction time by gel permeation chromatography. Experimental data indicates degradation occurs by random chain scission only without cross-linking and repolymerization. A radical mechanism for the oxidative degradation was proposed and modeled based on continuous distribution kinetics. An optimum temperature of 110 degreesC was observed for maximum degradation. The energy of activation of the random scission oxidative degradation rate coefficient, determined from the temperature dependence, was 20 kcal/mol.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Additional Information: Copyright of this article belongs to Elsevier Science.
Keywords: molecular weight distributions;oxidative degradation;continuous distribution kinetics;poly(vinyl acetate) degradation;optimum temperature;degradation rates
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2010 10:30
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:55
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/17191

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