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Thermal Degradation of Poly(ethylene oxide) and Polyacrylamide with Ascorbic Acid

Vijayalakshmi, SP and Raichur, Ashok and Madras, Giridhar (2006) Thermal Degradation of Poly(ethylene oxide) and Polyacrylamide with Ascorbic Acid. In: Journal of Applied Polymer Science, 101 (5). pp. 3067-3072.

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The degradation of poly(ethylene oxide) and polyacrylamide in aqueous solution was studied with ascorbic acid. Gel permeation chromatograph was used to monitor molecular weight dynamics with time. A model based on continuous distribution kinetics showed that the experimental data matched well with theory. The results showed that the degradation of polymers is significantly enhanced in the presence of ascorbic acid. The degradation rate initially increased with ascorbic acid concentration but was independent of it at higher concentrations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Publication: Journal of Applied Polymer Science
Publisher: Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Additional Information: The copyright of this article belongs to Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Keywords: Poly(ethylene oxide);Polyacrylamide;Degradation;Recycling; Water soluble polymers;Temperature;Activation energy
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Chemical Engineering
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2007
Last Modified: 19 Sep 2010 04:34
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/9502

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