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Kinetics and Mechanisms of Photo-Oxidation Processes

  • J. R. MacCallum
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Summary

The process of photo-oxidation of polymers can be rationalised in terms of a chain reaction comprising initiation, propagation, branching, and termination. Aspects of each step are discussed and the particular problems associated with solid-state reactions are highlighted. The distribution of reactants and products, the significance of diffusion controlled steps, and the role of trace impurities are considered. The relevance of such processes to stabilisation and prediction of material life time is briefly investigated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. MacCallum
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  1. 1.Department of ChemistryUniversity of St AndrewsScotland, UK

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