Thermally Promoted Hydrolysis of Polyacrylamide

  • J. J. Maurer
  • G. D. Harvey
  • L. P. Klemann


Most low molecular weight (MW) amides will not hydrolyze in water alone. Hydrolysis can, however, be effected via acid or base catalysis, but elevated temperatures for an extended period of time may be required.(1) It has been shown that the nature of organic reactions involving macromolecules may differ significantly from those of their low MW analogs. This may be reflected in the kinetics and mechanism of the reaction as well as in the products obtained.(2,3) Such effects have been ascribed to steric or electrostatic interactions between different structural units of the polymer or between functional groups of the polymer and a given reagent.


Aqueous Brine HPAM Solution Ammonia Analysis Hydrolysis Data Hydrolysis Curve 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. J. Maurer
    • 1
  • G. D. Harvey
    • 1
  • L. P. Klemann
    • 1
  1. 1.Corporate Research LaboratoriesExxon Research and Engineering CompanyAnnandaleUSA

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