Principles of Oxidative Degradation

  • Hans Zweifel
Part of the Macromolecular Systems — Materials Approach book series (MACROSYSTEMS)


Organic materials undergo degradation reactions in the presence of oxygen. As a result, numerous oxidation products are formed such as, e.g. peroxides, alcohols, ketones, aldehydes, acids, peracids, peresters or y-lactones. Elevated temperatures, heat, and catalysts, such as metals and metal ions, assist oxidation. Degradation products arising from the oxidation of defined low molecular weight hydrocarbons can be relatively, easily isolated and analyzed.


Polyethylene Hydrocarbon Rubber Aldehyde Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon 


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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans Zweifel
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  1. 1.Additives DivisionCiba Specialty Chemicals IncBaselSwitzerland

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