Principles of Oxidative Degradation
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.
KeywordsPolyethylene Hydrocarbon Rubber Aldehyde Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon
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