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Polymer Degradation and Stability

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The relationship between cross-linking and thermal stability as related to polybutadiene is the focus of current research. Cross-linked polybutadienes have been prepared using various diols as the cross-linking agent. Cross-linked polymers have been characterized by gel content, swelling ratios, infrared spectroscopy, and thermal analysis. These polymers are not highly cross-linked, as seen by gel content and swelling ratios, and cross-linking does not have a large effect on the onset temperature of the degradation. Nonetheless, extensive formation of a non-volatile residue occurs.


Accepted version. Polymer Degradation and Stability, Vol. 70, No. 3 (2000): 417-424. DOI. © 2000 Elsevier B.V. Used with permission.

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