Fire Safety Journal
Cross-linking is identified as an effective means for flame retardation of polymers and schemes for the cross-linking of poly(ethylene terephthalate) and poly(methyl methacrylate) are presented. For poly(ethylene terephthalate) the scheme involves polymerization of the initially produced vinyl ester. This is followed by chain-stripping, producing a polyene, and cyclization of this polyene. For poly(methyl methacrylate) the scheme entails the formation of anhydride linkages between adjacent polymer strands. Evidence is presented to show the efficacy of these processes and information is produced to aid in the identification of new flame retardants.
Wilkie, Charles A.; Sirdesai, Sunil J.; and Suebsaeng, Thitivat, "A Strategy for the Design of Flame Retardants: Cross-linking Processes" (1989). Chemistry Faculty Research and Publications. 942.
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