Date of Award

Summer 1990

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Synthetic polymeric materials have played an increasingly important and ubiquitous part of day to day life. Unfortunately, most synthetic polymeric materials are far more flammable than the natural materials they have replaced. Efforts to remedy this high flammability often results in destruction of the useful characteristics of the polymer itself. The goal of this work is to elucidate the mechanism of the degradation of poly(methyl methacrylate), PMMA, in the presence of manganese chloride in the hopes that a clear understnading of this mechanistic pathway will aid in the development of effective flame retardant agents for PMMA and other synthetic polymers.



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