Gamma ray-induced liquid-state polymerization of hexamethylcyclotrisiloxane and octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane

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The radiation-induced bulk polymerization of liquid hexamethylcyclotrisiloxane has been achieved. Appreciable yields of polymer from octamethylcyclotetrasiloxane liquid have also been obtained. These results were achieved on “ultra-dry” monomers and are interpreted in terms of an ionic polymerization mechanism.

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