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Molecular intermediates in glow discharge polymerization

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  • Ashok K. Sharma,

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    1. Polymer Division, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri—Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri 64110
    • Ashok K. Sharma, R&D Centre, M/s. Bakelite Hylam Limited, 7-2-1669, Sanathnagar, P.B. No. 1908, Hyderabad—500 018, India
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  • Eckhard W. Hellmuth

    1. Polymer Division, Department of Chemistry, University of Missouri—Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri 64110
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Abstract

Mass spectral analysis of gaseous effluents from glow discharge polymerization of propylene confirms the formation of molecular propyne as an intermediate in the polymerization reaction. Observation of oligomeric species of mass number 138 or higher at the lowest monomer feed rate of the study indicates that a certain fraction of polymerization occurs in the gas phase.

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