Decoding the mechanism of environmental polymer degradation
Grant number: DP170100035 | Funding period: 2017 - 2019
This project will use the powerful combination of mass spectrometry and computational chemistry to tease out key aspects of polymer degradation mechanisms under environmental conditions. Society increasingly relies on manufactured polymers but polymer lifespan and fossil fuel reserves are limited. Design principles are needed to guide the synthesis of durable polymers for applications from paints to protective coatings in photovoltaic cells. This project will establish appropriate guidelines and provide the scientific foundation for the synthesis of robust, long-lasting polymers, or polymers that decompose without damaging the environment. This will deliver significant economic and environme..View full description
Related publications (2)
Reaction of Distonic Aryl and Alkyl Radical Cations with Amines: The Role of Charge and Spin Revealed by Mass Spectrometry, Kinetic Studies, and DFT Calculations
Benjamin Andrikopoulos, Parvinder K Sidhu, Bethany Taggert, Joses G Nathanael, Richard AJ O'Hair, Uta Wille
Gas‐phase reaction of the aromatic distonic radical cations 4‐Pyr+. and 3‐Pyr+. with amines led to formation of the corresponding ..
Environmental Polymer Degradation: Using the Distonic Radical Ion Approach to Study the Gas-Phase Reactions of Model Polyester Radicals
Bethany I Taggert, Richard AJ O'Hair, Uta Wille
A novel precursor to the distonic O- and C-centered radical cations Oxo+O• and Oxo+C• was designed and synthesized, which represen..