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Thermal degradation of polymers. I integrity of monomer derived from thermal degradation of poly(methy1 methacrylate) and poly(methacrylonitri1e)

AN Hodder, KA Holland, ID Rae

Australian Journal of Chemistry | Published : 1985


A random copolymer of methyl methacrylate and its (D5)analogue has been used to show that thermal degradation of the polymer regenerates the original monomer units. A similar result has been obtained for poly( methacrylonitrile ). In each case, thermal degradation at 200° produced mainly the (D0)- and (D5)-species, while at higher temperatures some (D2)- and (D3)-ions were observed in the mass spectrum of the recovered monomer.

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