Journal article

The role of peroxyl radicals in polyester degradation - a mass spectrometric product and kinetic study using the distonic radical ion approach

BD Gervasoni, GN Khairallah, RAJ O'Hair, U Wille

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY CHEMICAL PHYSICS | ROYAL SOC CHEMISTRY | Published : 2015

Abstract

Mass spectrometric techniques were used to obtain detailed insight into the reactions of peroxyl radicals with model systems of (damaged) polyesters. Using a distonic radical ion approach, it was shown that N-methylpyridinium peroxyl radical cations, Pyr(+)OO˙, do not react with non-activated C-H bonds typically present in polyesters that resist degradation. Structural damage in the polymer, for example small amounts of alkene moieties formed during the manufacturing process, is required to enable reaction with Pyr(+)OO˙, which proceeds with high preference through addition to the π system rather than via allylic hydrogen atom abstraction (kadd/kHAT > 20 for internal alkenes). This is due to..

View full abstract

Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council under the Centre of Excellence Scheme


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Australian Research Council under the Centre of Excellence Scheme (CE0561607) and the University of Melbourne. Computational resources were provided through the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme. The authors thank G. Gryn'ova and M. L. Coote for helpful discussions.