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An effective method to make polymers degrade readily: spatial isomerization

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Abstract

The widespread application of hydrocarbon polymers has spurred an increasing interest in the study of their degradation mechanism. In general, the chemical inertness of polymers makes their degradation by low-energy processes a challenging problem. Herein, we report a method of spatial isomerization to make polymers degrade easily. The first-principles calculations show that the energy barrier required for degradation reaction is directly related to the spatial arrangement of the polymer, with the isotactic structure and most atactic structures being easier to degrade than the syndiotactic structure. Therefore, a new way to accelerate the degradation by achieving spatial isomerization of polymers has been proposed. Furthermore, the synthesis rates of these structures have also been calculated to support future experiments.

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The article was received on 19 Mar 2019, accepted on 08 May 2019 and first published on 08 May 2019


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C9CP01544B
Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, Advance Article

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    An effective method to make polymers degrade readily: spatial isomerization

    Y. Zhu, R. Wang, W. Xie, D. Zhang, Z. Zhang and Z. Wang, Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys., 2019, Advance Article , DOI: 10.1039/C9CP01544B

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