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Characterization of polystyrene and polyacrylic based polymeric materials exposed to oxidative degradation

Charakterisierung von Polymeren auf Polystyrol- und Polyacrylbasis, die einem oxidativen Abbau ausgesetzt sind
P. U. Singare
From the journal Kerntechnik


The characterization of oxidative degraded polystyrene-based resin (R1) and polyacrylic based resin (R2) resins in H2O2 and HClO4 degradation medium were made based on the kinetics and thermodynamic data obtained for the ion-isotopic exchange reactions using such resins. For the reactions performed by using resins degraded in H2O2 medium, the reaction rate (k) values obtained for the fresh R1 (0.315 min–1) and R2 (0.187 min–1) resins decreases to 0.300 and 0.155 min–1 respectively for the resins degraded in 20% H2O2 medium, which further decreases to 0.289 and 0.142 min–1 respectively for the resins degraded in 30% H2O2 medium. A similar trend in the results were observed for the reactions performed by using the above resins degraded in HClO4 medium. The higher values of k (min–1) and low values of various thermodynamic parameters for the ion-isotopic exchange reactions performed by using fresh and degraded polystyrene-based resin R1 resins suggests superior degradation stability as compared to polyacrylic based R2 resin.


Die Charakterisierung der oxidativ abgebauten polystyrol-basierten Harze (R1) und der polyacryl-basierten Harze (R2) in H2O2- und HClO4-Abbaumedium erfolgt auf der Grundlage der kinetischen und thermodynamischen Daten, die für die Ionen-Isotopen-Austauschreaktionen unter Verwendung solcher Harze bestimmt wurden. Für die Reaktionen, die unter Verwendung von in H2O2-Medien abgebauten Harzen durchgeführt wurden, sinkt die Reaktionsgeschwindigkeit (k), die für die frischen R1- (0,315 min–1) und R2-Harze (0,187 min–1) erhalten wurde, auf 0,300 bzw. 0,155 min–1 für die in 20 %igem H2O2- Medium abgebauten Harze, die weiter auf 0,289 bzw. 0,142 min–1 für die in 30 %igem H2O2-Medium abgebauten Harze sinkt. Ein ähnlicher Trend in den Ergebnissen wurde für die Reaktionen beobachtet, die unter Verwendung der oben genannten Harze, die in HClO4-Medium abgebaut wurden, durchgeführt wurden. Die höheren Werte von k (min–1) und die niedrigen Werte verschiedener thermodynamischer Parameter für die Ionen-Isotopen-Austauschreaktionen, die unter Verwendung von frischem und abgebautem Harz auf Polystyrolbasis (R1) durchgeführt wurden, deuten auf eine höhere Abbaustabilität im Vergleich zum Harz auf Polyacrylbasis (R2) hin.


The author is thankful to Professor Dr. R.S. Lokhande (Retired) for his valuable help and support by providing the required facilities so as to carry out the experimental work in Radiochemistry Laboratory, Department of Chemistry, University of Mumbai, Vidyanagari, Mumbai –400 058.


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Received: 2021-01-19
Published Online: 2021-08-18
Published in Print: 2021-08-31

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