Title

Propagating Fronts of Polymerization in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-1-1997

Department

Chemistry and Biochemistry

School

Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Abstract

Here we report a simple and inexpensive experiment with propagating fronts of addition polymerization that demonstrates a method of testing the steady-state model of polymerization and includes the effects of heat losses and gravity on a chemical reaction. The experiment we describe involves a novel approach to polymeric materials synthesis but requires no more than test tubes, two inexpensive chemicals, a ruler, and a stopwatch.

Publication Title

Journal of Chemical Education

Volume

74

Issue

6

First Page

727

Last Page

730

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