Propagating Fronts of Polymerization in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory
Chemistry and Biochemistry
Mathematics and Natural Sciences
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.
Journal of Chemical Education
Pojman, J. A.,
West, W. W.,
(1997). Propagating Fronts of Polymerization in the Physical Chemistry Laboratory. Journal of Chemical Education, 74(6), 727-730.
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