ERIC Number: EJ1161311
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Synthesis of Polystyrene and Molecular Weight Determination by [superscript 1]H NMR End-Group Analysis
Wackerly, Jay Wm.; Dunne, James F.
Journal of Chemical Education, v94 n11 p1790-1793 Nov 2017
A procedure for the solution polymerization of styrene using di-"tert"-butyl peroxide (DTBP) as the initiator is described. The use of DTBP allows for end-group analysis by [superscript 1]H NMR spectroscopy and calculation of the number-average molecular weight of the polymer. This experiment was designed as a laboratory introduction to polymer chemistry for second-year undergraduate students. The highest-order focus was to get students to derive an equation to calculate the number-average molecular weight by [superscript 1]H NMR spectral analysis.
Descriptors: Synthesis, Molecular Structure, Plastics, Laboratory Experiments, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Teaching Methods
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Education Level: Higher Education
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