Doctoral Dissertations

Abstract

"A study has been made on the plasma polymerization of styrene and vinyl type monomers in a cold, low power, inductively-coupled RF plasma. All vinyl type monomers yielded an insoluble, crosslinked film which was slightly colored. A kinetic study is reported for styrene. The effects of power level, bleed rate of monomer, pressure and reactor geometry on the rate of polymer formation are reported. A mechanism is postulated for plasma polymerization. It was found that the initiation step was the rate controlling step and that the reaction followed a cationic polymerization scheme. Both crosslinking and discoloration of the polymers occur at the time of polymerization and are not a result of exposure of the reacted polymer to the plasma. The polymerization was shown to take place in the bulk phase as well as on the reaction wall surfaces. A design equation is reported which is consistent with experimental data obtained for polymer formation within the RF field of the reactor"--Abstract, page ii.

Advisor(s)

Mayhan, Kenneth G.

Committee Member(s)

James, William J.
Venable, Raymond L., 1935-2008
Bell, Robert John, 1934-
Carroll, William R.
Webb, William H .

Department(s)

Chemistry

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Chemistry

Sponsor(s)

University of Missouri--Rolla. Graduate Center for Materials Research

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

1970

Pagination

xi, 135 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 133-135).

Rights

© 1970 Larry Flack Thompson, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access

File Type

text

Language

English

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Plasma polymerization
Vinyl polymers
Monomers
Styrene

Thesis Number

T 2395

Print OCLC #

6022654

Electronic OCLC #

855534345

Included in

Chemistry Commons

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