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Polymerization of 1,2-epoxy-4-epoxyethylcyclohexane

Usanmaz, Ali
Asaid, Adel
Radiation‐induced polymerization of 1,2‐epoxy‐4‐epoxyethylcyclohexane (EECH) has been carried out at different temperatures in solid and liquid states. Activation energy was calculated from Arrhenius plot and ionic mechanism was proposed. Molecular weights for some polymer samples were determined by cryscopic method and compared with their intrinsic viscosities. Cationic polymerization of EECH initiated by BF3 · O(C2H5)2 and anionic polymerization initiated by NaOH are also studied. Two epoxy rings can be opened for polymerization selectively by radiation, but not by chemical initiators. The expected polyether structure was observed from the IR spectrum. Polymers obtained were shown to be amorphous from X‐ray photographs.