Thermal/oxidative degradation and stabilization of polyethylene glycol

Seongok Han, Chongyoup Kim, Dongsook Kwon

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Abstract

Thermal degradation and stabilization of polyethylene glycol (PEG) with a molecular weight of 6000 have been investigated in order to develop PEG as a thermal energy storage material. Low molecular weight esters including formic esters were produced as the main products of the thermal degradation of PEG at 80 C in air. No degradation was observed for PEG aged in a vacuum. The mechanism of thermal degradation is found to be the random chain scission of the main chain. Thermal degradation could be suppressed by adding 2,2′-methylene-bis(4-methyl-6-tert-butylphenol) (MBMTBP) as an antioxidant. In the stabilizing process. MBMTBP itself is transformed to dimers or trimers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)317-323
Number of pages7
JournalPolymer
Volume38
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997 Dec 1
Externally publishedYes

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Polyethylene glycols
Pyrolysis
Stabilization
Degradation
Esters
Molecular weight
Thermal energy
Antioxidants
Dimers
Energy storage
Vacuum
Hot Temperature
Air

Keywords

  • Degradation mechanism
  • PEG 6000
  • Phase change material

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Organic Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics

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Thermal/oxidative degradation and stabilization of polyethylene glycol. / Han, Seongok; Kim, Chongyoup; Kwon, Dongsook.

In: Polymer, Vol. 38, No. 2, 01.12.1997, p. 317-323.

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Han, S, Kim, C & Kwon, D 1997, 'Thermal/oxidative degradation and stabilization of polyethylene glycol', Polymer, vol. 38, no. 2, pp. 317-323.
Han, Seongok ; Kim, Chongyoup ; Kwon, Dongsook. / Thermal/oxidative degradation and stabilization of polyethylene glycol. In: Polymer. 1997 ; Vol. 38, No. 2. pp. 317-323.
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