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Nonequilibrium plasma polymerization of HFC-134a in a dielectric barrier discharge reactor: Polymer characterization and a proposed mechanism for polymer formation

Kundu, S.K., Kennedy, E.M., Mackie, J.C., Holdsworth, C.I., Molloy, T.S., Gaikwad, V.V. and Dlugogorski, B.Z. (2014) Nonequilibrium plasma polymerization of HFC-134a in a dielectric barrier discharge reactor: Polymer characterization and a proposed mechanism for polymer formation. IEEE Transactions on Plasma Science, 42 (10). pp. 3095-3100.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/TPS.2014.2303485
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Abstract

Nonequilibrium plasma polymerization of hydrofluorocarbon HFC-134a CF3 CH2F in argon bath gas has been studied in a dielectric barrier discharge reactor at atmospheric pressure and in the absence of oxygen and nitrogen. The reaction resulted in the formation of a polymeric solid fraction and the noncrosslinked properties of this material assisted in its characterization by solution state 13C} and 19F nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Gel permeation chromatography revealed that the polymers include low (number average molecular weight, Mn values between 900 and 3000g~mol-1 and high (Mn approximately 60000 g~mol-1 molecular weight fractions. A detailed polymerization mechanism is proposed, based on the published literature and the findings of the current investigation.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Engineering and Information Technology
Publisher: IEEE
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/24414
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