Electronic structure calculations of radical reactions for poly(methyl methacrylate) degradation

Patrick F. Conforti, Barbara J. Garrison

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Abstract

The hybrid CBS-QB3 electronic structure approach is used to calculate the reaction energetics for decomposition reactions of radicals formed from UV radiation of the polymer poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA). Relative to the photon created radical species, the decarboxylation reaction to form CO 2 is exothermic whereas the reaction to form CO is endothermic. For degradation of the polymer in low-Earth orbit (LEO) conditions, the synergy of the reaction with O(3P) atoms is considered. The addition of O atoms to all of the radicals is exothermic, leading in many cases to the formation of a stable molecule and another radical species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)294-299
Number of pages6
JournalChemical Physics Letters
Volume406
Issue number4-6
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2 2005

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Polymethyl Methacrylate
Carbon Monoxide
polymethyl methacrylate
Electronic structure
Polymers
degradation
electronic structure
Degradation
Atoms
Ultraviolet radiation
Orbits
Photons
Earth (planet)
Decomposition
Molecules
decarboxylation
polymers
low Earth orbits
atoms
decomposition

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry

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Conforti, Patrick F. ; Garrison, Barbara J. / Electronic structure calculations of radical reactions for poly(methyl methacrylate) degradation. In: Chemical Physics Letters. 2005 ; Vol. 406, No. 4-6. pp. 294-299.
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