Formation of a high polymer of acrylamide by utilizing Kolbe's electrolysis
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During the electro-initiated polymerization of acrylamide by utilizing Kolbe's electrolysis as a source of free radicals in an aqueous solution of acetic acid and potassium acetate, only an oligomer with a molecular weight of 4000–6000 was obtained. However, by the addition of ferric ion, a high-polymer with a molecular weight of a few millions was obtained. The effective action of ferric ions was retarded by the presence of ferrous ion and a large amount of chloride ion. The optimum amount of ferric ion for the formation of high-polymer and the effects and roles of various ions on the process of polymerization are discussed.
KeywordsPolymerization Acetate Chloride Molecular Weight Potassium
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