Radiation-Induced Reaction of Carbon Dioxide with Ethylene

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Science  22 Sep 1961:
Vol. 134, Issue 3482, pp. 839-840
DOI: 10.1126/science.134.3482.839


The gamma irradiation of mixtures of carbon dioxide with ethylene yielded long-chain carboxylic acids. The G(—ethylene) values varied with reaction temperature from essentially zero at —78°C to 175 at 100°C. Under the same conditions, the substitution of free radical agents for radiation gave polyethylene.