Hexanedione from Hydrocarbon Polymer Oxidation

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Science  15 Jan 1965:
Vol. 147, Issue 3655, pp. 289-290
DOI: 10.1126/science.147.3655.289


The diketone 2,5-hexanedione has been isolated as a product of the thermal oxidation of cis-1,4-polysioprene and of copolymers of ethylene and propylene. This is confirmatory evidence for the formation of acetonyl radicals during oxidation of these polymers and their reaction with each other in the presence of oxygen as postulated earlier.

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