Photoinitiated polymerization on metal surfaces

Frederick D Lewis*, Marshall J. Nepras, Hillary L. Hampsch

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Irradiation of acrolein vapors in the presence of films of nickel and other metals results in the formation of thin films of polyacrolein on the metal surface. The polyarcrolein film protects the metal surface from abrasion and corrosion. Polymer growth is more rapid on oxidized vs. unoxidized metal surfaces indicating a role for surface oxide sites in the polymerization process. Several other monomers investigated fail to form adhesive polymer films on metal films, but can be copolymerized with acrolein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1635-1642
Number of pages8
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Drug Discovery
  • Organic Chemistry

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