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Carbon dioxide formation during initial stages of photodegradation of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) (PET) films

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Paul ChristensenORCiD, Dr Terry Egerton


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Carbon dioxide (CO2) generation by ultraviolet irradiation of poly(ethyleneterephthalate) (PET) films in oxygen was monitored by in situ Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy. Typically, the CO2 absorbance increased by similar to 100 x 10(-4) in 180 min, with no evidence of hindrance by restricted diffusion of O-2 into, or CO2 out of, the films. It was concluded that Fourier transform infrared spectrometry monitoring of CO2 conveniently, reliably and rapidly measures PET films photostability. Quantitative analysis of the CO2 evolved from progressively thinner films from successive stages of the biaxial film drawing process indicated that CO2 was generated within a few microns of the film surface and that the same amounts were generated from the irradiated surface of 540 mm cast, 150 mm uniaxially drawn and 85 mm biaxially drawn films. Although drawing increased film crystallinity, photoreactivity appeared to be unchanged. However, total CO2 formation followed the pattern PET cast

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Author(s): Fernando SS, Christensen PA, Egerton TA, Eveson R, Martins-Franchetti SM, Voisin D, White JR

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Materials Science and Technology

Year: 2009

Volume: 25

Issue: 4

Pages: 549-555

ISSN (print): 0267-0836

ISSN (electronic): 1743-2847

Publisher: Maney Publishing


DOI: 10.1179/174328408X323096


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