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Pedigree doll disease: an application of FT-Raman spectroscopy to polymer degradation
Author(s): Howell G.M. Edwards; Anthony F. Johnson; Ian R. Lewis; Paul H. Turner
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Paper Abstract

The deterioration of cellulose acetate polymer dolls which results in the phenomenon known as Pedigree Doll Disease (PDD) has been studied by FT-Raman spectroscopy. The disfigurement produced by PDD can be quite extensive and results in the impairment of moving parts. Viscous brown deposits were identified spectroscopically as iron acetate and their formation linked with the polymer degradation to acetic acid in the presence of iron fastenings which secure the doll's eyes and limbs.

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Date Published: 31 January 1994
PDF: 2 pages
Proc. SPIE 2089, 9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy, (31 January 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.166675
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Howell G.M. Edwards, Univ. of Bradford (United Kingdom)
Anthony F. Johnson, Univ. of Bradford (United Kingdom)
Ian R. Lewis, Univ. of Idaho (United States)
Paul H. Turner, Bruker Spectrospin Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2089:
9th International Conference on Fourier Transform Spectroscopy
John E. Bertie; Hal Wieser, Editor(s)

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