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Polymer Degradation On Reflecting Metal Films: Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) Reflection-Absorbance Studies
Author(s): J. D. Webb; P. Schissel; T. M. Thomas; J. R. Pitts; A. W. Czanderna
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Paper Abstract

The technique of Fourier transform infrared reflection-absorption (FTIR-RA) spectroscopy has been successfully adapted to studying bulk and interfacially activated photodegradation of several types of polymers on various metallic substrates. The technique enables quali-tative and quantitative study of photochemical reaction mechanisms and rates. A Controlled Environmental Exposure Chamber (CEEC), which permits collection of IR-RA spectra of the polymer/metal samples during their exposure to controlled spectral distributions of UV, temperatures, and gas mixtures, was built into the sample compartment of a Nicolet 7199 FTIR spectrophotometer. Surface analysis, gel permeation chromatography (GPC), UV spectro-scopy, and UV spectroradiometry were used to complement the FTIR-RA results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1983
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0428, Optical Materials and Process Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Applications, (1 December 1983); doi: 10.1117/12.936309
Show Author Affiliations
J. D. Webb, Solar Energy Research Institute (United States)
P. Schissel, Solar Energy Research Institute (United States)
T. M. Thomas, Solar Energy Research Institute (United States)
J. R. Pitts, Solar Energy Research Institute (United States)
A. W. Czanderna, Solar Energy Research Institute (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0428:
Optical Materials and Process Technology for Energy Efficiency and Solar Applications
Carl M. Lampert, Editor(s)

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