May 01, 2023
Slip agents are commonly used amide small molecules that lubricate the molds in injection molding processes. By studying the spectra of a primary amide, we can see how they can contaminate the spectra of polymeric materials.
March 01, 2023
We study the spectra of organic nitrogen polymers with a particular focus on polyamides.
January 01, 2023
We study the spectrum of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA)—otherwise known as plexiglass—and the spectra of PMMA mixtures and copolymers.
December 01, 2022
We continue our survey of the spectra of carbonyl-containing polymers by looking at cellulose acetate and the economically important polycarbonate Lexan.
October 01, 2022
An exploration of polyethylene terephthalate (PET), one of the most important polymers, is presented.
August 01, 2022
We continue our survey of the infrared (IR) spectra of polymers with a look at the spectra of polymers that contain carbonyl or C=O bonds. Our long-term goal is to examine the spectra of polymers that contain ketone, carboxylic acid, ester, and carbonate linkages. Studying these spectra is vital, because these molecules are important economically and are ubiquitous in society.
May 01, 2022
An examination of polymers with C-O bonds, focusing on the spectra of polyvinyl alcohol, cellulose, starch, and copolymers.
March 01, 2022
Epoxies are perhaps the most economically important functional group of polymers. We explain how to interpret their spectra.
January 01, 2022
Many rubbery polymers contain C=C bonds, which means they are alkenes. Thus, we can identify natural and synthetic rubbers by examining the spectra of cis-, trans-, and tri-substituted alkenes.
November 01, 2021
Infrared (IR) spectroscopy can be used to distinguish the spectra of hydrocarbon polymers from one another.