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Two linear low density polyethylene (LLDPE) samples containing n-hexyl and iso-butyl branches have been etched with fuming nitric acid and the products of the etching analysed by 13C n.m.r, spectroscopy to determine the concentration of branches. Different weight loss behaviour was observed with the two LLDPEs; the weight of material lost during etching plateaued at 50% with a constant low crystallinity for the iso-butyl material while the n-hexyl continued to lose weight and the residue improve in crystallinity. The residual concentration of branches was 10 and 20% of the initial concentration and clearly the two types of branches were incorporated into the crystalline lattice to different extents. The parent copolymers were fractionated by degree of branching and a comparison made between the two sets of fractions to determine their melting points, degree of crystallinity and unit cell volume. In general it was concluded that more of the hexyl branches are incorporated than the iso-butyl at the same branch content, and that chain flexibility is an important parameter in determining the extent of exclusion of the branches

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Incorporation of branches into the crystal lattice during the solidification of linear low density polyethylene / J. N. Hay* and Xiao-Qi Zhou // Polymer. – 1993. – Vol 34. – P. 1002-1005.

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