Mahoney, Lee R. Department of Chemistry, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan.
- Inhibition of vinyl polymerization
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A substance which is capable of stopping or retarding a chemical reaction. To be technically useful, such compounds must be effective in low concentrations, usually under 1%. The type of reaction which is most easily inhibited is the free-radical chain reaction. The study of inhibitor action is often used as a diagnostic test for free-radical chain character of a reaction. Vinyl polymerization and autoxidation are two important examples of the class. Another reaction type for which inhibitors have been found is corrosion, particularly in aqueous systems. The economic importance of corrosion inhibition can scarcely be overestimated. An understanding of inhibitor action depends on an understanding of the processes to be interrupted.
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