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International Journal of Photochemistry
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 536068, 12 pages
Research Article

Irradiation Effect on Stability of Plasticized Poly(Fluorostyrene) Isomers in Solution

1Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Baghdad University, Baghdad, Iraq
2Department of Industrial Chemistry, Institute of Technology, Baghdad, Iraq
3Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Hashemite University, Zarka, Jordan

Received 25 December 2013; Revised 23 February 2014; Accepted 12 March 2014; Published 22 April 2014

Academic Editor: M. El-Khouly

Copyright © 2014 Khalid E. Al Ani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The UV irradiation and blending effects on stability of Poly(Fluorostyrene) isomers in solution were studied at different intervals of irradiation time in presence of air. The increase in irradiation time of these isomers caused an increase in the intensity of the absorption band and an increase in the intensity of the absorption of new broad band at longer wavelength, thus indicating a possibility of photodegradation of polymeric chains. The influence of added dioctyl phthalate and dioctyl terephthalate plasticizers on photooxidative degradation was also investigated and was found to increase the photodegradation processes in polymeric chains. On the other hand, the intensity of excimer and monomer fluorescence bands maxima was also found to decrease with increase in irradiation times. These changes may be attributed to the formation of new photoproducts resulted from the photodegradation of irradiated polymeric chains. The decrease in polarity of used solvents caused a considerable enhancement to the intensity of the polymer fluorescence band and accelerated photodegradation. A proposed mechanism is suggested to account for the effects of added plasticizers, the increase in irradiation time, and polarity of solvents on photodegradation and photooxidation processes in polymeric chains.