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Homework Help: Protonation of Halogens in PVC

  1. Oct 9, 2006 #1
    Is it possible that PVC may have a weakness to Bronsted-Lowry acids as compared to other plastics, because of the ability of these acids to protonate the chlorine (because of chlorine's non-bonding electrons), therefore leading to bonding instability and vulnerability to attacks by water? Or is this totally wrong....

    Thanks for your help!

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  3. Oct 9, 2006 #2
    As well: does anyone know whether a benzene side chain (such as the one in polystyrene) would be affected by Sulfuric acid? e.g. react to form poly(styrenesulfonic acid), or something else.

    Thanks for your help!
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