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Polymer Synthesis, Characterization, Development, and Upscale

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Murrysville, Pennsylvania, United States
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November 24, 2018

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Robert A. Smith

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Murrysville, PA 15668

Home Phone – 724-***-****

Cell Phone – 724-***-****

e-mail - ac7r7r@r.postjobfree.com

Career Interest: Research position involving polymer synthesis, characterization, manufacturing, and fabrication.

Education: Ph.D. in Polymer Science, University of Akron. Dissertation title: “Telechelic Polymers and Sequential Copolymers by Cationic Techniques”

Advisor: Prof. Joseph P. Kennedy

B. S. Chemistry, Penn State University

Employment History/Research Experience:

Aptiv

Delphi Packard Electronics/Electronic Architecture (Warren, Ohio):

Group: Advanced Materials

2011-2018- Manager of Advanced Materials Analysis Laboratory and Advanced Materials (FT-IR, DMA, DSC, TGA, TGA/FT-IR Interface, Microscopy, Viscometry).

Synthesis, development, and scale-up of new conformal coatings and adhesives for aluminum connector applications with one adhesive/coating accepted for use an on an entire terminal family which led to one US patent and 3 pending applications. Developed novel analytical methods for characterization of new high performance electronic materials, Developed in-house chemical formulations of two UV-curable Galvanic corrosion protective coatings for aluminum cable-based leads including self-healing coatings.

Supervised instrument and laboratory set-up as well as a technician and intern students. Developed LIMS system and reporting format. Diagnosed and solved production problems with PVC.

Developed manufacturing concepts and business case for extended thermal performance ranges of conventional thermoplastics enabling replacement of difficult-to-mold polyetherimides and polyphthalamides.

Chemistry Instructor, Community College of Allegheny County 2011

Responsible for lecture and laboratory instruction.

Chemistry Instructor, Geneva College- 2009 – 2011

Responsible for lecture and laboratory. Developed majority of curriculum for lecture course.

Consultant for Innocentive - 2009 - 2011

PPG Industries (Monroeville, PA):

Title: Senior Research Associate

2006-2009 - Synthesis, characterization, and formulation of novel thermoset poly(urethane urea) films and laminates for membrane and electronic applications using PSA for lamination . Design, synthesis and characterization of novel polyesters, polyurethanes and poly(urethane urea)s with incorporated photochromics and ultra-high impact resistance for ballistic applications. Developed new poly(urethane ureas) and examined extrudability using capillary rheometry.

2006-2009 - Chemistry modification, scale-up, glass plate casting, and characterization of polyurethanes for aerospace applications using RIM. Research on catalyst optimization involving organometallic and amine catalysts.

2003-2006 - Synthesis and characterization of novel sulfur-containing polyurethanes and poly(urethane ureas) for high impact, high refractive index ophthalmic lens applications. Synthesis of novel step-growth oligomeric prepolymers using esterification, epoxidation, anhydrides and sulfur-olefin chemistry. Process development optimization using RIM.

1999-2003 - Technical Leader for chemical optimization, polymer analytical procedure development, process development, mapping of initial production runs, and customer process/product validation liaison for Trivex Lens Materials using RIM. Analyzed morphology for determination of nanoscale crystallization. Development of optimum polyester polyol structure-property relationships and production for polyurethane and poly(urethane urea) prepolymers. Development of lens cure cycles utilizing programmable ovens, and polysiloxane coatings and bonding. All milestones and product roll-outs met on-time.

Title: Research Associate

1997-1999 - Synthesis and characterization of novel, UV-curable high refractive index ophthalmic monomers based on divinylbenzene, ethoxylated bisphenol A acrylics and methacrylic anhydride.

1996-1997 - Optimization of photochromic dye and stabilizer package for Transitions Next Gen utilizing Ternary Mixture Experimental Design.

1990-1998 - Synthesis and development of novel abrasion-resistant, and anti-reflective silicon-based sol-gel coatings, as well as synthesis of novel emulsion-based fluoropolymer hydrophobic coating. Synthesis and development of novel UV-cured acrylic and polyurethane coatings for photochromics. Development of novel thermoplastic photochromic solar control films.

1989-1991 - Synthesis of novel acrylic and polyurethane matrices and assessment of their effect on photochromic optical activation. Synthesis of direct-cast photochromic lenses.

The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. (Akron, OH):

Title: Associate Scientist

1982-1989 - Synthesis of novel rubbers for improved tire properties utilizing anionic, cationic, and emulsion polymerizations. Synthesis of novel acrylic lattices. Synthesis of polymer-bound cure additives and metal adhesion-promoters for improved cord-dip performance utilizing emulsion polymerization. Compounding and physical property characterization of rubber vulcanizates.

Title: Senior Research Chemist

1983-1986 - Synthesis of ultra-high molecular weight polyacrylamides via aqueous or inverse emulsion free radical polymerization for Enhanced Oil Recovery Applications.

1979-1983 - Synthesis and catalyst optimization for Ziegler-Natta stereospecific rubbers for improved tire applications.

Career Commercialization Milestones:

2017- Synthesis, characterization and development of superior sealants for prevention of Galvanic corrosion of aluminum cable

2009- Development of process for production of ultra-thin polyurethane-based films.

2008 - Successful development of production process for polyurethane used for aerospace applications.

2001 - Chemical optimization and successful commercial production of Trivex

Lens Materials - 2002 Optical Laboratory Association “New Optical Material of the Year - 2002”.

1997 - Conception of photochromic dye and stabilizer package for Transitions Next Gen utilizing computer Ternary Mixture Designs.

1990 - Discovery of improved photochromic temperature dependence for naphthopyran photochromics vs. traditional oxazine-based dyes.

1981 - Development and successful production utilization of Ziegler-Natta catalyst optimization procedure.

Career Management Experience:

2000-2007 Technical Leader: Trivex and New Polyurethane Ophthalmic Chemistries Group

1991-1996 Technical Leader: New Sol-Gel Coatings Group

Consulting Awards:

April, 2010: Winner of Innocentive Challenge “Transparent Injection Moldable Material which is Amenable to e-beam Sterilization”

October, 2009: Winner of Innocentive Challenge “Total Polar Content of Frying Oils”

August, 2009: Winner of Innocentive Challenge “High Internal Phase Emulsions”

Technical Applications:

Extensive experience in use of Experimental Design and Six Sigma Techniques, UV/Vis, IR, Mass, and NMR Spectroscopies. Expertise in GPC analysis and method development applied to reactive oligomer systems. Experience in development and application of RIM processes. Extensive background in thermal analysis including DMA, TMA and DSC as well as TEM, AFM, SEM, and X-Ray Dispersion analysis. Developed commercialization strategies for novel polymeric materials

Computer Applications:

Extensive experience in SAS/JMP and Statgraphics Plus experimental Design software; as well as Chem Window and Windows Office. Experienced in Project Management software.

Collaboration:

2011 Invited Participant- “Open Innovation: the Inventor’s point of view”

2010: Harvard University – Invited Consultant on Idea Assessment “Harvard Catalyst Type 1 Diabetes Challenge”

2010-2011: University College Cork, Ireland – Invited participant on Innovation.

Professional Societies:

Member of the American Chemical Society

Patents:

Inventor/co-inventor on over 30 U. S. patents and 8 publications.

Robert A. Smith US Patents and Equivalents and Publications (from ACS Scifinder)

R. A. Smith, G. Sacco, S. P. Krompegel, E. Rubino, and C. R. Rudzinskas, Patent Application US20180273796

R. A. Smith, G. Sacco, S.Krompegel,, E. Rubino, and C. Rudzinskas, Patent application US20180278004

R. A. Smith, G. Sacco, S. Krompegel, E. Rubino, and C. Rudzinskas, Patent application US2018027003

R. A, Smith, G, Drew, G. Sacco, and S. Krompegel, “Sealed Electrical Terminal Assembly” US 9,187,002 10/10/17

N. V. Bojkova, R. A. Smith, R. D. Herold, C. B. Rao, W. H. McDonald, V. J. Nagpal, M. J. Graham, P. C. Yu, S. G. Sawant, and M. O. Okoroafor, “High Impact poly(urethane urea) polysulfides US 20100046652A1 2/25/10

Smith, Robert A. and Y. Zhang, “Process for Production of Poly(urethane urea) Films” US 201********

Smith, Robert A. and Y. Zhang, “Method of Preparing Poly(urethane urea) Films” US 201********.

N. Bojkova and Robert A. Smith Sulfide-Containing Polythiols US 7,491,790 B2

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.; Graham, Marvin J.; Herold, Robert D. Thiourethane-based optical resin composition. U.S. (2009), 16pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 7473754 B1 20090106 CAN 150:99197 AN 2009:25329

N. Bojkova and Robert A. Smith Sulfide-Containing Polythiols US 7,411,034 B2

Boettcher, David J.; Mcdonald, William H.; Nagpal, Vidhu J.; Robinson, Daryl J.; Smith, Robert A.. Polyurea-urethane composition having improved color stability. PCT Int. Appl. (2008), 37pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200-***-**** A1 20080320 CAN 148:356569 AN 2008:348681

Bojkova, Nina V.; Smith, Robert A.; Herold, Robert D.; Rao, Chandra B.; Mcdonald, William H.; Nagpal, Vidhu J.; Graham, Marvin J.; Yu, Phillip C.; Sawant, Suresh G.; Okoroafor, Michael O. High impact poly(urethane urea) polysulfides, their preparation, and use for optical articles. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2007), 50 pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 141,636. CODEN: USXXCO US 200-***-**** A1 20071011 CAN 147:428113 AN 2007:1150394

Bojkova, Nina V.; Smith, Robert A.; Herold, Robert D.; Rao, Chandra B.; Mcdonald, William H.; Nagpal, Vidhu J.; Graham, Marvin J.; Yu, Phillip C.; Sawant, Suresh G.; Okoroafor, Michael O. Poly(urethane urea) polysulfides for optical applications. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2006), 43pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 303,892. CODEN: USXXCO US 200-***-**** A1 20061026 CAN 145:455647 AN 2006:1124283

Bojkova, Nina V.; Smith, Robert A.; Herold, Robert D.; Rao, Chandra B.; Mcdonald, William H.; Nagpal, Vidhu J.; Graham, Marvin J.; Yu, Phillip C.; Sawant, Suresh G.; Okoroafor, Michael O. High impact polyurethane-polyurea-polysulfides, their preparation, and optical or photochromic article. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2005), 34 pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 725,023. CODEN: USXXCO US 200-***-**** A1 20051222 CAN 144:70526 AN 2005:1335388

Bojkova, Nina; Smith, Robert A.; Herold, Robert D.; Rao, Chandra; Mcdonald, William H.; Nagpal, Vidhu J.; Graham, Marvin J.; Yu, Phillip C.; Sawant, Suresh; Okoroafor, Michael O. High impact polyurethane-polyurea-polysulfides. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2004), 31 pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 287,716. CODEN: USXXCO US 200-***-**** A1 20040715 CAN 141:107112 AN 2004:569879

Graham, Marvin J.; Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.. High impact poly(urethane urea) polysulfides and their preparation. PCT Int. Appl. (2003), 64 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200-***-**** A1 20030530 CAN 139:7393 AN 2003:417791

Nagpal, Vidhu J.; McDonald, William H.; Smith, Robert A.. Impact resistant polyurea-polyurethane and method of preparation. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2003), 12 pp. CODEN: USXXCO US 200-***-**** A1 20030522 CAN 138:402643 AN 2003:396482

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.. Photochromic polymer-coated high impact resistant lens articles. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2003), 16 pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 499,054. CODEN: USXXCO US 200-***-**** A1 20030306 CAN 138:206596 AN 2003:174281

Smith, Robert A.; Okoroafor, Michael O.; Herold, Robert D.; Freeman, T. Edwin. High-refractive-index optical resin compositions. PCT Int. Appl. (2003), 46 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200-***-**** A1 20030213 CAN 138:154354 AN 2003:117881

Herold, Robert D.; Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.; Graham, Marvin J. High-refractive-index optical resin compositions. PCT Int. Appl. (2003), 49 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200-***-**** A1 20030213 CAN 138:154353 AN 2003:117880

Smith, Robert A.; Okoroafor, Michael O.; Herold, Robert D.; Freeman, T. Edwin. High refractive index optical resin composition. U.S. (2002), 14 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 6342571 B1 20020129 CAN 136:135176 AN 2002:84610

Crano, John C.; Crano, Nicholas J.; Knox, Carol A.; Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.; Tabakovic, Rifat. Photochromic organic resin composition. U.S. Pat. Appl. Publ. (2001), 14 pp. CODEN: USXXCO US 200******* A1 20011213 CAN 136:29230 AN 2001:906036

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Herold, Robert D.; Graham, Marvin J.; Smith, Robert A.; Franks, James R. Method of preparing a polymerizate containing thio compounds and cationically polymerized product therefrom. PCT Int. Appl. (2001), 49 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A2 20010927

Smith, Robert A.; Okoroafor, Michael O. Preparation of polyfunctional thiirane compounds. PCT Int. Appl. (2001), 43 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A2 20010927 CAN 135:273348 AN 2001:713338

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.. Photochromic coated polyurea-polyurethane articles. PCT Int. Appl. (2001), 47 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A1 20010809 CAN 135:168039 AN 2001:581954

Clontz, Charles C.; Someki, Noriyuki; Smith, Robert A.; Okoroafor, Michael O. Polymerizable polyol(allyl carbonate) compositions containing allyl ester-terminated nonaromatic polyester oligomers. U.S. (2001), 8 pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 211,829, abandoned. CODEN: USXXAM US 6262211 B1 20010717 CAN 135:93447 AN 2001:521931

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.; Graham, Marvin J.; Tabakovic, Rifat; Herold, Robert D. Method of preparing an optical polymer. PCT Int. Appl. (2001), 62 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A1 20010525 CAN 135:6528 AN 2001:380667

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.; Graham, Marvin J.; Tabakovic, Rijat; Herold, Robert D. Method of preparing an optical polymers. PCT Int. Appl. (2001), 66 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A1 20010525 CAN 135:6527 AN 2001:380666

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Smith, Robert A.; Graham, Marvin J.; Herold, Robert D. Optical resin composition. PCT Int. Appl. (2001), 77 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A1 20010525 CAN 134:368046 AN 2001:380665

Smith, Robert A.; Herold, Robert D.; Okoroafor, Michael O. Optical resin composition comprising thiol-ene prepolymer. PCT Int. Appl. (2000), 51 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 200******* A1 20001102 CAN 133:335658 AN 2000:772691

Smith, Robert A.; Selvig, Christopher D. Method of preparing photochromic articles. U.S. (1999), 9 pp., Cont. of U.S. Ser. No. 758,068, abandoned. CODEN: USXXAM US 5981634 A 19991109 CAN 131:338042 AN 1999:720130

Okoroafor, Michael O.; Herold, Robert D.; Smith, Robert A.. Polythiol-based optical resin composition. U.S. (1999), 12 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 5976422 A 19991102 CAN 131:323072 AN 1999:704823

Herold, Robert D.; Wiedrich, Charles R.; Parkhe, Ajay D.; Selvig, Christopher D.; Smith, Robert A.. Optical resin from polyol-(meth)acryloyl carbonates. U.S. (1999), 11 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 5965680 A 19991012 CAN 131:272966 AN 1999:655983

Clontz, Charles C.; Someki, Noriyuki; Smith, Robert A.; Okoroafor, Michael O. Polymerizable polyol(allyl carbonate) compositions containing allyl-terminated polyester oligomers for cast moldings with free of tinting defects. PCT Int. Appl. (1999), 27 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 9938899 A1 19990805 CAN 131:145264 AN 1999:495323

Smith, Robert A.; Herold, Robert D.; Okoroafor, Michael O. Polymerizable organic compositions for optical materials with high refractive index and Abbe number. U.S. (1999), 10 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 5917006 A 19990629 CAN 131:45535 AN 1999:417390

Smith, Robert A.; Van Gemert, Barry. Photochromic articles with improved properties over a range of temperatures and in sunlight. PCT Int. Appl. (1994), 31 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 9404952 A1 19940303 CAN 130:353120 AN 1999:366201

Smith, Robert A.; Walters, Robert W.; Stewart, Kevin J.; Misura, Michael S. Process for producing an adherent polymeric layer on polymeric substrates and articles produced thereby. PCT Int. Appl. (1999), 51 pp. CODEN: PIXXD2 WO 9900448 A1 19990107 CAN 130:96922 AN 1999:34959

Smith, Robert A.. Polysiloxane coating compositions with good abrasion resistance and photochromic articles therefor. U.S. (1998), 9 pp., Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 166,053, abandoned. CODEN: USXXAM US 5728758 A 19980317 CAN 128:206018 AN 1998:196241

Smith, Robert A.. Coating compositions and articles coated with them. PCT Int. Appl. (1995),

Smith, Robert A.. High-molecular-weight polyacrylamide. U.S. (1986), 10 pp. Cont.-in-part of U.S. Ser. No. 649,622, abandoned. CODEN: USXXAM US 4617359 A 19861014 CAN 106:85233 AN 1987:85233

Smith, Robert A., D. K. Parker, H. A. Colvin, A. H. Weinstein, and D. B. Patterson. Preparation of polymers containing pendant isocyanate groups and derivatives thereof by emulsion copolymerization. U. S. 4,694,057 9/15/87

D'Sidocky, Richard M.; Cottman, Kirkwood S.; Geiser, Joseph F.; Sandstrom, Paul H.; Smith, Robert A.. Polymer-bound nonionic surfactants as cure activators. U.S. (1986), 11 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 4579911 A 19860401 CAN 111:8758 AN 1989:408758

Gloth, R. E., J. J. Tazuma, and R. A. Smith. Polymeric compounds prepared from diphenylamine and dialkylalkenylbenzene or dihydroxyalkylbenzene. U. S. 4,537,952 8/27/85

Smith, Robert A. Acrylamide Polymerization. U.S. 4,485,224 11/27/84

Gloth, R. E., J. J. Tazuma, and R. A. Smith. Polymeric compounds prepared from diphenylamine and dihydroxyalkylbenzene. U. S. 4,463170 7/31/84

Smith, R. A. and D. B. Patterson. Plastic prepared from meta or para-diisopropenylbenzeneand method of preparation. U. S. 4,403,088 9/6/83Smith, Robert Alan; Parker, Dane Kenton; Colvin, Howard Allen; Weinstein, Arthur Howard; Patterson, Dennis Bruce; Cottman, Kirkwood Storer. Polymers containing pendant isocyanate groups and derivatives thereof by emulsion copolymerization. Eur. Pat. Appl. (1986), 30 pp. CODEN: EPXXDW EP 194222 A2 19860910 CAN 106:33622 AN 1987:33622

Smith, Robert A.. Acrylamide polymerization. U.S. (1984), 9 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 4485224 A 19841127 CAN 102:46458 AN 1985:46458

Gloth, Richard E.; Tazuma, James J.; Smith, Robert A.. Polymeric compounds prepared from diphenylamine and dihydroxyalkylbenzene. U.S. (1984), 7 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 4463170 A 19840731 CAN 101:132249 AN 1984:532249

Smith, Robert A.; Patterson, Dennis B. Plastic resin prepared from m- or p-diisopropenylbenzene. U.S. (1983), 7 pp. CODEN: USXXAM US 4403088 A 19830906 CAN 99:195962 AN 1983:595962

Kennedy, J. P., R. A. Smith, and L. R. Ross. Novel telechelic polymers, block copolymers, and processes for the preparation thereof. U. S. 4,276,394 6/30/81

Publications:

R. A. Smith, A. Ward, and D.Brintnall, “Utilization of TGA Flynn-Wall Arrhenius Analysis for Rapid Prediction of Automotive PVC Cable Performance” SAE Technical Paper 201*-**-**** 2017 doi. 10.4271, 201*-**-****

R. A. Smith and C. Rudzinskas, “Molecular Analysis of Automotive Electrical Components Contaminated with Engine and Powertrain Performance Fluids” SAE Technical Paper 201*-**-****

Robert Alan Smith and Mikel Petty, “Creep and Stress Relaxation Evaluation of Virgin and Thermally Aged Filled and Unfilled PBT and Nylon” SAE Technical Paper 201*-**-****, doi. 10.4271/205 01-0603

R. A. Smith and D. G. Freer, “Chemical Identification and TGA Flynn-Wall Thermal Service Evaluation of Three Commercial Jacketed Ignition Cables” SPE ANTEC 2014, 2118 (2014)

Smith, R, “Post-Molding Crosslinking of Polyethylene in Automotive Connection Systems”, SAE Technical Paper 201*-**-****, 2014, doi:10.4271/201*-**-****

Kennedy, Joseph P.; Smith, Robert Alan. New telechelic polymers and sequential copolymers by polyfunctional initiator-transfer agents (inifers). I. Synthesis and characterization of a,w -di-(tert-chloro)polyisobutylene. Polymer Preprints (American Chemical Society, Division of Polymer Chemistry) (1979), 20(2), 316-19. CODEN: ACPPAY ISSN:0032-3934. CAN 94:175673 AN 1981:175673

Kennedy, Joseph P.; Smith, Robert Alan. New telechelic polymers and sequential copolymers by polyfunctional initiator-transfer agents (inifers). III. Synthesis and characterization of poly(a -methylstyrene-b-isobutylene-b-a -methylstyrene). Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry Edition (1980), 18(5), 1539-46. CODEN: JPLCAT ISSN:0360-6376. CAN 93:95689 AN 1980:495689

Kennedy, Joseph P.; Smith, Robert Alan. New telechelic polymers and sequential copolymers by polyfunctional initiator-transfer agents (inifers). II. Synthesis and characterization of a,w -di(tert-chloro)polyisobutylenes. Journal of Polymer Science, Polymer Chemistry Edition (1980), 18(5), 1523-37. CODEN: JPLCAT ISSN:0360-6376. CAN 93:72351 AN 1980:472351

Kennedy, Joseph P.; Chang, Victor S. C.; Smith, Robert Alan; Ivan, Bela. New telechelic polymers and sequential copolymers by polyfunctional initiator-transfer agents (inifers). V. Synthesis of a -tert.-butyl-w -isopropenylpolyisobutylene and a,w -di(isopropenyl)polyisobutylene. Polymer Bulletin (Berlin, Germany) (1979), 1(8), 575-80. CODEN: POBUDR ISSN:0170-0839

Kennedy, Joseph P.; Huang, S. Y.; Smith, Robert Alan. The synthesis of an isobutylene-a -methylstyrene block copolymer with olefinic head-group: (CH3)2C:CHCH2-PIB-b-Pa MeSt. Polymer Bulletin (Berlin, Germany) (1979), 1(6), 371-6. CODEN: POBUDR ISSN:0170-0839. CAN 91:2117

Smith, Robert Alan; Patterson, Dennis B.; Colvin, Howard A. Synthesis of copolymers of m-diisopropenylbenzene and m-dimethoxybenzene. Polymer Science and Technology (Plenum) (1984)



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