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Examination of Synthetic Resins by X-Rays

Nature volume 140, pages 642643 (09 October 1937) | Download Citation



WE have attempted to study the process of resinification by following with the aid of X-ray diffraction the transitional stages of structure taking place in an initially crystalline compound which on heating forms a resin. Well-known substances of this type are the phenolic alcohols, which on heating form the class of resins termed 'saliretins'. A first result of the X-ray method has been to show that p-cresol monoalcohol (2-hydroxy-methyl-4-methylphenol) changes over at an intermediate stage to an apparently new compound to which this note directs attention.

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  1. Chemical Research Laboratory (Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research), Teddington.

    • N. J. L. MEGSON
  2. National Physical Laboratory (Dept. of Scientific and Industrial Research), Teddington. Aug. 5.

    • W. A. WOOD


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