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    Explain why polymerisation of ethene does not occur when there is no oxygen present, but with too much it gets out of control?

    Does anybody know??

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    Hii,

    Explain why polymerisation of ethene does not occur when there is no oxygen present, but with too much it gets out of control?

    Does anybody know??

    Thanks
    The reaction proceeds via a free radical mechanism. Oxygen is needed to provide the free radicals.
 
 
 
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