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Title: Use of a Respirometer to Measure Oxidation Rates of Polymeric Materials.


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Sandia National Lab. (SNL-NM), Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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USDOE National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA)
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Conference: Proposed for presentation at the American Chemical Society National Spring Meeting held March 25-29, 2007 in Chicago, IL.
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Assink, Roger A., Garcia, Toby L., and Celina, Mathias C. Use of a Respirometer to Measure Oxidation Rates of Polymeric Materials.. United States: N. p., 2007. Web.
Assink, Roger A., Garcia, Toby L., & Celina, Mathias C. Use of a Respirometer to Measure Oxidation Rates of Polymeric Materials.. United States.
Assink, Roger A., Garcia, Toby L., and Celina, Mathias C. Thu . "Use of a Respirometer to Measure Oxidation Rates of Polymeric Materials.". United States. doi:.
title = {Use of a Respirometer to Measure Oxidation Rates of Polymeric Materials.},
author = {Assink, Roger A. and Garcia, Toby L. and Celina, Mathias C.},
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year = {Thu Mar 01 00:00:00 EST 2007},
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