silanization of polypropylene

John Altman altman at
Tue Jun 16 15:31:35 EST 1992

For some time now, we have been silanizing polypropylene tubes.  
However, I've begun to wonder why (you'll note that it's been
a while since "I've done the experiment").  I know that when you
silanize glass, the silane binds to exposed hydroxyl groups on
the glass.  However, there should be no such groups on polypropylene --
the polymer should be quite inert.

Any comments would be appreciated.

John Altman				altman at
HHMI  Beckman Center B-219		(415) 723-7218 
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305-5428

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