tertiary carbon atom

tertiary carbon atom

[′tər·shē‚er·ē ′kär·bən ′ad·əm]
(organic chemistry)
A carbon atom bonded to three other carbon atoms with single bonds.
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The phenomenon of decrease of the mechanical properties is not only attributed to the molecular chains of PP with a large number of instability tertiary carbon atoms of which the hydrogen on the tertiary carbon atoms can be removed from the unstable tertiary carbon atom by a very small energy in heat, aerobic and ultraviolet conditions; But also the interface debond between glass fiber and PP matrix occurs easily by the effect of moisture and heat in nature environment.
Tertiary carbon atom (10-C) appeared at I' 32.10 and I' 19.40 was assigned to both methyl carbons (11a-C, 11b-C).
In another embodiment, the branched alkyl functional group is a tertiary carbon atom, such as tert-butyl.