Say, I took Elmer's glue (or a similar Polyvinyl Acetate) and I inserted some Chlorine Tabs and warm it up while stirring.

Would the electronegative Chlorine turn some of it it into Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC)?

Would I get a Dioxin Compound too?

Would I get any other toxic Side-Product?

  • $\begingroup$ If it's a practical question, just don't do it. You won't get any PVC this way. $\endgroup$ Dec 8, 2015 at 12:23
  • $\begingroup$ I want to tell you what the practical question is: I mix together gelatin, casein, silicone and many others to try making bio-plastics from cheap home materials. And some recipes also mention the use of PVA. First of all: I do not want to accidently create toxic vapours, I was even afraid of mixing DMSO with EthylenAcetate. Secondly: the PVA compound will always stay water solulable - could be nice to partly turn this compound into PVC. $\endgroup$ Dec 8, 2015 at 23:36

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Choring Tablets have positivly charge cholrine atoms you want negative, so chlorine tablets will not work. And no you won't get a dioxin compound unless you burn it, then you may ge some. If you want to make PVC from PVA you can use Hydrochloric acid but you may not get a good yield.

  • $\begingroup$ thanks for your answer! I was unable to vote you up, somebody has voted you down and I have no clue why he did. $\endgroup$ Dec 8, 2015 at 23:29
  • $\begingroup$ I really don't think that HCl + PVA will give much PVC. It is always going to be far easier to make PVC from the monomer. $\endgroup$
    – matt_black
    Oct 26, 2018 at 12:52

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