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Published: Kem. Ind. 69 (1-2) (2020) 1–16
Paper reference number: KUI-22/2019
Paper type: Original scientific paper
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QSPR Studies of Carbonyl, Hydroxyl, Polyene Indices, and Viscosity Average Molecular Weight of Polymers under Photostabilization Using ANN and MLR Approaches

H. Maouz, L. Khaouane, S. Hanini, Y. Ammi, M. Hamadache and M. Laidi


One of the main disadvantages of the use of synthetic or semi-synthetic polymeric materials is their degradation and aging. The purpose of this study was to use artificial neural networks (ANN) and multiple linear regressions (MLR) to predict the carbonyl, hydroxyl, and polyene indices (ICO, IOH, and IOP), and viscosity average molecular weight (MV) of poly(vinyl chloride), polystyrene, and poly(methyl methacrylate). These physicochemical properties are considered fundamental during the study of photostabilization of polymers. From the five repeating units of monomers, the structure of the polymer studied is shown. Quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) models obtained by using relevant descriptors showed good predictability. Internal validation {R2, RMSE, and Q2LOO}, external validation {R2, RMSE, Q2pred, rm2, Δrm2, k, and k’}, and applicability domain were used to validate these models. The comparison of the results shows that the ANN models are more efficient than those of the MLR models. Accordingly, the QSPR model developed in this study provides excellent predictions, and can be used to predict ICO, IOH, IOP, and MV of polymers, particularly for those that have not been tested.

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QSPR, photostabilization, polymers, artificial neural network, multiple linear regressions