Polymer Bulletin

, Volume 19, Issue 1, pp 13–19

New synthesis of linear polyethyleneimine


  • Katrien F. Weyts
    • Laboratory of Organic ChemistryState University Ghent
  • Eric J. Goethals
    • Laboratory of Organic ChemistryState University Ghent

DOI: 10.1007/BF00255018

Cite this article as:
Weyts, K.F. & Goethals, E.J. Polymer Bulletin (1988) 19: 13. doi:10.1007/BF00255018


Linear polyethyleneimine was synthesized by the cationic ringopening polymerization of N(2-tetrahydropyranyl)aziridine, followed by acidic hydrolysis of the corresponding substituted polyamine. The linear structure of the end product was proved by 13C-NMR spectroscopy and by its physical properties. Molecular weights up to 25,000 were obtained.

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